Head of Finance

Reading Permanent £70,000 - £80,000
  • Amazing brand with an exciting vision
  • Part of the leadership team for a business set to do great things shortly

About Our Client

A world leading FMCG brand with ambitious growth prospects and a compelling market position

Job Description

Functional leadership:

  • Day to day running of the UK finance team (2 FTE direct reports)
  • Day to day running of the UK supply chain function (1 FTE direct report)

Financial Planning:

  • Establishing close working relationship with the sales and marketing team.
  • Owning the financial budget and forecast cycles for the UK business
  • Build and sense check forecasts with sales teams for major customers
  • Incorporating base and promotional sales forecasts & marketing activations

Demand Planning:

  • Creation of a SKU based demand plan for a rolling 12 months adhering to a set of stock cover parameters
  • Liaison with internal stakeholders to produce a production plan for the year

Supply Chain:

  • Performance management of logistics partners to ensure the smooth flow of inventory from warehouse to customer
  • Negotiating terms and prices with suppliers and maintaining cost effective practises
  • Dealing with day-to-day problems and finding resolutions to minimise customer impact


  • Daily & weekly sales volume reporting
  • Month end sales, discount and spend reporting
  • Customer and channel profitability analysis

Audit & Control

  • Managing the discount and sales & marketing accrual cycles
  • Ensuring the integrity of internal controls for purchase orders and invoice processing
  • Working closely with our Audit partner to ensure accountancy standards compliance

The Successful Applicant

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified 5 Years mins Post Qualification Experience
  • Working within an FMCG business with experience of both local trading and international supply
  • Experience of larger and SME size business
  • Finance business partnering experience
  • Procurement/supply chain experience

  • Experience in a financial team within FMCG environments, either wholesale or retail facing
  • Experience with customer planning & forecasting, includes off invoice discount management
  • Accounting qualification with +5 years in reporting & analysis with proven information presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills, keen eye for detail and highly numerate supported by advanced excel skills.
  • Experience in managing procurement/supply chain projects

What's on Offer

  • Base £70,000 - £80,000
  • Bonus up to 20%
  • Pension 5% + 5% from company
  • Car £4,000K
Josh MacDonnell
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Phone number
+44 118 955 9068

Job summary

Financial Director / CFO
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
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Consultant name
Josh MacDonnell
Consultant phone
+44 118 955 9068
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