How do you become a Finance Director?
By being an ambitious, realistic and practically minded Financial Controller, impressing your employer through your efforts and making the right decisions.
Let's be brutally honest, Finance Director Designate roles aren't exactly two a penny and they tend to attract those with plenty of FC experience but with limited 'business nous'.
This business can offer you a broad SME FC position to start with, familiar territory given your background. They have ambitious plans for growth. You'll be getting immersed in all aspects of the company.
So if you're the right candidate, your response so far has been:
'Amazing, sign me up. But how do I know that this FD role will actually happen?'
Answer - you don't. It might not even.
But this information should reassure you that you're backing the right horse:
Cutting edge manufacturing technology developed from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC);
Existing 'Blue Chip' client base with high profile precision projects;
Rapid growth in key specialist markets such as Aerospace and Energy;
Experienced entrepreneurial owner managers with a reputation as ambitious 'grafters';
Limited market competition.
If you understand that the universe doesn't owe you a career and it's up to you to make your own luck, take the right calculated risks and ultimately beat your peer group to the finish line, then you're already at the top of the pile for this job.