Interim finance directors & interim CFOs
Highly experienced permanent & interim CFOs & finance heads
Finance directors, CFOs, cost restructuring officers are proven executives who can be deployed on a short, medium or longer-term basis. We provide executive search and interim management advisory services for the appointment of perm and interim finance directors. We can provide much-needed specialists in providing leadership and support for an organisation during a period of change, transition or crisis.
Interim finance assignments across industry verticals have become popular for many different reasons. The economic environment and ever-changing, fast-evolving pace of technological advancements have created many key roles. Together these factors are placing pressure on organisations to cut costs, drive efficiencies and, in some cases, put turnaround plans in place. This is where our interim finance director or CFOs come onto their own.
Deploying interim CFOs and interim finance directors for key projects
The launch of new initiatives and major projects are pivotal moments for many businesses. An interim finance director or interim CFO can offer a significant ROI during the preparation and implementation phases.
They will put the systems in place to ensure smooth running operations in the short term. At the same time, an experienced finance interim will provide vital expertise to set up and manage your finance team. Our goal is an outcome that provides the best chance for long term success. By understanding your business challenge, we’re able define the perfect strategy place the right interim finance director or interim CFO to deliver success.
The value of an interim finance director or CFO
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.
In distress and turnaround scenarios, a high-performing interim CFO or finance director can transform cash management, improve controls and administer 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 intricacies of exits/deals/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.
Change & transformation
Visionary interim CFOs and finance directors can both support and drive transformation. Their expertise can implement complex new processes, systems and evaluate and build the finance function for operational performance and management reporting. Beyond this, a digitally savvy interim CFO can unlock the potential in technology and transform finance’s focus from reporting to forecasting.
An interim CFO ready to hit the ground running
The modern world moves fast. We can deploy interim finance directors and interim CFOs rapidly – you can trust their ability to contribute from day one.
There are many situations where we have responded rapidly to clients who can’t wait for a permanent hire – or don’t need one in the long term. Sometimes, finance interims are appointed in response to a distress scenario or if there's a need to fill a role quickly after a departure.
We’re increasingly deploying interim CFOs and interim finance directors when there's an urgent strategic initiative that requires an expert finance interim to lead it. Our experience includes:
- Large-scale corporate turnarounds
- Advising within venture capital firms and private equity providers
- Overseeing and creating stronger finance teams in order to maintain workloads more efficiently during critical times
- Crisis management
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Cost and business restructuring
- Managerial support of flotations, buy-ins and buy-outs
High-quality expertise deployed fast
Many of our interim CFOs have enjoyed long, successful careers. For those who have held senior or board positions, interim assignments allow them to capitalise on their industry experience and their ability to drive change. Their skillset is broadened from being involved in several different businesses.
Our interims are available at short notice, offering our clients the flexibility to access specialist expertise quickly at different times of the organisational life cycle.
Who we can help?
FTSE250 & 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 or sit somewhere 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, 3rd sector & housing
In a sector where budget cuts have hit hard, 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.
Executive search & selection – CFOs & finance directors
Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent finance executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.
Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.
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