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European Head of Central Finance

About the role

Baxters Food Group is a family-owned global business, established in Scotland over 150 years ago and best known for its premium food brands. For four generations the Baxters family has experienced dynamic change by launching into new market sectors through acquisitions and new products.

Strategic changes to the European Leadership Team have created the opportunity to appoint a technically and commercially excellent European Head of Central Finance, who will report to the European Finance Director. The European Division is a multi-site business, with a presence in Fochabers, Edinburgh, Burntwood, Colchester and Poland. Candidates should live within a commutable distance of the main European manufacturing site in Fochabers, or be willing to relocate for this role.

With a clear strategy to grow, the European Head of Central Finance role is key in supplying timely, accurate and insightful financial information to the European business including actuals, forecasts, budgets and strategic plans of a consolidated P&L, with a major focus on balance sheets and cash flow. The European Head of Central Finance will be accountable for ensuring strong financial controls exist throughout all areas of the European business and that effective management of all statutory and tax matters are in place under the guidance of the Group.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide strong leadership, direction and development of the European Central Finance team.
  • Communicate relevant and insightful financial/management information and analysis in a timely manner, to guide financial control, profitability and business performance.
  • Drive the financial controls agenda for the business with the involvement of the Group Internal Audit team, ensuring adherence to existing procedures and additional procedures to ensure a robust control environment.
  • Lead on European Finance projects such as the integration of financial systems.

We are looking to appoint a highly credible and operational Head of Finance with excellent leadership, communication skills and high levels of emotional intelligence. The Head of Finance will be a qualified accountant with approximately 5 years of post-qualification experience.

Interested candidates should send their CV, with full remuneration details, to Graham Burns of FWB Park Brown at For a confidential conversation, please call 07738 182813.