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Head of finance vs finance director

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Hi there! I am interviewing for a job with the title "head of finance " with the possibility of it growing into a CEO position.
I am not used to the verbiage, should the title be Director of finance instead? Which is a higher level?

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

That may depend heavily on the country, the organization and their culture.
Head of finance-implies no one more senior in the finance function
Director of finance-in the USA, could be one level below VP Finance, 2 levels below CFO; in the UK, Finance Director could mean you are the senior most finance person and you sit on the board of directors.
Some government/public bodies may not use CFO-hence "head of finance."

But why not ask the recruiter to explain the org hierarchies to you first?

Doina Anton
Title: Business analyst
Company: Dhl
(Business analyst, Dhl) |

It is in the USA. They did say that I would lead the department, and they do not have a CFO, hence "head of finance " would put me above director of finance. Thank you Len!

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