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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  • Search & Selection
  • Retained services for senior appointments
  • Outplacement support if making redundancies​
  • CV advice
  • Careers guidance
  • Proactive candidate promotion


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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 used Benjamin Edwards to help us recruit the right person for a procurement role within a specialist manufacturing organisation. Claire’s attention to detail, care and professionalism throughout the process was outstanding. We had quite specific requirements for the person we needed to join our team which was no issue for Claire who found us the perfect fit for the role. The candidate, now employee, has been employed for several weeks now and has fitted straight into our culture and way of working and it feels like he has been with us forever.   Once the candidate was in situ Claire kept in constant touch to ensure that everything was ok and check on his progress.   I would highly recommend Benjamin Edwards if you are looking to recruit as no other agency I have worked with spends as much time ensuring that every parties’ needs are met and the best possible candidate for the role sourced

Katie Jarvis – Procurement Manager – Aspire

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  Dealing with a new agency whilst going through a pandemic left me apprehensive.  Benjamin Edwards made it easy by delivering a high standard of professionalism and customer service throughout the process.  Claire delivered a number of exceptional quality candidates who had already been vetted for suitability to the role which made our interview process so much easier.

Margaret – HR Manager

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