Company Accountant / Finance Director Designate




£65,000 to £70,000 plus benefits

Successfully filled


Our client, Stewarts Garden Centres, is a very successful family owned business which has been in the gardening industry for over 270 years.  The company runs two large garden centres which are supplemented with a diverse range of complementary operations including commercial gardening and landscaping, a nursery for cultivating and growing its own plants, on-site retail concessions, coffee shops, herds of cattle and reindeer, and a children’s play area.

Green issues, protecting the environment and involvement with the local community are at the heart of the company.  The business is well run and profitable with over 200 employees and turnover of c£10m.  The small Christchurch headquarters is relocating nearby this summer to newly built premises which will also provide the business with additional warehousing enabling it to maximise the growing online retail market.

The Managing Director, who is eighth generation family owner, is supported by a loyal and hard-working team, a quarter of whom have been with the business for over ten years.  This includes the highly valued Finance Director who is retiring after thirty years.  We are looking for a replacement who will continue to provide the high level of financial competence and sound advice to support the Managing Director and who will safeguard the financial security of Stewarts for many more years and generations.  The successful candidate will initially be appointed as Company Accountant before promotion in the near future to Finance Director.

The ideal candidate will be a commercial and meticulous qualified accountant who has either previously worked at Board level or has the clear potential to grow into a Finance Director role in the near future.  Previous experience should include leading a finance function where strong financial controls and cash management are essential to success.  This is likely to have been gained in a small to medium sized customer focused business with different facets to its operations.  We are particularly keen to identify someone who will understand and embrace the nuances of a family owned and run business where strong professional relationships are based on trust and mutual respect.


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