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Finance Director


Overall aim of the role:

Accountable to and in partnership with:  CEO & Board

The role will oversee all aspects of financial management and control, proactively contribute to business strategy and support the growth of the business through the provision of accurate and timely data. Delivering financial and operational controls over the business, allowing the CEO to focus on clients, M&A and growth. You will be required to influence and add value from day one, providing sound commercial advice to board members and senior managers. Developing our processes and driving business efficiencies to create a first-class finance function within the company. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of financial control and management, identifying areas for business and process improvement; 
  • Contribute actively to the development and implementation of both business and general management strategy, representing the finance function at appropriate management and Board meetings;
  • Participate in contract negotiations and contribute to business tender documents as required, providing support in terms of financial modelling and due diligence, and ensuring the business engages in sound commercial obligations that are consistent with strategy and add value to the business;
  • Lead and coordinate the preparation, compilation and presentation of management accounts, financial plans and budgets;
  • Ensure the consistent delivery of accurate and timely financial reports according to group requirements, and the provision of effective forecasts including early warnings where KPI’s are under threat;
  • Proactively manage cash flow for the business, ensuring commercial contracts and business opportunities are not compromised, through utilisation of departmental business plans and close liaison with departmental heads; 
  • Preparation of the annual financial accounts, liaison with the statutory auditors and presentation of the results to Board members and shareholders;
  • Partner with People team to ensure accuracy and timely processing of monthly payroll/pension processes, ensure that business obligations are met.
  • Monitor and advise on all requests for capital expenditure, ensuring they are in line with business strategy and financial objectives, and oversee asset management;
  • Ensure the security and stability of the business through sound risk management, business continuity planning and appropriate insurances;
  • Undertake the role of Company Secretary, oversee all aspects of corporate governance and compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Develop and manage effective relationships with key customers, suppliers and brand owners to support business development and identify/facilitate new opportunities; 
  • Develop and manage Finance Assistant to ensure they achieve their full potential through effective performance management, coaching and direction;
  • Lead the development of business information and financial systems, ensuring they are fit for current and future purpose
  • Ad hoc project work and systems development
  • Budgeting, forecasting and commercial performance analysis.
  • Managing key deliverables e.g. VAT, Annual Returns and Corporation Tax
  • Deal with external auditors in year-end process

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Considerable experience of managing the finance function within a business that has exposure to rapid change and growth; ideally within an Agency or scailing SME
  • Able to demonstrate significant achievements in terms of strategy development, business analysis, entrepreneurial influence and project execution;
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritise according to business needs;
  • The ability to drive and steer the business, providing pro-active solutions to issues, a forward thinking approach.
  • Able to demonstrate a good grasp of commercial considerations and the “bigger picture” in terms of opportunity and risk;
  • Committed to continuous professional development, keeping abreast of current and forecast financial and regulatory developments; 

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • Fully qualified accountant (flexible on ACA,ACCA, CIMA);
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (both written and verbal)
  • Fully proficient in MS Office, Advanced user of Excel
  • Tenacious with an eye for detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and use initiative to resolve issues but escalate problems or questions as appropriate
  • Resilient, positive, adaptable and open-minded
  • Personable, team player with a willingness to “muck in”
  • Results-orientated with ability to work under pressure, and to use initiative to resolve issues (a completer/finisher);
  • Prepared to travel to regional offices if required

Low&Behold is serious about offering its staff the best possible environment in which to thrive professionally, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Our benefits are regularly reviewed and updated, in consultation with the whole team.

Current benefits include:

  • A competitive salary, reviewed annually in line with industry averages
  • 9–day fortnight
  • Life assurance
  • Hybrid working options
  • Excellent ongoing professional development support