Sport and Dance Holdings is an innovative and rapidly growing group of businesses that is headed up by Olympic medallist and BBC Broadcaster Steve Parry.

Under the brands of Total Swimming, Beth Tweddle’s Total Gymnastics, Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars and the recent launch of swim! their growth has been impressive. On a weekly basis over 17,000 children (and growing!) are engaged in activities through their programmes. The group is also the leading builder of modular pools for Local Authorities and leisure providers. The swim! business aims to be the best learn to swim provider in the UK, and the significant growth plan over the next five years shows a progressive, ambitious group of businesses taking full advantage of these opportunities. The Finance and Operations Director will play a key part in achieving such ambitious goals.

Taking forward the excellent work already undertaken by the finance team, you will oversee a range of responsibilities. Astute and informed management of working capital as the business grows will be a key constituent, as will be your control of future major projects. Development of the MI suite available to the growing business, enhanced budgetary and planning capabilities and management of external relationships will rest with you. Managing the operations of the business will be critical, ensuring that processes are ‘best in class’ and continuous improvements are delivered. Customer Service, Human Resources, Technology, Risk, Health & Safety and Legal will fall under your remit, through a range of experienced direct reports.

You will be a Qualified Accountant (ACA / CIMA / ACCA) with the ability (and desire) to help shape a growing business. This is a genuinely different opportunity to the norm; a chance to work in a positive and fun culture with a strong entrepreneurial vibe. The variety and breadth of responsibilities, coupled with the chance to combine the element of social enterprise with a genuine development opportunity, is something that will not be lost on you. You will be able to relate to a wide range of stakeholders; from external parties and investors through to all levels within the business internally and will thrive on the opportunity to match the appetite, vision and determination displayed daily by people at all levels of this fascinating business. The Olympian spirit is very much part of the fabric here.

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