Director of Financial Operations - Samsung - UK

Scenario 

Based on a successful client relationship with the incumbent who was retiring, a Michael Page Finance consultant recommended Page Executive to find his replacement due to our focus on senior executive and board-level retained search, across all disciplines in the TMT sectors. The Director of Financial Operations is a very influential role and required someone capable of making an immediate impact whilst continuing the development, management and reporting of this function and providing the vision to drive and support the next growth phase of Samsung in the UK. The candidate would need to be ACA qualified and Big 4 trained, with a strong track record in operations at senior management level and a track record of operating in a multicultural business.

Solution 

Our approach was to actively search the market to identify suitably qualified finance directors. Our research team was briefed and we drew up a list of target organisations approved by the client. We contacted, briefed and interviewed finance directors from the target organisations to create a shortlist of candidates within a four week time frame. After a series of interviews, shortlisted candidates were invited to meet the incumbent and recruitment manager before proceeding to final interviews with the CFO. Throughout the interview process we provided feedback to both the candidates and client to ensure expectations were managed at each stage.

Outcome 

An excellent candidate was found and was, in fact, the first candidate we presented, with a confidential CV at the first meeting. His qualifications, experience and temperament proved to be a good match for the outgoing incumbent and the Samsung management team.

Client Testimonial 

"Page Executive successfully completed the recruitment of our Director of Financial Operations who was brought in to replace a long standing and influential member of the finance senior management team who was retiring. Following a search of the market and targeted companies, a number of shortlisted candidates were interviewed but from day one we felt very comfortable with the successful candidate and he came out ahead in the interviews that followed, including with the CFO. In the six months since he joined us, he has proved to be an asset to the company and has earned the respect of his team and peers alike. In addition, he was recently promoted to the UK board and continues to make a significant impact and contribution to the business. He is a great hire and one that we have high hopes for going forward"

 

Shaheen Zaman, Samsung