CFO

Sheffield | Manchester | London - hybrid role

We’re looking for an experienced Chief Financial Officer to work alongside our CEO and Group MD as a member of the board and leadership team at Rise at Seven. We are looking for someone who will play a big communications, and leadership role in the business - front-facing with the ability to lead a team of 100+ people towards the CEOs vision driven by numbers and not afraid to talk about and prioritise commercial growth. This is a newly introduced role within Rise at Seven’;s structure and will require someone who can operate at a senior strategic level but also will be comfortable being hands on operationally.

On a strategic level, you will be responsible for leading the Group’s financial growth, developing and executing the financial strategy for both the UK and US. We are looking for someone who is close to the detail with a FP&A background - all over forecasting, resourcing, profitability data, and has the ability to perform effective risk management, with the aim to decrease the Group’s exposure to any financial risks .

Operationally, your day to day role will be planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities including budgets, cost centres, forecasts and profitability (working across both countries), making sure we’re handling tax, Forex and all other international finance considerations in the most efficient way possible. You will also be responsible for looking after our talented finance team. 

Marketing agency experience is ideal, with proven experience of working with delivery teams and client service teams to improve efficiency, profitability and reduce overservicing. We are looking for a leader, with ambition to be part of a big growth story as we scale internationally.

YOU SHOULD APPLY IF:

  • You’re a trained accountant and currently operating at a CFO level (or you’re a Finance Director ready to take the next step in their career), ideally from a marketing agency background (and if you have experience scaling up startups this would be a bonus). 
  • You’re comfortable giving strategic direction to a business that’s scaling rapidly.
  • You have experience in perfecting business accounts, forecasts, budgeting and are able to give advice through investments, buyouts or sales and merges.
  • You have proven experience in tracking cash flow and analysing strengths and weaknesses in a company’s finances. 
  • You’ve owned the budgeting and forecasting process in a previous role and you’ve mastered it.
  • You’re experienced and confident enough to develop  the solid finance team (already in place for the last two years).
  • You have experience of and are comfortable with  making strategic decisions for company growth.
  • You’re a natural at presenting data in a visual and engaging way and accessible to all (think slides and dashboards not sheets).
  • You’re used to working with data like timesheets from Agency Management Software (AMS) or similar platforms (we use Mavenlink) and you’ve got experience tailoring financial processes to operational processes (e.g. timesheets, estimating and expenses).
  • You have previous experience in mergers and acquisitions.
  • You have experience operating internationally - United States specifically

OBJECTIVES/KPIS

  • Achieve profit KPI for group business
  • Build a solid financial reporting process and business intelligence to make quick and effective decisions on growth 
  • Reduce overspend to zero
  • Increase shareholder value with strategic decision making 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with our CEO and Group MD to drive the agency’s financial planning.
  • Perform risk management, effectively analysing the Group’s liabilities and investments, and make strategic decisions to mitigate financial and commercial risks.
  • Ensure cash flow is appropriate for the Group’s operations.
  • Lead, manage and develop our finance team (of 2 currently).
  • Budgeting based on a dynamic utilisation and resource model you create and/or is based on industry best practice.
  • Take ownership of all other financial forecasting for both the UK and US To build solid financial processes and reporting that enable us to make fast, informed decisions.
  • Own and update our rate cards based on true costs and target margin.
  • Work with our Group MD to build an end to end estimating and change management process.
  • Due diligence on commercial reporting and controls.
  • Develop and execute a strategy with the aim to gradually reduce our overspend to zero.
  • Improve cost control.
  • Improve business intelligence and data provided to the CEO and Group MD.
  • Drive the achievement of all financial metrics including target revenue per head and profit per client, giving the Board advice on incentivisation schemes that support these ambitions across the company.
  • Keep the CEO and Group MD informed of the company’s financial status on a weekly basis.
  • Work with the CEO and Group MD  to manage commercial KPIs that align with financial objectives.
  • Be accountable for  profit targets and growth YoY, owns ebitda.
  • Identify areas and opportunities to drive financial growth and set commercial targets for business lines.
  • Work closely and advise our Senior Management Team, assisting them in both maximising revenues and controlling expenses without sacrificing client needs or the reputation of the agency.
  • Develop financial strategy plans for merger, acquisitions and expansions (services and locations)
  • Create and communicate business intelligence data to make quick and informed decisions.
  • Make the agency’s growth a priority within the company at all levels - not be afraid to talk about it.
  • Be responsible for raising commerciality awareness across the business.
  • Reforecasting and setting targets for long-term goals.
  • Protect and increase shareholder value.
  • Preparing the business for diligence.
  • Understanding market growth opportunities.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

You should be able to demonstrate the following leadership skills as these will form part of your overall evaluation alongside performance based criteria:

  • Self-Managing — demonstrate that you know how to regulate your time and emotions, also be aware of their abilities and limitations.
  • Thinking strategically — ability to approach the future in a focused but flexible manner.
  • Communicating effectively — ability to communicate to employees in a variety of ways clearly and succinctly.
  • Accountable and responsible — ability to hold yourself and others to the standards of the organisation.
  • Setting clear goals and persisting in achieving them — ability to keep pushing through challenges and motivate those around you.
  • Having a vision for the future — on top of being able to think strategically, it is important to have a clear idea of the evolution of the organisation.
  • Managing complexity — be a problem solver!
  • Fostering Creativity And Innovation — take risks and encourage others to do the same.
  • Team Building And Promoting Teamwork — recruits and develops an innovative team.
  • Creating Lasting Relationships — great at networking.
  • Learning agility — be adaptable and have critical thinking skills.
  • Commerciality and business focus - knowing and owning how to make money + profit for the business wide without silo business growth

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • A salary of £90k - £150k depending on experience
  • Share options
  • A generous holiday scheme
  • Your Birthday off
  • Christmas and New Year office shut down
  • Regular socials
  • Access to a private medical scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave schemes
  • Flexible and hybrid working
  • Bucket list scheme - an opportunity to experience a life dream!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

At Rise at Seven we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race, religious beliefs, age, sex, sexual orientation or disability.

SOUND LIKE A BIT OF YOU?

Send your CV or something similar to careers@riseatseven.com