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Head of Finance


West Cornwall

Ref AC/JVS8650

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Head of Finance - West Cornwall / Hybrid - > £75,000 + Fully expensed electric vehicle + Fantastic benefits

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this business; it’s probably one of Cornwall’s longest established employers. Yet even to this day it continues to grow with ambitious but achievable plans for the future. This isn’t any old Head of Finance role, it’s a potential life and career game changer so if you’re of a mindset where you think you couldn’t be swayed from moving on from your current role, we’re going to give you something to think about. 

Trial Balance Consulting are delighted to have been exclusively retained by a prestige employer, a business steeped in Cornish history and for all the right reasons. They’ve tasked us with sourcing their Head of Finance, a genuinely exciting, senior level appointment and one of pivotal importance for the company. 

The employer: A highly successful and recognisable group of businesses consisting multiple legal entities (not just incorporated companies), operating across a number of well-founded sectors, the company benefits from numerous income streams. Guided by a highly experienced, energetic and dynamic senior management team, the business has a stronghold in west Cornwall with visions for sustainable and profitable growth. When we reveal the identity of our client, it’s all going to fall into place. 

The opportunity: This is more than a Head of Finance role because this employer is emphatic that they want the successful candidate to become their Finance Director. From day one the HoF will assume the lead on managing the financial health, systems and strategy of the business. Supported by three direct reports and working as part of the senior management team, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in generating critical accounting information for all entities within the group. Key responsibilities to include: 

- Assume overall responsibility for finance and technology systems through each entity of the group

- Produce comprehensive monthly management information with full commentary on financial performance

- Chair monthly financial review meetings with directors and shareholders

- Cashflow and budget setting, and reporting on each areas of the business

- Act as a primary financial contact to external stakeholders, building a developing longstanding business relationships

- Ensure efficient preparation and submission of all aspects of statutory reporting, working closely with chartered accountants and auditors

- Aged debtor management

- VAT and tax reporting and filing

- Design, implement and develop digital accounting systems

- Support the CEO in strategy planning and delivery

- Develop, mentor and support a growing team of financial colleagues 

The person: As you might have guessed, we’re looking for somebody pretty special! The role calls for a highly ambitious, dynamic and commercially astute accountant; professionally qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA), with significant post qualification experience. The successful candidate will require demonstrable experience of influencing decision making, and implementing performance/profit improvement initiatives, often working with non-financial stakeholders. The business is technology focussed and they understandably seek to recruit an IT savvy individual with experience in developing efficient and up to date digital accounting systems, as well manipulating MS Excel at an advanced level. The technical aspects of the role will be within the reach of a number of candidates operating at a similar level, but what matters here is sourcing a Head of Finance with the dynamism and energy to work as part of a very switched on and ambitious CEO and management team. The role would be highly suited to a career driven individual seeking rapid progression to director level. 

The benefits: In addition to a generous base salary, an expensed EV and a very generous pension scheme, the successful candidate will work from an arguably unbeatable location, spending time working with multiple business sites in the area. The role is offered on a full time, permanent contract with a sensible mix of onsite and hybrid working.  

Caught your interest? We’d love to tell you more. Please get in touch with Alex Callister or Jay Vilarrubi-Smith for a confidential, informal chat. Our reference for the role is AC/JVS8650. 

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