Job Opportunities: Finance and Marketing
- Tuesday 5 January 2021
Management Opportunities, January 2021
Finance Director (part-time)
Marketing Director (part-time)
or both roles combined into
Commercial Director (full-time)
About Vertebrate Publishing
Vertebrate Publishing is an award-winning independent publisher based in Sheffield. The company currently employs sixteen staff, with many opportunities for growth in the outdoor adventure market. Current sales are at £1m p.a. and we have taken on significant investment with the objective of developing a sustainable business many times the current level. In order to achieve our ambitious plans, we are building a management team with the experience and capability to make that happen. Vertebrate aspire to be the leading outdoor adventure publisher in the UK within the next five years and will provide rewarding careers for all who are part of this journey.
Background to the Role(s)
Vertebrate has ambitious expansion plans and has doubled staff numbers over the last two years. The title list reaches 300 titles and we aim to produce 50 new titles each year as we expand the range of climbing, mountaineering, off-road running, cycling and wild swimming books. The distribution process is very complicated, involving online retailers, direct sales through the website and sales by authors, as well as the traditional routes of books shops and outdoor stores.
The current team is very hard-working, passionate and committed to the business and would benefit from the assistance of senior managers with the experience of managing a business of the size we wish to become. With such a complicated and fast-paced business, we are used to operating very effectively in dealing with day-to-day issues but would benefit from the time and resource to take a more strategic view in some areas.
The two main areas where Vertebrate requires additional senior skills are in finance and marketing; we are seeking to fill these with either two part-time appointments, being a Finance Director and a Marketing Director or, if we can find a rare and exceptional candidate, by combining these roles into one full-time position of Commercial Director.
These roles are new appointments for Vertebrate and will take over some of the responsibilities from the company’s two directors and owners. The successful candidate must have the maturity and experience to manage a small team, comprising the Marketing Manager, Marketing Executives, a Financial Analyst and the Office Manager/Bookkeeper.
In addition, the ideal candidates will have a strong interest in the outdoors and knowledge of current issues and opportunities. We have good representation in climbing and running and are looking to build our representation in cycling and long-distance walking.
Vertebrate’s values are to be reliable, bold, agile, energetic and sustainable, and we are looking for these in a candidate.
As a relatively small, privately owned business we have limited resources, and career progression will only come through the growth of the business. We can’t compete with large companies in this area but are certain that we can offer the right chance of making a real impact on our business and will have huge day-to-day variety in the job.
The positions are permanent, based in our offices in Sheffield combined with home working, and, as a member of the company’s board, will report directly to the two owners.
Further details can be downloaded below.
A CV and expression of interest should be emailed to company director Stephen Ross before 22 January: email@example.com