Recruiting Food Finance Functions with a Flexible Approach

Finding a finance candidate for a food business meant adopting a flexible approach.

At Benjamin Edwards we work closely with a lot of the food businesses across Lincolnshire, Newark & Grantham areas. Lincolnshire, is England’s second largest county (by area), is largely agricultural with a rich and fertile soil. It produces over 20% of all foodstuffs grown in the UK and is reckoned to contribute around £1 billion to the economy each year.

The problem

Food businesses tend to only want to recruit senior people from other food businesses as there are specific challenges and processes only faced by the food industry. Very often the finance team feed in and inform the commercial KPIs, the product profitability and keep a close eye on yields and pricing databases as well as performing the traditional accounting functions.

The solution

We worked closely with this food business to understand the job role. We realised that this was a pivotal role within the team. The successful person would need to collaborate with colleagues in different functions. They would need to be inquisitive and able to apply their knowledge.

They would be responsible for ensuring accuracy and legitimacy of product costs; gather, process information and data in order to generate business insight that drives action and follows these actions through. They needed to have financial expertise to guide the commercial teams to deliver Net Sales, EDITDA and targets.

Our first filter was to look for people in our database that had worked in industry who had evidence of collaboration, analysis, and reporting. They needed a finance qualification to ensure that regulatory compliance needs were going to be in a safe pair of hands.

Alongside this, we undertook a market mapping exercise and actively headhunted a field of several finance professionals, some had experience of food and beverage, some had worked within non-food FMCG.

By adopting a flexible approach, we were able to help our client widen the talent search and successfully place the right finance person in their growing food business.

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
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  • 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


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The service received from Benjamin Edwards has been very good. Contact has been regular and prompt where necessary, and the candidate requirements were met efficiently resulting in a new staff member for our team

Donna Hall

- Grimme

Group Finance Director

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!

Gregg Fawcett

- SME in Lincolnshire

Having never worked with a recruitment agency before I was unsure what to expect.  Benjamin Edwards was recommended to us and Claire was super-efficient and helpful.  The entire process from advert to appointment was handled incredibly well and took the strain from myself with a process that would have been very time consuming.  Communication with the charity and with the candidates could not have been improved upon.   We successfully appointed to the role and have an excellent candidate in post now thanks to Claire and the team.  I have no hesitation in recommending Benjamin Edwards to help with recruitment to your vacancy

Debbie Abrams – Chief Exec – Beaumond House

Benjamin Edwards Recruitment Lincolnshire