Graham Thornton

Graham Thornton

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.

Graham's faithful fancy dressed companion is Honey​

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Senior Finance Manager


Senior Finance Manager C£85,000 + 20% bonus + excellent benefits Central London + WFH FTSE 250 This market leading organisation operates in multiple countries, providing a range of services to corporate customers. Due to an internal promotion within a substantial and highly profitable division, the business is now seeking a talented Senior Finance Manager. Leading a small team, the role includes: Delivering divisional budget/forecast/strategic plan to Divisional CEO and FD along with analysis to highlight key assumptions, judgement, risks and opportunities Managing the month end process, flash (WD3), final (WD6), compiling and reviewing/commenting on P&L, OCF, key drivers Key involvement in operational review meetings, working closely with business managers First review of capex requests to ensure are of high quality and meet Group requirements Providing technical advice to the business, i.e., accounting impact of new business wins and implementation of new accounting standards including education of the wider business on the impact as necessary. Resolving ad hoc queries from ExCom, Group Finance, external audit Running the annual review of balance sheet reconciliations across the division to improve quality and compliance Candidate profile requirements: Chartered accountant Mid to large sized company background, ideally within a matrix environment In-depth experience of FP&A and managing the month end reporting cycle Sound knowledge of technical accounting standards High degree of intellectual horsepower Excellent communication skills This is a high profile role, with acute visibility across the division and wider Group. This business has a proven track record of career development and rapid progression for high achievers who can demonstrate a background of tangible success.

Finance Director - Rapid growth division


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Divisional Finance Director


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Head of Commercial Finance - DACH


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Senior Commercial Finance Manager


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