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Chief Finance Officer



Chief Finance Officer – Base Camp, Llanrwst  

Zip World is the ultimate adventure destination. Home to the world’s fastest zip line, the UK’s first alpine coaster, and the UK’s only subterranean net adventure, Zip World is committed to providing the most unique and thrilling adventures - from check-in to touch down.   

Due to the continued growth and success of the business, we are looking for a Chief Finance Officer to lead our finance department, deliver full financial compliance and play a critical role in our growth. We are looking for an exceptional individual who will enjoy working as part of our highly dynamic, rapidly growing private equity-backed business.  

This role supports Zip World in achieving its core vision of creating extraordinary experiences and delivering strong and sustainable financial performance through a dynamic and ambitious growth plan. You will be responsible for managing all financial and IT-related disciplines to maximise team satisfaction, customer satisfaction, revenue, profit, and shareholder value.  

What will this role entail?   

  • Contributing toward the commercial strategies of the business relating to growth, return on investment, identification of opportunities, and the smooth operation of all facets of the business 
  • Develop, implement and manage systems to ensure the efficient delivery of all financial aspects of the business 
  • Delivering solutions to help grow and drive the profitability of the business  
  • Play an active role as a Board member, providing timely and relevant financial information and analysis to the Board and banking partners 
  • Analyse financial performance by location and by department, comparison of actual vs budget results contributing to medium and long-term business planning and forecasts using data analytics  
  • Ensure all financial reporting systems, accounting collection and procedures are in place and adhered to 
  • Stakeholder management with PE house and lender 
  • Develop the annual budget and present to the Board for approval and oversee the preparation of the company’s financial accounts to ensure these are presented accurately and on time 
  • Provide ROI analysis for all projects and evaluate the financial potential and risk of merger and acquisition plans 
  • Deliver the annual financial audit 
  • Coordinate risk and insurance for the business to control risks and losses 
  • Define and deliver the IT roadmap for the business  

 Skills & Aptitudes 

  • Confident with gravitas and credibility so as able to lead and influence from the top 
  • Strong senior stakeholder management and negotiating skills 
  • Creative and commercially minded, able to think outside the box 
  • Attention to detail but able to see and understand the bigger picture 
  • Resilient able to and adapt to a challenging, changing environment 
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure 
  • Competence to swiftly identify issues and take a proactive approach to resolve them 
  • Ability to swiftly identify issues and take a proactive approach in resolving them 
  • Ability to delegate effectively while retaining overall responsibility 
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to present financial information clearly and concisely 
  • Innovative – able to drive and deliver change to achieve added value and improve performance and efficiency 
  • A leader adept at building a productive internal and external relationship and coaching and developing the finance team. 

Essential: 

Qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA or ACCA) with current professional membership 

Proven experience as CFO, Finance Director, or relevant role 

Commercially sharp especially with regard to financial models 

Experience of working in SME with PE backing 

Board experience 

Local to North Wales or willing to permanently relocate. 

Desirable:   

Multi-site experience 

M&A experience 

 What will I receive in return? 

As the Chief Finance Officer, you will receive an excellent salary, plus a range of attractive benefits including free gym membership and discounted access to all Zip World adventures, food and beverage discounts at Zip World sites, and social events throughout the year.   

Location: Llanrwst (Conwy, North Wales) Relocation assistance available  

You’ll be employed on a permanent contract, with core hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm, with infrequent flexibility and weekend work required to accommodate business needs.  

How do I apply?  

If you are interested in this role and possess the skills necessary, please apply by using the apply button, for more information please email recruitment@zipworld.co.uk   

Closing date – 18th July 2021 

Interview date – Week commencing  26th July 2021 


How to Apply?

To apply, please send a covering letter with the following:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • Please tell us about your relevant skills and experience and why you would be suitable for this position.

Along with a copy of your CV, to recruitment@zipworld.co.uk.

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