Our client wanted to conduct a wholesale review across the entire finance function, ranging from systems, processes, budgeting and planning. There wasn’t a set brief, there was an outline of the sort of resource that would benefit the existing internal team, leadership and external consultants.
We knew we had an open brief but, given the nature of Higher Education, it was important to identify someone who could operate in an environment with strong governance and complex stakeholder engagement. We looked at experienced finance interims who had lots of change and projects experience. We also looked at those individuals stepping off the corporate ladder, keen to develop a portfolio of short term assignments. Either way, the client was keen to appoint quickly and wanted only one formal meeting. Three candidates were identified, each of which had a short screening interview over the phone with two being shortlisted for formal meetings.
Both candidates were appointed, one on a 12-18 month term and the other on a 6 month term. The client was pleased with the speed of turnaround and, feedback throughout the project was positive on both sides.