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Head Of Finance, Wearables


United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About the role

As our Head of Finance, Wearables, you will provide finance leadership to the Wearables Category. Dyson organises its business into product Categories, which are responsible for a global Category Profit & Loss Statement (P&L). This is a critical business partnering role, influencing decision making at RDD, Operations & Category team, Executive Committee and Board Level. You will work directly with the Wearables Category Director and their team to plan, control and optimise the global Category P&L performance.

The overall objective of the role is to act as a key financial, commercial, and strategic business partner to the Wearables Category Director, and their team. This will include:

  • Leading a financial agenda that balances short- and medium-term profit and cash delivery with long term sustainable growth and brand health.

  • Establishing financial performance by using analytical capability that provides category and market intelligence.

  • Providing insight on business health by devising and holding the business to key financial and non-financial performance measures.

  • Giving clarity and insight into the category outlook by leading short, medium and long-term business planning.

  • Supporting ongoing product development with NPD evaluations and milestone governance.

  • Supporting the commercial development of the category by bringing a clear financial lens to ranging, pricing and product decisions and by driving transparency in volume performance, margin management, Brand Building Investment (BBI) effectiveness and cost control.

  • Optimising the business model, including by internally and externally benchmarking category and market performance.

  • Financial and working capital management through the sales and operational planning forums, governing resource allocation, sponsoring cost initiatives (including product cost, capex, brand building and central costs) and driving a culture of generating strong financial returns and value for money.

You will support category performance management from market reviews through to Executive and Board reporting:

  • Accountability across markets, together with Commercial and RDD.

  • Market benchmarking, product/channel/promotional/market mix management.

  • Develop and manage timely and relevant reporting, analysis and KPI measures (financial and non-financial).

You will lead BBI and promo effectiveness:

  • Manage financial returns to maximise Return on Investment (ROI)

  • Optimise product and infrastructure building investment.

  • Support effective promotional strategy.

You will support product lifecycle management:

  • Manage portfolio analysis and effectiveness, SKU proliferation, range transitioning, product end of life.

  • Manage investment appraisal, milestones’ governance, post investment review, and support launch scenario planning.

You will support sales and operational planning processes:

  • Oversee category demand, supply and capacity planning and ensure they are aligned with financial forecasts.

  • Support product allocation prioritisation and working capital management.

And you will support category strategy and business planning:

  • Range planning, pricing, product strategy.

  • Go To Market, business model development, and market strategy.

  • Cost optimisation across product, capex and operational costs.

  • Direct and indirect responsibility for managing the work and development of Finance Managers/ Analysts supporting Commercial and RDD teams.

About you

  • Qualified accountant with demonstrable heavyweight commercial post-qualified experience.

  • Experience with premium consumer and/or technology businesses.

  • Strong communication and leadership skills.

  • High intellect and integrity.

  • High gravitas and personal impact.

  • Highly commercial with excellent strategic instincts.

  • Able to overcome functional and market boundaries to gain consensus and drive change.

  • Able to influence senior stakeholders.

  • Able to manage complexity and differing priorities.

  • Able to overcome preconceptions and entrenched beliefs.

  • Able to develop, assess and advocate strategic options.

  • Credible across a multi-functional organisation.


Dyson is an equal opportunity employer. We know that great minds don’t think alike, and it takes all kinds of minds to make our technology so unique. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other any other dimension of diversity.