My client a leading national business consultancy are seeking a Finance Director or Senior Financial Controller to be number 2 to the CFO, adding dimension and breadth to their finance team, underpinning the management of the financial function whilst reporting into the Chief Financial Officer. You will be an ambitious qualified Accountant, currently working at senior Financial Controller, or Finance Director level. It is intended that this position will grow in credence and value and the career and succession plan will be to move the successful person into the role of Finance Director/CFO as number one in finance in the future. Communication is paramount to be able to direct, influence and challenge at all levels, from the finance team, to create, cajole and encourage a dynamic and effective team and to work closely with Stakeholders, senior management and Directors of the organisation to ensure finance, business development and direction are communicated and acted upon effectively by all personnel and customers both internal and external. Personal responsibilities will include: Leading the finance function, ensuring best accounting practices and control processes are in place Working closely with the CFO and key stakeholders across the business to challenge and drive business performance Demonstrating strong commercial acumen and the ability to drive innovation in the finance function to improve analysis and the provision of business information Taking a lead role in developing, implementing, analysing, maintaining and presenting strategic business and financial plans Managing a team direct and indirect reports of financial personnel Strong experience and understanding of financial systems is essential Alongside these personal responsibilities will be adhoc projects, business, management and director level interaction. It is essential that you are a qualified accountant (ACA / CIMA / ACCA) with effective leadership experience with finance and non-finance people. Experience of working within a firm that has multiple disciplines (consultancy/business services would be advantageous) and a complex customer-centric environment whilst being able to demonstrate business partnering experience in previous roles. You will have exceptional commercial, financial and analytical skills, coupled with the ability to solve complex strategic challenges through deliverable and profitable solutions. In addition to your technical capabilities, you will also have outstanding interpersonal and presentation skills, with the capacity to engage at all levels across the business while providing effective leadership to the finance team. This organisation reward and nurture their employees accordingly and therefore you will be given an attractive package to attract the best/right person for the role linked with a career plan to ensure your development and career is cleared mapped for progression and success. Please note the salary is only for guidance purposes the exact salary and package will be offered to the successfully appointed candidate. LNPN Professional Services is a personnel consultancy. As part of these services we specialise in search and selection recruitment in the finance and HR sectors. LNPN's client and candidate base is focused on the Northern Home Counties, but expertise and tools allow work to be carried out across various professional sectors and also geographically across the UK and Europe as required and requested by our clients.