Chief Financial Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chief Financial Officer to join our team here in Ocean Village, Southampton.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please fill out the application form and upload your CV and a covering letter detailing your current salary and why you think you would be a good fit for this role.

Role Overview

Ocea Group Limited owns a number of property businesses that require efficient and effective financial oversight. Following a period of exceptional growth, Ocea Group is looking to appoint a Chief Financial Officer who can oversee the financial, administrative and risk management aspects of Ocea’s business.

This is a magnificent opportunity for someone to become fully involved in Ocea’s further expansion and would suit an individual with a high ambition for growth. The business at present relies heavily on equity, investment and development funding – of which Ocea is never short of opportunities. We are therefore in need of the right candidate to assist in growing our funding base, optimising this direction of travel and dealing with all related strategic decisions. The opportunity for profit participation and bonuses are also available for the right candidate.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the CFO will be able to demonstrate outstanding people skills and team leadership; have experience in securing funding, working with investor partners and banks; have a demonstrable track record of managing cash flow forecasts and P&L accounts; and have an exemplary work ethic.

Working conditions and Remuneration

This is a full time role with flexibility to go part time for the right candidate.

There is some flexibility in working patterns. Remuneration and rewards will be flexible to suit the right person.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • To assist the CEO with raising capital through banks and outside investors to help foster growth and reach investment/goals for the business. To oversee, negotiate and agree the contractual negotiations for all investments.

  • In conjunction with the Management Accountant, to oversee the business cash flow.

  • Taking account of liquidity and risk, to oversee the capital structure of the business and make recommendations for managing debt, equity and internal financing. 

  • To oversee the production of financial information required for external bodies, particularly when it relates to investments and acquisitions.

  • To hold responsibility for all areas of financial compliance i.e. filing and HMRC payments.

  • To input to strategy conversations particularly relating to profitability and cash flow. To take the lead on forecasting and budgeting. To make recommendations for cost saving when appropriate.

  • To provide advice and expertise relating to tax efficiency. To secure appropriate external expertise for this when necessary and to cover (not exclusively) VAT, Capital Allowances, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Corporation Tax as they pertain to the business.

  • To appropriately analyse the company’s financial position and performance, making recommendations and trouble-shooting as necessary.

  • To ensure the regular reporting back to key stakeholders in the business, such as the board, major investors and banks.

  • Maintaining an awareness of external trends, bank policy and political movement which could impact Ocea and its core business.

  • To design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures, particularly those which will drive sustainable growth.

  • To promote a culture of communication within the business, leading by example.

Core Competencies

  • Proven track record and experience as a CFO or equivalent (within the property industry is an advantage).
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  • Experience in raising investment funds and working capital for businesses.
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  • Highly experienced in managing relationships with banks and investors.
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  • Ability to resolve conflict or problems when they arise, an adept trouble-shooter.
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  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development.
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  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performances/operation metrics.
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  • Working knowledge of IT/business infrastructure and MS office (working knowledge of Macs is preferable).
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  • Outstanding organisational and leadership abilities.
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  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
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  • Strong ability to influence others and negotiate effectively.
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  • Aptitude for high level decision making and problem solving.

Person Specification

This role is ideally suited to an experienced finance professional with the skills and abilities to develop systems and processes to underpin substantial and speedy growth. Sound judgment, managerial and leadership skills will already be well honed.

Joining Ocea will provide the right candidate with an opportunity to stamp their mark on an entrepreneur led business, and to ensure appropriate capitalisation of the business. There is scope to introduce procedures to ensure compliance at all levels.

This role would suit someone who is able to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines within a small team of approx. 10-15 employees.

 

Key to this role will be the ability to work with the entrepreneurial CEO to secure a robust capital base for growth and developments, liaising with banks and individual high net worth individuals to achieve this.

The successful candidate will not only need an eye for detail in putting together robust joint venture agreements, but they will also be adept at managing diverse investor relationships and the communication required to ensure that these relationships flourish.

The ideal candidate would have a strong commitment to their own development.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate or qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Experience of working for a property development company or within a property/sales environment an advantage
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Software Experience

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Docs/Calendar/Gmail (not essential)
  • Dropbox
  • Mail Chimp (not essential)
  • Xero (not essential)
  • Zoho (not essential)

Opportunities

Ocea places a high premium on enabling its network, including employees, to achieve all that they aspire to. Ocea is committed to the development of its staff as rounded individuals and are looking to recruit people who can add positively to the culture.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to create financial freedom through property and other business ventures, with the CEO’s full support.

Contact & Location

Please use the apply button or send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Our offices are in Ocean Village, Southampton.