Finance & Operations Director

About Caleño

Unapologetically bold, vibrant and joyful, Caleño is the alcohol-free spirit of Colombia distilled and bottled. A burst of tropical flavours, evocative spices and fresh botanicals, an authentic celebration of Latin life. The antidote to the serious world of non-alcoholic drinks, Caleño is about bringing a moment of joy to the everyday. 

Sometimes in life, when you can’t find what you need, it’s time to make it yourself. Caleño was born out of personal frustration. Our founder Ellie went on a mission to infuse the sun-drenched flavours of Colombia with her light and zesty alcohol-free spirit. The result? A Latino party like no other. So Caleño was born – a celebration of everyday joy for everyone, everywhere, anytime. Available nationwide from Sainsbury’s, Amazon and a number of popular pub and restaurant chains such as Revolution de Cuba and Fullers. Head to our Instagram to find out more about our brand.

Job Description

Build and manage Caleño’s Operations and Finance functions to ensure we have the right framework for future success as the business ambitiously scales over the next few years. The role will require a hands-on approach with the end goal of supporting the business operationally through a period of rapid triple digit growth. You’ll collaborate with our Founder and Leadership team to help drive the company vision and operational strategy


Key Responsibilities

·       Build risk-managed financial forecasts that reflect business strategy and can support forecasted sales whilst effectively managing cash

·       Manage business finances, develop, monitor and analyse the departmental, company budgets, financial reports and overall company performance

·       Anticipate and forecast trends and patterns of the company and marketplace. Assist management in goal setting and promoting company growth

·       Partner with other departments to ensure optimal spend

·       Translate operational strategy into actionable goals that drive high performance and growth. Manage the day-to-day operations of the business (Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Customer Service) and oversee employee lifecycle, ensuring effective recruitment, onboarding, development, performance management and retention

·       Help to achieve and maintain B-Corp certification, whilst ensuring that core principles embedded into company culture

·       Allocate the company’s resources, materials and equipment to the most productive functions, supply chain and delivery management

·       Support our brand innovation pipeline and help to achieve key project milestones/objectives

·       Build and maintain trusted relationships with key suppliers, clients, partners and stakeholders

·       Be the main POC for investment rounds, and investor related queries

·       Be responsible for legislative compliance (Staff Administration, Business Insurance, CH Filings etc) and leading quarterly business board meetings


·       ACA or ACCA Qualified

·       Working knowledge of Xero (accounts) and Unleashed (inventory system) would be advantageous


Your Mindset 

·       Strong analytical skills, with the ability to balance this with a pragmatic style, to engage all stakeholders

·       Great commercial acumen

·       Experienced innovator, with a great track record

·       Ability to mentor, coach and develop teams

·       Prepared to challenge the status quo in order to seek Operational & Financial Control efficiencies. Able to navigate resistance to see through plans

·       Delivers exceptional results and always goes "Above & Beyond"

·       Keen ability to analyse business data to identify revenues opportunities and operational improvements


Salary Package:  Competitive (+ Pension, Bonus and Travel Allowance)

Extra Details

In your DNA!

·       Highly proactive, personable and hands on

·       Honest with integrity

·       Natural positive outlook with a curious mind

·       Excellent leadership qualities

·       A great relationship builder and influencer

·       Passionate about the food & drink sector

·       Excellent organisational skills

·       Sharp attention to detail

·       Willing to get stuck into a task, no matter how large or small

·       Remains calm under pressure

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