Head of Finance - Global Overheads


Malmesbury - United Kingdom


As Head of Finance – Global Overheads, you are responsible for leading a team of nine to support the Functional Executives with best in class business partnering, including budgeting and forecasting decisions and the delivery of accurate, timely and insightful performance analysis. You will be instrumental in setting the global landscape for cost efficiency and working with the Execs and their teams to understand the drivers of the numbers, from the annual budget cycle through to monthly performance. 
The Planning and Analysis team supports the Executive team with performance analysis to enable strategic decision making, across markets, categories and channels. Within the wider team, the Global Overheads team provides business partnering to our Global Functional Executives, across Legal, HR, Finance, IT and Estates.


Core responsibilities will include:
  • Leading the strategy on cost efficiency, including setting budget targets and working with the Executive and their teams to create budgets that meet the overall group directives
  • Supporting strategic investment decisions with the right analysis and influencing senior stakeholders to make the right decisions for the business
  • Leading a team of nine, providing direction, coaching and development for team members
  • Creating and embedding the right governance procedures and processes around cost control 
  • Setting policy on budget management and cost capture, to enable the right level of granularity for reporting
  • Working with market teams to standardise data capture and reporting and harmonise processes across the group
  • Leading the recharge and allocation process for the group
  • Identify tools and systems to improve budgeting and forecasting and lead adoption


  • Qualified accountant, c10 years PQE outside practice, with previous managerial experience
  • Experience of leading a business partnering function, including setting and delivering budgets and reporting across a variety of stakeholders
  • Proven ability to influence senior stakeholders, with strong presentational skills
  • Experience in a zero based budgeting environment, ideally with experience of implementing budgeting and forecasting systems 
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, experience with Onestream and Tableau would be beneficial
  • Ability to interact confidently with very senior stakeholders as a trusted business partner, with proactive approach to implementing change
  • Resilience to be able to challenge assumptions and stakeholders and implement policy and governance 
  • Personal integrity and leadership skills, to provide direction and support for team, particularly in busy periods
  • Strong communication skills, with ability to interpret financial information to provide insight to senior management
  • Excellent commercial awareness, particularly around principles of good performance reporting and commercial acumen to be able to interpret information and draw inferences
  • Able to work cross functionally and build relationships with different functions and markets worldwide
  • Attention to detail and high degree of accuracy
  • An aptitude and strong appetite to develop systems and processes in order to drive efficiencies and insight to the business
  • Flexible in approach with strong project management skills
  • The ability to work to strict reporting deadlines


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidized café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

Posted: 25 June 2019