Finance Director

Finance Director

Given Agency
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Role: Finance Director 

Contract: Part time (2-3 days per week) 

Location: Shoreditch High street 1 day per week, flexible working 1 day per week

Start date: Immediately 

Salary: £80k - £110k pro rata + bonus 

Key skills: Chartered accountant, experience in a fast growing agency, proactive, ambitious and confident Experience - 10+ years post qualified 

Reporting into: CEO 


About the role 

As Finance Director, your role is to lead the finance function of the business. You’ll understand what best practice financial management looks like for a business like us and work closely with other members of the Exec and Senior Leadership teams to ensure Given achieves this. You’ll manage our finance team, including our Finance Manager and Finance Assistant, to maintain the smooth running of the finance function, while producing management information and analysis to guide effective business decisions. 

You’ll be ambitious about the positive impact you can have on the agency’s financial performance and always looking for opportunities to improve how things work. You’ll be expected to proactively identify and deliver improvements that create value for the business, for example spotting patterns in over-spending or identifying efficiencies. And you’ll be responsible for making sure we have the right systems, processes and solutions for our size, scale and future plans. 

As a member of the Exec team you’ll report into our CEO. You’ll collaborate with other members of the Exec to shape and deliver our plans to profitably grow the business. Senior colleagues will seek you out for your financial knowledge and advice, and you’ll help upskill other members of the team. You’ll report quarterly to our Board on progress and performance, and contribute to solving strategic and commercial challenges and opportunities. 

About you 

● You’ll be at least 10 years post qualified, preferably ACA or ACCA. 

● You’ll have experience in a marketing services agency or management consultancy environment , and understand the challenges associated with running a project based business. Ideally you’ll know Paprika inside out. 

● You’ll have helped take a business through an ambitious growth plan, managing expansion and investment in growth, while maintaining margins. You may also have taken a business through a transaction or process from founder-led to a second generation leadership model. 

● You’ll have managed through business transformation – whether in the shape of adding new service lines, acquiring new teams or opening new offices 

● You’ll be strategic in approach – able to shape the bigger picture and challenge the model rather than just maintaining the model 

● You’ll be an excellent accountant with an ambition to use your financial knowledge to help advise and make commercial and strategic business decisions. 

● You’ll be excited about helping to grow a business and be proactive in the way you spot opportunities to help make that happen. 

● You’re collaborative and comfortable working with senior leaders and junior team members alike - influencing thinking and decision making. 

● You’ll bring experience of educating, supporting and empowering others to get the best results, within and beyond your team.


Core responsibilities 

● Overseeing financial management across accounting entries, accounts payable, aged debits, expenses, payroll and cashflow. 

● Working with our accountants to ensure accurate and timely VAT quarterly reporting, end of year submissions and other compliance matters. 

● Producing annual budgets, regular forecasts, quarterly reforecasts and 3-5 year financial plans as agreed with the CEO. 

● Leading the growth and development of the finance team. 

● Overseeing management information and ad hoc reporting and analysis, as required by the Exec team and Board. 

● Serving as the finance partner on the Exec team identifying operational and strategic risks and opportunities and assisting the exec team in the operation of the company.

● Identifying and evolving key performance metrics and establishing ways of measuring Given’s performance against these metrics. 

● Overseeing and advising on our financial processes and systems, including agency management software and banking. 

● Managing company pension scheme, including monthly submissions, company credit cards and annual insurance policies. 

● Managing costs and identifying efficiencies and ways to improve profitability. ● Developing pricing strategies, including utilisation and rate reviews. 

● Leading on commercial negotiations, with client contracts and across IT, procurement, property etc. 


About Us 

In recent years, purpose has risen to the top of business agendas. As the originals in this space - no-one’s been doing this longer than we have - we’ve helped clients like IKEA, John Lewis & Partners, BUPA and Lloyds Banking Group lead the way in making purpose powerful. For more than a decade we’ve used ideas to fundamentally rethink the role brands and businesses play in the world, capture imaginations and change behaviour. We believe it takes brilliant strategic thinking and amazing creativity to do this, so we have both under the same East London roof. 


Working at Given 

● Hybrid working, with only one fixed day in the office a week 

● We offer 26 days paid holiday per calendar year pro rata, plus public holidays. We also close the office between Christmas and New Year, which is in addition to your paid holiday allowance 

● Company bonus scheme 

● Pension Scheme with Aviva, eligible after passing your probation 

● Health plan with SimplyHealth, eligible after passing your probation 

● £100 working from home allowance to help your home office set up, eligible after passing your probation 

● A tenure bonus reward after 3 and 6 years of employment 

● Work from anywhere for 1 month of the year, after your first year of employment

● Access to our Given Campus for training and development needs 

● Interest free season ticket loan and Bike to Work scheme 

● Option and role dependent mobile phone for business and personal use (UK domestic calls only)


Given strives to be an equal opportunities employer and everyone’s commitment to this process will be expected. 

We are proud to be different and that starts with our people. We believe in equal opportunities for everyone. Individuality is what makes us great, we want everyone to bring their full self to work and create something amazing. We are happy to discuss flexible and agile approaches to working for all our roles - we can't promise we will be able to offer you everything you want or need but we do promise to discuss it with you openly and honestly. If you have any reasonable adjustments needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss it with our recruitment team.



About our culture:
Given has a warm, friendly, energetic, open and welcoming culture. Everyone in the team is passionate and cares about the work that we do. We listen hard to each other and share what we learn. We’re here because we care about the world and believe in the power of purpose. Be proud. Show your passion. Stand up for what matters.

We try to be transparent - We have transparent pay bands for every role in the business. These are based on a thorough review of industry averages and are available for everyone to view. This allows open conversations about pay, and demonstrates our commitment to fair and equal support to all our employees.

How flexible working works with us:
We offer flexible working hours, but we have our ‘all agency working hours’ between 10am and 4pm, where everyone will be expected to work during these times.
Hybrid working, with only one fixed day in the office a week
Work from anywhere for 1 month of the year, after your first year of employment

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