Recruiting a commercially savvy Financial Controller for this £10m business

The Finance Director needed a hands on but commercially savvy Financial Controller to take the reins on all the transactions and day to day financial activities.

The problem

This SME had gone through a huge transition from a very small business to one which had upscaled and was operating at around £10m turnover. Benjamin Edwards was asked to find a Financial Controller that could deliver now but also grow with the business.

The Solution

Benjamin Edwards realised that due to the specific requirements of the role, general advertising on job boards and social media might not be the way forward.

We scoped the role looking at the locality and sector and market mapped out several key businesses in the areas we thought might have the desired talent that was needed.

We then headhunted via LinkedIn and local word of mouth to secure the top two relevant candidates in the area.

The candidates were then put through several rounds of interviews and with the support of psychometric and skills testing, the favoured candidate was offered the job and has had a very successful career with the business including, development, training and progression.

“Claire offers a truly personal service that is very different to the CV pushers of this world. As well as a unique understanding and insight of the local market, she has that special skill of getting the cultural match right. Her hit rate has been 100% so far. The candidates I have recruited through her range from excellent to outstanding!”

So why choose Benjamin Edwards?

  • We are great listeners and offer an honest, refreshing and ethical approach to recruitment
  • Solid local knowledge of both candidates and companies in Lincolnshire & surrounding areas
  • We combine old school recruitment with new-age technology
  • Full end to end recruitment process
  • Advertising
  • Free local market analysis & advice
  • Free remuneration package advice
  • Search & Selection
  • Retained services for senior appointments
  • Outplacement support if making redundancies​
  • CV advice
  • Careers guidance
  • Proactive candidate promotion


If you want to know more, or have a difficult recruitment issue please do get in touch!


Practice recruitment

I have worked with Claire for several years and have always found her professional, timely and sends us high calibre candidates many of who we have appointed. Claire understands our requirements and delivers a high quality service. I can recommend Claire to anyone.

Heather Pepper

- Duncan and Toplis

Recruiting for a Finance Manager “I recently worked with Claire at Benjamin Edwards when we needed to recruit a Finance Manager due to business expansion. We spent time detailing the vacancy and the type of person we were looking for to fit in with the rest of the team, and Claire was quickly able to suggest a number of candidates for consideration. Most of those put forward were a great match for our business, and I was impressed by how well Claire had understood both our requirement and the candidates she was representing. Following further discussions on the suitability and experience of the individuals concerned, we were quickly able to identify a short-list of candidates for interview, all of which were more than capable of successfully undertaking the role we had available. Thanks to Claire’s input in identifying and selecting candidates, we were able to appoint the most suitable person for our specific role. Based on this success, we will definitely use Benjamin Edwards again in the future.”  

MD – Engineering business in Lincoln

- Engineering business

    We worked with Claire on a project for two vacancies and she was a pleasure to work with, professional and really knowledgeable about the sector which meant that she chose the right candidates for us to interview and subsequently recruit.  We would not hesitate to use Claire again for our recruitment needs.

Caroline Knight – HR Manager – Belvoir Fruit Farm

Benjamin Edwards Recruitment Lincolnshire