Finance leaders

Proven interim & permanent finance leaders to solve your biggest challenges

Succeeding as a chief financial officer or finance director is so much more than being good with numbers. Great CFOs and finance officers have knowledge of tax, capital and financial planning, are confident managing investor relations, controlling risks and being the guardians of the organisation’s financial health. But they also need to lead through disruption, spot opportunities to drive value and growth and act as agents for change all whilst being in the spotlight and scrutinised by colleagues, employees, shareholders and board members.

It’s a challenging role. And a critical one. Finding the right finance leaders with the expertise and skills is not easy.

That’s what we’re experts in.

Whether it’s permanent chief finance officers or interim finance directors, our team works with some of the largest global firms, specialist consultancies, public sector organisations and PE-backed ventures to find the right finance leaders fast. We find proven finance professionals that combine vision, commercial acumen and an ability to rally people behind change. People that can make a difference from day one. And we find them fast.

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We use our deep function knowledge, unrivalled networks and dedicated research team to leave no stone unturned to find the right leaders for you. And when something different is needed, our industry teams work together to introduce perspective from outside the sector giving you fresh, diverse thinking and options.

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Interim management - Add value through interim finance directors and CFOs

Whether it’s plugging a short-term leadership gap, adding in expertise to deliver large-scale transformation or increasing capacity to reach strategic goals at crunch points, we’re experts in finding the right finance interim leaders that can make a difference from day one. Typically, we place talented finance leaders into roles to address key challenges such as:

Change & transformation
Visionary interim CFOs and finance directors can support and drive transformation. They can implement complex new processes, systems and evaluate and build the finance function for greater operational performance. Beyond this, a digitally savvy interim CFO can unlock the potential in technology and transform finance’s into a strategic business function.

Providing a sound foundation for start-ups
An experienced interim CFO or finance director can provide strategic financial advice for new businesses. This can cover key issues such as managing simple cash flow, budget planning and establishing and managing operational systems and processes such as PAYE schemes. They can also build the capability of the finance function for the long term.

Turnarounds
In distress and turnaround scenarios, a high-performing interim CFO or finance director can transform cash management, improve controls, and advise and administer a debt refinancing strategy.

Upscaling & value creation
Businesses with huge commercial potential often find themselves stuck in second gear. An interim CFO or finance director can accelerate value creation, through supporting incumbent leaders or by acting as a short-term replacement to kickstart growth.

Exits & acquisitions
The complexities of exits, deals and mergers often call for specialist expertise to provide accountancy support and manage the financial strategy. Our interim CFOs can work with the incumbent finance director or CFO to help manage the process and work with advisers and investors, ensuring the smooth handling of the transaction process and meeting exit expectations.

Executive search – Find CFOs and finance directors to power your business

We know you don’t want any finance leader. You want the right finance leader. Our goal is to help you find CFOs and finance directors that have what it takes to drive your company’s success.

That’s where our expertise comes in. We start by determining what goals the leader needs to deliver. We dig deep and challenge what a good leader would look like. And what a great leader would look like. And what your employer value proposition is for someone in that role.

Once we know what is needed, we make sure we leave no stone unturned to find the right people for you. We can tap into our dedicated research team who have a range of business intelligence and research tools at their fingertips. And our industry teams with deep sector knowledge and unrivalled networks work together to identify diverse options of who will deliver these goals.

Our team of leadership assessment experts can use a tailored selection of tools, techniques and behavioural science to predict future performance in the role and see how aligned potential leaders are to your culture. This process gives you the precise insights you need to pick the perfect person to power your performance.

It’s a stringent, comprehensive approach. And one that has proven to work again and again.

Who we work with

FTSE 250 & global corporations
With shareholders, lenders and customers to satisfy, the biggest firms need total confidence in their financial stewardship. An experienced interim CFO or interim finance director can bring more than finance expertise to the c-suite. They can be both a reassuring, authoritative presence and an inspiring leader and change agent.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies
Incumbent finance directors often come from narrow accountancy backgrounds. They can lack the wider leadership experience that is required in a business focused on scaling up or creating more value. This is where the interim CFO or interim finance director comes into their own, in either an advisory capacity or as a replacement.

Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses
Some start-ups are constantly on the hunt for funding. Others are awash with cash whilst the majority slide between the two extremes. Start-ups that don’t put the right foundation in place risk wasting their commercial potential. An interim CFO or interim finance director can put start-ups on a faster path to profitability.

Public sector and not for profit bodies
The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less. An interim CFO or interim finance director can step in to mitigate risk, manage crises or support transformation and change. Where the taxpayer’s money is at stake, our interim finance specialists help extract the value from current funding or future investment.

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