Are you a qualified accountant who loves food and cooking?
Would you like your next role to offer a clear and unobstructed path to Finance Director? Would you also like your lunches to be regularly prepared by professional chefs?
iMultiply has been retained by Leith’s School of Food and Wine, one of the best cookery schools in the world, in their search for a Head of Finance based in London.
Founded in 1975 Leiths School of Food and Wine has a four-decade history of teaching the culinary arts and is one of the most highly regarded cookery schools in the world.
Courses range from the internationally recognised Diploma in Food & Wine, to part time professional courses, short courses and multiple daily one-off classes for interested amateurs. More recently the school has diversified beyond its immaculate kitchens in West London, into delivering industry-first online professional courses. Another successful arm of the business, Leiths Academy, offers cooking courses in schools. Leiths Academy is in an expansion phase, extending its delivery into the state sector with GCSE and A-level equivalent courses as well as enrichment programs for younger children, and also providing young people with transformational skills and knowledge they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Among its alumni are some of today’s biggest names in food, alongside top-flight chefs, food writers and restaurateurs. Although Leiths’ approach is rooted in traditional technique, the school embraces trends and international cuisine, regularly running a wide variety of evening or weekend classes celebrating global flavours, as well as artisan cookery skills and a fast-growing range of plant based cooking and sustainable cooking courses.
In the kitchen, the professional students are taught the scientific theory behind the cookery process and master a comprehensive range of skills that will allow them to thrive in any culinary environment. Skills are repeated and reinforced, and students receive daily feedback from teachers. Leiths is famed for the variety of careers its’ alumni aspire to, and students are supported by Leiths List, an in-house agency, to find work experience during their studies and jobs after graduation. Alternatively, enthusiasts can opt for a single cooking session during the week, in the evening or on a Saturday. These focus on particular cuisines, from Peruvian to classic French, or particular skills like making bread or pasta.
As a place to work, Leiths has a fun, vibrant and inclusive culture with a cohesive and ambitious team united around their shared passion for cooking and food.
This is an excellent role if you want the freedom and autonomy to apply your experience and technical ability to make a real, tangible impact on a growing SME. This is offered while also providing guidance and support from the Board Chair who is a highly accomplished and experienced CA and Finance Leader themselves.
The Head of Finance will take full responsibility of the finance department and support the CEO and senior leadership in driving the growth of the business. This is a team of dynamic, passionate professionals who love what they do and want to find someone to join the family.
The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with experience of:
- A close knit, small company environment with a family feel,
- Nurturing and developing finance teams,
- Reviewing and implementing controls, process, and system improvements,
- Preparing financial models to support business decisions,
- Helping non finance stakeholders understand the numbers behind what they do, to help them perform better,
- Rolling their sleeves up and getting hands on when necessary,
- Collaboratively supporting passionate colleagues to successfully implement a growth strategy.
It would also be beneficial if they:
- Were passionate about food and cooking,
- Possess project and cost accounting experience,
- Have experience overseeing building facilities and IT management,
- Have experience from hospitality or private education sectors.
This is a truly fantastic opportunity for a qualified accountant looking to prove their finance leadership ability with ambitions of developing into a Finance Director.
An agile working philosophy and with a great package including bonus scheme, generous holidays, employer matched pension and serious illness cover.
iMultiply is committed to diversity and will promote diversity for all employees, workers and applicants. iMultiply will treat everyone equally and will not discriminate on the grounds of an individual's 'protected characteristic’.
For more information on this Head of Finance position please contact Stuart Cadger at our Glasgow Office.
M: 07732 499 307