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.
Corporate Development Director - Europe
West London, London
A Corporate Development Director - Europe is required for a well-known international multi-site consumer brand based in West London. Reporting directly to the International VP Corporate Development, you will play a key role in driving and implementing the Group's European strategic direction. With fantastic exposure across the business, this will be a highly visible role, with extensive exposure to senior management and stakeholders. Key responsibilities will include: Acting as a strong business partner to the Business Development team supporting commercial and operational decision-making across the organisation Conducting commercial due diligence to support transaction decisions Evaluating all potential acquisition targets, providing challenge through value add analysis and the delivery of feasibility studies and reports Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities The successful candidate will be an experienced Corporate Development specialist, with proven business partnering experience, exceptionally strong commercial expertise and strong working knowledge of transaction processes in the Leisure & Hospitality sectors. You will have a strong understanding of the transaction process, ideally across international territories. You will have a track record of designing and implementing new operating models, and delivering a feasibility reports and associated proposed strategies. A confident and pro-active self-starter, you will be comfortable contributing to high-level strategic decision making whilst being able to 'roll up your sleeves' and get into the detail. You will have a track record of developing and building strong relationships. With outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams. You will thrive in a change-oriented and fast-paced environment.
Divisional Finance Director
A Divisional Finance Director is required for a high-profile international Media client based in Central London, who represents some of the world's most recognisable global brands. As a key member of the senior management team you will report directly to the CFO. With full accountability for running all aspects of the division's finance function, key responsibilities will include: Functioning as a strong business partner to the Divisional Management team, supporting and challenging commercial and operational decision-making Ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain tight control, drive continuous improvement, best practice and efficiencies Taking ownership of the production of high quality financial accounts and reports for both monthly internal management and statutory purposes Full accountability for ensuring robust corporate governance and compliance with all regulatory requirements Providing effective leadership, development and ongoing motivation of the finance team The successful candidate will be a technically strong 'hands on' qualified accountant, with a commercial mindset. With a solid understanding of financial and accounting processes and strong reporting expertise you will be comfortable contributing to high-level strategic decision making whilst being able to 'roll up your sleeves' and get into the detail. A demonstrable track record of working in a senior leadership capacity, with an international remit will be essential. Prior experience of operating within an SME environment would be highly advantageous. With a broad business awareness, you will be a confident self-starter, with 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 and enthusiasm you will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.