Following the acquisition of Wakefield-based Sewtec Automation, by private equity investor Endless LLP, a high quality Finance Director was sought to support and deliver a period of accelerated growth for the specialists in bespoke automation.


The testing brief stipulated that the successful candidate would be a highly qualified Finance Director who had trained with one of the big 4 accountancy firms. As well as very high minimum entry requirements around academic profile and professional qualifications, the successful candidate would join the board of the £25m turnover manufacturing business and had to demonstrate the right attitude and ability to be successful in a PE backed business with ambitious plans for growth.


With the requirement for a business changing individual that would, in the medium to long term, help lead the company through a sale process it was vital to identify high calibre candidates with not only the skills and competencies required but who also displayed the drive, ambition and determination needed to be successful in this role. By reaching into the market to identify the most talented individuals and undertaking a rigorous pre-interview selection process including conducting face to face screening
interviews, a quality shortlist of five strong candidates were presented to the client for interview. As a result of undertaking productive first stage interviews, each candidate put forward had clearly demonstrated their ability and suitability for the role, saving the client time and allowing them to focus their attention on selected the ideal candidate from an exceptionally strong field.