Our clients are increasingly asking us to support them to identify manufacturing Finance leaders, to support their wider Operations strategies. We have supported multinational corporations and SMEs to hire Controllers (both BU/Divisional and Plant) and Cost Accounting Managers.
These can be very challenging areas to recruit into, as candidates need the right educational background & deep technical knowledge, combined with a strong understanding of manufacturing site environments and the ability to act as a business partner to Operations leaders.
The business partnering role is crucial. Ensuring control measures and compliance is critical, as is the creation of accurate financial & cost reports. However, these roles are not solely administrative or reporting: Finance leaders are expected to operate as the right hand of Operations leaders. This ability to be a “critical friend” – to use the financial data to guide and shape business decisions – is both vital, and rare.
Businesses know this, and are putting a lot more emphasis on internal progression and retention, further reducing the number of candidates available. To find the right people requires an understanding of what good looks like, a deep search of the market, and a compelling narrative to catch the interest of potential candidates. The Chameleon approach can deliver that.