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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)



Ref AC7069

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - Plymouth - £: Six figure package with exceptional benefits and potential equity

If you think that all high-profile recruitment assignments should carry a job description within the advertising blurb, we’re going to disappoint. A quick google search will deliver the generic templates that you’re after, none of which will be particularly applicable to this opportunity. Why? Firstly, we think that an experienced Chief Financial Officer operating at this level will already appreciate that no two roles will ever be the same because no two businesses are ever the same. Secondly, this is a brand-new opportunity where you’ll be building and developing the value of your own position from the ground up. No bullet-pointed job description is going to be relevant or to do the opportunity justice. 

Trial Balance Consulting are delighted to commence the new year with one of the most interesting and exciting exclusive client assignments that we’ve seen for some time in the Southwest. A role of pivotal responsibility but with infinite opportunity, particularly given that the recruiting business is evidently poised for supersonic growth. The role works to support a group of two well established and closely linked specialist services businesses with an excellent trading record and a robust future business model.     

We’ve spent considerable time discussing the post with members of the board and senior management team. Their passion and enthusiasm for the business is infectious and this has undoubtedly been the reason that they now employ almost 120 employed and 80 self-employed staff with turnover well in excess of £30M and plans to quadruple over the next five years! They work in conjunction with an impressive panel of future-proof household named PLCs and this niche means that their marketing is largely taken care of. 

This success has created an opportunity for another chief to join the board. This is, as you would expect, a senior level appointment where the successful candidate will be well versed in spinning multiple plates in relation to all aspects of the financial health and development of the business. This will entail really getting to grips with day to day financial management of the group, the care and development of stakeholders, financial modelling, statutory/regulatory accounting, working closely with the business owners and a critical element of the role; developing a portfolio of product funding organisations. This is both a strategic, operational and entirely commercial opportunity where you’ll use your in-depth experience to lead and influence your colleagues across all areas of the business. 

What we’re looking for: A professionally qualified individual will be a pre-requisite, likely to have been trained within a top 10 firm. You’ll be an accomplished CFO or an exceptional Finance Director/Group FD ready for a substantial step up. Unusually at this level, we’re not stipulating particular sector experience but applicants with a background in services, retail or financial services would do well here. The person fit is incredibly important. This role isn’t going to work if you’re a CFO that prefers to keep your accounting colleagues at arm’s length; the team is small (4-5), but very well settled and their opinions are heard at all levels. They’ve been described as “a great family” and a CFO who can develop and nurture this mentality will fit in well. 

We’ve partnered with this employer on an exclusive basis so you won’t be battling against multiple applicants. In fact, our self-imposed brief is to introduce as few candidates as we can. If you feel that you’d like to be one of those, please contact Alex Callister quoting reference AC7069. Don’t expect a generic job description but do expect a fast turnaround; our client is keen to find the right person without delay. It goes without saying that all enquiries will be treated in the strictest of confidence.   

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