Saeeda is a trained chartered accountant with experience working in multiple types of business, including family-owned, privately-owned, global, PLC and Private Equity; she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her leading roles with many of the UK leading food manufacturers, including Youngs Seafood, McCain Foods, 2 Sisters & Northern Foods.
A CFO with significant experience in major change programmes, Saeeda offers astute commercial awareness and strategic vision. She is an energetic and resilient leader with excellent planning, organisational and communication skills, always ensuring her high calibre finance teams focus on value add, transparency in communication and operations and a ‘ no surprises’ approach to problem solving.
Saeeda is seasoned at driving strategic and financial projects, delivering sustainable cost advantage and leading and strengthening finance capability, whilst ensuring true business partnerships. Regularly taking the lead to steer efficiencies to improve quality and reduce costs, direct lean manufacturing processes, and identify value engineering opportunities and cost-out – without ever compromising on quality.
Through ensuring excellent internal governance & financial processes, Saeeda guarantees best in class, streamlined and systemised execution.
Saeeda has worked as a member of the global finance leadership team, where she helped to build the global finance vision and strategy. She ensures she takes an integral role in the progression of Diversity & Inclusion in businesses she works within, and has led women’s confidence coaching programmes.