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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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Head of Revenue Accounting

London, England

A Head of Revenue Accounting is required for an incredibly fast growing and exciting international brand that has taken the market by storm. This is a newly created role within an environment that is establishing operations from scratch across Europe and is actively hiring impressively talented and hungry individuals to support this aggressive growth trajectory. This is a key appointment within the EMEA finance function ensuring the revenue recognition and reporting needs are correctly reflected for the group and that accurate and timely reporting is available for the EMEA leadership team. Responsibilities will include: Full ownership of the EMEA revenue accounting and revenue recognition function, from a strategic and day-to-day perspective Developing and implementing a revenue accounting framework, ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain EMEA-wide revenue accounting policies and procedures, and drive continuous improvement and efficiencies Providing technical support on all revenue related matters, engaging with the business to provide revenue recognition compliant solutions Working closely with the Accounts Receivable team and Shared Service Centre to ensure deliverables and expectations relating to the revenue area are met The successful candidate will be a hands-on qualified accountant with a strong understanding of managing revenue recognition in a growth environment. Proven experience of identifying and delivering improvements to revenue accounting and order-to-cash processes is key. A demonstrable track record of working in large-scale, complex environments, across international territories with will also be essential. Prior experience of operating in technology, FMCG or broader consumer sectors would be highly advantageous. With outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to interact with and develop working relationships internally and cross-functionally. You will possess the visible credibility and gravitas to challenge and influence and will thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment.

FP&A Manager

London, England

An FP&A Manager is required for a well-known and growing international leisure group based in Central London. Reporting to the Head of FP&A, this is a broad role, where you will be working on a mix of financial planning, analysis, budgeting, forecasting and monthly reporting and you will be heavily involved in developing best practice for processes and controls. Key responsibilities will include: Owning the budgeting and forecasting processes Identifying and implementing improvements to support the delivery of insightful and value-add analysis of results, to deliver 'best in class' reporting Preparing business cases that are impactful, enable clear decision making and provide challenge and debate Supporting the provision of information for results announcements, including half year and annual results as well as interim management statements Ad hoc projects The successful candidate will be a 'hands on' qualified accountant with a strong understanding of FP&A reporting processes coupled with in-depth analytical skills. With high levels of intellectual horsepower, you will easily build cross-functional relationships and have demonstrable experience of forecasting, planning and analysis across a complex organisation. Prior experience of operating in the leisure or travel industry would be highly advantageous. You will have the credibility and gravitas to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner both inside and outside of finance. With clear enthusiasm, drive and proactivity, you will thrive in a fast paced and change-oriented environment and will be adept at prioritising workloads for you and others. Excellent progression opportunities exist for the successful candidate.

Divisional Financial Controller

Slough, Berkshire

A technically-oriented Divisional Financial Controller is required for a rapidly growing private equity-backed technology group with a strong brand name and impressive reputation within the market. Having achieved great success to date, the business has exciting and ambitious growth plans within the UK and through expansion into new territories. Reporting directly to the Finance Director this is a newly created role designed to support and facilitate growth. In this business critical leadership role, key responsibilities will include: Taking ownership of the production of high quality financial accounts and reports for the division for both monthly internal management and statutory purposes Identifying and driving actions to simplify operational procedures, implement process efficiencies, and establishing and embedding improved reporting frameworks Building a 'best in class' transactional accounting function, providing strategic oversight and direction for all transactional accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable and general ledger Maintaining relationships with key internal senior stakeholders Full accountability for ensuring robust corporate governance and compliance with all regulatory requirements Leading and developing the divisional finance team The successful candidate will be a hands-on, qualified Chartered Accountant, with a strong technical background and with prior experience of group financial reporting. You will have a proven track record of process improvement and delivering efficiencies within a change environment. Demonstrable experience of leading and developing a team will also be essential. Prior exposure to the travel industry and a fluency in French would be highly beneficial. A confident self-starter, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and build strong relationships across all levels. You will have the emotional intelligence, credibility and gravitas to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner. With demonstrable drive, enthusiasm and proactivity, you will thrive in a change-oriented and fast paced environment.

Financial Controller

London, England

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 and financial achievement. Having undergone a significant period of change, the group is looking strengthen its reporting capability by appointing a high-calibre, Financial Controller. Reporting directly to the CFO, this is a key appointment with broad exposure to senior management. With ownership for all areas of group finance, reporting, process and controls, key responsibilities will include: 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 accounts payable, accounts receivable 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 The successful candidate will be a hands-on, qualified accountant, with a strong technical background and with prior experience of group financial reporting. You will have a proven track record of process improvement and delivering efficiencies within a change environment. Demonstrable experience of leading and developing a team will also be essential. Prior experience of operating within a multi-site organisation and owning cashflow management will be key. You will be comfortable 'rolling up your sleeves' and immersing yourself in the detail. This role requires flexible thinking and a dynamic, innovative approach as new business challenges arise, as well as constantly looking for ways to move existing processes forward. As a confident self-starter, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills with 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.