iMultiply are delighted to be assisting DC Thomson in the recruitment of three key senior hires within their group finance team.
DC Thomson is one of the leading media organisations in the UK. Still a privately owned and operated family firm, their interest in publishing began in the mid 19th Century, when William Thomson, a shipping entrepreneur, bought the Dundee Courier. Their breadth of interests has expanded over time and the DC Thomson Group now comprises 8 main trading companies operating across digital services, marketing, cloud services, education and premium gifting in addition to the core media businesses. Over the last century the company has continued to grow its interests in publishing and today includes the Sunday Post, The Press and Journal, The Courier as well as magazines Shortlist, Stylist, The People’s Friend, My Weekly, Beano and annuals The Broons and Oor Wullie in its portfolio of media titles.
The company is headquartered in Dundee and maintains a base in Fleet Street. Globally, the portfolio companies operate from 21 different offices and employ 1700 staff. DC Thomson currently has four directors all of whom are descendants of the founder.
The company expects to see continued growth in new markets outside traditional media. While revenues in the core publishing business have been affected by the digital media disruption, the company has re-organised its print business to operate efficiently into the future and is performing particularly well in comparison to its peers. The business continues to be open to new acquisitions and it is expected that their broader portfolio of managed and investment interests will grow.
Looking ahead to the future, DC Thomson will become a more diverse business and this journey is likely to include further reorganisation, rationalisation and significant M&A activity. The complexity of DC Thomson requires focussed support from the Group Finance function and a number of key finance leadership roles are being recruited to shape and guide the function forward to meet the challenges effectively.
To apply, have a confidential conversation, or to see a full Position Profile, please contact retained advisor Daryl Harper on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 603 7747. Please note any direct or third-party introductions will be sent to iMultiply for review and assessment