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Interim Head of Finance

Papier

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Posted over 30 days ago...

Join Papier, a rapidly growing start-up revolutionizing stationery, as an Interim Head of Finance during an exciting phase of expansion

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London United Kingdom

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Papier is a creative London-based start-up that has taken the stationery world by storm, raising over £60 million since its inception in 2015. Specializing in beautiful, personalized paper products, Papier is on a thrilling journey of growth, especially within the US market. The finance department is at the heart of Papier's operations and strategic growth, and now they're looking for an interim Head of Finance to cover maternity leave for 6-9 months beginning in August, reporting to the CFO.

  • Lead the finance function, ensuring precision and accountability.
  • Maintain detailed financial records and supervise bookkeeping.
  • Generate timely and insightful financial reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Control costs by overseeing departmental budgets.
  • Provide financial insights to support business decisions.
  • Ensure compliance with all reporting and statutory requirements.
  • Support the annual audit process and manage sales tax compliance.
  • Collaborate on forecasting and cash flow management.
  • Promote visibility and support within the company's leadership team.
  • Lead and develop the finance team, fostering their full potential.
  • Must be a qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA).
  • Experience in a leadership role within a fast-paced VC/PE-backed business is required.
  • Expertise in multi-channel consumer goods, Netsuite, and international group management.
  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in Excel and financial modelling.
  • Independent, initiative-driven, with a pragmatic and agile approach.

Papier is committed to diversity and inclusion, offering a hybrid work model, generous leave, health benefits, cultural allowances, stationery perks, volunteer days, and a pet-friendly office. They promote well-being and mental health support, ensuring a balanced and engaging workplace culture.

Founded in May 2015, Papier is a London based start-up, which has raised £60m+ million since launch. Papier’s collection of stationery products, from notebooks & diaries to notecards and wedding invitations, is designed to feed curiosity and contemplation, to invite people to uncover the possibility of a blank page. The business is growing and internationalising rapidly, particularly experiencing growth in the US across both D2C and wholesale channels.

Finance plays an outsized role at Papier: in addition to the usual responsibilities for book-keeping, financial control & reporting and compliance to play a central role in enabling and risk managing fundamental changes to the business as it executes its growth strategy.

The company is seeking an interim Head of Finance for 6-9 months as maternity cover, starting from August. The role reports directly into the CFO and manages a team of 4. It is fundamental to both the company’s day-to-day operations and its strategic execution.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the finance function to ensure best rigour and accountability of core processes and outputs
  • Ensuring the business retains accurate and detailed financial records: supervise bookkeeping & reporting processes, making updates as required by changes to the business
  • Produce timely and insightful financial reporting: oversee monthly management reporting processes and prepare accompanying commentary to aid understanding amongst senior management, the Board and investors
  • Cost control: supervise monitoring of departmental budgets and provide functional leaders with a first escalation point for departmental budget issues
  • Deliver financial insight to the wider business: use recurring and ad-hoc financial reporting to deliver valuable business input
  • Ensure reporting remains complaint: as required, ensure the accounting, reporting and statutory reporting evolves to maintain compliance on a Group and entity level
  • Support audit where required: Manage any ad-hoc requirements relating to annual audit (note that the company will be re-tendering its audit relationship during Autumn 2024)
  • Sales tax & other ongoing compliance: take ownership of supervising sales & other tax reporting & compliance processes, working within the company’s transfer pricing policy. Manage process to claim R&D credit for FY24
  • Forecasting: work with the CFO to manage the company’s current and future financial position, working with FP&A to maintain an up to date and accurate view of financial performance including mid-year reforecast in October
  • Liquidity & cash management: prepare short term cash flow forecasts to support near term liquidity decision-making
  • Maintain a culture of visibility and communication: provide a key point of contact for the rest of the leadership team and offering them subject matter expertise
  • Lead the finance team: lead and motivate the Finance team and ensure that they receive appropriate support, training and development to achieve their full potential

Requirements

  • Qualified as an accountant (ACA / ACCA)
  • Operated at a leadership level within Finance: this could be FC, Head of Finance, Finance Director - titles aren’t everything but prior experience as a functional leader will be required
  • Have prior experience of operating in a fast-paced, data-driven VC/PE backed business – since our management team, investors and Board expect fast, detailed and insightful information for decision making
  • Come with domain knowledge: require prior experience of some combination of: working in multi-channel consumer goods (D2C and wholesale, Amazon also helpful), using & maintaining Netsuite and /or managing a straight forward international group
  • Commercial & analytical mindset with strong Excel and financial modelling skills –we’re an analytical team and business leaders are expected to be hands-on with the detail
  • Initiative led and self-motivated, since the CFO has a broad remit covering this and several other functions. You’ll be trusted to run your team.
  • Pragmatic and agile mindset – as it’s a fast-paced environment, to which we continually need to adjust

Benefits

  • We recognise the need for a work-life balance and offer a hybrid working model of 3 days in the office at Maison Papier, our lovely Camden office.
  • 25 days annual leave per year (pro rated for the length of contract)
  • 20 days per year to Work from Anywhere (pro rated for the length of contract)
  • Private medical and rewards scheme with Vitality Health (including 50% off gym memberships with Virgin Active, Pure Gym and more).
  • Enrolment into the Papier Pension scheme through the People Pension.
  • £45 monthly cultural allowance
  • £75 personal stationery allowance, and £150 to spend on our Occasion stationery for a lifetime special event
  • 40% staff discount along with a family and friends discount
  • Papier with Purpose. We give back to the community and offer 2 days paid per year to volunteer for a cause you care about.
  • Constant access to mental health, well-being resources and support from our in-house first aiders.
  • Weekly team lunches & regular cultural trips.
  • Our pooches are a part of the Papier team and you may see them from time to time in Maison Papier.
  • Inclusive and friendly team who will make you feel welcome from day one.

At Papier, we believe that the diverse perspectives of all paper people deserve to be celebrated. A creative and curious community, we strive to be inclusive and equitable to all. We’re an equal-opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on any grounds. From hiring processes to day-to-day business, we aim to create an environment that is accessible and safe for everyone. We’re always working towards building a balanced and supportive workplace, with policies and ways of working to ensure everyone can make the most of their time at Papier.

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