“E-commerce is an exciting space for a finance professional – especially at boohoo group. There’s so much real-time data available here compared to traditional retail, we can really make an impact at pace.”
Why boohoo group? What makes it different?
We’re fast changing with an open culture. Our people want to be creative in finding solutions, so we encourage ideas. Everyone works hard, but they have fun. No one wants to do things statically, and I like that. The Group has a distinct personality for a business, and the ever-changing challenges keep things interesting.
What led you here, and what keeps you here?
I joined in 2013, the year before we floated. It was an excellent opportunity to have a heavy-hitting role. The sector is exciting – e-commerce and technology really appealed to me. There’s so much real-time data available here compared to traditional retail, so I can understand the business better, make decisions, answer questions, understand problems and solve them.
The pace and constant challenges keep me here. We’ve grown quickly, which means we have things to overcome, but this provides opportunities to learn and develop. We have people in my team who joined in junior roles and who have really progressed – that’s so satisfying. We’re still growing, and as we’ve acquired new brands, more decisions are to be made on how we invest as we continue to grow. It’s exciting. Finance is a growing team with real influence.
What’s your vision, strategy and leadership style?
Vision and strategy-wise, we’ve been working to deliver World Class Finance in every aspect of what we do. We’ve worked hard to define world-class and set a plan to deliver that. Part of that is addressing limitations, overcoming challenges, and ensuring the business invests in the right things.
As a leader, I like to think I lead by example. I listen to my team and I like to give direction, but I leave them to it as much as possible – I like to empower people. It’s important they have the autonomy to do things their way. I believe in learning from their working style and how they interpret what I’ve asked of them. I set expectations and am clear about what we need to deliver.
Why should top talent join us? What’s in it for them?
E-commerce is an exciting space for a finance professional – especially at boohoo group. We have so much access to data that isn’t readily available elsewhere. Our reporting is real-time. This means we can get to the root of the problem and make decisions at speed. In traditional businesses, that would be impossible. What we do impacts the likes of prices, payment methods, product variety, our returns process and much more. We’re all about finding solutions to help the business grow and develop.
You will ensure the company spends money in the most positive, effective and controlled way and will work very closely with our Operational and Tech teams to make sure the right investment decisions are made.
We have a great team and lots of opportunities to learn, develop and really make positive change.