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  • Finance Director opportunity within a Fortune 500 organisation
  • Potential for a first time FD taking a step-up in to this role

About Our Client

PPG IndustriesBirstallAt PPG, our purpose is to protect and beautify the world. A global organisation with operations in almost 70 countries and a member of the Fortune 500, we’ve been trusted by customers for almost 140 years. We’re proud to be the home of household brands including Johnstone’s and Leyland paints alongside many other trade and retail brands. We are committed to delivering lasting value for partners and customers by operating with integrity, working safely, respecting the contributions of our people, preserving the environment and supporting the communities where we operate.

Job Description

As the Finance Director, you will have overall responsibility for the business finance operations including controlling, planning and analysis, commercial support and supporting investment decisions. You will place particular emphasis on identifying the needs and risks, and leverage this to challenge the status quo.

The UK&I Architectural Coatings Business Unit is one of the largest/most significant businesses in the PPG EMEA region and the Finance Director plays a key role in supporting the business on all strategic aspects, in accordance with PPG processes, internal controls and compliance standards.

You will be a fully qualified accountant with strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of leadership in large and complex organisations, able to innovate and drive change and development. You will be experienced and confident operating and influencing at a senior management level.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the UK&I finance team, providing guidance and coaching to drive a high-performance culture
  • Core member of the UK&I Leadership team, working with the business to develop and deliver the AC UK&I strategic plan
  • Understand business and economic trends and how this translates into business

results. Propose actions to continuously improve financial performance and

measure progress against those goals

  • Understand and explain the implications of business performance through key

financial documents: P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow statement

  • Provide financial support to the development of business cases, including

commercial proposals, ACT’s, and acquisitions, as well as providing post-project

support and oversight.

  • Lead any specific project impacting UK&I from a business finance point of


  • Ensure a strong internal control environment to include supporting annual SOX

testing and ensuring any issues identified are remediated in a timely manner.

  • Working closely with Heads of Finance/Finance Directors across AC W&C EMEA to ensure sharing of standard methodologies and providing support as and when needed.

The Successful Applicant


  • Possess a professional accounting qualification (CIMA/ACCA/ACA), demonstrating a strong foundation in financial principles and practices.
  • Showcase senior managerial experience, with experience of leading and mentoring a finance team effectively.
  • Demonstrate strong commercial decision-making skills, aligning financial strategies with organizational objectives.
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills, enabling clear and effective communication with both financial and non-financial stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to deal with pressure. You have a goal oriented approach and strong stakeholder management skills.
  • Can-do attitude and able to inspire change

What’s on Offer

On offer is a generous salary and benefits package.

About us:

Here at PPG we make it happen, and we seek candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our values, with the commitment and drive to strive today to do better than yesterday – everyday.


Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. To learn more, visit and on Twitter.

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