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Lauren Druce

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Lauren Druce

Director - Finance

Lauren joined in 2011 from Skillcapital, a specialist executive search consultancy. Whilst there, Lauren focussed on the placement of CFOs and Finance Directors into pan-European private equity backed business. Prior to Skillcapital, Lauren worked in executive search within the Industrial team at Odgers Berndtson, placing executive and non-executive management into both public and private companies. A History graduate from the University of Birmingham, Lauren maintains that the key to a successful career in recruitment is the ability to forge lasting relationships built on integrity, trust and transparency.

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Financial Controller

London, England

Technically Strong Financial Controller / Central London / Banded Multi-Site Leisure / £80,000 + Benefits A technically strong Financial Controller is required for a growing, multi-site leisure business with a strong brand name and an impressive track record of growth. This is a key appointment within the finance function as the business continues to expand and is looking strengthen its reporting capability. The Financial Controller will have full ownership for all areas of group finance and reporting as well as delivering process and controls improvements. Key Responsibilities: Taking ownership of the production of high-quality financial accounts and reports for both monthly internal management and statutory purposes Driving through best practice by identifying process and controls improvements for financial reporting and then implementing the identified changes Building a 'best in class' transactional accounting function, providing strategic oversight and direction for all transactional accounting including AP, AR and general ledger Identifying and driving actions to simplify operational procedures, implement process efficiencies, and establishing and embedding improved reporting frameworks Leading, mentoring and developing the finance team Experience Required: Qualified accountant Strong technical background with experience of group financial reporting Proven track record of process improvement and delivering efficiencies within a change environment Team management Owning cashflow management Hands on and able to immerse in the detail Flexible thinking with a dynamic and innovative approach to new business challenges The Financial Controller will be a confident self-starter, with have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and build strong relationships. You will have the credibility and gravitas to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner. With clear enthusiasm and drive you will thrive in a change environment. If you are interested in applying for this Financial Controller role please apply below.

Finance Analyst

London, England

Commercial Finance Analyst / London / International Branded Consumer / £53,000 + Benefits A Commercial Finance Analyst is required for an instantly recognisable international consumer brand based in London. This is a high-profile role providing a key interface between Finance and the broader business, providing insightful and robust commercial analysis to support decision making processes. Commercial Finance Analyst Responsibilities: Acting as a strong business partner, supporting commercial and operational decision-making across the organisation to drive increased revenue and EBITDA Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities to improve business performance Driving strategic direction and developing the mid to long term financial plans businesses Managing budgeting, forecasting and planning process, and in-depth analysis of business drivers across multiple cost centres Delivering improved management information, developing new reports and models as appropriate Experience Required: Qualified Accountant (ACA / ACCA / CIMA) Experience of operating in a fast paced environment Proven business partner - able to contribute to high-level strategic decision making Able to interact with and develop working relationships internally and externally Track record of delivering value add analysis Confident, 'hands on' and pro-active self-starter Credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams Forward looking and challenging mindset Excellent progression opportunities exist for the successful candidate. If you are interested in applying for this Commercial Finance Analyst role please apply below!