What's the latest on recruiting senior finance and accounting professionals?

Neil Burton our consultant managing the role

Over the years, we have developed a strong reputation as a leading Senior Finance and Executive Search firm. We’re proud to have well-established teams of finance and accounting recruitment consultants who can alleviate the pressures of a candidate-short market by building strong relationships to match the highest quality talent with the right businesses. 

With our authentic, consultative approach, our goal isn’t to just place candidates into finance and accounting jobs for the short term. Instead, we focus on an individual’s career goals, looking to partner them with great businesses that place a high value on their employees and therefore will develop and invest in them. 

As we’ve been working with a wide range of Accounting and Finance professionals and businesses across a variety of disciplines for many years, we have an aptitude for connecting senior finance candidates, including Finance Directors, Heads of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), with the right businesses across core industries. 

Read our employment update for senior accounting and finance professionals below, or browse our finance and accounting articles for the latest industry updates.

Future-proofing businesses 

Within the current uncertain economic climate, it’s vital for senior finance professionals to not only consider how changes in inflation can affect their business, but the right measures to implement to ensure stability. Senior finance professionals like Heads of FP&A and CFOs are under greater scrutiny and face increasing pressure to cut business costs, grow revenue, and ensure control.

Heads of FP&A, for example, must deliver extensive and robust analysis about not just their business, but the wider market and economy. Furthermore, economic uncertainty increased regulatory requirements, and increased investor scrutiny, has forced roles like these into the spotlight, making recruitment ever more challenging. These challenges are exacerbated more so by trying to recruit more diverse talent, with more businesses, for example, wanting to encourage more women into senior positions.

Experienced senior finance professionals are rare commodities

Each business has its own unique requirements, depending on, for example, size, structure, market and goals. Therefore, the responsibilities of senior finance professionals will differ from one company to the next. The one constant, however, is that experienced senior finance candidates, who have the capability to deal with economic shifts amongst other challenges, are increasingly hard to come by.

Chief Financial Officers, for example, have overall accountability for managing the financial decisions and actions of a company. Their responsibilities include tracking cash flow, analysing strengths and weaknesses to propose corrective action plans when necessary, and preparing accurate forecasts so that informed decisions can be made about future investments or perhaps divestments. CFOs must therefore be highly skilled, extremely commercially aware, and able to balance risk and return at scale. 

At Marks Sattin, our specialist finance consultants offer a tailored approach to recruiting senior finance professionals with experience. We build an in-depth understanding of our client's needs and establish deep relationships with these rare commodities, which better enables us to match them to the right opportunities. 

Fully adopting new technology and digital practices

We’ve seen a shift towards technological advancements in accounting and finance, and in turn, business needs have changed. New technologies are changing the businesses people work in and are ultimately influencing client expectations. Senior finance professionals must be prepared for this, and to make accommodations where necessary.

Technology expertise ensures senior finance and accounting professionals are better placed to lead businesses and take decisive actions, because it provides a broader framework for understanding business challenges. Technology allows financial division makers to harness the power that comes from better and more accurate insights, enabling more informed forecasting and strategies.

Digital transformation has further been accelerated by the pandemic, with shifts towards remote and hybrid working practices that are likely to remain in place. This has been the case for most, if not all, industries, and undoubtedly, those who don’t adopt an open mindset to digital transformation will get left behind. 

At Marks Sattin, our consultants ensure they keep abreast of the latest trends in their markets, whether that's energy, retail, hospitality, media, utilities, or technology. This detailed overview of the commercial landscape enables us to advise professionals where their best career opportunities lie.

Find your next accounting or finance candidate with us

Due to our demonstrable track record, specialist knowledge and relationships, we are trusted to source the highest quality and experienced CFOs, Heads of FP&A, and other senior finance and accounting professionals.

As a specialist recruitment and executive search firm with over 30 years of experience, Marks Sattin has helped many businesses build their finance and accounting teams, utilising our extensive network of qualified finance professionals. 

If you’re looking to hire your next CFO, Head of FP&A, Finance Director, Group Financial Controller or Finance Manager, please submit a brief and we’ll be in touch for a chat as soon as possible.

Alternatively, browse our available finance and accounting jobs today and get started with an application.

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