Finance & HR Director

London (Greater) (GB)
26 Jan 2022
26 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The Business - Background


DeMellier is a fast-growing award-winning designer fashion brand based in London. DeMellier has been awarded twice by the British Luxury Association WALPOLE, recognising its commitment to innovation, craftsmanship and the highest standards of quality. Its handbags have become a favourite among women all over the world, including celebrities such as Beyonce, Irina Shayk, Emily Blunt, and January Jones among others. In addition to its direct-to-consumer business, DeMellier is stocked in leading department stores such as Le Bon Marche, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Lane Crawford among others. Beyond creating beautiful products, DeMellier's mission is to be a force of positive influence in the fashion industry. Creating products by women for women, made with integrity while giving back to those less fortunate. For every item sold DeMellier funds vaccines and medical treatments aimed to save the life of a child in need.


The Opportunity – Finance & HR Director

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join a fast-growing designer fashion brand in a key position within the team to take it to the next level in the upcoming stage of growth. Reporting directly into the Founder & Managing Director, the Finance & HR Director will lead all financial reporting, daily and strategic, be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Finance function and be pivotal in the future robust financial growth of the brand alongside the Founder, commercial team, and external HR and Legal teams. 



As Finance & HR Director your role will include:

  • Preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for both management and investors.
  • Leading all financial planning and analysis (FP&A), including forecasting, budgeting, and cash flow management, reporting against forecasts and responding proactively.
  • Ensuring compliance with, and accurate reporting of taxes including PAYE / NIC, VAT, Corporation Tax, US / Global Sales Taxes, Customs & Duties.
  • Helping the team to develop strategies to increase return on investment and profitability.
  • Assisting in implementing new global e-commerce payment platforms with Shopify and ensuring accurate payment reconciliations and alignment with accurate stock reporting.
  • Assisting with the financial aspects of new growth opportunities in International markets.
  • Managing with wholesale the prompt receivables collection and accurate and timely payment of suppliers.
  • Leading on HR contracts, payroll and compliance. 
  • Ensuring adherence to all financial (incl IFRS), regulatory and tax reporting requirements.
  • Ensuring legal compliance on expansion into other overseas territories – trade marks etc and customer bases, new product groups, data protection and GDPR including ad hoc legal work.




  • ACA / ACCA / CIMA qualified accountant operating at Finance Director level in an SME (small/medium sized enterprise) or equivalent level in a larger organisation, ideally with some previous exposure to HR.
  • A strong track record in a finance department at high-achieving growing companies in the retail sector
  • Experience of brand-led, multi-site retail in an omnichannel, entrepreneurial environment
  • An analytical mind with strong financial modelling and technical accounting, with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint) 
  • Ideally experience working with Shopify and accounting systems such as Xero / Quickbooks and/ or other ERP systems
  • Proactivity, attention to detail, great team skills and ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Enthusiasm for, and understanding of, our corporate social impact objectives including unquestionable integrity and a commitment to good governance


This is a 4-5 days per week position, London based, with flexible working from home. 

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