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Graham Thornton

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Graham Thornton

Director - Finance

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.

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Group Financial Controller

London, England

Group Financial Controller London C£120,000 + benefits Multi-site Leisure Sector This listed market-leading, multi-site leisure business has delivered consistently rapid growth with a 50% increase in share price over the past two years. It has done so through organic expansion, acquisitions and driving exciting innovation across the sector that is changing how we spend our leisure time. The business' ambitious expansion plans remain on track and it continues to open new sites across the UK. To facilitate this continued success, it now is seeking to strengthen its management team by recruiting a strong Group Financial Controller. As the right hand person to the CFO, you will; Create and enhance a strong and robust financial controls environment, analysing the current state, identifying improvement opportunities and executing efficiencies Own all external reporting, technical accounting, tax and treasury Oversee the delivery of transactional processes Lead a team, identifying skills gaps and coaching individuals to their maximum potential Own the development of the financial systems, creating the methodology to maximise functionality Own the external relationship, preparing the annual audit information and acting as first point of contact for the audit advisors Provide financial support on ad-hoc projects including investment cases, corporate development activities and acquisitions Support the CFO in developing the vision and strategy for the finance team As a highly credible and emotionally intelligent chartered accountant, you will have first class communications skills and demonstrate significant levels of intellectual horsepower. You will also have in-depth technical accounting knowledge, combined with practical experience of financial control within a divisional or group PLC environment. With experience of creating and leading a best in class finance function, you will easily be able to build cross-functional relationships and display a transparent track record of adding value. This is a high profile and critical hire which will play a crucial role in the continued growth of this fast paced, hands-on, values driven organisation.

Group Financial Controller

London, England

Leading independent global Media agency Group Financial Controller C£90,000 Central London This international, privately owned media agency has grown at a phenomenal rate, rapidly expanding into new territories and able to demonstrate a client portfolio of global power brands. It is now seeking a charismatic finance professional to take ownership for Group finance, creating an accounting environment that reflects the forecast growth. This high profile role includes: Establish a global consolidation mechanism Accounting advice around new market launches Prepare and present Group wide financial performance materials for the Board Create the accounting policies document Drive the budgeting and reforecasting process Point of contact for external audit advisors Overhaul weekly flash reports Create a holistic view of group performance Drive improved clarity across client P&Ls Improve financial understanding across commercial heads Ad Hoc analysis & project work for the CFO and CEO You will be a qualified accountant with a demonstrable track record of creating and/or enhancing the financial reporting environment across several international entities. With a blend of experience across technical accounting, consolidations, report writing, Board level presentations and ideally, group level FP&A, you will know what best practice looks like and have the strength of personality to execute it. With immediate and obvious gravitas, energy and an innate desire to get stuck in, you will have a track record of thriving in an environment than operates at pace, is constantly changing, is experiencing growing pains and needs firm financial leadership. Experience of the Media sector is not essential however, strong excel skills, stakeholder management, a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to translate finance for the business are an absolute must. This is a high profile role that will give you the opportunity to quickly make an enormous impression across the entire business.

FP&A Manager

London, England

FP&A Manager Central London PE backed Software business C£75,000 + bonus etc This rapidly expanding software business has an established presence across a small number of international territories and is executing a dynamic plan to more than double in size of the next 4 years. Part of that plans includes the need for an impressive FP&A Manager to help provide clarity of business performance, both tactical and strategic. Reporting to the CFO and with daily interaction with the Exec team, the role includes: Producing the annual budget and three year plan, including significant modelling and working with business owners to translate operational inputs into financial outcomes Monthly Forecasting - constructing an accurate monthly rolling forecast to track predicted performance vs plan. Development and production of financial and non-financial KPIs, including daily, weekly and monthly dashboard reporting. Monthly production of Board Pack financial information Partnering business leaders by providing financial rigour around decisions and proposals appropriate for CEO and CFO sign off Providing information required to assist external investors Production of external reports for potential new investment and or funding As a qualified accountant with in-depth FP&A experience, you will have played a key role in driving best practice FP&A improvements. You will also have demonstrably high levels of intellectual horsepower, communication skills and a structured and logical approach to business methodology. Ideally, but not essential is experience of Software or a related sector. Critical is apparent commercial acumen, emotional intelligence and a hunger to drive improved changed through a fast paced and successful business.