LACOSTE is above all a legend
The legend of a fantastic tennis player, René Lacoste, a member of the famous French "Musketeers" Davis Cup Team and a star of the courts at Wimbledon, Forest Hills and Roland Garros.
The true story of "the Crocodile" dates back to 1927. René Lacoste liked to recount how this nickname came about and ultimately became a brand of worldwide renown.
“I was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by the American press, after I made a bet with the captain of the French Davis Cup Team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey.”
In 1933, René Lacoste founded a company to manufacture the perfect tennis shirt. The original “1212” pique polo shirt featured the now legendary embroidered crocodile on the left breast - Lacoste was born and revolutionised sportswear and branding within sport.
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.
In 1991 Pentland became the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear and in 2018 the two will come together to leverage the global reach of both brands for the growth of this iconic brand.
The JV aims to be renowned for its premium quality and innovative footwear, with an emphasis on sports-influenced styles.
Key Purpose of the Role:
As a critical member of the Lacoste JV Finance team, you will build your business knowledge and create strong relationships within the global Finance Community. You will have responsibility for pulling together results (and plans) and reporting from the various functions across the brand for a consolidated view of the International business.
You will also have responsibility for the Month End process and management of the total cost base for the Lacoste central functions.
Reporting to the Lacoste JV CFO, the Financial Controller will embed a robust controls environment, continually improving the management accounting process, financial systems and both management and statutory reporting. They will work closely with the wider Lacoste Finance team and Pentland Group Finance team to ensure controls and processes are aligned. The Financial Controller will build a deep understanding of the business, bringing insight and analysis to the PCL leadership team to ensure robust decision making and tracking of performance against KPIs.
The successful candidate should have experience of leading teams at a senior level. They need to have a vision to continuously improve processes and outputs and define financial systems, processes and reporting that are high quality and efficient to operate.
The role has a high profile within Lacoste PCL business. Excellent interpersonal and the ability to influence at a senior level are a must, alongside strong technical accounting skills.
The role will have 2 direct reports: Senior Management Accountant and Commercial Business Partner.
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