Sarah Hobson In 60 Seconds

I am a driven Big 4 trained Chartered Accountant with 25 years of experience – possessing a consistent record of delivering revenue and profits growth through various channels within national and international PLC businesses. I have significant systems implementation experience, facilitating transformational change and leading major structural and systems development strategies. Culturally sensitive and politically aware with the credibility to influence at every level. With SME background training, I combine an entrepreneurial, hands-on approach with clear vision, strong implementation skills and a natural ability to build high-performance teams.

Specialist Skills

Systems and controls

Completed a number of system implementations and process restructures.

M&A Specialist

Lead responsible for multiple acquisitions and post acquisition integration.

Profit Improvement and KPI reporting

Led business transformations focused on margin improvement and cost reductions.

Cash flow Improvement

Reducing inventory and debtors to improve cash generation.

Budgeting and forecasting

Development and implementation of business and financial plans.

Track Record Highlights

  • Designed and rolled out global template for Dynamics 365 implementation project in fast growing biotech business.
  • Drove EBIT growth from £1m to £4.4m in Fuel distribution business alongside volume increase of 20% following overhaul of all business activities and stabilising organisational business model.
  • Reduced net debt by £8m to provide funding for divisional strategic development which included a bolt on acquisition planned to increase divisional volume by 10%, two new business start ups, two new geographical locations (one new build) and provision of £1m self funded fleet replacement programme.
  • Performed a comprehensive review of systems, MI and procedures to implement robust systems to provide necessary shared service infrastructure to support a business in its €1bn strategy with particular focus on master data management and end to end operational cycles.
  • Major systems upgrades and introduction of new management information systems on both international and national bases. Worked with all areas and levels within the business to maximise decision making enabled by new systems – ensuring status quo is always challenged and resource is focussed on value added activities.

Sector Experience

  • Travel and Leisure
  • Chemical Distribution
  • Fuel Distribution
  • Bio Technology
  • Automotive

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