Starting his recruitment career in 1997, Graham worked for a small number of leading international recruitment organisations before joining Cedar in 2004 shortly after its inception. The majority of his career has been spent sourcing mid to senior level finance professionals, working closely with a diverse mix of clients. Graham’s success is based on creating robust, long term relationships with transparent and candid communication. This, combined with a fixation on delivery, has resulted in an exceptional network and a deep understanding of the value of a genuine recruitment partner. Graham is an avid cyclist, Liverpool FC supporter, keen gardener and father of twin daughters.
Financial Controller Digital Consumer Sector PE Backed Circa £80,000 + benefits Central London This is one of the UK's best known digital consumer brands, backed by a progressive PE house and experiencing consistent and sustained YoY double digit growth. The time to join is now, with exciting M&A on the agenda, inspirational business leaders joining and multiple capex projects underway to re-enforce a market leading position. As part of the ongoing growth of the business it is now seeking a dynamic Financial Controller to play a key role in providing financial guidance to the leadership team. Reporting to the CFO and leading an end-to-end financial control team, you will: Implement a transparent and rigorous financial control structure, ensuring a 'no surprises' reporting environment Manage the month-end process and reporting cycles, including forecasts and monthly management information Drive improved yet simplified data insight through the organisation, partnering business heads where necessary and helping to facilitate a transparent understanding of business performance Deliver improved management information and developing new reports and models that are appropriate for non-finance stakeholder consumption Provide insight, analysis and recommendations in relation to performance assessment and improvement, financial sustainability, and investment cases. Take the existing financial function and continue the automation and simplification of the structure Oversee the consolidation of the monthly/annual results Provide ongoing risk and opportunity assessments of the business, including full accountability for ensuring robust corporate governance and compliance and ensuring readiness for future corporate activity, i.e. acquisitions or divestments Coach and develop the team, ensuring clarity of purpose, development plans are in place and a collaborative and supportive team environment is sustained As a highly credible finance professional with impressive levels of gravitas, intellectual horsepower and technical accounting knowledge, you will have demonstrable experience of owning an end-to-end finance function, having successfully implemented a best practice financial control environment. With a natural hands-on approach to a rapid growth environment, you will easily demonstrate the skills and behaviours to operate at ground level in a shirt sleeves rolled up capacity and simultaneously able to provide high level guidance and leadership. Whilst experience of working within a PE backed environment would be preferred, to be successful in this role you must have experience of working within a creative and dynamically changing, fast paced and agile business where you will have coached a team to enhanced performance and executed measurable business improvement. Personality and behaviours are a key element for the successful candidate. Humility, business acumen, first class communication skills, attention to detail and a confidence in your own ability are pre-requisite if you are to excel within this dynamic, fast paced and exhilarating environment.
Senior Finance Business Partner
Senior Finance Business Partner Consumer Sector C£80,000 + impressive benefits West London This well-known and highly successful brand has undergone a significant digital transformation over the past 5 years which has enabled it to execute industry leading innovation. This dynamic business is now seeking to appoint an impressive Senior Finance Business Partner. Managing a small team, you will: Partner a variety of commercial heads to drive improved revenue performance Improve the understanding of business performance and associated insight Lead the forecasting and long term planning Oversee the delivery of month end analysis and commentary Review and sign off on top line focused business cases, centered around business growth initiatives As a qualifed finance professional with impressive levels of intellectual horsepower and emotional intelligence, you will also display immediate hunger and drive with a willingness to get stuck in. You will have demonstrable experience of successfully partnering commercial teams, bringing genuine insight and clarity to business critical relationships, having enabled tangible growth. The ideal candidate will come from a large, complex business that has the consumer front and centre of everything that it does. This is a business critical profile position, engaging with multiple commercial stakeholders, that will give you the profile and springboard to excel within this exciting brand.
Senior Manager, Commercial Finance
Senior Manager, Commercial Finance Consumer Sector C£90,000 + Impressive Benefits West London This well-known and highly successful brand has undergone a significant digital transformation over the past 5 years which has enabled it to execute industry leading innovation. This dynamic business is now seeking to appoint an impressive Senior Manager, Commercial Finance. Managing a small team, you will: Partner a variety of commercial heads to drive improved revenue performance Improve the understanding of business performance and associated insight Lead the forecasting and long term planning Oversee the delivery of month end analysis and commentary Review and sign off on top line focused business cases, centered around business growth initiatives As a senior finance professional with impressive levels of intellectual horsepower and emotional intelligence, you will also display immediate hunger and drive with a willingness to get stuck in. You will have demonstrable experience of successfully partnering commercial teams, bringing genuine insight and clarity to business critical relationships, having enabled tangible growth. The ideal candidate will come from a large, complex business that has the consumer front and centre of everything that it does. This is a business critical profile position, engaging with multiple commercial stakeholders, that will give you the profile and springboard to excel within this exciting brand.
Finance Director £100k + excellent benefits Media Sector London Market leading and acquisitive international media business is seeking an experienced senior finance professional to own end-to-end finance across the European segment. Partnering the business and leading a team, you will: Identify and execute major change and improvements across financial reporting Create meaningful and insightful management information, delivering commercially orientated analysis and observations Develop robust processes around budgeting, planning and forecasting Build business critical relationships with business heads and Group Automate accounting methodology process Actively involved in external client conversations Coach and develop the existing team, providing clear leadership and guidance As an experienced senior finance professional you will have high levels of intellectual horsepower and demonstrate a mix of both technical accounting and commercial finance experience. Key to this role will be proven and repeated experience of successful team leadership and ownership of end-to-end finance. Ideally from the Media sector or similar, you will have the passion and energy to excel within this fantastically exciting environment
Finance Director £80,000 Media Sector Central London Rapidly expanding SME Media business with an established international presence is seeking a charismatic Finance Director. Reporting to the Founder and working closely with the Exec team you will: Create meaningful & value-add management reporting, creating insight and clarity across the business including understanding of performance by client Improve financial controls and reporting, automating processes where relevant Create transparent lines of communication across territories including flow of relevant and accurate financial information Coach the team, enabling the individuals to achieve best possible delivery outputs Own end-to-end finance, enabling the Exec to grow the business both locally and overseas Help prepare the business for a future transaction To excel in this fast moving and dynamic environment you will need to be qualified accountant with a broad understanding of both technical accounting process and commercial finance. Having delivered tangible success within a SME environment, you will demonstrate the gravitas and communication skills to partner an Exec team, influencing a variety of personality types and business functions. Knowledge of international territories is a must, as is a hands on approach to a fast paced and entrepreneurial SME environment.
Group Financial Controller
City of London, London
Group Financial Controller Software Sector London - Shoreditch C£100,000 + excellent benefits This privately owned Software business based in Shoreditch has experienced incredible growth over the past 5 years. Clients include big brand names across the UK and international territories. To facilitate its ambitious expansion plans the company is now seeking a highly impressive Group Financial Controller. Reporting to the CFO and managing a small skilled team, the role includes; Full ownership of the day-to-day financial control environment Analyse the current financial process methodology, make recommendations and execute implementation of scale up and improvements Production and evolution of the P&L, balance sheet and KPI reporting Own cash flow management and forecasting Review, document and improve current business processes and controls Enhance and maximise efficiencies and outputs of financial systems Provide accounting expertise around future acquisitions As a qualified accountant with a broad mix of both technical accounting expertise and 'business savvy', you will have demonstrable experience of delivering tangible benefit within the software sector. With a high degree of intellectual horsepower, a logical mindset and obvious leadership skills, you will have experienced a best practice finance function, will know what good looks like and be able to create the correct environment to help accelerate the growth of this very exciting and successful business.
Head of Internal Controls & Assurance
Head of Internal Controls & Assurance C£90,000 + benefits Central London FMCG Market Leader This market leading, internationally renowned FMCG business has experienced both acquisitive and organic growth over the past 3 years. With exciting plans for growth in place, this dynamic organisation is about to embark on a significant and rapid expansion plan. Several years of consistent success have come through the development of exciting innovations within its field and this business prides itself at being at the forefront of technological advances across the sector. International expansion plans remain on track and the organisation continues to bid for and win high profile contracts. As a result of this continued success, the organisation has now created the new position of Head of Internal Controls & Assurance. In this business critical position, leading a team and reporting to the Group Financial Controller, you will; Play a key role in linking the activities of risk management, audit, programme assurance and change management to create a robust governance framework. Own the execution of controls improvements across the business Build an effective, flexible resource model to provide appropriate depth and breadth of skills to deliver the Internal Controls & Assurance plan. Lead and coach a talented and ambitious team Providing proactive advice to the business on risk management and controls to support the continuous improvement of the control environment. Own, develop and communicate the Group Finance Policy Manual including a minimum standard of internal controls Ensure the tracking and follow-up of management actions to address identified control gaps, including holding action owners accountable for delivery Work closely with Group Finance and Business Units to identify risks and mitigations, make appropriate recommendations, monitor, test and report progress of actions Work closely with legal, finance and relevant departments to monitor and report on key financial compliance issues As a credible and emotionally intelligent Chartered Accountant you will have first class communications skills and demonstrably high levels of intellectual horsepower. You will easily build cross-functional relationships, have proven experience of business partnering experience and providing financial process and technical accounting advice. You will either be an experience Senior Manager within Practice or in a similar role within Industry. This is a high profile and critical hire which will play a key role in the continued success of this growing business.