Case Studies

Group Finance Director vacancy in Surrey

The Brief

Grafton Banks Finance was asked by the CEO of a global £20m turnover company in Surrey to implement a recruitment campaign to find a Group Finance Director.

The CEO needed a strategic senior finance professional to work closely with him and the Board, to grow the business from £20 to £100m turnover over the next five years.

The candidate would also need to be able to demonstrate proven capability in reviewing, negotiating and managing complex, long term commercial business to business contracts.

Grafton Banks' campaign included advertising, networking and headhunting for the most relevant finance professionals in the market, as well as sourcing candidates from their own database.

A shortlist of five relevant CVs was submitted and two candidates out of the five were asked to attend an interview.

One of these candidates was asked back for a final stage interview and was subsequently offered the position.

The whole process was completed within a period of three weeks.

The Result

Both the client and the candidate were very pleased with the result. The client was particularly impressed with both the relevance of the CVs received and the speed and efficiency of how the process was managed.

The candidate made the following comment on the service he received:

"I have always held in high regard the way my consultant and his team at Grafton Banks conducts business, as since I've known him he has always practised the values of tenacity, honesty, creativity and professionalism.

The business style is a perfect blend of technology and social media, combined with old-school networking and understanding his clients and candidates requirements. I highly recommend working with Grafton Banks, and I look forward to continuing doing so for many more years".

Chief Finance Officer vacancy in Surrey

The Brief

Grafton Banks Finance was approached by the CEO of a rapidly expanding Private Equity backed FinTech SME based in Surrey to implement a recruitment campaign to find a Chief Financial Officer.

The CEO needed to be a commercially astute finance professional with previous Private Equity and FinTech sector experience at a CFO level. The plan was to dramatically increase revenue over the next five years and exit. With that in mind the CEO wanted a CFO who had previous experience of preparing a company for sale.

The organisation is global so required someone with knowledge of international accounting and multi currency. The position would cover all aspects of accounting for the business, however the most important area of the role was to offer commercial and strategic input to help grow the business. He wanted a candidate with sales forecasting, business planning and contract review and renewal experience as well as confident cash-flow management skills.

Grafton Banks Finance campaign included advertising, networking and targeted headhunting for the most relevant senior level finance professionals in the market as well as sourcing candidates from their own database.

A shortlist of seven relevant CVs was submitted and five candidates out of the seven were asked to attend an interview. Two were asked back for a second stage interview and one was eventually asked to meet the Chairman and offered the position.

The Result

Both the client and the candidate were very pleased with the result. The client was particularly impressed with the standard and relevance of the candidates submitted and it was a difficult choice to decide who to offer the position to out of the final two candidates in the process.

"My Consultant at Grafton Banks Finance met with me to take a detailed brief on the role to support the job description. I was very pleased with the quality of the candidates that were identified. My Consultant kept me posted throughout the process and in a refreshingly 'light touch' way compared to the other recruiters who are largely disrespectful that there is a 'day job' to do as well. The recruitment process with Grafton Banks Finance was very smooth, straightforward and business-like. I was very happy with the outcome too."

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