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EA/ PA to Chief Financial Officer

EA/ PA to Chief Financial Officer

Job ID 
Position Type 
Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Pentland Brands

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Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


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The purpose of the role as a PA/ EA to the CFO:


The Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant to the CFO is an important role enabling the CFO to work most effectively with internal and external stakeholders within the Business.  This role will be responsible for high quality administrative support, however it will also require support on more strategic projects and initiatives.    This role will be a facilitative one that requires a combination of focus and flexibility, as well as a willingness to play an active, behind-the-scenes role.


This role will work alongside the Executive Assistant to CEO, the Chairman’s PA and the Chief Executive Officer’s PA to support the executive team. 



Key Purpose of Job:


Support the CFO in delivering broad agenda aligned to company objectives


  • Ensure meetings are productive, with clear objectives and that CFO and other attendees are well prepared in terms of agendas, pre-read and meeting plans to achieve desired outcomes
  • Prepare PowerPoint decks which support decision making
  • Enhance and maintain the rhythm of team engagement and deliverables, aligned to overall objectives
  • Ensure effective stakeholder engagement
  • Ownership of diary management including collaborating with the Executive team PAs across the business ensuring all key business meetings are in the diary and the engagements run smoothly e.g. 1:1s, Board meetings, customer visits
  • Inbox management – review incoming emails, filter, escalate items requiring action and draft replies on behalf of the CFO
  • Prepare monthly expenses claims and book travel
  • Review incoming expenses claims for alignment to policy etc prior to CFO approval
  • Code and allocate invoices prior to approval
  • Support the planning and preparation, of Finance Leadership Team (FLT) meetings to facilitate strategy development and alignment
  • Support the CFO and FLT on delivery of projects to ensure continued alignment, consistency & delivery
  • Management of agenda, content and delivery of other key forums
  • General admin assistance & point of contact for the CFO
  • Work transparently with PA to CEO to fill in for each other when not in the office / away from desk.




                         What you need to have

  • Experience of working for a large matrix organisation, liaising with various international offices

  • Intermediate Excel, Word, Outlook, (can be trained on SAP)

  • Strong PowerPoint skills with the ability to build concise decks which support decision making

  • Understand our industry, our brands and the mission of our business

  • An understanding of finance

What we need to see from you

  • An ambassador for the CFO and the business, showing passion for the brand and company
  • Confident, professional and articulate
  • Calm under pressure
  • Able to push back when necessary
  • Pro-active, exceptionally well organised and able to prioritise and multi task
  • Able to liaise with and influence people at all levels
  • Determined to stay ahead of the boss
  • Curious and committed to continuous improvement
  • Discreet with sensitive/confidential information
  • Able to influence having developed strong relationships with management
  • Flexible in approach and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Used to working in a dynamic environment
  • Self manager / self starter – able to work unsupervised
  • Network and learn from the other PA's and build a network within the wider PA community



 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.