Livingston James retained by GDK to appoint into the newly created role of Finance Director

*Please note this opportunity is now closed to further applications. Should you be interested in similar roles and wish to have an exploratory discussion, please contact Mark Lewis at [email protected]


Hero Brands is a highly successful, family-owned multifaceted business, responding to emerging consumer trends and building fast-casual brands of the future. With a network of experienced multi-unit franchise operators, they can move at pace and quickly launch brands to a global consumer audience. All their brands have been chosen and developed to offer quality and innovation to a diverse and discerning global audience.

Headquartered in East Kilbride, the Food & Beverage division of Hero Brands currently operates across 4 main brands with the portfolio set to expand over the next 12 to 18 months. The most well-known brand is German Doner Kebab (GDK) which has restaurants thriving in the UK, Europe, Middle East and is targeting rapid expansion across numerous new territories including North America.

The UK trading operation is owned and managed by United Brands Ltd, the master franchise holder for GDK in the UK, and has seen significant growth over the past 2 years, recently opening its 100th restaurant. As part of a rapid expansion plan, 78 new restaurants are set to open in the UK during 2022, building on the 39 opened during 2021.

Now employing more than 4,000 people across the UK, GDK has a development pipeline of 400 franchise units over the next seven years and has delivered a 75% increase in total sales, compared to the previous 12 months.

As a result of this rapid expansion, GDK is seeking an experienced Finance Director to play a key role in supporting and driving their growth ambitions. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a commercially focussed, growing business which is leading the way in its field.

This is a highly visible role with the successful candidate having overall responsibility for the finance team across the current estate whilst also supporting the projected growth across all new locations. Given the seniority of the position, it is essential that the individual has the ability to build effective and robust working relationships across all departments and geographies.

It is preferrable that the individual will have worked in a Food & Beverage, FMCG or Retail environments where they will have been liaising closely with the operations and commercial teams across the business to support high levels of growth.

An attractive financial package is available to the successful individual and will be commensurate with the background and experience required for the role. For more information on remuneration please contact Mark Lewis at Livingston James.

Please note that any direct or third-party approaches will be sent to Livingston James for review and assessment.

GDK – Finance Director – Position Profile

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