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The Director of Group Finance is a high profile role and has regular contact with the CEO/CFO/ Board Directors/Senior finance team and Finance Directors. The role sets best practice financial policies, procedures and controls for the Group, ensuring compliance with relevant standards and frameworks and shaping the financial reporting efficiency of the Group.
1.Identify, and drive to implementation, radical improvements to the management information, financial systems and decision making practices across the Group, including developing the FP&A function and delivering continual improvements over the longer term.
2.Run and develop a 5 year model including case for capital and investment, scenario modelling, and provide recommendations for allocation of capital and resources to increase business revenues.
3.Responsible for co-ordinating the group-wide reporting process, including the production of consolidated monthly management accounts, quarterly forecasts and annual budgets to be presented to Board . Ensure that these are subject to appropriate challenge and analysis, and that there is clear accountability for delivery of these plans.
Free job description Director of Group Finance
The Director of Group Finance influences strategic decisions by providing accurate, timely and insightful management information and analysis, including all consolidated management and statutory reporting across the Worldwide Group, Financial Planning & Analysis activities (including budgeting, forecasting and five-year plan). The role also manages the provision of advice on technical accounting issues and major non-routine transactions and ensures robust financial control across the business.
The role is additionally responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable and credit control activities and for coordinating such activities globally. This includes the identification and implementation of operational opportunities and efficiencies in those activities and beyond (e.g. outsourcing, centralisation).
The Director of Group Finance also manages the provision of robust financial information in respect of Brands, Operations and centrally managed service activities across the Group, guiding cost centre owners in understanding and prioritising expenditure, to ensure the most effective and efficient use of funds.
The Director of Group Finance is an influential role requiring an excellent understanding of the commercial impacts of accounting decisions across a complex multinational group undergoing rapid change. The individual will nurture close working relationships between group finance functions and the commercial businesses as well as with the Company’s shareholders. The role requires an ability to take informed and decisive actions, and communicate these clearly and concisely to a wide-ranging audience.
4.Build strong working relationships with divisional FD’s, Group, Corporate Finance and Treasury, providing standardised processes and templates to ensure consistency of financial reporting and planning.
5.Manage statutory financial reporting for the group and its subsidiaries, including liaising with group external auditors, to ensure that interim and year-end audits are well planned, managed and coordinated and that all filing deadlines are met.
6.Manage the production of the Annual Review document in conjunction with the Communications team and support the Communications team with all Group financial information required for internal and external communications purposes.
7.Manage adherence to financial governance and IFRS, developing and maintaining Accounting Policies to proactively meet this need with a strong internal control environment to maintain the business integrity and minimise business risks. Manage the documentation of key finance internal controls globally and ensure it is periodically reviewed and updated as appropriate. Design an ongoing programme of testing and remediation.
8.Drive the Group’s balance sheet review process in order to improve quality and timeliness of balance sheet reporting and understanding. Oversee the accounting and reconciliations for key eliminations and balance sheet accounts. Drive improved cash reporting and understanding across the Group.
9.Lead accounts payable, accounts receivable and credit control activities and develop these into a global function.
10.Identify and implement opportunities for further operational efficiencies at a global level, including centralisation and outsourcing, whilst ensuring appropriate risk management. Continuously look for process improvement and simplification.
11.Provide robust financial support and guidance to operational managers and finance teams in relation to centrally managed services to help prioritise activity across the Group and ensure the most efficient and effective use of funds; this includes reporting on actual and planned performance for these activities.
12.Manage the delivery of ad hoc financial analysis and modelling to the business, supporting Group-wide initiatives and the Strategy team.
13.Support the Operations director in adequately monitoring and reporting performance of their businesses through the design and delivery of timely and relevant financial information.
14.Develop KPI reporting and monitor performance of the business against KPI’s to provide information to allow adjustment of investments where necessary.
15.Provide commercial technical accounting support and advice to operational teams to set standards across the business and support strategic corporate activity; oversee the design and roll-out of formal technical training sessions across the Group as required.
16.Work with the business, the HR team and the Head of Reward to oversee the provision of headcount and pay related information across the Group, including articulating incentive plans, setting corporate bonus targets, monitoring progress against these and modelling potential adjustments and cost implications. Guide other ad hoc pay related analysis as required.
17.Recruit, lead, motivate, develop and manage the performance of direct reports, building a high calibre team with the skills and capabilities needed to deliver the required results. Support the development of the Finance Talent Management programme.
Key measures for this role include:
-Delivery of timely, accurate and relevant management and statutory reporting and analysis, reflecting operational and strategic needs
-Delivery of group-wide finance internal controls documentation and implementation of an ongoing testing programme, with improvements resulting from remediation of issues identified
-Robustness with which targets are set, monitored and met
-Extent to which existing processes can be streamlined and delivered more efficiently
-Design and delivery of appropriate long range plans models, investment prioritisation and KPI reporting
-DPO/DSO management and improvement in overall working capital
-Effective globalisation of financial operations, where relevant
-Team morale and performance
Knowledge & Skills
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:
•Influencing & networking
•Complex problem solving
•Communication and presentation skills
•People management and coaching
•Numerical and analytical skills
•Ability to exercise the appropriate degree of judgement and discretion in relation to highly sensitive data
•Excellent current technical accounting knowledge (IFRS) coupled with the ability to identify creative solutions to complex accounting issues
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:
•A collaborative approach
•Global mindset: thinking and acting for both local and global needs
•Change leadership: resilience - ability to listen and respond and hold the course
•Ability to influence
•Accountability/Making tough decisions
•Empowering of others
•Creating shared understanding (being transparent)
Professional qualification in finance or accountancy with extensive PQE
Excellent academic record
Experience in a senior management role is essential
Sector experience is desirable
Experience in a consumer-facing business is essential
Experience in a global role is desirable
Experience of dealing with technical accounting issues is desirable
Experience of dealing with plc style accounts and annual review is essential
Experience of leading, or managing the audit of, a Sarbanes-Oxley or similar compliance project is desirable
Demonstrable experience of coaching and developing staff, with a genuine interest in career development
Experience of developing and implementing process improvements in a complex reporting structure is a requirement