Director of Finance for a women’s charity

Director of Finance for a women’s charity

The Project

We have partnered with a women’s charity who promote the health and safety of both women and children in London. The mandate from the client was to find a new Director of Finance and Operations to lead on the charity’s financial strategy and look at different avenues to diversify their income. This was an exciting opportunity to partner with an impactful, ground roots charity and discuss the role with my network, built from 3-years operating in the not-for-profit sector.

The Process

For this executive level recruitment, our client retained us to complete the search. After sending an advert live on our website, LinkedIn, CV library and Reed, I then went out into my network to discuss the position with potential candidates. After approaching these candidates, I actively headhunted new contacts on LinkedIn who were both actively looking for new jobs and passively keeping their eye open for new opportunities. I then consolidated this list of candidates into a ‘shortlist’. I met with all the shortlisted candidates to reassess their technical fit for the role as well as measure their motivations against the opportunity.

The Result

One of the leading challenges recruiting this role, and other senior vacancies in the charity sector, were the salary constraints. We helped the client consider a range of applicants for the position, looking at progressive candidates making a step-up into the role and more experienced individuals making looking to apply their skills in a different organisation. To make the position and salary more attractive to senior candidates, we proposed condensed hours or positioned the role as part-time. This meant that the client was able to consider a broader range of applicants and find the skill set that was the best fit for the vacancy. We found a fantastic candidate who has the right level of experience our client was looking for as well as a passion for the charity’s purpose.

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