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Financial Director, PFD

Job Description

PFD is one of the leading literary agencies in London providing specialist expertise to its clients in all aspects of publishing and media. This is an opportunity to join the company in a senior position at board level during a period of significant change working with the CEO and other key staff to develop strategy and achieve ambitious growth objectives. The key operational duties will be to manage the finance function and all the administrative support functions for the group.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate the required experience and skills.


  • To manage the finance and administrative functions of the group including client reporting, general accounting and finance, HR functions including payroll and benefits, and general office management including contracted services
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts and associated reporting of subsidiary companies. Prepare analysis of income and cost detail and variance analysis against plans; highlight risks and opportunities with respect to agreed objectives
  • Prepare and present annual budgets plans for agreement with the board; prepare periodic forecast updates and monthly management reports to effectively communicate performance with appropriate analysis of trends, variances, and outcomes
  • Necessary compliance for statutory reporting, including corporate and VAT taxes; annual audits for all companies including consolidations; secretarial duties
  • Serve as a director on the primary group companies and subsidiary company boards. Provide financial and operational input to the main board; represent main company shareholders on subsidiary companies with minority shareholders
  • Work closely with the CEO to provide input and insight into operational performance to ensure achievement of short-term business plans and agreed board objectives

Key Skills/Experience

  • Accounting qualifications preferred, but must demonstrate wider managerial experience at a senior level
  • Publishing or other similar media experience highly desirable
  • Clear and able communicator
  • Creative problem solver to provide solutions and strategies within resource constraints to provide longer term continuous performance improvements


Central London location. Find out more about the company and our clients on our website Please apply with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations to Kevin Jones by June 30th 2020.


PFD offers bright and energetic first-timers an opportunity to discover what agencies are all about. We run paid internship schemes within the Books department. All applicants must be a British citizen or have a valid work permit, which we are not able to organise on your behalf.

The PFD Books Department intern will work with the various primary agents at PFD, along with assisting our Foreign Rights, Broadcast, Film & TV, and Agora Books publishing department as needed. We aim for our interns to gain a wide ranging, hands-on experience of aspects of working in a literary agency, as well as a general sense of the different parts of the publishing industry. You should have good administrative skills and attention to detail, and the ability to juggle and prioritise multiple tasks at the same time – good time management is essential. A hard-working and enthusiastic attitude is also a must. No prior experience in the publishing industry is needed.

Our internship runs on a 1 + 3 month basis, in which we take on our intern initially for one month, and if all is going well on both sides we then extend this to three months. Office hours are 9:30am – 5:30pm with an hour break for lunch, and we pay our interns national minimum wage.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Lucy Irvine at

PLEASE NOTE: we are currently not hiring any new interns until the lockdown period ends and we return to the office, but if you would like to send in your CV anyway then we will keep it on file and be back in touch as soon as we have more information.