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Finance/Commercial Manager

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WeShape - Finance/Commercial Manager

Who we are.

We are WeShape. Our mission is to provide expertise on demand, at scale, to solve the hardest technical and organisational challenges to deliver continuous and lasting value and have a positive impact on all stakeholders. WeShape is one of just over 1300 B-Corp organisations in the UK, find out more here.

Utilising our expertise within the DevOps, Digital, Data and Cloud market, we engage our network of Associates, some of the brightest minds within industry. We consult, guide and deliver solutions for some of the world’s leading brands within the market.

Furthermore, we run the widely expanding WeShape event network. This consists of events such as London Tech Leaders - a leading peer-to-peer C-suite event network with quarterly events and weekly digital content. London DevOps is an event network for technology associates with over 9000 members on MeetUp. 

The problem you’ll be solving.

WeShape is growing rapidly - in the last 3 years, we’ve increased revenue from £600,000 to £9m. 

We have ambitious growth plans for the next three years, with a comprehensive strategy that will take us to further growth, and ultimately a market event. 

We're now looking for an exceptional Finance Manager who can take strategic oversight of our Commercial function, provide regular updates to our growing Exco & Board, and ensure our risks are managed and mitigated effectively as we grow. 

What you’ll be doing.

This will be a vast and varied role, where you’ll gain exposure to different areas of our finance and operations function.

 

At WeShape no two days are the same, and you’ll be given responsibilities across Finance and Commercial Legal areas : 

  • Set, build and manage WeShape’s financial strategy, including our plans to go through a market event in the next three years 
  • Working with our outsourced bookkeepers and accountants to generate accurate MI and reporting 
  • Review Terms and contracts with multiple stakeholders and understand their impact on finances 
  • Build out internal tooling and dashboards for modelling, MI, and tracking
  • Working with the board of directors to analyse and interpret MI to generate business insights and strategic decision-making 
  • Managing our share options scheme scheme, ensuring compliance and fairness as we grow
  • Cultivating a culture of finance expertise amongst the business 
  • Managing our external finance relationships - banks, invoice finance etc…
  • Managing our creditors, debtors and ensuring WeShape hit our internal KPIs

As this role grows and develops, there is also the potential for:

  • Line management of future Finance/Legal hires 
  • Building out a world-class finance team 
  • Managing supplier relationships and ensuring an optimal spending strategy 
  • Implement an internal audit programme to ensure that the company complies with all financial and statutory regulations.

And much, much more - at WeShape we encourage you to drive your own path, take initiative and take ownership of your career, so this role spec could change as you grow here. 

This role is for you if: 

  • You’re passionate about finance and best practice
  • You’re an experienced negotiator
  • You have experience reviewing complex contracts, with legal experience 
  • You’re ambitious and wanting to undertake the challenges and rewards of a market event
  • You’re highly organised, with a great eye for detail 
  • You’re not afraid to try new things and take on new responsibilities as your career grows
  • You’re able to communicate to stakeholders at all levels, both inside and outside the organisation

Ideally you’ll have: 

  • Experience in a Finance role for a growing organisation
  • Worked in consulting, recruitment, or technology
  • System knowledge of our current finance tech stack (Xero, Google Sheets, IDeal Invoice Finance, Sage payroll, Pleo etc..) 
  • Experience working with invoice finance providers 
  • A finance qualification (ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW, ICAI, ICAS etc…)
  • Experience of going through a market event would be hugely advantageous
  • Team management experience would be beneficial

What the future looks like. 

We have ambitious growth plans, and as we grow from 25 to 130 headcount, and £9m to £40m revenue, we’ll be embracing the challenges and opportunities that come with expansion. You’ll be guiding us through this journey and ensuring we remain afloat, compliant, and futureproof as we grow. 

You’ll be rewarded with both financial and career growth  - we have a clear and transparent career ladder that encourages learning and development. 

Some of the added benefits...

  • Full Training provided
  • Huge opportunity for personal growth in a fast-moving start-up 
  • Competitive salary + quarterly bonus
  • Share options 
  • Central London office 
  • Choice of technology 
  • 25 Days Holiday allowance + Christmas Shutdown
  • Generous L&D opportunities 
  • Gym membership & Pret subscription
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Juno benefits platform
  • Regular team socials and incentives

WeShape is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We strongly encourage people of colour, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. 

If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. WeShape makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, relevant experience, and business needs at the time.

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