Role description

  • The mission of the Head of Finance is to be the Business Partner & advisor to the Managing Director / Head of Market Area, working closely with the Finance Manager and the Head of Region (HOR) to take responsibility for the complete financial management, control, and reporting for Habasit (UK) Limited - Selling Unit and Production Unit.
  • Lead the Finance team with support from the Finance Manager, developing individuals within the team.
  • Ensure financial information produced is accurate, timely and in accordance with region, & Group regulations.
  • Produce financial information that will facilitate challenge to all areas of the business to improve profitability.
  • Assist in managing an effective relationship with external financial bodies e.g., auditors, banking providers and third-party financial advisors.
  • Challenge status quo within all areas of the business improving flexibility, responsiveness, value creation and efficiency of business through business control, financial control and planning. Introduce change to work processes.
  • Leadership of local finance function.

Your main challenges

  • Management and leadership on the finance department. Direct and oversee all financial, legal, insurance and treasury activities. Establish, implement and monitor all necessary financial, controlling and general administrative processes to comply with legal and Habasit Group requirements.  Ensure appropriate controls and safeguards over Company assets.
  • Produce monthly, quarterly and year-end reporting packages including analysis and explanations of major deviations versus plan and prior year figures.  Ensure rigorous financial planning and control and provide risk management and working capital management for the business.
  • Proactively provide strategic financial advice and input, with and without being asked to do so, to the UK Managing Director and the Executive Management Team and the business overall.
  • Continue the development of the Business Control / Business Partner capabilities and services of the Finance Team, assisting and leading further business improvement initiatives.  Converting financial and other business data into meaningful information / business intelligence and using this information to drive further value creation and efficiency / effectiveness initiatives.
  • Lead the Finance Department to maintain a close and interactive relationship with all Habasit (UK) Limited, Departmental Managers and specifically with the UK Sales Team to meet customer demands e.g. during the negotiation phase of Service Level Agreements with target National Accounts. 
  • Lead the Finance Department to challenge locally the status quo and seek to continuously improve flexibility, responsiveness and efficiency of the business through financial control and planning.  Introduce and champion new and innovative work processes and associated KPIs.
  • Support the Finance Manager, Management Accountant and other members of the Finance Department to develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to reach their full potential, whilst encouraging team work within the Department.
  • Manage an effective relationship with external financial bodies e.g. auditors, banking providers and third party financial advisors.
  • Drive and take ownership of the Finance function with a key focus of improving performance of the recently implemented ERP system (SAP) and take responsibility for the accuracy of the data in the system.
  • In conjunction with the HOR, work with the business to set annual budgets that meet Regional & Group requirements.

What we look for

Your education and experience 

  • Qualified as an ACA, CIMA, ACCA, possessing a broad base of post qualification experience coupled with exposure to operating at Head of Finance level. .
  • Experience of costing, manufacturing/processing organisation, and ERP systems preferably SAP
  • Strong inter-personal skills and an ability to manage and develop a team
  • Advanced IT skills, especially Microsoft.

Your personality

  • Strong link to Habasit Core Values.
  • Leadership (high social competencies, able to motivate and effectively drive people).
  • Deep knowledge (identifying and pitching new ideas).
  • Customer insights (entrepreneurial attitude, curious, business driven).
  • Service orientation (natural networker and think in game changing solutions).
  • Innovation (never sit on the sidelines and feel comfortable on the frontier, taking unconventional paths to achieve goals).

What we offer

We offer an attractive place to work and personal development in an empowered working culture. You will benefit from the expertise and opportunities of a solid global group of companies and the reputation of its products.