Executive Director of Finance

Oxford Direct Services
Salary: Up to £134,000 based on experience

At ODS we're building a new kind of business. A business that’s good for everyone; one that creates a more inclusive and sustainable economy that truly balances purpose and profit, one that considers the impact of their decisions on their employees, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. With a workforce of over 500, we deliver a huge range of vital services on behalf of Oxford City Council, but we also manage numerous commercial contracts across the region with businesses, landlords, charities, hospitals and education establishments. Our services include waste and recycling, parks and open spaces, housing repairs, highways maintenance, pest control and MOT testing – and more besides! We have to be efficient, commercial and high quality, but we also have a strong belief in social value. Our profits go back into the public sector – creating a virtuous circle and strengthening the communities we work in.


We are currently seeking an exceptional Executive Director for Finance to join the board and support our ambitious growth agenda.  Indeed, we are seeking to grow the revenues of our trading arm from £13m to £40m over the next few years – and we therefore need a new FD with the right values who is also highly commercial, can deal with complexity, offer a strategic oversight and yet also know when to dig into the detail and sort out issues.

Many of our clients are public sector bodies, and we are wholly owned by Oxford City Council – so an understanding of the dynamics of a public-private sector working relationship would be extremely useful.


For further details, please click on the role profile and useful links below or for more information please contact Luke Judd on 07435 270659 or luke.judd@starfishsearch.com.


Closing Date: 22nd March 2024

Preliminary Interviews: – 12th & 15th April 2024

Stakeholder Interviews (via Microsoft Teams): 18th April 2024

Final Interviews: 22nd April 2024

Useful Links
Letter from Simon Howick the MD VIEW
ODS Governance Chart VIEW
ODS Annual Report 2022 - 2023 VIEW
ODSL Structure Chart VIEW
ODS Website VIEW
Pension and Other Benefits VIEW