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Take your finance career further at Travis Perkins plc

14 May

Travis Perkins plc may not be the first place that finance graduates or professionals think of when considering where to take their career, but it could be the smartest move they make. Here’s why:

A complex financial world

From the outside, Travis Perkins plc appears to be a simple builders’ merchant and DIY retail distribution company. However, from the inside it’s a group of over 20 businesses operating in different market sectors for different customer bases, and that means there’s an enormous amount of complexity.

From strategic planning through to day-to-day business operations, the finance function at Travis Perkins plc is vital for analysis and decision making to achieve the best commercial and operational results. Because of this, and the large-scale nature of the group, there are finance roles at every level. That means everything from analyst and administrative roles up to CEO advisory positions, ensuring there’s plenty of potential for growth. This breadth means there is no typical level of education or skill-set expected from candidates – we hire school leavers with no finance expertise through to very senior level professionals with PhDs and industry-leading qualifications.

Finance is about more than just number crunching too – our team helps our businesses trade better, providing guidance on what to invest in, how we should be communicating with our shareholder base and what the business strategy should be moving forward. Organisational improvement, strategic thinking and scenario planning ensure finance roles are dynamic and allow professionals to flex a variety of skills.

A straightforward business model with a role for everyone

As a business, Travis Perkins plc is anything but dull. While it operates under a straightforward business model, the challenges within this model present very interesting opportunities for finance professionals.

Graeme Barnes, Director of Capital Markets at Travis Perkins plc, is testament to this. Having worked building jet engines and aircrafts at Rolls Royce before joining Travis Perkins, he’s found his current position to be as interesting as his previous organisation, despite the perceived simplicity of the products. Qualified in engineering and falling into finance by mistake, Graeme is an example of how different skills and experience can be applied to finance at Travis Perkins plc. The group is reluctant to pigeon-hole candidates, instead looking for good people regardless of their qualifications and experience. As a result, the business is full of dedicated, talented people with a multitude of skills and abilities.

Within finance, what’s most important are the soft skills that allow people to work across different functions at every level. Confident, compelling communication is crucial to ensure your success and allow you to grow within the function.

A family dynamic with an appetite for change

Formed from a number of family-owned businesses over time, the group carries with it a close-knit culture, yet maintains a status as an FTSE 250 company with a £6.5bn turnover. The hierarchy is flatter than you see at businesses of a similar scale, giving finance professionals at all levels exposure to even the most senior members of the senior management team. Team members are regarded as experts in their field and are encouraged to own their work and ideas, taking them from conception to presentation and delivery.

Career opportunities abound

If you’re looking to progress your career within finance – or indeed, another business area – Travis Perkins plc is a great place to do it. Our people aren’t restricted in their careers here, and we have a strong history of helping people to progress through departments and business areas. An active development planning process ensures talented people are challenged and given opportunities to progress. There is an ethos that if the right people are recruited, engaged and challenged, they can be developed into the future to be leaders of the business, ensuring our pipeline of internal talent remains consistently strong.

Graeme is an example of the progression opportunities at Travis Perkins plc, having started in the Investor Relations team then transferring across to Group Treasury before moving into his current role in which he leads both functions, working closely internally with the businesses, and externally with the Group’s banks and shareholders.

There’s significant scope for new experience in a breadth of areas, and you’re not limited to pure finance roles. Objectives and development plans align with courses and qualifications (with financial support and paid study leave for AAT, ACCA & CIMA) to enhance our team members’ skill sets and give us real depth in our teams. Whether you come here as a school-leaver, with university qualifications or masses of industry experience, there’s likely a finance role to suit you.

Join us

Travis Perkins plc is sociable, forward-thinking, community-minded and offers a fantastic platform from which to pursue your finance career. We’re a traditional business going through change, and finance is well-placed to drive that change. Be part of the future of finance at Travis Perkins plc – view our latest roles today.


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