Chief Financial Officer



£80,000 plus bonus and benefits


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Our client,Poole Harbour Commissioners, are responsible for the operation and long term sustainability of one of the world’s largest natural harbours and for the profitable running of a busy 60 acre commercial port.  One of the country’s largest Trust Ports, it is an independent statutory body governed by legislation and has no shareholders. It is self-funding and any surplus is reinvested into the harbour and port for the benefit of its many stakeholders.  Turnover is c£10m, it is profitable and employees some 90 people.

The trust is about to embark on a major development project to deepen and extend its commercial quays to enable the port to diversify its activities by providing facilities for larger ships and drive substantial increases in revenue.  The £10m project will be followed by other commercial and infrastructure developments.

Key to the ongoing success of the trust is the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer who will be responsible for all aspects of financial strategy and management and for ensuring the financial security of the organization during the next exciting stage of its development.

We are looking for a commercial and pragmatic qualified accountant with previous finance director experience or the very clear potential to step quickly into the role.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, together with the ability to contribute and influence at Board level, are essential.

Previous experience should include leading a finance function where strong financial controls and cash management are essential to success.  This experience is likely to have been gained in a small to medium sized customer focused business with many different facets to its operations ideally within the logistics or service sectors.  Exposure to raising finance and managing major investment projects, business restructuring and assessing new revenue streams will be of particular interest.


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