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Finance Director / Head of Finance

What3Words, London

Finance Director / Head of Finance






Full Time

06 Feb, 2022

Company Mission

We founded what3words six years ago with the mission to make it simple for people to talk about everywhere. From providing better navigation solutions for cars, to improving the logistics sector and leading incredible humanitarian projects, we are here to make a tangible difference.

Brilliant people make what3words. We’re a team of quiz-creators, world-travellers, linguists and more, determined to make a difference. We are looking for an ambitious and experienced Head of Finance to help us continue on this journey.

We are looking for a Finance Director / Head of Finance to lead our Finance Team (Management Accountant and Finance Assistant) and report directly to our CEO.

You must be highly motivated, a commercial thinker and demonstrate high levels of initiative, accountability and leadership. This role will be part of the Management Team and will be crucial as the company continues its growth towards being a global standard.


Accounting & control:

Oversee the established management accounting function and ensure timely production of reports to internal and external stakeholders, including auditors.

Present and explain financial information at board meetings, whole company meetings and investor pitches.

Take responsibility for the group’s tax compliance in the UK and overseas.

Ensure that the company maintains strong financial controls processes as it grows.


Assist with fundraising through preparation of materials and discussions with existing and potential new investors.

Maintain the company's 5-year financial model, becoming highly knowledgeable of the company’s activities, growth levers and operational priorities.

Work closely with department leads to facilitate financial planning, budgeting and subsequent variance analysis.

Responsible for short and long term cash planning, including treasury and foreign exchange considerations.

Track key actual and forecast revenue metrics, and work closely with the commercial team to prepare revenue pipeline forecasts.

Monitor spending and recruitment against forecast and advise on best course of action when variances arise.

General / other:

Support and develop the existing finance team.

Lead the financial research into set-up of overseas operations.
Build strong relationships with the rest of the management team to ensure that finance is an integral part of the company’s decision-making process.

Support fund-raising activity including maintenance of the company’s data room, investor Q&A and coordination with potential investors’ due diligence advisors.

You will have:

ACCA / ACA / CIMA qualification, with 8-10+ years of experience, most recently in a senior role within the finance function of an established or high-growth company.

An incredibly sharp mind with the academic or work history to prove it.
Excellent financial modelling and excel skills.

Strong communication skills – both verbal and written – and be comfortable working with people from different teams across the business.

You will be:

Highly professional in your approach, and discreet and responsible with financial information.

A believer in the importance of establishing the right level of robust process and procedure to enable scale up, and ready to trail blaze or encourage the use of those processes across the organisation.
Possess a “can-do” attitude; able to work at pace and turn your hand to new things.

Ambitious and interested in building a long-term career with us.

We offer the following benefits to all permanent employees of what3words:

  • Salary: Competitive
  • 25 days holiday
  • Share options
  • Pension
  • Private healthcare
  • Cycle to work
  • VDU eye tests
  • Perkbox
  • Free breakfast & snacks
  • Birthday vouchers
  • Weekly lunch & learn sessions
  • Regular team lunches & team socials
  • Sports and hobbies clubs

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