Finance Director

Job Title: Finance Director
Location: Plymouth, Devon, UK

txtNation is seeking a Finance Director to manage its busy accounts team, accounting processes, and to act as a confident financial spokesperson for the business. Reporting directly to the CEO and Managing Director, the candidate will directly assist them and the Board on all strategic and tactical matters relating to financial reporting, budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and investment.

Key Purpose of the Job

  • Overall P&L responsibility for the business including monthly and annual accounts, tax audit and returns, budget setting and long term financial strategy.

  • Bank and Investment relationship management.

  • Work with the CEO on the strategic vision including fostering and cultivating relationships on domestic and international levels, as well as assisting in the upkeep, delivery, development and negotiation of contracts.

  • Participate in business development, specifically: fielding prospective and current client high level financial enquiries, assist in identifying new funding opportunities, the drafting of prospective project budgets, and determining cost effectiveness of prospective investment opportunities.

  • Assess the benefits of all prospective contracts and advise the Senior Team on design and implementation matters relating to Finance.

  • To lead the Financial development of the business.

  • Oversee accuracy and timeliness of reports from Greentree accounting system.

  • To own, monitor and report to the Board against targets and objectives.



  • Meet and exceed annual P&L targets for the Business to deliver profitable year on year growth, delivery of the plan i.e. EBITDA growth.

  • Monitor and track industry trends and developments to support the delivery of strategic plans.

  • Full responsibility for client and supplier accounts, dealing with all aspects of billing and revenue assurance and debtor management.

  • Play a key role in any potential new acquisition opportunities, utilising knowledge and expertise to contribute to the opportunity.

  • Develop effective interworking between all areas of the business.

  • Work closely with relevant Board members and all relevant cross functional department teams to lead the production of sound business plans for new initiatives and to help ensure the seamless interface of new solutions with the core business.

  • Comply with all relevant financial regulations and work effectively with worldwide governments and regulators.

  • Manage and develop effective relationships with strategic customers, suppliers, partners, third parties, and internal customers.

  • Manage the development of the Accounts Team’s capabilities and ensure that key skills and expertise are transferred to relevant personnel in line with business plans and developments.

  • Attend relevant Board and Executive Committee meetings and lead the Audit/Finance/Remuneration Committee.

  • Monitor banking activities of the organization and manage banking relationships to ensure compliance with covenant requirements.

  • Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the company’s needs.

  • Oversee the production of monthly reports including general business performance and analysis, reconciliations, as well as financial statements and cash flow projections for use by Senior Management and the Executive Committee.

  • Oversee and assist in the design, implementation, and timely calculations of wage payments and incentives.

  • Oversee the maintenance of the inventory of all fixed assets.


Professional/technical competencies essential to the job:

  • Knowledge of Private Equity ownership, Regulatory requirements in the Telco industry and or Internet industry.

  • Broad Business and Commercial skills and knowledge required to run a successful P&L business.

  • Experience of successfully growing a business in a competitive and challenging environment.

  • Strategic business planning skills.

  • Experience in leading a team and maximising team performance.


Formal Academic Qualifications/Skills – Relevant accounting qualifications essential. Education to degree level preferred.

Length of Experience Required – Minimum 5 years’ at senior management level in a related Finance Director, Financial Controller, or CFO role or similar.

 To apply, please email your CV to

Erlang/PHP Developer – Intermediate/Advanced

Summary of Position:
txtNation requires an Erlang developer with supplemental PHP skills to help us process millions of premium text messages. Based at our Plymouth headquarters, we require a candidate with a good working knowledge of Erlang and PHP to assist in augmenting our global platform.The ideal candidate would be experienced in using Erlang in a commercial setting and preferably in relation to the processing of high numbers of concurrent transactions or messages of any kind. However, we would be open to considering candidates with less commercial experience as long as it can be amply demonstrated they he or she possesses a good knowledge of Erlang/OTP functionality and an excellent grasp of Erlang’s benefits and culture.

The candidate would additionally evangelise Erlang within the company and assist in educating less experienced developers in practical Erlang.

Though not essential, it would be highly beneficial for any candidate to have good working knowledge of other Web standards and technologies, including MySQL, RabbitMQ, MongoDB, Riak, Redis, Apache, Chef, Puppet, Linux, HTML5, and JavaScript, among others.

Understanding of providers including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud, other IaaS solutions and virtualised hosting in general would be a bonus.

Applicants to send CV’s to

Primary Responsibilities
Creating Erlang and PHP programs Identifying and solving bugs
Following standards Proactively suggesting system improvements
Working creatively with the development team      
Personal Specification




Qualifications & Training

      Recognized computer science qualification or practical software training scheme


Erlang and PHP development in a commercial environment Creating complex, commerical web applications and middleware from scratch

Qualities and Attitude

Proactive, diligent, compliant, focussed      

Product Knowledge

Mobile or general technology Mobile industry knowledge and trends
Desirable Competencies
Self-motivated Excellent Erlang/OTP and PHP coding
High level of organization Technology savvy
Problem-solving MySQL, RabbitMQ, Riak, Redis working knowledge
Good communications skills Proactive

Corporate Buyer

Job Spec

Network Relations and Business networking – Maintain close relationship with mobile networks, suppliers, partners and regulatory bodies in the industry to provide new market opportunities for txtNation and maintain existing connections.

The role requires the candidate to have a solid working knowledge of Spreadsheets (..xls) for analysis on rates, therefore having a have solid awareness of numbers.

Market Analysis – identifying areas (countries) to improve, expand and cost save.

Where identified, putting forward a business case to the business development team and management.

Internal Communications - Liaise with the development team regarding any connectivity work. Perform introductions between respective technical departments.

Contract Management – reviewing contracts from networks (suppliers), applying for new services and ensuring that the terms of our contracts are met in full. Working with the accounts team to resolve Contractual issues (Payouts/Invoices from Operators and agreements with major clients).

External Communication - Professionally relaying critical information provided by providers, regulation changes, charges, code changes, downtime notifications, internally and by producing public facing documentation.

This is an important role to all stakeholders requiring good interpersonal skills, working across all departments. You should be prepared to work long hours at times to succeed. You will be driven, organized and proactive to become a txtNation brand ambassador,
ultimately representing txtNation at conferences, trade shows and remotely.
To commence now.

Applications to be made via CV and covering letter to (Copy (cc’) in:

Development Opening: Junior System Administrator

We are looking for a Junior System Administrator to assist in maintaining our busy platform. We are an award-winning mobile billing and messaging aggregator, headquartered in Plymouth, England, and if you are a bright, technical and creative individual we want to hear from you.

You will have a broad interest in LAMP, preferably in a commercial setting, and be comfortable identifying and solving technical issues across a range of software and hardware contexts.

You will have an ambition to code standards-compliant PHP and other languages, and will have little trouble extending your skill set to include new technologies such as Node.js, Riak (or other “NoSQL” databases), and configuration management tools such as Puppet and Chef. You will at least have a familiarity with the concepts behind those technologies.

Immediate duties include monitoring and maintaining our existing servers, installing and configuring new software, provisioning new resources, identifying bottlenecks, and creatively and diligently exploring and applying effective solutions.

There may be some out-of-hours and weekend cover work to ensure our platform works 24/7.

Do you think you are the right fit for this position? Please send your CV, with a covering letter, to letting us know why you think you’re the ideal candidate. CVs without a covering letter may not be processed.