• Global Head of FP&A

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
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  • Overview

    HWW is a fast growing $500M revenue division of WPP group. The group is headquartered in London but is present in many markets around the world, working through three global hubs (Singapore, New York and London) and with customer service and production facilities in multiple countries across every continent.


    HWW is an expert provider of marketing communications and advertising production services across Broadcast, Print and Digital media with a full suite of services that can take a creative advertising or promotional concept and deliver it from creative concept, translated and culturally adapted, in whatever the required medium into every target market in the world, with better turnaround times, higher quality, more functional technology and more effective return on production investment than any competitive offering.


    Our clients are the world’s leading brands in consumer goods, financial services, automotive and technology and we therefore compete in markets that demand the absolute highest standards of quality, customer care, reliability and value.


    The company has grown rapidly and consistently over its first ten years since initial start-up. It has consistent and successfully reinvented itself with fundamental changes in scale, ownership and market requirements.  Today as a 100% owned WPP business it is entering a new period of sustained expansion of its activities with multiple new business opportunities significantly increasing the scope, global footprint and complexity of the challenges we face.


    We are therefore looking for a bright, energetic talent who can partner with senior management globally to build an F,P&A, decision support and performance management function initially at the center and then as part of a global finance transformation initiative across the globe. We are seeking significantly enhance the quality of our financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting processes consistent with the scale, sophistication and potential of our global operations.


    The role therefore offers really significant scope for personal and career development either within HWW or WPP both in the UK and internationally.




    • Manage core monthly reporting processes, managing deliverables, analysis and reporting of outputs, summarizing key performance drivers for group senior management and to shareholders.
    • Full global P&L management.
    • Work closely with Group FC to ensure reporting is fully compliant to WPP standards and that non P&L (Capex, Working Capital, Cash) reporting is completed to a consistent standard and timetable as P&L reporting.
    • Maintain strong handle on HWW business trends across the globe and keep CFO / CEO fully appraised of all emerging items / issues which could impact reported performance.
    • Orchestrate monthly management review processes of business unit and client level performance.
    • Own end to end process and outputs for effective annual budget cycle (collection, consolidation, review, communication and approval) that effectively manages the frequently conflicting requirements for HWW business planning, HWW Joint Venture planning, WPP requirements and overall process efficiencies.
    • Work with CFO/COIO and Technology group to define, build and implement global budgeting and reporting tools to, inter alia:
    • Facilitate full Client management reporting requirements
    • Enhance understanding of and ability to manage
    • Produce effective P&Ls by discipline
    • Reduce elapsed process time
    • Generate business unit efficiencies
    • Work with Group FC and WPP to ensure consistency between reporting processes and SOX compliance requirements
    • Build full global F,P and A policy set
    • Manage full investment submission / evaluation / approval / tracking cycle.
    • Lead on new project / business venture evaluations including new business pitches, geographic expansion, M&A etc.
    • Develop F,P&A capabilities across HWW network, building a consistent global discipline through team building, training, development and communication.







    Professional Experience / Capabilities


    • Financial Qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or similar)
    • Strong academics, creative problems solving intellect
    • Proven team building skills. Effective leader.Change agent.
    • Wide F,P and A experience
    • Excellent Excel and modelling skills
    • Good written and verbal presentational skills and use of related tools
    • Good financial systems knowledge. Enthusiasm for and experience of developing complex reporting tools and insight capabilities. Design, project management and implementation.
    • Strong foundational accounting capabilities
    • Exposure to WPP reporting practices and tools an advantage
    • Completely comfortable in a complex international


    Personal skills and attributes


    • Ambitious and driven
    • Commercially oriented
    • Comfortable in a dynamic environment; adaptable
    • Good internal networker / influencer
    • Professional. Accuracy, attention to detail
    • Effective project management
    • Well organised and self-starting.
    • Open, honest and engaged.
    • Senior leadership potential.
    • Good communicator, both oral and written.












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