Financial Director, Cheshire, North Shropshire & Staffordshire

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring to the attention of a broad range of clients the very highest quality candidates, this week we are representing a highly experienced Financial Director and Company Secretary, who, by dint of living in Crewe is interested in roles across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Shropshire.

An ACMA qualified accountant with fifteen years’ experience as Financial Director and Company Secretary, he has had extensive exposure to all aspects of business as a key board member. Additionally, he is highly skilled at raising finance from banks, asset finance companies and venture capitalists and has enjoyed significant international commercial and staff management experience.

In addition to all accounting and company secretarial duties, treasury management of £,$ and € accounts, budget preparation, and cashflow forecasting on a daily, weekly and annual basis, his experience and key achievements include managing turnover growth of 375% without increasing staffing levels. This expansion included sourcing new premises (increasing from 7,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft) relocating the business, organising all aspects of warehousing, racking and refurbishing the offices.

He has been a key member of MBO team, financed via combination of VC backing, invoice discounting and stock and mezzanine financing, but has also lead negotiations of two trade sales ensuring that full shareholder value has been achieved.

His financial skills include eliminating £4m of historical debt through introducing tighter cash management controls, successful negotiating of ‘Time to Pay’ agreement with HMRC and extension of other creditors to ensure survival after collapse of largest European customer, and countering the loss of two main UK customers by increasing exports from 0% to 66% of sales, successfully entering Europe, Eastern Europe, Far East, South America and US.

His wider business skills cover financial and contractual new business viability analysis including review of all tenders, and setting up new companies and routes to market in UK and Europe, including e-commerce.

This candidate is without doubt of the highest calibre, and comes with our highest recommendation; after all, we’ve found him his last two roles, placements which were ten years apart!

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