Vernalis - Financial Controller

Vernalis Ltd

Overview of Client Challenges:

  • Urgent need for an essential Financial Controller role

  • Small finance team within an SME business

  • Professional support required in identifying high-calibre professionals

  • Requirement for the candidate to align with organisational culture

Client Background

The vacancy for a Financial Controller at Vernalis was a critical hire aimed at finding a 'right-hand person' for Clare Searle the Finance Director. As a small finance team within an SME business, the challenge extended beyond technical expertise to finding a candidate who could seamlessly integrate into the culture of Vernalis. Cultural fit is very important at Vernalis, so they needed someone who could fit in with our collaborative ethos. The ideal candidate needed both the technical prowess and the right attitude to fully embrace the role and contribute effectively.

Before engaging with us, Vernalis explored internal recruitment options but decided against it due to time constraints and the desire for professional assistance, especially in implementing a financial assessment and presentation in the interview process. Clare's longstanding relationship with our Finance Recruiter Nick Culley, prompted her to engage with us. From the outset, our detailed discussions instilled confidence in our expertise, leading to an exclusive engagement.

​Our Approach

The recruitment process with us exceeded Vernalis' expectations. Initially anticipating finding only one exceptional candidate, they were presented with a fantastic shortlist and ultimately had to choose between two outstanding final candidates. Our dedicated Finance Recruitment Specialist, Scott and Nick provided support throughout the process to ensure a smooth experience, and Vernalis is highly confident in the selection made. Clare expresses no hesitation in recommending our services to others seeking recruitment assistance.

How We Added Value

Overall, with our proactive approach, industry knowledge, and dedication to client satisfaction we added significant value to Vernalis' recruitment process, ensuring a successful outcome for all parties involved.

  1. Expertise and Consultation: We provided expert guidance and consultation to Vernalis, helping them navigate the recruitment process effectively. This included advising on the vacancy brief, suggesting improvements to the interview process, and offering insights into market trends and candidate expectations.

  2. Extensive Candidate Pool: Leveraging our extensive network and resources, we presented Vernalis with a diverse and high-quality pool of candidates. This ensured that Vernalis had access to top talent that may not have been reachable through their own recruitment efforts.

  3. Efficient Shortlisting: We efficiently shortlisted candidates based on Vernalis' specific requirements and preferences. By streamlining the candidate selection process, we saved Vernalis time and effort, allowing them to focus on evaluating the most promising candidates.

  4. Thorough Screening: We conducted a thorough screening process, ensuring that candidates presented to Vernalis were not only technically proficient but also aligned with the company's culture and values. This reduced the risk of mismatches and facilitated a smoother integration of the selected candidate into the team.

  5. Personalised Support: Throughout the recruitment process, we provided personalised support to Vernalis, addressing any concerns or questions promptly. This level of attention and assistance added to the positive experience for Vernalis, enhancing their confidence in the recruitment process and the ultimate hiring decision.

  6. Exceeding Expectations: By presenting Vernalis with a shortlist of exceptional candidates, exceeding their initial expectations, we demonstrated our commitment to delivering value. This not only facilitated the hiring of a highly qualified Financial Controller but also reinforced Vernalis' trust in our services.