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Harry Twort

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Harry Twort

Head of Private Equity
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Programme Manager

West London, London

Cedar are currently recruiting for an Programme Manager to manage the IFRS 16 implementation at an international leisure company based in West London on a 12 month contract. OVERALL PURPOSE IRFS 16 is an International Financial Reporting Standard which governs accounting for leases and it is mandatory for international company to adopt the standard as of December 1st 2019. Its implementation is considered to be a significantly larger project than the company's conversion from UK GAAP to IFRS and will impact all of the company's territories. The key role of the Programme Manager will be to oversee the successful implementation of IFRS 16 in the company to ensure regulatory and legislative compliance by the effective date. The role requires effective co-ordination of the programme's projects and managements of their inter-dependencies including oversight of any risks and issues arising. It will involve the implementation and integration of new operational and accounting software across the entire business including updated business processes and controls to ensure business as usual going forward. The Programme Manager will be managing a number of work streams and will provide regular updates to the Steering Committee, the board and the audit committee and other key stakeholders. The role is crucial for creating and maintaining focus, enthusiasm and momentum and ensuring delivery by the transition date of the 1st of December 2019. This role will be for 12 months. Key Responsibilities ·Developing and implementing an effective programme structure across the Group projects relating to IFRS 16 ·Pro-actively managing communications with all stakeholders including the Steering Committee, audit committee and the board of directors ·Identifying and developing the key milestones for the project ·Monitoring and tracking project milestones and escalating as necessary to the Steering Committee on regular basis ·Developing and maintaining the Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Dependencies (RAID) log and communicating this to the Steering Committee and Group PMO office on regular basis ·Managing the programme budget to ensure business benefits are achieved in a cost efficient manner ·Providing strong leadership to the project teams (in-house and 3rd party) and actively representing the project teams, ensuring effective relationships are built and maintained ·Ensuring that training is delivered consistently to all territories in an effective manner ·Managing both the dependencies and the interfaces between projects ·Managing the performance of the projects' teams, internal and external suppliers ·Mobilisation of the programme to ensure success from the start e.g. recruitment of roles in to the programme ensures relevant skills and experience ·Managing the IT schedule and resource dependencies to mitigate potential conflict between programmes to keep timelines on track ·Working closely with the company's IT team to ensure timely and successful implementation and integration of associated software solutions THE PERSON Technical Knowledge, Skills & Experience Essential: ·Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills ·Expert knowledge of relevant project management methodologies, development lifecycles etc. ·Expert knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and governing large programmes that comprise multiple projects simultaneously, including risk management ·Expert knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures ·Strong presentation and report writing skills ·Ability to present large amounts of data in user-friendly formats ·Advances skills in Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint ·Good knowledge of resource tools and techniques ·Good knowledge of data structures, flows and modeling ·Good knowledge of tendering, product selection and assessment ·Ability to problem solve and pre-empt problems ·Ability to work in a "matrix" environment where results may need to be achieved through influence as well as direct control ·Experience in implementation of finance and software projects ·Extensive experience of delivering complex programmes and projects in a Retail and or Contact Centre environment ·Extensive experience of managing 3rd parties Desirable: Programme Management Qualification (MSP or similar) ·Project Management Qualification (APM, PRINCE 2 or similar) ·Experience with working with Private Equity businesses ·Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards ·Good knowledge of IFRS 16 ·Experience of implementing IFRS 16 Personal attributes ·Ability to communicate and engage with people across all levels ·Ability to effectively delegate responsibilities and empower people across the business to get involved ·Considers all the appropriate factors when deciding a course of action; able to rapidly assimilate the information available on which to base a decision and make firm decisions quickly ·Remains composed in stressful situations and maintains their cool under pressure ·Has empathy and compassion towards others ·Has a strong sense of right and wrong and high ethical standards ·A team builder and player who can keep the team spirit alive through the highs and lows of a project ·Good sense of humour

Fund COO

City of London, London

Cedar Private Equity are currently working with a Global Investment House who are launching a small fund ($50mn) with an interesting new investment proposition in a new but rapidly growing global market. The fund is targeting a 3 to 4 times money return. Our client is looking for a Fund COO, possibly on a part-time basis. This is an immediate requirement as our client aim to market the fund soon after Easter (If not sooner). Relevant Experience & Responsibilities Experience of Fund Structures and how and where to set them up. (Currently considering Luxembourg or Canary Islands as a location) Understanding of the regulatory structure of funds (UK and Overseas) Understanding of the Account / Audit process for a fund. Experience of applying for UK onshore permissions Experience of support and investor reporting functions to enable the smooth running of the fund for the Investment House Experience of going through the growth process with a fund. Experience of communicating with the investors (Front Office) Day-to-day running of the business (Hiring and firing within a fund, this role will require the hiring of Fund Raisers and Analysts) ­­Location - Mayfair (Opportunity for flexible working)