UK Finance Director – Logistics & Storage Sector
£90-110,000 + Car £6,000 + 20% Bonus + 8% Matched Pension + Healthcare + 25 holidays
Working in close partnership with Seymour John, my client is a global $3.1bn turnover cold storage logistics platform formed in 2013, focused on providing integrated cold chain solutions to customers across 10 countries. Now with a presence in the U.S., Europe and South America, my client seeks to invest in modern assets that possess industry-leading technologies, offer value-added services and support key international trade flows. The business is backed by a US head quartered private equity fund with $80bn of assets under management.
Since inception in 2013 there have been 6 acquisitions/investments into the Netherlands, 5 into the USA, 5 into Spain/Portugal combined, 2 into Chile, 2 into Northern & Republic of Ireland combined, and 1 each into Austria, Brazil, Poland, Australia and mainland UK. The majority of growth has come through acquisitions, interspersed with greenfield investments into new storage and logistics facilities.
The current Whitchurch business was purchased in December 2017 and today has a turnover of £40m. It was established in 1981 and with a “can do” approach to business has developed a reputation for delivering excellent customer service offering a one stop shop with solutions encompassing Cold and Multi-Temperature Storage, Logistics Services and other Valued Added Services such as blast freezing, cheese cutting, repacking and bagging. Customers include Cargill, Arla, Avara, Muller, Mondelez and Roberts Bakeries. There is a BIG appetite to grow their UK presence and we are keen to secure a candidate capable of managing change, along with greater scale and complexity in the future.
Reporting to the VP Finance Europe with a strong dotted line into the Whitchurch based General Manager (MD) key priorities for the role include:
The business has a focused, down to earth culture. You can achieve a lot more by forming great working relationships than you can by aggressively forcing issues.
The ideal candidate will have gained experience in the Storage/Warehousing and Logistics sector and operated at Finance Director level already due to the expected level of growth and challenge. We also need you to have some experience in integrating acquired businesses and group harmonisation projects such as implementing new systems platforms. Whatever your experience mix, you must be able to bring embody considerable energy and drive to help the business achieve it’s growth goals.
For further information, please contact Phil Topper on 07929 159674 or Phil@seymourjohn.com