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Finance Director, Brentford Football Club

Finance Director, Brentford Football Club

Background

Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in the London Borough of Hounslow, that currently plays in the English Football League Championship. The Club was founded in 1889 and has called Griffin Park its home since 1904. 2020 represents the start of a new era for Brentford, with the Club moving to a new, 17,250-seater stadium with outstanding facilities for fans, broadcasters, corporates and the community. The new stadium, open for the start of the 2020/21 season, is the cornerstone of a longer-term vision that aims to see Brentford FC reach the Premier League on the field and ensure that the Club is sustainably run off the field.

Situated next to the M4, the new Brentford Stadium is located a mile from Griffin Park and is at the centre of the Brentford East redevelopment scheme, which includes the construction of more than 900 new homes, a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, and a public square with shops and cafés. Brentford FC plays a very active role in its local community.

The Club is a four-time winner of the EFL Community Club of the Year Award and is the only professional football club in the UK with a Business in the Community and Community Mark Award. In total, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust delivers more than £13 million of social benefit to the West London area.

The Role of the Finance Director

Reporting into the CEO as well as the Chairman as a key stakeholder, this role plays a vital role in the strategic and operational management of the Club. As a member of the Club’s Leadership Team, this role will drive the business forward through leading and managing the Finance team (of six) to ensure the Club meets all of its financial obligations.

Main Accountabilities

  • To work closely with the CEO by providing strong and effective financial analysis to ensure the timely and accurate provision of financial information to support ongoing business operations and provide decision support to internal stakeholders
  • To represent the Club with external stakeholders including football bodies, Auditors, Banking partners, commercial partners, suppliers and local community agencies
  • Ensure financial practices are efficient, robust and compliant with statutory regulations and legislation
  • Take overall responsibility for Club financial management policies, annual audit, statutory accounts and tax reporting as well as any filings with Companies and Football Governing bodies
  • To work with Club management to prepare annual budgets, cash flows and to prepare periodic forecast updates
  • Prepare longer term financial planning models and stakeholder reporting and communications
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate and timely delivery of monthly management accounts, variance reports and commentary and presentation at the monthly Board meeting
  • To take full control of treasury management including control over match-day income and day to day banking requirements
  • To lead all banking relationships and manage any financial requirements of the Club

General Club Accountabilities

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant Club policies, including health and safety policies and with specific reference to the data regulations (GDRP and PECR)
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements
  • To build and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, maintaining a professional image at all times when representing Brentford FC
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times

Key Internal Relationships

  •  Venue Sales
  • Operations
  • Marketing Services
  • Brentford FC Board, through the Chairman

Person Specification – Essential Personal Characteristics

  • Suitably qualified, preferably ACA or equivalent
  • Previous exposure to a similar level role in a comparable industry and working environment
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills with the ability to motivate a team to ensure full delivery
  • Passion for process improvement and delivering accurate and timely financial information
  • High personal integrity, openness, commitment and flexibility
  • Strong communication skills

Person Specification – Desirable Characteristics

  • Previous exposure to a similar role within a football Club
  • Good working knowledge of finance-related IT systems

Application

 To register your interest in this opportunity please submit your latest CV and covering letter via the application link.

Alternatively if you wish to have an initial discussion in confidence please contact Adam Judd on ajudd@sriexecutive.com.

We are expecting an exceptionally high volume of applications; sadly, we’re unlikely to be able to respond to each individual applicant. Thanks for being patient and we’ll be sure to get in touch if we’re keen to take your application further. SRI Executive is passionate about championing diversity and challenging unconscious bias and treat each application carefully.

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