Chief Operating Officer

Posted 03 July 2024
SalaryCommensurate with experience
Job type Permanent
DisciplineAccounting & Finance

Job description

  • Reporting to the CEO, National B2B Wholesale: Group includes 2 divisions ~ building materials, heavy duty vehicle AC
  • This executive role requires a commercial COO who has a passion for growth
  • A strategist who can move the business forward, whilst safeguarding with appropriate risk, compliance, & governance frameworks
  • Responsible for shared services
  • Working closely with all operational areas of the business to develop into the COO role
Client Details

Founded in 2005, our client is a successful privately held business supplying building materials and heavy-duty air conditioning to customers throughout SA, WA, and NT. Their impressive growth is a testament to their values-driven approach, including fast delivery times, large stock holdings and exceptional sourcing skills.


The Chief Operating Officer will be a qualified CFO & will be a key part play in shaping the financial strategy and operations of the organisation. Reporting to the CEO, the COO will oversee all financial management, analysing M&A opportunities, strategy, identifying systems improvements and technology improvements. The COO's strategic insights and financial analysis will shape decisions, aligned with achieving with growth objectives and enhancing operational efficiencies.

Key Responsibilities
  • Promote continuous improvement across shared services, adapt strategies to changing conditions, enhance financial performance, and lead a high-performing finance team based on trust and development of people.
  • Align financial initiatives with business strategies, integrate diverse data for strategic insights, and innovate financial strategies to drive growth and profitability.
  • Lead financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes, providing strategic insights and recommendations.
  • Manage statutory and management accounting for accuracy and compliance, oversee forecasting, budgeting for financial planning, and lead M&A activities for strategic growth opportunities.
  • Implement rigorous risk management practices to mitigate financial risks and protect assets, ensure compliance with financial regulations and internal controls, and establish robust governance frameworks for effective financial management.
  • Drive innovation in financial processes and systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, employ creative problem-solving to tackle financial challenges and bolster business transformation efforts, and exhibit resilience in overseeing financial change initiatives organisation wide.
  • Engage stakeholders at all levels to understand their needs, communicate financial strategies and results transparently to build trust, and negotiate consensus and support for financial initiatives.
  • Listen actively, collaborate with stakeholders, communicate financial & operational information clearly, and communicate consistently to achieve company goals.
  • Proven experience as a CFO or finance-oriented COO, B2B wholesale distribution experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise across shared services functions, including financial management, enhancing performance and operational efficiency.
  • Excellent analytical abilities and strategic thinking capability.
  • Effective communicator with the ability to influence and collaborate across functions.
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels of the organisation.
  • Ideally CA or CPA qualified or Finance related degree