Job description


Head of Finance (1035)

  • Location of work:
    Hybrid, Kingston
  • Brand:
    Travel Republic
  • Department:
  • Salary:

Travel Republic is one of the UK’s first online holiday companies and we’ve been giving holiday power to the people for over 20 years. And we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. We offer everything from city breaks to far flung beaches with over 300,000 unique hotels worldwide at super low prices and flights with some of the top airlines. We are part of the dnata Travel Group family which is part of the Emirates Group.  

We are now recruiting for a Head of Finance to lead our Finance Team to produce monthly management accounts and deliver detailed forecasts, budgets and monthly variance analysis. You will deliver clear reporting and commentary to support financial decision making and provide challenge and support to the management team to help implement cost control and revenue generation initiatives across the business. This role is a key member of the of the dnata Travel Europe Senior Finance team 

This role is based in Kingston, on a hybrid basis, working 3 days in the office and 2 days remotely. Some UK travel may be required. 

Key Tasks: 

Business Partnering 

  • Facilitate the production of regular forecasts and maintain risks and opportunities schedules to keep appraised of brand financial performance 
  • Produce annual budget and 3-year plan (MTP)  
  • Critically review and appraise business case decisions to ensure they deliver an acceptable return on investment and payback period 
  • Drive profitability improvement by challenging business efficiency, evaluating opportunities to reduce spend and identifying commercial opportunities 
  • Prepare financial scenarios and other ad hoc analysis as required 
  • Communicate financial reporting and analysis in a clear and succinct way, tailored for relevant audiences, both finance and non-finance 

 Reporting, Accounting & Control 

  • Prepare monthly management accounts with variance analysis and insightful commentary against budget, forecast and prior year 
  • Manage the audit process for Travel Republic  
  • Ensure standardised balance sheets are robustly maintained and all risks and opportunities flagged 
  • Ensure Travel Republic adheres to the policies and procedures as set out in the Group Companies Financial Reporting Manual 
  • Support the preparation of the annual statutory accounts 
  • Work with the FD Reporting and Control and Commercial FD to embed a robust control environment and to promote a risk aware culture across the business 


  • Play an integral role within the Travel Republic management teams, providing input on a range of business issues 
  • Establish a culture of learning and continuous improvement across the finance team, challenge the status quo and look for ways to do things better and more efficiently 

 To be considered for this role, we need you to have the following skills, experience and qualifications:  

  • Accounting Qualification with significant post-qualification experience 
  • Previous experience in senior financial role/s, ideally with a travel industry background. 
  • Knowledge of accounting standards and financial control frameworks 
  • A strategic thinker, able to visualise opportunities and improve business processes 
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality management information 
  • Knowledge of the travel industry regulatory rules and environment 
  • Strong leadership ability with excellent influencing and negotiation skills 
  • A numerate and analytical thinker, self-motivated and solution orientated 
  • Commercially astute with the ability to identify opportunities to improve revenue and profits 
  • Excellent communicator, comfortable with communicating at all levels 

Our newly renovated office is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, just 5 minutes’ walk from Norbiton Station or 10-15 minutes from Kingston station offering good transport links from the Greater London area. We have some fantastic benefits, making us a great place to work: 

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 28 days after 5 full years of service (+ bank holidays) 
  • Additional annual leave purchase scheme – so you can pursue your love of travel 
  • Company pension scheme 
  • Life assurance 
  • Private Medical cover for you 
  • Low-cost health care for your family 
  • Employee Assistance programme 
  • Ongoing development – we have an in-house People Development Team 
  • Travel discounts – we have a dedicated Staff Travel Team to source the best deals for our people 
  • Industry/social events – including supplier events, office socials & parties and pop-up shops 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Long service awards 
  • Volunteer days – one day’s paid leave each year to volunteer with a registered charity 
  • dnata4good – supporting the local communities we work, live and thrive in 
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Free eye care tests 
  • Free Taste Card membership– offering discounts on dining out, movies, attractions, takeaways and online shopping   
  • Casual working environment 
  • Free tea and coffee, break out areas with free Wi-Fi 

In the UK, the dnata Travel Group brands include Gold Medal Travel, Netflights, and Travelbag. 



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Clarendon House, 147 London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, KT2 6NH
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