As Chief Financial Officer within a business, you’ll be acutely aware of the current financial position of your enterprise as well as advising and assisting the CEO of investment opportunities. Of course, you’ll be involved operationally in terms of accounting and managing a team of financial staff.
It’s certainly a skilful juggling act managing cash flow against ambitious growth plans as well as seeking funding and finance to support the goals of the business. At the same time, maintaining the highest levels of integrity and corporate governance whilst under constant scrutiny takes a strong individual.
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CFO, a key member of the senior team
The role of the CFO has become increasingly significant in the modern corporate environment as businesses look towards an ever-evolving range of financial options to help them aim for high growth, both on home turf and internationally.
With incredible advances in the logistical sector the world has become a much smaller place, and companies who once only traded in the UK, find markets further afield have opened up significantly. This means the new breed of CFO’s will be able to financially navigate any worldwide growth ambitions of the business.
Being CFO, you’ll typically find yourself second in command alongside the CEO and working closely with them is normal. You’ll often be called upon to partner with them to present the financial position at board level, as well as joining them in funding rounds and investment meetings.
Already occupying an FD or CFO roles within business, you’ll understand what it takes to drive a company forward commercially whilst keeping it firmly on the financial rails.
Senior tasks include;
- Meeting legacy obligations of the past
- Responsibility for the present financial position
- Guiding the business towards a sound financial future
- High-level reporting to the board and its stakeholders
- Maintaining a strong capital structure
- Maintaining appropriate gearing to avoid excessive risk
- Working strictly within corporate financial governance
This is an extremely satisfying career and one where you’ll find yourself with a large degree of autonomy in steering the financial aspect of the ship, whilst maintaining a close relationship with your CEO or MD.
Any discrepancies or lapses in governance will almost certainly attract unwanted attention both internally and publicly, so maintaining an impeccable financial position, as well as the ability to fight the financial fires as they inevitably arise is paramount.
Given the fact that no business can operate without a strong CFO, you’ll find yourself the centre of your company’s structure. This is a demanding yet fulfilling position as you’ll be the person everybody looks towards in maintaining the one thing a business can’t operate without.
Here at Alexander Hancock, we’ve enjoyed many years of working with the best clients who offer some truly exceptional opportunities. This means we always have a database of high-level openings which gives you direct and immediate access to the most exciting vacancies. Additionally, our trusted reputation for presenting only the best candidates suited to specific roles means you’ll be fast-tracked around those early recruitment barriers.
We’ll only place you in front of the very best opportunities based on who you are as an individual, and we’ll never try to push you into a role that is not suitable for you.
We will match your skills and ambitions to the most aligned companies in our database, and reach out to companies on your target list, for CFO recruitment and beyond.
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