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Commercial Finance Director

Job reference: 
Yeovil, Somerset
Employment type: 
Salary and benefits: 
Competitive Package
Client name: 
Porter Dodson LLP
Job description: 


The Client

Our client, Porter Dodson LLP (, is a long established Partnership with eight offices across Somerset and Dorset having a turnover of c. £12m pa.  Over time they have built a reputation for quality, service and reliability and have an outstanding client portfolio. Their focus is on their clients and their people as reflected in the firm’s Gold IIP accreditation. They have a simple philosophy that trusted advice is key to those long-term client relationships.  A “Top 200 UK Law Firm” (The Lawyer UK200), they are a market leader in their field with an enviable reputation for quality and innovation and are currently seeking to recruit an incisive Finance Director to provide commercial and financial input into the strategic planning of the business with a key responsibility for ensuring and maintaining sustainable growth.  Reporting to the Managing Partner this is a hands-on role and you will be responsible for managing the finance and operations team.

The Role

To support the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan working closely with the Department Heads across all offices and reporting to the Managing Partner and the Board.  This is a challenging and high profile role where key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing analysis, commercial guidance and financial reporting as a key member of the senior management team
  • Monitoring KPI’s and driving efficiency and improvements through the business
  • Working capital management
  • Maintaining tight financial controls across the business        
  • Preparation of annual budgets and updated forecasts
  • Producing monthly financial reports for the Management Board
  • Further development of business processes and management information systems
  • Management of regulatory requirements from statutory bodies

The Candidate

Prospects will be graduate qualified accountants with a proven track record of achievement at Board level in a fast moving and entrepreneurial culture.  It is likely that you are a proven SME Finance Director.  You understand the Owner Managed Business dynamics and enjoy being part of a commercially ambitious and motivated firm.  Process improvement is a key area of the role and candidates must be skilled at analysing business objectives and finding ways of streamlining and improving business processes.  Previous exposure to a professional services environment would be advantageous but not essential.  Candidates will have a commercial focus balanced with the ability to appreciate that the firm’s most valuable asset is its people.  A pre-requisite will be excellent motivational and communication skills along with the personal stature to influence at Board level and represent the business externally.

If you are interested, please contact Tom O’Neill with a full CV, quoting ref 4557/INT.