Livingston James retained by United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd to appoint new Financial Director

United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd is the largest independent wholesaler in Scotland. In 2022, the company recorded sales of £265m and profits of £5.6m, and is on course to exceed both of these figures significantly in 2023. United Wholesale operates three cash & carry sites (two in Glasgow and the other in Falkirk), along with a large distribution operation. The ambition of the business is to exceed £300m of revenue by 2025, while increasing its use of technology, implementing better health and wellbeing initiatives, and reducing its carbon footprint.

United Wholesale also supplies over 550 Day-Today Elite, Day-Today, Day-Today Express and USave convenience stores in Scotland, supplying a fantastic range of products. These stores take great pride in servicing their local communities, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for customer essentials.


United Wholesale is seeking an experienced and commercial Financial Director to help drive the company forward in an efficient and well controlled manner, together with other key managers and directors. This role will suit a highly motivated senior finance professional driven by the growth and the challenge this role presents. Someone who is a self- starter, commands respect and has the presence to operate effectively across the business. Applicants will have the key attributes to be able to influence at all levels both internally and externally, as the key contact for the banks, auditors, HMRC and other advisors.

The Financial Director will have overall responsibility for the finance department and be a key member of the senior management team. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing business which is leading the way in its field and contribute to its future success by playing a key role in its journey.


The Financial Director position requires a professionally qualified accountant who possesses excellent track record of success within similar senior finance roles. Typically, candidates will already be operating at Financial Director level, but applications are also welcomed from individuals seeking their first step into a number one finance role.

Candidates will be comfortable working in a demanding environment and can develop, implement and manage effective changes at pace. It is likely that the individual has trained in a professional services firm, but has also operated within commercial environments, ideally in entrepreneur led owned managed businesses. Experience within a similar sector is advantageous, with particular interest in those coming from retail, distribution or consumer goods backgrounds.


The role attracts a highly competitive basic salary, depending on background and experience. In addition, there is a car allowance, pension scheme and discretionary management team bonus. Full details of remuneration are available upon application.

For more information please review the online Position Profile below and contact Mark Lewis ([email protected]) or Kirsty Mclardy ([email protected]) to apply.

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


Position Profile – United Wholesale – Financial Director 2024 NS


Livingston James is an equal opportunities advocate and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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