Finance Director / CFO


Location:- Dundee

Closing Date:- Sunday 9th December 2018



Findmypast are looking for a collaborative, hands-on Finance Director to play a key role in operations and leadership as they shape the future of one of the world’s leading family history companies. Findmypast has more than 9 billion historical records and 18 million registered users globally, and has helped transform the way people learn about their ancestors. Family history is a high-growth market that is changing quickly, with the introduction of new products and technologies. In this role you will evolve our operations to sit at the heart of our business, and also provide executive leadership in our Dundee location. This role has full responsibility for the finances of the company, including the development of the financial strategy and effective governance over operations, enabling robust management decisions to drive top line revenue and customer growth, profitability and productivity.


Key Responsibilities

This is a key role on the executive team, and the successful candidate will be the senior Findmypast Group executive in our Dundee office. You’ll take a hands-on approach, equally comfortable with crafting strategy, coaching team members, and getting things done. You’ll pattern and expect high performance standards with an emphasis on cash management. As part of the executive team you will take an active interest in understanding the end to end business, the marketplaces in which it operates, and help identify, develop and sponsor strategies and plans to maximise revenue, share and profit growth.


Building a culture of data-driven decision making across the company and in collaboration with colleagues in marketing and product will be a central part of this role. You’ll coach your team in the key SAAS, operational and data pipeline metrics, and help them become trusted business partners, able to create financial models and performance dashboards with quality information that highlights issues and trends and frames product, marketing and data investments and direction.


Strengthening our business intelligence and analytics platforms and skillsets will be important, so that we become adept at using predictive analytical models and data science techniques to make key decisions. With your team you will be responsible for building insightful management accounts, budget and forecasts for the Findmypast Board and DCT Thomson Group. You’ll work with the executive team and shared services to help maximise the effectiveness of operational functions, while managing costs. You’ll consider where internal services will need to scale to meet the growth of the business, and where DC Thomson services can help Findmypast achieve economies of scale.


About Findmypast

One of the leading websites for family research in the world, Findmypast has helped to transform the way people learn about their ancestors. With over 9 billion historical records, we work tirelessly to digitise the world’s archives and help people discover and share their family stories. 18 million users have registered with our products and services around the world, which include Findmypast, Genes Reunited, and the British Newspaper Archive.


We’re a British-owned company of 150 based in Shoreditch, London and Dundee, Scotland, with offices in Ireland and the United States. We work in small, cross-functional teams to solve customer and business problems. Our work combines technology and innovation with personal human stories, and we enjoy celebrating success together. There are tech demos weekly, a monthly lunch for everyone, and parties and charity activities during the year. In a continuous learning environment and a fast-moving market, there are real opportunities to gain new experiences and make a lasting mark on our product, business, and customers.



About You

  • A track record of finance leadership in fast-paced, high-growth digital or consumer environments with experience of international markets. SAAS, analytics and data science a plus.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative, pragmatic and open working style. You will be comfortable operating in an environment which spans a number of business issues and cultures, from the technology teams to the board room
  • A strong academic record, professional accountant qualifications. Experience operating as part of a group of companies is a plus.



Benefits vary by location.

We’re passionate about making FMP a great place to work and setting people up to succeed. Benefits include:

  • Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Health cash plan
  • Dental cash plan
  • 26 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Corporate gym discounts
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work
  • Season travel tickets
  • Monthly Company Lunch
  • Full stocked kitchen and fresh fruit
  • Regular Social Events
  • Subscription to Findmypast website



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