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CASE STUDY

Senior Finance Business Partner

Private Equity Backed High growth SME

Rockwells client is a leading energy and telecoms intermediary that has appeared three times on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

Following a number of years of impressive organic growth, it partnered with a well-established UK based private equity firm to accelerate its growth through acquisitions and further organic growth in a growing market.

The new growth strategy was to be underpinned by the growth of core business functions such as Finance. Following the investment, they appointed a high profile CFO who in turn wanted to attract and develop additional commercial finance talent to help the business change and grow.

Role

The Senior Finance Business Partner role was focused on challenging, changing and stream lining the financial processes and structures within the business to drive best in class decision financial, commercial and operational decision making. It was an exceptional opportunity drive change in a fast paced, highly commercial, transformation led and technology driven environment. The appointment had responsibility for a team to provide leadership, insight and operational financial support to the business in order to drive customer and revenue growth and promote a strong cash position. The role was embedded across the organisation and was pivotal in driving the necessary financial and operational excellence to ensure the organisation achieves its commercial and financial potential quickly.

Search Process

Whilst the client was open minded on sector, ideally they wanted to attract candidates from other fast moving, competitive, customer centric sectors such as Retail, Leisure, and Telecoms so this is where we focused the majority of the research. Whilst there was a real requirement to find a candidate who had the agility and pace to make an impact in a fast-paced environment like this, we also needed to find candidates who had world class finance and accounting training and experience from a structured blue chip environment such as the Big 4 accountancy firms and/or a FTSE 100 group.

Outcome

The successful candidate was appointed with a background in Big 4 accounting followed by experience in a FTSE 100 global telecoms group. The candidate had all the relevant criteria within their background but also had the aptitude and desire to apply it to a fast-moving PE led environment.

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