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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 Finance Manager- Strategic Projects

London, England

Group Finance Manager - Projects PE backed Engineering business Central London c£80,000 + bonus & benefits This market leading, internationally renowned PE backed Engineering business has experienced both acquisitive and organic growth over the past 3 years. Now backed by an ambitious PE firm and 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 Group Finance Manager - Projects. In this business critical position, reporting to the Group Finance Director, you will; Take ownership for the execution and delivery of group wide projects, including M&A support, business restructuring, driving improvements through local and overseas business units, Identify areas for improvements, advise on governance & compliance issues, drive improvements in reporting across multiple entities Develop and communicate the Group Finance Policy Manual including a minimum standard of internal controls Ad-hoc FP&A and financial modelling activities as and when required Providing proactive advice to the business on risk management and controls to support the continuous improvement of the controls environment. As a credible and emotionally intelligent accountant, you will have first class communications skills and demonstrably high levels of intellectual horsepower. You will easily build cross-functional relationships, have proven business partnering experience and have experience of providing financial process and technical accounting advice. With previous exposure to a capex intensive environment, i.e. manufacturing, engineering or construction, you will ideally, but not essential still be within practice as an experienced Manager or Senior Manager. Alternatively, you have already made a move into industry and are seeking to join a progressive and acquisitive PE backed environment. This is a high profile and critical hire which will play a key role in the continued success of this growing business.

Corporate Finance Specialist - Hedge Fund

London, England

Corporate Finance Specialist Leading mid-sized investment house C£90,000 + excellent benefits Central London This global investment house has grown at a rapid pace over the past 20 years, expanding its impressive portfolio of interests at an impressive rate. To support this continued growth, it has created an additional position within its Deal and Valuations Team. Operating across investment closing, investment management and valuations, this high profile role includes: Perform regular portfolio reviews, assessing investment performance and valuations Co-ordinate investment closings including structuring Support disposition process at both portfolio and asset level Regular liaison with external stakeholders including advisory firms and portfolio investments Financial, legal and tax due diligence for potential investments Budget creation and cash flow modelling Debt covenant compliance Complete asset-level valuations As a qualified ACA with experience in Transactional Services or similar, you will either still be within practice or have moved into industry as the finance support on valuations, deal structure and investment performance. With high levels of emotional intelligence, gravitas and communication skills you will be comfortable working across a multi-cultural portfolio, interfacing with senior internal and external stakeholders and operating at both a tactical and strategic level. Ideally but not essential, you will be fluent in an additional European language and have experience of the Energy, Consumer, Transport or Real Estate sectors.

Portfolio Specialist

London, England

Corporate Finance Portfolio Specialist Leading mid-sized investment house C£90,000 + excellent benefits Central London This global investment house has grown at a rapid pace over the past 20 years, expanding its impressive portfolio of interests at an impressive rate. To support this continued growth, it has created an additional position within its Deal and Valuations Team. Operating across investment closing, investment management and valuations, this high profile role includes: Perform regular portfolio reviews, assessing investment performance and valuations Co-ordinate investment closings including structuring Support disposition process at both portfolio and asset level Regular liaison with external stakeholders including advisory firms and portfolio investments Financial, legal and tax due diligence for potential investments Budget creation and cash flow modelling Debt covenant compliance Complete asset-level valuations As a qualified ACA with experience in Transactional Services or similar, you will either still be within practice or have moved into industry as the finance support on valuations, deal structure and investment performance. With high levels of emotional intelligence, gravitas and communication skills you will be comfortable working across a multi-cultural portfolio, interfacing with senior internal and external stakeholders and operating at both a tactical and strategic level. Ideally but not essential, you will be fluent in an additional European language and have experience of the Energy, Consumer, Transport or Real Estate sectors.

Head of FP&A

London, England

Head of FP&A Central London C£100,000 PE backed multi-site Consumer business This PE backed multi-site consumer business has grown at an enormous rate over the past 5 years, largely through acquisition, to its current size of c£250m. Operating in a highly fragmented, profitable and therefore opportunistic market, this company has ambitious growth targets and will continue to make acquisitions along its journey. To support the Group CFO and Board, the new position of Group Head of FP&A has been created to drive greater commercial understanding across the business. In this role you will: Lead the strategic planning process Lead the annual budget process Own forecasting and short-term reforecasting Preparation of Board level presentations for internal and external consumption Support further financing activities, i.e. raising new debt or equity Drive improvements through management reporting and transparent business insight Drive working capital improvements As an emotionally intelligent and commercially orientated senior finance professional, you will have high levels of intellectual horsepower and in-depth FP&A experience. You will have a worked in a multi-territory environment, successfully influencing senior stakeholders and driving genuine change and improvement across the business. Whilst previous exposure to a PE environment is not critical, an extremely impressive personality and delivery style, combined with immediately demonstrable levels of drive and ambition are non-negotiable.

Finance Director

London, England

Digital Media Finance Director Central London C£100,000 + benefits This award winning Digital Media Agency is growing at a rapid rate, working with multiple clue chip brands and bringing innovative and creative ideas to life. It is now seeking a commercially minded Finance Director to help the business further along its exciting evolution. Partnering the CEO and leading a small team, you will: Own financial and commercial management of the agency Working closely with the CEO, play a key role in the creation and execution of long range business plans, strategy and vision Identify and evaluate potential acquisition / merger targets and lead the execution of appropriate corporate transactions Ensure client plans are and contracts are commercially viable Overall delivery of a robust financial control and cash flow environment Establish KPI's business performance measures and drive business performance through data metrics As a charismatic and dynamic senior finance professional, you will have experience of running end-to-end finance and partnered the Senior leadership Team. You will also have experience of identifying and managing corporate transactions and will have worked within the Media sector. This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing digital media agency in a position that will add genuine value to the direction of the business.