Gordon & MacPhail, Financial Controller, Elgin, £Highly competitive plus excellent benefits
Rutherford Cross
August 14, 2014
Job Type
Scotland & UK
Financial Services
Financial Leadership and Control


Gordon & MacPhail, headquartered in Elgin, is a prestigious family owned and managed firm with a rich and fascinating history. Originally established on the 24th May 1895 as a ‘Family Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit Merchants’ on South Street, the company is currently directed by the third and fourth generation of the Urquhart family. From its humble beginnings as a retailer, Gordon and MacPhail has grown to become a multiple award winning international distiller, bottler, and wholesaler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The iconic retail shop still thrives today and the company owns the Benromach Distillery in Forres.

Gordon & MacPhail currently turns over £24 million and employs 145 staff, 130 of whom are based in the Elgin area. The company is an integral part of the Moray community and the business recognises that attracting the best people is vital to its continued success.

The Opportunity

The Financial Controller reports to the Finance Director and is primarily responsible for the day to day running of the finance department. The new incumbent will ensure the company’s finance function is organised, efficient and as the business evolves; produce accurate, timely financial and management account information that facilitates informed decision making.

This role is critical to the overall finance team and will be highly visible both within the Elgin operation and across the broader business, providing the Financial Controller with a privileged position within the company. Alongside the provision of core financial information to the Senior Management Team, the Financial Controller will also interface heavily with commercial and operational teams and therefore have a direct impact on the future growth of the business.

Gordon & MacPhail represents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious, high calibre finance professional and exposes the successful individual to an exciting entrepreneurial company with genuine international reach. Moreover, the company will provide a firm career platform and is very much an employer of choice, operating in one of Scotland’s highest profile and most lucrative industries.

The Location

The Royal Burgh, and City of Elgin, is situated in Moray 36 miles from Inverness and 64 miles from Aberdeen. Elgin is 40 minutes by train or car from Inverness and 1 hour 20 minutes from Aberdeen and both have airports connecting Morayshire to UK & International destinations.

Moray has something for everyone. Its diverse and dramatic landscape is made for outdoor sports and leisure pursuits and the region is ideal for exploring a range of activities - from climbing, golf and fishing to sailing, skiing and hill walking.

The region also embodies a rich and vibrant mix of cultural traditions, natural heritage and contemporary life. This combined with a top-class education system, clean environment, low crime rate, affordable housing, excellent communications and a strong sense of community creates the perfect setting for family life. Certainly, it is an excellent place to reside for anyone keen to strike a positive work/life balance.

The Candidate

The Financial Controller position incorporates a blend of accounting, commercial insight and team leadership requiring a high calibre individual who is strong interpersonally, self-motivated and possesses a positive attitude. Although experience in the wines/spirits industry is desirable, it is more important that the individual comes from a business background where they will be experienced in the reporting, commercial and management requirements of a complex, international company.

This role requires a professionally qualified accountant with strong technical and commercial finance experience. The individual must be capable of producing insightful management information coupled with developing robust working relationships with the Senior Management team. In particular, it is essential that the individual can provide sound financial guidance to aid decision making and possess sufficient gravitas to challenge current thinking.

Key qualifications and experience include:

  • Graduate calibre with track record of high academic achievement
  • Qualified accountant, ideally CA, relevant post-qualification experience
  • Experience of managing a finance function, including line management responsibilities
  • Experience of preparing accounts, budgets and reports to hard deadlines

Remuneration and Benefits

In addition to a generous salary, the company offers a company car, bonus scheme, pension, life assurance and family private medical cover. Gordon & MacPhail also prides itself on providing an excellent work/life balance.

What to do Next

To apply or for a confidential discussion, please contact our retained advisor Mark Lewis at Rutherford Cross. Please note that any direct or third party applications will be passed to Rutherford Cross for review and assessment.

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