Interim Financial Controller

Posted 22 February 2023
Salary £400 - £500 per day
Discipline Executive
Contact NameLinzie Strickland

Job description

Axon Moore are looking for a Head of Finance for a high growth, Private Equity backed, hugely successful Leisure business. Operating across the UK, they are opening new sites on a regular basis and much further expansion is planned across the UK.

As Head of Finance, you will be responsible for leading the financial planning, forecasting, reporting and analysis and paying a major part in driving the continued growth and success for the business following a recent restructure.

Reporting directly to the CFO, the role will work closely with Operations, Marketing and Sales functions to drive the growth of the business.


• Working closely with the outsourced Management Accounts team
• Commercial finance activities, providing commercial insight and analysis of results, identifying underlying trends and challenging the business on performance
• Budgeting and Forecasting
• MI Reporting suite development
• Group wide financial controls
• Cashflow management
• Driving improvements to internal reporting and systems
• Support the strategic planning and strategic initiatives of the company, including acquisitions, by providing financial planning and modelling skills
• Support, partner and challenge the Marketing and Operations teams with financial issues including providing financial training.
• Partner with other senior internal stakeholders including the CEO and CFO
• Ad-hoc projects to support the CFO
• Involvement with any ongoing M&A activities as well as investment appraisal
• Management of Audit, Banking and shareholder relationships
• Responsibility for ensuring the accurate and timely production of management reports, including an analysis of sales, key direct costs: labour, ingredients, maintenance as well as other operational expenditure
• Take ownership of performance management for the business including identifying and reporting KPIs which are linked to company strategy and drive positive actions
• Form integral part of the Marketing and Operation functions for the business whilst adopting a partner / challenger role in evaluating business plans.
• Ensure integrity of financial data supplied by outsourced accounting team to other areas of the business and to external stakeholders.

Person Specification:

• Proactive in building relationships and comfortable working cross-functionally and liaising with senior management.
• Strong commercial focus with the ability to understand business strategy, identify and interpret financial trends
• Ambitious, proactive and forward looking with the drive to continuously improve
• Ability to work to a high level of detail and accuracy
• Excellent modelling, analytical and data handling skills
• First class communication skills (both written and verbal) including ability to work with people from a non-financial background
• Ability to combine technical strength and knowledge with flexible and pragmatic approach required in a commercial environment
• Good Excel skills relevant to the interpretation and manipulation of detailed financial information, and presentation to internal and external interests.
• Ability to meet demanding deadlines
• Fully Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA with minimum 5 years PQE

This role is interim to cover whilst we recruit for a permanent Head of Finance. Potential for temp to perm for the right candidate.