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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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Financial Controller

Jersey, Channel Isles

Financial Controller Jersey C£75,000 + benefits Growing consumer facing business is experiencing sustained success and has created the new position of Financial Controller. Managing a small team and reporting to the Group FD, the role includes: Creation of Board level management reporting pack Implementation of robust internal controls Insightful analysis on business performance Cash flow forecasting Budgeting, planning and forecasting Business case creation Investment appraisals Coaching and development of the finance team As a qualified accountant, you will have a broad mix of financial experience spanning statutory reporting, financial control and decision support. Comfortable partnering a range of stakeholders from General Manager to Group Finance, you will have high levels of emotional intelligence, broad commercial acumen and be comfortable getting hands on with a small but rapidly growing business.

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 impressive 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 and 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 an organisation with several international entities. With a blend of experience across technical accounting, consolidation, 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.

Financial Controller - Business Partner to SLT

London, England

Leading independent Media agency Financial Controller - business partner to SLT 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 partner the UK management team. Managing a team, the role includes: Business partnering the UK commercial heads and senior leadership team Will drive business performance Client performance analysis Set KPIs Educate the business heads on commercial finance Create and review business cases Prepare budgets, forecasts, 3-year plans and Board presentations on UK business performance and future state Ad Hoc analysis & project work for the CFO and CEO You will be a qualified accountant with a demonstrable track record of quickly getting under the skin of the business to understand and influence the commercial drivers. 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 commercial savvy and the ability to translate finance for the business are an absolute must. This is a high profile, business partnering role that will give you the opportunity to quickly make an enormous impression across the entire business.

Group FP&A Manager

London, England

Group FP&A Manager £75,000 + benefits FTSE250 market leader Central London This FTSE250 market leader has experienced consistent and positive change over the last few years and continues to invest significant funds into external growth and internal improvements. The Group FP&A team is a well-respected, high calibre unit that plays a pivotal role in guiding local and regional performance, driving insight and understanding across multiple cross functional leaderships teams. The role includes: Working across the Group functions and with significant interaction with divisional senior management Development of the 3 year strategic plan, annual budget process and regular forecasting Manipulation of financial models to analyse business performance across territories, making recommendations where appropriate Balance sheet reviews and deep dive of group wide performance Ensuring group wide adherence to internal controls framework Preparation of insightful monthly reporting for the Board Scenario modelling and what-if analysis Supporting M&A activity Regular ad-hoc project involvement As a qualified accountant (ideally Big 4 trained) with good analytical and audit experience, you will have first class communication skills, a thirst to get under the skin of the business to understand performance and a track record of successfully influencing senior management. Strong modelling and technical accounting skills are critical as are high levels of emotional intelligence, ambition and an innately commercial mindset. This role is a critical link between Group Exec and divisional performance and has a proven track record of leading to divisional senior leadership opportunities. This opportunity would ideally suit an experienced, Big 4 trained CA looking for their first move out of industry.

Head of Finance - Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Head of Finance - partnering Country General Manager Madrid, Spain Rapidly growing, entrepreneurial Retail/Technology business Circa €100,000 + benefits This incredibly fast growing and exciting brand has taken the market by storm, establishing operations from scratch across Europe, partly through the hiring of impressively talented and hungry individuals. There is now a newly created requirement for a senior finance professional to join the management team of the Spanish business, based in Madrid to own finance for the country operations. This high profile role includes: Finance Business Partner to the Country General Manager and local Exec team Supporting Sales & Marketing teams with various projects including product launches, marketing campaigns, trade terms etc All round support including modelling, analysis, ROI insights and reporting Development of financial performance metrics Implementation of robust financial controls Manage the outsourced transactional accounting relationship You will be a hands-on, experienced accountant with experience working within a fast moving Consumer focused or Technology company. Fluent in both English and Spanish, you will have an impressive blend of both financial control and commercial finance knowledge, have demonstrably high levels of emotional intelligence and the ability to excel within a dynamic, hands-on and rapidly growing environment.

Head of Finance - Milan, Italy

Italy, Italy

Head of Finance - partnering Country General Manager Milan, Italy Rapidly growing, entrepreneurial Retail/Technology business Circa €100,000 + benefits This incredibly fast growing and exciting brand has taken the market by storm, establishing operations from scratch across Europe, partly through the hiring of impressively talented and hungry individuals. There is now a newly created requirement for a senior finance professional to join the management team of the Italian business, based in Milan to own finance for the country operations. This high profile role includes: Finance Business Partner to the Country General Manager and local Exec team Supporting Sales & Marketing teams with various projects including product launches, marketing campaigns, trade terms etc Commercial support including modelling, analysis, ROI insights and reporting Development of financial performance metrics Implementation of robust financial controls Manage the outsourced transactional accounting relationship You will be a hands-on, experienced accountant with experience working within a fast moving Consumer or Technology company. Fluent in both English and Italian, you will have an impressive blend of both financial control and commercial finance knowledge, have demonstrably high levels of emotional intelligence and the ability to excel within a dynamic, hands-on and rapidly growing environment.

Financial Controller

West London, London

Divisional Financial Controller West London C£90,000 Media Sector This highly profitable, medium sized, international Media business is seeking a charismatic Financial Controller. Leading a team of qualified and part qualified accountants, with end to end finance ownership and reporting to the Divisional CFO, the role includes: Integral member of the divisional senior leadership team, owning the delivery of financial reporting and control Overseeing the delivery of regular management reporting, insightful analysis, budgeting & forecasting Provision of decision support to enhance the operational management of the business Partnering commercial senior stakeholders, providing commercial insight for the division Ownership of balance sheet and cash flow Leading and coaching a talented team of finance professionals Key point for contact for the business unit for External and Internal Audits. Key point of contact for Group Finance including day to day deliverables, reporting and their preparation of statutory accounts and tax submissions. You will be a qualified accountant with experience of leading and developing a team, building strong cross-functional relationships and ensuring right first time reporting. With high levels of emotional intelligence and impressive communication skills, you will also have experience of owning the financial control environment and have a demonstrable background of functional and team improvement. This is a high profile Financial Control, offering genuine ownership and autonomy.

Group FP&A Manager

London, England

Group FP&A Manager Business Services market leader Central London This Business Services market leader has experienced consistent and positive change over the last few years and continues to invest significant funds into external growth and internal improvements. The Group FP&A team is a well-respected, high calibre unit that plays a pivotal role in guiding local and regional performance, driving insight and understanding across multiple cross functional leaderships teams. The role includes: Working across the Group functions and with significant interaction with divisional senior management Development of the 3 year strategic plan, annual budget process and regular forecasting Manipulation of financial models to analyse business performance across territories, making recommendations where appropriate Preparation of insightful monthly reporting for the Board Scenario modelling and what-if analysis Supporting M&A activity Regular ad-hoc project involvement As a qualified accountant (ideally Big 4 trained) with in-depth analytical experience, you will have first class communication skills, a thirst to get under the skin of the business to understand performance and a track record of successfully influencing senior management. Excellent modelling skills are critical as are high levels of emotional intelligence, ambition and an innately commercial mindset. This role is a critical link between Group Exec and divisional performance and has a proven track record of leading to divisional senior leadership opportunities.

Senior Group Finance Systems Manager

London, England

Senior Group Finance Systems Manager Technology sector - multi $bn revenues Central London This Technology sector leader has experienced consistent and positive change over the last few years and continues to invest significant funds into external growth and internal improvements. Part of this ongoing investment includes IT improvements which will facilitate improved business performance and transparency. Working across the Group functions and with significant interaction with divisional senior management, this new role has been created to the high profile link between Group finance and IT. As a qualified accountant with a deep understanding of technical accounting, control frameworks and ideally an awareness of SOX, you will also have the ability to translate IT into finance and vice versa. A prerequisite for this influential, high profile and change leadership role, you will have demonstrably impressive communication skills and the potential to move through further career developing levels. Flexible as to whether still within Practice or out in Industry.