Finance Director   |   Ripon, North Yorkshire  |   Competitive Salary


This is a key role within the business providing leadership and commercial financial support to the senior team and directors. You will use your experience and technical knowledge to influence and drive positive change within the business through your ability to build productive and efficient working relationships. Leading a small business facing team, you will be responsible for overseeing all financial and management accounting; board pack production with full commentary, analysis and communicating performance throughout the business. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly commercial finance professional to make a genuine impact in a growing organisation. Ideally you will have an interest in systems/IT as well as having a interest in developing a passion for the retail and e-commerce industry. 

Key responsibilities:

• Support, influence and where necessary, challenge the board in improving the commercial performance through fully understanding the business model and financial performance/processes
• Provide commercial insight and guidance to new commercial/sales propositions
• Support the development of the company’s financial strategies and plans
• Identify opportunities to drive profit to the bottom line whilst not compromising the business strengths/model
• Work with the senior team to identify improvements to systems and processes and manage through to successful implementation
• Build strong working relationships with the senior team through honesty and integrity
• Lead and develop the finance function to be business facing and the best in class, to set the standard for the rest of the departments
• Ensure the maintenance of comprehensive statutory financial records (including VAT which varies greatly between customers)
• Oversee production and distribution of monthly, annual and ad-hoc management accounts including commentary on variances
• Oversee all aspects of sales & purchase ledgers
• Manage the treasury operation (maximising cash flow/minimising debtors) including relationships with the banks
• Manage the audit process and relationship with BDO the external auditors
• Potential project work around due diligence and acquisitions where necessary
• Manage the payment/management of salaries and employee benefits
• Manage the insurance, pension & company car requirements etc.
• Maintenance of shareholder records


• CIMA / ACA / ACCA qualified accountant with at least five or more years post qualified experience
• Able to demonstrate a proven track record of achievement and continued professional development
• Previous experience in an agency-type environment or retail/e-commerce sector is an advantage, but not essential
• The vision and ambition to drive the effective use of finances and resources to deliver the Hemingways strategic objectives
• Experience working on finance and operational systems, including identifying improvements and implementing changes to systems
• The ability to lead and manage: developing the team, ensuring continuous professional development, driving improvements etc.
• A demonstration of financial expertise: the ability to create, maintain and interpret financial information for the board and senior management team and a wider business - understanding of the numbers
• Ability to demonstrate integrity
• A focus on delivering results in a way which develops working relationships and supports the business culture
• A proactive approach and the ability to stay calm under pressure

About Hemingways


Hemingways Marketing Services Limited is a  specialist e-commerce, sales, marketing and distribution business, long established which values a very dynamic and forward outlook.

Established in 1918 the company now operates from head offices in Ripon, North Yorkshire and a nearby distribution centre in Melmerby with a trading presence throughout the UK.

Hemingways principle trading areas include the sales and distribution of retail gift cards, vouchers and e-codes with, and on behalf of, many major retailers, including John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams, Arcadia Group, IKEA and Ticketmaster. Trading as Voucher Express, Hemingways are a leading player in this market. The company also manage a range of software platforms (SAAS) used by major corporates and retailers to distribute digital gifts and incentives.

In addition, Hemingways also has a large confectionery division which manages under licence the e-commerce sales and distribution of cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk and greenandblacks.com.

The group has seen its turnover grow from £42m to £68m over the last five years. The group has a very stable and profitable platform from which to continue it's plans for organic growth.   

How to apply

For more information or if you would like to apply, please email your CV to:

Rafi Davies
Associate Director

+44 113 204 2032