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.
Divisional Finance Director
Our client is a dynamic and well-known international leisure business that has achieved great success to date. As a market leader, the business has an exciting strategic vision and ambitious growth plans. To facilitate and support this continued expansion, our client is recruiting a Divisional Finance Director for one of its key business units based in the Midlands. As an integral member of the senior management team you will work closely with the Divisional Managing Director and Group Finance Director, to support the growth of the business. Key responsibilities will include: Functioning as a business partner to the Divisional Managing Director, developing and implementing the strategic direction, providing a clear vision of short-term and longer-term goals Providing leadership with strong financial support, analysis and commercial challenge for all decision making on a broad range of finance, commercial and operational matters Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions and highlighting any risks and opportunities in order to maximise growth and profitability 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 - maintaining tight controls, driving continuous improvements, best practice and efficiencies Leading, developing and mentoring a finance team The successful candidate will be a 'hands on', technically strong and commercially astute senior finance professional, with significant operational exposure in a broad finance leadership capacity. You will be comfortable dealing with the complexity of multiple revenue streams. Prior management experience is essential. 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.