Finance Director

Manchester, UK

Working with the CEO (Certification Division), the Finance Director will provide financial and broader business leadership to the Certification Division. 

What that means day to day

  • Leading the Certification business, adding financial insight and working hand-in-hand with the CEO (Certification Division). 
  • Overseeing the general day-to-day financial operations of the Certification Division, working closely with the CFO and other stakeholders within Alcumus’ Finance function. This includes working with the invoicing and cash collection functions to continuously improve the customer experience
  • Providing support with M&A, working closely with the Head of M&A
  • Reviewing and presenting monthly financial results (results, KPI analysis and forecast) to the Certification Division management and wider Alcumus Group leadership
  • Taking ownership of all financial planning and analysis activity for the Certification Division, including the annual budgeting process 
  • Leading on strategic planning initiatives to make the division more efficient and profitable, including identification of opportunities to change accounting policies and processes (e.g. to unwind deferred income faster)
  • Developing and maintaining models to track the sales teams’ performance and to establish the value link between point of sale and point of delivery
  • Enhancing commerciality through analysis and pricing of client day rates, and scrutinising auditor salaries and subcontractor day rates
  • Partnering with senior stakeholders across Alcumus as required
  • Liaising with external auditors as required during the year-end audit

What you’ll need to be successful

What you’ll get in return

  • Accountancy qualification with at least 3 years’ post-qualification experience
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (especially in Excel)
  • Strong capability to examine data and draw insightful conclusions 
  • Experience of managing senior stakeholders in a corporate environment
  • Proven track record of building strong team relationships and setting and managing stakeholder expectations
  • Strong business acumen 

FOR THE HERE AND NOW – We provide a mature and flexible ‘work your way’ culture, generous holiday allowance, a ‘giving day’ to give back to others, enhanced family friendly leave (regardless of gender), an employee assistance programme, 24-hour online GP, gym discounts, cover for a variety of healthcare, dental, optical and wellbeing treatments/services, a cycle to work scheme and paid time off when you’re physically and mentally unwell.

FOR FUN – You spend a significant percentage of your time with your colleagues (and what a great bunch of people they are!) and it’s important to us that everyone contributes to an environment that is positive and full of laughs. We’ve always got something going on, from charity events and competitions to recognition events and awards and we encourage our teams to get involved and have fun along the way.

FOR THE FUTURE – To set you up for later on in life, we provide an enhanced pension scheme with generous employer contributions and a life assurance policy for peace of mind. We offer a plethora of development resources and support, including access to LinkedIn learning to support you as you develop your career with us. Last year alone we filled nearly 30% of our roles with internal candidates (which equates to almost 50 people being promoted!) 

Sound interesting so far?

What you can expect if you apply:

  • A response to your application within 15 working days
  • An interview process consisting of:
  • An initial discovery call with the recruiter
  • A first stage interview via Microsoft Teams 
  • Additional interview (likely face to face) with the stakeholders you’ll be working with closely in the role

We’re keen to ensure our hiring process allows you to be at your best, so if you need us to make any adjustments, please just let us know.


  • Reporting To: CFO
  • Employment Type: full_time