Head of Finance

Finance & Legal · Manchester, Manchester
Department Finance & Legal
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

The Opportunity 


Peak is the Decision Intelligence company. We are on a mission to help organisations use AI to make great commercial decisions, all the time. Just as importantly, we are also focused on building an amazing company. One where we truly value our people & culture, and strive to make Peak an amazing and diverse place to work. Our recent Best Companies award & 3 star accreditation for being one of the top companies to work for is a testament to this.


We have ambitious plans over the coming years; to launch and lead a new category of technology (Decision Intelligence), expand our operations and create the best working culture possible. This is a great time to join Peak and the Finance team, as we start the next stage of our global growth. 


The Purpose


To be a trusted advisor, who enhances decision making throughout the company by providing key financial insights that drive Peak’s strategy.


The Role


This is a key leadership role building and managing the accounting function, guiding all strategic financial decisions at Peak. 


At a time of rapid growth you will be building a team that will enable Peak to grow to $100m and beyond whilst being at the heart of a sought after business partner whose critical insights enable the management team to achieve.


You’ll be working in a fast paced environment, navigating the challenges of global expansion and building the foundations for the Peak of tomorrow.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Build, nurture and lead a best in class finance team that supports Peak in the achievement of their strategic objectives.
  • Proactively contribute to the strategic direction and decisions of Peak, constructively challenging and influencing to optimise performance.
  • Act as a key member of the finance leadership team providing strategic and commercial recommendations.
  • Embed an exceptional quality of accounting throughout the function in line with the appropriate financial standards.
  • Ownership and accountability for P&L, balance sheet and cashflow, understanding all elements of performance to ensure accuracy and effective decisions can be made over this.
  • Mentor junior members of the team and provide coaching to support their professional development.
  • Create a finance centre which is equipped to lead all aspects of operational finance and enable scale.
  • Guide the function through the challenges posed by geographical expansion.
  • Implement systems & processes which will enable finance to meet the demands of a rapidly growing company.
  • Establish an effective internal control environment that ensures the integrity of financial and accounting information


Personal skills:


  • Open - approachable in interactions with other functions within the business and confident in challenging business performance.
  • Driven - thinks about where the Company is going and navigates a finance function that pushes Peak to achieve its goals.
  • Curious - explore ways in which performance can be improved, never settling for the status quo.
  • Smart - an ability to develop simple solutions to complex problems, partnering with management to achieve results.
  • Responsible - take ownership of company wide and departmental KPIs.


Required experience:


  • Demonstrates leadership skills and embodies the Peak values.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, with a can do and positive approach.
  • Proven track record of building and leading exceptional finance teams.
  • Experience with companies operating in different geographies and knowledge of the challenges faced.
  • Experience of implementing appropriate systems and processes necessary to scale a growing business.
  • A natural self starter who can work independently and as part of a team.
  • Highly analytical and extremely organised.
  • Appropriate accounting qualifications with significant PQE.


Benefits


  • Opportunity to make a large impact in a fast-growing company with global ambitions and influence Peak’s early success in entering the global market.
  • Share options / Equity in Peak - Peak is our company, Peak is your company.
  • Flexible culture - Hybrid working model (Clubhouse/Home) and flexible hours with work life balance in mind.
  • 33 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays, rising with each year of service up to 38 days. 
  • Family leave benefits, including a world class maternity pay policy (more details here).
  • A fantastic working environment with open communication channels, autonomous high performance culture and a truly collaborative style.
  • Opportunity to work from anywhere in the world for 1 month of the year, after one years service.
  • Mental and physical health support through a variety of channels, e.g., Headspace and Spill app subscriptions, online yoga/boxing/HIIT classes, regular team days and social activities.
  • Cycle to work initiative and public transport season ticket loans.
  • Working with cutting edge tech - you will develop skills and experience essential in the modern economy.
  • Learn from like minded & talented team members across multiple disciplines.
  • Opportunity to develop in various areas that you may take an interest in as part of your personal development. 



Inclusion and Diversity at Peak


Our mission at Peak is to help businesses do great things with AI - we are the innovators, the disruptors and the gamechangers.  


Diverse and inclusive companies will drive the fourth industrial revolution - and we will lead from the front. 


Over the next 5 years, we need more than words to create a stronger company and a fairer society, which is why Peak is committed to not only creating an amazing place to work, but a diverse and inclusive one too.


We want to create awesome teams and leadership, where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work and their ideas to solve the complex problems for the companies and the communities we serve.



About Peak

Founded in Manchester in 2015 by Richard Potter, David Leitch and Atul Sharma, Peak is on a mission to change the way the world works. Peak’s decision intelligence platform provides businesses all over the world with AI-powered solutions that drive commercial outcomes. 


Connecting data sets from across an organisation to provide predictive insight, the Peak platform directs fast and effective decision making. It is used by leading brands including Nike, Pepisco, KFC, Sika and PrettyLittleThing. 


In August 2021, Peak announced a $75m Series C funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund II. The company has grown significantly over the last three years, and now numbers 200 people globally. This year it received a Best Companies 3-star accreditation, which recognizes extraordinary levels of employee engagement and was ranked by The Sunday Times as one of the Best 100 Companies to Work For in 2020 and 2021.


www.peak.ai

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  • Location
    Manchester, Manchester
  • Department
    Finance & Legal
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor