WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN

Financial Controller

You will be responsible for delivering operational excellence in the finance departments for both Frugi in Cornwall and Tots Bots in Scotland by overseeing the team’s day to day operations.

Permanent     |    Full Time    |    Frugi HQ Helston

ABOUT FRUGI

With innovation and sustainability at the core, the Frugi Group is made up of four brands. The ethical and organic children’s clothing brand Frugi was born in 2004 with an aim to show that clever design, great ethics, and passionate people can help change the world!  Frugi Bloom followed shortly after providing a ‘bump to breastfeeding and beyond’ range with the same ethics and clever design to ensure longevity.

In 2018, we were acquired by our private equity partners, True Capital, who are B-Corp certified and share our vision for ethical business practices and a focus on people and the planet.  The Frugi Group was completed in 2020 with the purchase of sister brands TotsBots and Bloom & Nora, who, with over 20 years of experience, share the same values and principles of sustainability with their much-loved reusable nappies and period products.

As a group, we strive to be ethical in everything that we do.  Since the beginning, Frugi has always chosen to give back 1% of our turnover to charities each year.  So far, we have donated over £1million to brilliant causes, both environmental and child-focused.  Partnering with Eco-Schools and LEAF, we are combining both, inspiring our next generation of eco-heroes to protect our planet and enabling children to develop that essential connection with nature.  We are proud to have been awarded three Queen’s Awards for Frugi, with most recently the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development and International Trade in 2020. 

Our people are at the very heart of our brands, wherever they may be in the world, sharing our values and vision to make the world a better place.  We strive to create a working environment where our people are valued and can thrive and grow with us.  So far, we have expanded to over 200 permanent team members with even more joining us for our busy seasons.  We run an award-winning health and wellbeing program, continually invest in training and development and yes - we have eaten a lot of cake along the way! 

Having accelerated turnover year on year, we have a very exciting 5-year-plan ahead of us, as we stretch into new product ranges, new retail partners and new markets.  We look forward to giving all new members of the Frugi Group family a very warm welcome. 


ABOUT YOU

With at least 5 years’ experience as a Financial Controller, preferably within Retail, Wholesale or Digital Commerce, you’ll be highly experienced in managing the entire finance function of a business. You’ll be highly numerate and data driven, with excellent time management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines. You will have had experience working for medium sized businesses with a turnover upwards of £10million. You’ll be brimming with ideas to continue to improve our processes and help us achieve our strategic goals as we continue to grow.


YOUR ROLE IN A NUTSHELL

You will be responsible for delivering operational excellence in the finance departments for both Frugi in Cornwall and Tots Bots in Scotland by overseeing the team’s day to day operations. Reporting to the Finance Director on all financial and accounting activities as well as partnering with other leaders in the organisation to provide accurate, timely and insightful information, analysis and recommendations.   


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • You will provide effective and robust governance and control ensuring that appropriate controls and financial risk management practices are in place and operating effectively.
  • Manage the audit process, acting as liaison with the internal and external auditors in respect of risk and governance matters.
  • Prepare accurate, consistent and timely financial accounts and reports in accordance with local and Group Reporting requirements.
  • Provide and effectively communicate, accurate, timely and insightful information, analysis and recommendations that inform business performance and support and challenge decision-making.
  • Develop the financial plan to support the Group in achieving its corporate strategy and targets by leading flexible planning, budgeting and forecasting processes which can model the financial impact of changing external and internal conditions across a range of scenarios, thereby supporting decision making around the best strategic way forward.
  • Delivers robust and clear financial appraisal of investment opportunities to enable the business to take decisions in line with the business strategy and achieve optimum returns.
  • Responsible for the finance team development in both Frugi, Helston and Tots Bots, Scotland.
  • Accountable for the finance function and the output of both teams.
  • Provide feedback and reporting to senior management, regarding the performance, growth and future needs of your team when required. 
  • Provide leadership and direction to the teams to meet business and individual objectives whilst continuously developing your own leadership and people management skills. 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • You will be CIMA qualified or equivalent and have succeeded in a similar role previously.
  • It is essential that you have strong commercial acumen with a flexible approach.
  • You’ll have advanced MS Excel skills and ERP experience, knowledge of Netsuite would be advantageous.
  • Ideally have proven track record working in Retail, Wholesale & Digital Commerce sectors in businesses with a turnover of +£10m.
  • You will be data driven and highly numerate, with strong analytical and data mining skills.
  • You’ll have excellent people skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the business.
  • As a skilled leader you’ll be adept at managing a teams and workflows across multiple locations.
  • You’ll have an in-depth knowledge of the entire finance function.
  • You’ll have a passion for accuracy and detail, with the ability to explain them in layman’s terms.
  • You will demonstrate drive, energy and resilience to work in an agile environment.
  • You will be able to work consistently whilst under pressure in a busy environment, ensuring deadlines are always met.
  • You must be organised, self-motivated, determined, outcome and results focussed.
  • Solid IT skills, with good working knowledge of MS Office programs and the ability to learn in-house systems quickly. 
  • You’ll be willing and able to travel to Scotland on a monthly basis to spend time with the team there.


WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • We’re offering a full time, permanent contract, based at our HQ in Helston, Cornwall. 
  • We’ll invest in you with a competitive salary, depending on your skills and experience

    But it’s not just a job. At Frugi Group, we want you to feel passionate about our mission, be eager to make your mark within an ethical and sustainable business and become part of an incredible team. In return, we take good care of you through a range of initiatives and rewards, including:

  • A pension scheme to help you save towards the future.

  • A profit share scheme where you get to share in the success of our company.

  • A generous holiday allowance and the option to buy or sell some holiday.

  • A whopping 60% discount across our fantastic range.

  • An opportunity to volunteer, enabling you to give your time to a cause close to your heart.

  • Ongoing professional development supported with bespoke learning initiatives and training opportunities.

  • Career progression - as we grow, you’ll grow too!

  • Our award-winning health & wellbeing activities.

  • Regular events and treats organised by our very own Frugi Magic Makers.

  • A dynamic, innovative and exciting environment to work in.



HOW TO APPLY

Send your CV and a covering letter stating why you are exactly the right person to join our team to jobs@welovefrugi.com. Your covering letter is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality and understanding of all things Frugi – so go for it!!

Closing date: 17th June 2021. We’ll be interviewing as we go along, so the role may close earlier than advertised. The early bird catches the worm!

Important: All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of submitting your application; unfortunately, Frugi are not licensed to sponsor overseas workers.

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