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Finance Director (No.1 Finance)


£120k - £140k + Bonus + Equity per annum

London or Surrey


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About the Company: A dynamic and rapidly growing private equity-backed multi-site education business is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Finance Director. The company currently operates from 7 sites with a revenue of £8.5m and has ambitious plans to expand to 50 sites over the next 3-5 years through strategic acquisitions. This is a unique opportunity to join a forward-thinking organisation at a pivotal time in its growth trajectory, with a future exit strategy targeting either a trade sale or secondary buyout.

Position Overview: The Finance Director will play a critical role in steering the financial strategy of the business during this period of significant growth. This is a hands-on role requiring a strategic thinker who can build and develop the finance function to support the company’s expansion plans. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEO and senior management team to drive financial performance, ensuring robust financial controls, reporting, and compliance.

Key Responsibilities:

· Lead and manage the finance function, including financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis.

· Develop and implement financial strategies to support the company’s growth plans and acquisition strategy.

· Oversee all financial operations and direct corporate financial planning and structure.

· Ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial reporting and compliance with all statutory requirements.

· Manage relationships with investors, banks, auditors, and other external stakeholders.

· Provide strategic recommendations to the CEO and Board of Directors based on financial analysis and projections.

· Monitor and manage cash flow, ensuring the company’s liquidity needs are met.

· Drive cost efficiency and identify opportunities for financial improvement.

· Support due diligence and integration processes for acquisitions.

· Build and lead a high-performing finance team, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.

Qualifications and Experience:

· ACA, ACCA, CIMA, or equivalent qualification.

· Proven experience as a Finance Director or in a senior financial leadership role, ideally within a private equity-backed business.

· Strong experience in multi-site operations, preferably in the education sector.

· Demonstrated success in managing financial strategies for high-growth companies, including M&A activity.

· Exceptional financial acumen and analytical skills, with the ability to translate complex financial data into actionable insights.

· Strong leadership and team management skills, with a hands-on approach.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels.