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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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Finance Director

London, England

A Finance Director is required for a branded, entrepreneurial restaurant group with a unique customer offering and strong position in the market. The business has achieved great success to date and has exciting growth plans. In this newly created role you will be tasked with full ownership for the day to day finance function and will be a strong number two and trusted business partner to the CEO. Key responsibilities will include: Acting as a strong business partner to the CEO and broader management team, supporting commercial and operational decision-making across the organisation Managing and preparing all financial and management reporting, budgeting, forecasting, planning, annual accounts preparation, compliance, tax, payroll, KPIs and company cash flow to agreed deadlines Ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain tight control, drive continuous improvement, best practice and efficiencies Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities - including new site acquisitions, competitor and market analysis, marketing initiatives and supply chain / procurement processes Playing an active part in ad hoc projects including systems implementation and acquisitions The successful candidate will be a 'hands on' qualified accountant with proven experience of operating in a fast paced, multi-site, consumer focussed environment. You will be comfortable dealing with the complexity of multiple revenue streams. Prior experience of working within a growing SME, and ideally with previous exposure of operating in an owner-managed organisation would be highly desirable. 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. With exceptional communication skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams. You will have a commercial mind set, and the emotional intelligence to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner. With demonstrable drive and enthusiasm and will thrive in a change oriented and dynamic environment. This is an exciting opportunity to make a major commercial impact upon a growing organisation.

Finance Director

Bristol, England

Our client is a fast growing, entrepreneurial, Bristol-based manufacturing business, operating in a niche and highly lucrative market. With a clear strategic vision and ambitious growth plans, the business is looking to strengthen its finance capability by appointing a Finance Director. This newly created role is the most senior finance role within the organisation and you will be tasked with full ownership of the day to day finance function. Reporting directly to the CEO, key responsibilities will include: Acting as a strong business partner to the CEO and broader management team Managing and overseeing all financial and management reporting, budgeting, forecasting, planning, annual accounts preparation, compliance, tax, payroll, KPIs and company cash flow to agreed deadlines Providing financial and commercial analysis and information to support operational business decision making - analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities Driving through best practice by identifying process and controls improvements for financial reporting and then implementing the identified changes Proactive management, development and ongoing motivation of the team, ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain tight controls, drive continuous improvements and efficiencies to facilitate effective and fast paced growth Playing an active part in ad hoc projects including systems implementation The successful candidate will be a technically strong, commercially minded, qualified accountant with a demonstrable track record of working in a fast-paced, team oriented and entrepreneurial environment. A strong reporting background, with advanced Excel skills, and a demonstrable track record of managing, leading and successfully developing a finance team will be essential. Previous exposure of operating within an international manufacturing organisation with a proven understanding of different global business cultures will also be key. As 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. With exceptional communication skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with finance and non-finance teams alike, with the ability to build strong relationships and help drive the business forward.

Financial Controller

London, England

Our client is an entrepreneurial, international, luxury leisure group with a unique customer offering and strong position in the market. The business has achieved great success to date and has exciting growth plans. To support and facilitate this growth, the business is now looking to recruit a high calibre, commercially-oriented Financial Controller to take full accountability for running all aspects of the finance function. With significant exposure to senior management, key responsibilities will include: Acting as a strong business partner to the CEO and broader management team, supporting commercial and operational decision-making across the organisation Taking ownership of the production of high-quality financial accounts and reports for both monthly internal management and statutory purposes Ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain tight control, drive continuous improvement, best practice and efficiencies Managing budgeting, forecasting and planning process, delivering improved management information and developing new reports and models as appropriate Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities - including new site acquisitions, competitor and market analysis, marketing initiatives and supply chain / procurement processes The successful candidate will be a 'hands on' qualified accountant with proven experience of operating in a fast paced, multi-site, consumer focussed environment. You will be comfortable dealing with the complexity of multiple revenue streams. Prior experience of working within a growing SME would be highly desirable. 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. With exceptional communication skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams. You will have a commercial mind set, and the emotional intelligence to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner. The successful candidate will demonstrate visible drive and enthusiasm and will thrive in a change oriented and dynamic environment.

Group Financial Controller

London, England

A diversified investment fund is recruiting a hands-on Group Financial Controller. Reporting directly to the CFO and with full ownership and accountability for running all aspects of the finance function, you will play an integral role in managing relationships both internally and externally. Responsibilities will include: Ensuring appropriate structures are in place to service the business, maintain tight control, drive continuous improvement, best practice and efficiencies Preparing the monthly and year end management accounts, VAT, payroll and KPIs, statutory reporting and the business plan, budgets and forecasts Providing commercial analysis and insight to facilitate effective business decisions Building relationships across the wider business, acting as a key interface between finance and the operational divisions as well as external stakeholders Leading a team The successful candidate will be a well-rounded accountant with a strong reporting background and adaptable approach that enables you to simultaneously understand the business's long-term accounting needs whilst being able to 'roll your sleeves up' and get into the detail. Prior experience of working within an investment fund or family office would be highly advantageous. With exceptional communication skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams. You will have a commercial mind set, and the emotional intelligence to challenge current thinking and influence in a positive and constructive manner.

Group FP&A Manager

London, England

A Group FP&A Manager is required for a market-leading FTSE 50 client based in Central London. Reporting directly to the Group Financial Planning & Analysis Director, this will be a highly visible role, with extensive exposure to senior management. Key responsibilities will include: Owning the budgeting and forecasting processes across the Group 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, ideally within a listed environment. 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. 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.