Status: Closed

Client: A leading Scientific Instruments Group (European) of Companies (Manufacturing and Distribution)

Job title: Chief Financial Officer - Europe (CFO)

Location: Buckinghamshire (M1 Corridor)

Remuneration: Up to £80k plus pension and phi (depending on experience)

Job Purpose: the CFO reports directly to the CEO, Europe, and is responsible for developing and maintaining the financial wellbeing of the Group.  He/she is responsible for all Group financial reporting including all financial regulatory requirements, risk management, providing financial projections and accounting services, supporting budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and preparing growth plans, and the securing of new funding.  The CFO supervises the Group finances and is responsible for the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.  The CFO is the chief financial spokesperson for the organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

Financial Planning

  • Assist in formulating the Group's future direction and supporting tactical initiatives
  • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Manage the capital request and budgeting processes
  • Develop performance measures that support the company's strategic direction

Financial Operations

  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the executive managment team
  • Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team
  • Manage the accounting, investor relations, legal, tax and treasury functions
  • Oversee the financial operations of Group companies in Europe
  • Manage any third parties to which functions have been outsourced
  • Oversee the company's trnsactin processing systems
  • Implement operational best practices
  • Oversee employee benefit plans, wth particular emphasis on maximising a cost effective benefits package
  • Supervise acquisition due diligence and negotiate acquisition

Financial Information and Reporting

  • Oversee the issuance of financial information
  • Report financial results to the Board of Directors

Risk Management

  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the Group's risk profile
  • Monitor all open legal issues involving the Group, and legal issues affecting the industry
  • Construc and monitor reliable control systems
  • Maintan appropriate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the Group complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Report risk issues to the audit committee of the Board of Directors
  • Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations


  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt and equity financing
  • Invest funds
  • Invest pension funds

Third parties

  • Maintain banking relations
  • Represent the company as required

Candidate Profile

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree qualified in accounting with a Professional Qualification - ACCA, ACA, CIMA, CPA
  • An additional Masters of MBA would be useful but is not essential
  • Substantial track record of experience operating at senior level within a Group structure organisation
  • European experience essential
  • Experience of working within the manufacturing and/or logistics sectors


Financial Planning and Strategy

Managing Profitability

Strategic Planning


Corporate Finance

Developing budgets

Financial skills

Dealing with complexity

Hands on, non hierarchical team player

The Assessment Process:

The assessment process provides both parties with the opportunities to assess the cultural and team fit, individual and organisation aspirations, and details of key objectives and priorities for the role.  elaine Rippon is the retained consultant for this assignement.

To apply for this position please email your CV with current remuneration to Alison Harknss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Elaine Rippon on 01477 5344491 to discuss further.