Group Commercial Financial Director



All stakeholders in the business.


Provide accurate financial data, analysis, and reports. Assist in financial planning, risk management, and strategic decision-making.  Ensure compliance. Manage capital allocation.


All areas of the business.


Bob Little is a Group Commercial Financial Director based in our Glasgow office. Bob’s role is to provide strategic financial guidance, develop financial plans, and ensure the overall financial health and stability of the group.  As part of that, Bob manages budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting processes, analyse financial data to identify trends and areas for improvement, and collaborate with senior management on financial performance, strategies, and risk management.

Bob acts with autonomy, responsibility, and accountability to drive positive change across the group and its customer portfolio.

Cultivating strong relationships

“An ideal relationship with a client is a strong and mutually beneficial partnership built on trust, effective communication, collaboration, and shared goals. I aim to communicate financial information in a clear and understandable jargon-free manner, educating “clients”, and facilitating their understanding of financial matters. I also believe flexibility and a willingness to customise your approach are also important in building and maintaining strong relationships.

Another key to cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships is providing value by delivering high-quality work, exceeding expectations, and continuously finding ways to improve and innovate demonstrates your commitment to the client’s success. This may also include anticipating client needs and being proactive in addressing issues.”

Being a problem-solver

“I find great satisfaction in being able to assist colleagues and provide them with solutions to their problems or needs. Developing a strong rapport with “clients” / colleagues can be fulfilling, as it allows me to establish long-term connections and build trust.

Interacting with colleagues from diverse backgrounds can provide me with valuable insights and knowledge, expanding my own expertise.  Such interactions can offer different perspectives, experiences, and skills, providing opportunities for continuous learning and personal growth.”

Thinking outside the box

“In my work, I tend to adopt a ‘disruptive’ approach; I challenge conventional thinking and explore. alternative solutions and innovative approaches to problem-solving. This allows me to offer fresh perspectives and uncover novel opportunities, driving continuous improvement and growth.

I always aim to approach tasks with a strong work ethic, a drive for excellence, and a willingness to persevere through challenges. I maintain a proactive attitude, tackling assignments with enthusiasm and a commitment to delivering high-quality results.”

Embracing growth and innovation

“One significant area of excitement about joining AAB is the growing automation and efficiency within financial reporting processes. Advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation are streamlining repetitive tasks, reducing manual errors, and enabling finance professionals to focus on more strategic activities. This increased efficiency allows for a more timely and accurate reporting process.

Real-time reporting is another area of great potential. Traditional reporting often involves a time lag between transactions and the availability of corresponding reports. However, with advancements in data collection, processing, and analysis, financial reporting is becoming more instantaneous. The ability to access up-to-date financial information in real-time empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions promptly, contributing to more agile business operations.”

The power of collaboration

“Collaboration is indeed our superpower when it comes to achieving success and making a positive impact. The power of collaboration cannot be underestimated.

One of the key advantages of collaboration is the ability to bring together diverse perspectives, skills, and experiences. Each individual involved in the collaboration brings their unique strengths and expertise to the table, which can lead to more innovative solutions to problems. By working together, individuals can leverage their collective knowledge and talents to accomplish tasks that would be challenging or even impossible for a single person.

Collaboration also fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Having a sense of unity and shared purpose creates a positive and supportive environment where individuals can thrive and feel motivated. Collaboration encourages communication, cooperation, and compromise, as everyone involved works towards finding common ground and achieving mutual objectives.”

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