Finance Director

Wheale Thomas Hodgins PLC
Attractive package
07 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017
Dynamic Private Organisation Devon - Attractive Package Our client, Crediton Dairy ( is the UK’s leading dairy drinks business, producing a comprehensive range of flavoured, functional and fortified chilled milk drinks, as well as long life milks & creams. Located in the heart of Devon, they are dedicated to producing great tasting dairy products packed with natural goodness, vitality and flavour. Crediton Dairy plays an integral role in the local and rural economy. Situated in the centre of the mid-Devon market town of Crediton, they are a major employer and user of local services and suppliers and play a key role in helping to sustain the area’s dairy farming enterprises. This role will be a key member of the executive team, leading projects to improve financial performance, driving improvement and development of business processes and providing support to commercial and operational decision making by managers in all areas. You will be an integral part of the strategic planning and decision making processes surrounding investment and business expansion decisions. This role leads a small team responsible for IT, finance and SAP systems and will need to encourage a proactive approach to problem solving, a culture of continuous improvement, effective prioritisation and a can do attitude. You will ensure effective and efficient systems are in place to produce management information, analysis and reports. There is a need to proactively engage management across the business, monitoring key drivers and KPI’s, improving efficiency and protecting/maintaining margin. The remit covers the business planning and budgetary control cycle of the business in addition to the monitoring of performance trends and commercial analysis – it is vital that the executive team of this fast moving and developing business are provided with strong controls and robust reporting. Statutory reporting and HMRC compliance will be ensured in an efficient and timely manner. Prospects will be qualified accountants with a proven track record of achievement in an SME environment. Technical skills are a given, commercial acumen a necessity. Process improvement is a key area of the role and candidates must be skilled at analysing business objectives and finding ways of streamlining and improving business processes. Candidates will have a financial and commercial focus and experience of the FMCG or retail sectors would be advantageous. A pro-active, self-starting, enquiring mind is essential to get “under the figures” and understand the key drivers. Clarity of purpose, communication and reporting is second nature with the personal stature to influence up to Board level and to represent the Company externally. If you are interested, please contact Tom O’Neill with a full CV, quoting ref 4407/INT.