Group Financial Controller

Posted 13 February 2024
Business Area Internal

Job description

Business Overview


-        Hays Travel has performed very well in the Covid recovery period, Total Transaction Value is now at circa £2.2bn, generating £50m+ Profit, and employing 3,700 colleagues. 

-        There is a period of significant investment for growth taking place, with several strategically important projects either underway, or in the process of being planned for.  The main focus areas are, but not limited to –

o   Investment in Technology as the Business maximises its e-commerce channel, data management opportunity and implements an ERP system.

o   Ongoing M&A opportunity.

o   Effective management and development of the Business Estate & Property assets. 

o   ESG strategy formulation and execution.

       There is a focus on Business succession planning, and Hays Travel are taking the opportunity to appoint a candidate into a newly created position that has the potential capability and ambition to succeed the CFO. 


Opportunity & Person Overview



o   Could be Practice trained but not essential. Circa 5 years PQE and ideally with career experienced in an SME/OMB environment.  

o   Knowledge and experience gained in any / all the areas of strategic importance will be advantageous. 

o   Suitable candidates will be top of their peer group, with a track record of early career achievement.



o   Suitable candidates should aspire to join for the longer term, see the career development opportunity and have a strong desire to be part of a dynamic, growing business that is proud of its Northeast heritage.

o   Recognising this as one of the best possible routes to CFO in the region, coupled with a willingness to do what it takes to earn the right to succeed the current incumbent.


        Culture & Fit:

o   Candidates will operate without ego and want to work within a strong team and customer orientated focused business, where taking responsibility for having your voice heard is important and welcomed. 


     Style & Approach:

o   Clear ability to engage with a range of stakeholders and be credible at Board level.  

o   Will be keen to earn the respect of their peers, naturally commercially minded and strategically aware.

o   Have the capacity to take on a range of key projects, develop a quick awareness of potential issues and challenges and advise the Board on solutions.