Head of Finance

About BauWatch

Established in 2008, BauWatch is the European leader in the provision of rapidly deployed, digitally managed, temporary site security and compliance systems. Our significant investment in product development has enabled the release of systems and platforms exceeding our customer’s developing requirements. BauWatch created this product category and now sets the standard for the industry.

Following exponential growth in the Netherlands and Germany, and with significant investment from new owners Haniel (Over £3billion turnover, over 20,000 employees), BauWatch is now bringing its full range of products and services to the UK market, and has set up new operations hubs in the South, Midlands and North of England to service existing and new clients.

Theft and vandalism costs the UK construction industry in excess of £800M per year with more than 1 in every 5 sites affected. This significant issue, coupled with the evolving technological and digital expectations of our customers align perfectly with the BauWatch product offering.

With a focus on exceptional customer service, simple and effective products and market leading technology, we’re now able to fully service the UK construction market with flexible temporary security solutions that mean we can switch on when they switch off – ensuring customers can focus on project progress.


BauWatch in the UK

BauWatch entered the UK in early 2021 through the acquisition of two businesses. OnGarde Limited, the UK distributor for the BauWatch product range, and Sicuro a medium sized supplier of surveillance and CCTV systems to the UK construction and property industry.

The OnGarde business has now been renamed BauWatch UK and is investing significantly to build a national capability to supply and maintain BauWatch products and systems across the UK. As part of this development the business has established a UK HQ in Northants.

The Sicuro business is considerably more mature and is based from North East London. Supplying semi-permanent CCTV and camera surveillance systems to a large number of regional construction and property clients, the business provides an excellent opportunity to accelerate the introduction of BauWatch products through existing client networks, and, to complement BauWatch core products with their own portfolio of established sector focused products and solutions.

About The Role

Job Title:                       BauWatch UK Finance Manager / Head of Finance, UK

Hiring Business:            BauWatch UK

Employment location:    Based in: Laindon, SS15 (Secondary location: East Haddon, NN6 8DS)

Salary:                          £55,000 – £70,000 a year DOE

Benefits:                       Car allowance, pension, annual bonus


BauWatch is actively looking to further develop and grow their exciting and energetic team based at the Regional office in Laindon, Essex through the recruitment of a Finance Manager / Head of Finance to work across the two UK group companies and to develop and lead the Finance Department.

This role will suit someone with a wide range of accounting experience that is eager to progress their career and work in a fast paced and growing organization. In return, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the Managing Director to develop the UK’s first in-house finance department. This will include implementation of BW Group IT systems and finance platforms, improvement of existing systems/processes, participation in strategy & business model development, forecasting and internal recruitment decisions.

At present, both UK companies (BauWatch UK and Sicuro) operate with external Accountancy/Book keeping companies with data fed from internal management teams. BauWatch is now looking to develop a UK finance team to remove the need for external finance consultancies and introduce value adds such as weekly/monthly Management reports, performance reviews and End of Month/End of Year Financial reports. You will report to the UK Managing , functionally into our Headquarters in the Netherlands, ensuring alignment with Group guidelines and procedures.

Core activities:

  • Management Accounts
  • Supplier Payments
  • Bank reconciliation and cash management
  • Credit Control
  • Tax Returns (VAT, R&D, Corporation, PAYE/NI, P11d)
  • Companies House Paperwork (Shares, Group Structure, Confirmation Statements)
  • Month End Reports
  • Forecasting
  • Providing Support to Management Team
  • Business Support
  • Liaise with BauWatch Group HQ in Netherlands
  • Ad hoc duties


Required Skills:

  • Entrepreneurial, team focused and keen to grow with the company
  • Part Qualified (ACA / ACCA / CIMA) or qualified by experience
  • SAP (for Business) experience is advantageous
  • Xero and Basecone experience would be advantageous but not essential
  • Be able to prioritize and organize your work to ensure that it is completed within the given time limit
  • Experience of, or proven skills to facilitate, the management of local bookkeeping teams
  • Accurate, efficient, and organized whilst under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Excellent numeracy skills & attention to detail
  • Conscientious and responsible
  • Good computer skills necessary as we work with different types of software


To Apply:

Please send your CV and a covering note explaining why you think you’re the right candidate for us to