Making the Difference


Head of Operational Finance

Job Details


Cardington - Finance 0116

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Working Pattern

Full Time


Salary + bonus + benefits

Closing Date

13/08/2021 11:00

Are you looking for an incredible opportunity to make a difference?

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as Head of Operational Finance working on a 24 month FTC.

Role Purpose:  

The role’s key purpose is to develop and lead all aspects of strategy for financial operations, including accounts payable, cash management, accounts receivable and payroll.   The Head of Operational Finance will engage at all levels and lead change, efficiency and improvement initiatives, delivering a step change in the quality, accuracy and cost finance processes along with improvements working capital.

This role will lead and develop a team of 44 people in Autoglass®, delivering outputs to the highest standards with high team engagement. The role will play a key part in growing and developing the team including bespoke plans for our rising talent. 

This role will also play a key part in scoping and delivering our finance process transformation over the next 24 months.  This will involve working with the Finance Transformation Lead and subject matter experts to deliver new processes and ways of working as part of Oracle Fusion implementation.  

This role will form a collaborative partnership with the Finance Director, Finance Controller and Head of Commercial Finance to create and deliver the vision for the wider finance function.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead and develop the operational finance teams across Autoglass®.
  • Build strong and effective relationships with the board, internal customers, senior leaders and colleagues at all levels.
  • Take full accountability for payables, cash and debtors on the balance sheet ensuring robust controls, and reconciliation.
  • Identify and drive opportunities to improve accounts payable and accounts receivable processes including reducing working capital, reducing bad debt and maximising payment terms.
  • Lead and engage a large, diverse team creating an environment in which they become the best version of themselves. Develop action plans for engagement based on feedback.  Establish development plans for all direct reports and ensure that they do likewise for their teams.
  • Drive continuous improvement in systems and processes to ensure that they are robust and operate to highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Challenge resource levels and operating models/structures to ensure value for money. Externally benchmark as appropriate.
  • Work with the Finance Director, Head of Commercial Finance and Finance Controller to set the vision for the finance function, establish clarity around individual roles and support the team to develop and improve their skills and competencies.
  • Build strong, constructive and open working relationships with peers across the UK business and at Group level.
  • Develop appropriate controls improvements and risk management strategies for cash management, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

So what are we looking for?

  • Currently operating at Head of Operational Finance or equivalent position
  • A passion for leading large teams with a clear track record of people development and succession planning
  • Track record of maintaining and improving processes in transactional services
  • Strong focus on controls, technical knowledge and attention to detail
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Oracle and experience of upgrade/change projects
  • Qualified accountant with significant PQE (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Strong communication skills and ability to influence at all levels across the organisation

Benefits include:

  • Car Allowance of £7000 or Company Car 
  • Generous company bonus scheme up to 30%
  • Up to 15% pension contributions – based on employee contribution of 5% 
  • Life assurance policy 
  • 5% Flexible Benefit Allowance
  • 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays) 
  • Access to our discount & shopping benefits platform with savings on popular brands, holidays, goods etc



Your place in our world

UK Finance Director
Head of Operational Finance