23 May What Our Clients Say About Us
From Our Clients…
Commercial Metals Company, a NYSE-listed, Irving-based company that manufactures, recycles and markets steel and metal products, related materials and services, was seeking a Corporate Controller. This challenging search for a heavily demanded skill set started several months before The CFO Suite was involved, but with no success. To make the search more difficult, the company was also seeking someone who, for succession planning, had the proven leadership qualities to move into a bigger role.
CMC engaged The CFO Suite on an exclusive basis for this Corporate Controller position. After discussions with Management, we concluded that given the person chosen as Controller would be adding bench-strength to the Corporate Executive team, ultimately it was critical that their technical abilities, leadership skills and cultural fit were all aligned. Within 30 days we presented five qualified Controllers with the experience, acumen and mobility to fulfill the needs of the role. Within a short time, a finalist was chosen and hired. Prior to the initial search concluding CMC was so impressed with our process that they engaged us to also fill a Technical Director position. The CFO Suite was able to successfully fill this role with an exceptional candidate in a short time frame, as well.
“The CFO Suite team was communicative, organized and consultative. The two things that really stood out for me were that they know the leadership level DFW talent pool really well, and that they work to serve as a consultant by developing a strong understanding of the needs of our company versus a job description. They also seek to understand the motivations of their candidates to ensure alignment”, stated Adam Hickey, CAO. “The firm isn’t just trying to create an event, but rather to find the right candidate!”
PLH Group, a power line and pipeline construction company, engaged The CFO Suite find multiple executive roles. The most challenging was a VP Finance role supporting a division in need of financial leadership. Executive leadership had a high sense of urgency around this critical hire but at the same time, had a very specific type of leader in mind that had the proven ability to partner with operations to drive the business.
We moved quickly and consultatively by helping to define what success in this role would look like. In fact, for this search, no job description had been drafted so we spent time focusing on competencies versus functionality. Our firm researched and found the right candidates based upon what executive leadership shared with us and aligned that with the candidate’s motivations and career goals.
“I value the relationship with The CFO Suite because they know how to ask the right questions and then quickly go find candidates that fit, not only from a leadership and skills perspective but also culturally,” stated Mike Dear, CFO. “They took the time to understand our growth minded culture and presented the right candidates that have a demonstrated pattern of achievement and who are still hungry to continue their growth.”
Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc, a $4 billion global distributor and specialty retailer of professional beauty products, had an urgent need to bring an experienced VP of Finance and Treasury into the organization. The CFO & COO were keen to appoint a talented strategic leader with retail experience to reshape and oversee treasury, develop strategic management reporting and create a culture in the finance organization of development and accountability.The CFO Suite partnered with Sally Beauty Holdings on an Engaged Search. Our research and recruiting efforts identified 3 qualified candidates that had all the required experience and were in the DFW market, avoiding the need for a national search. Sally Beauty made an offer to the right FP&A/Treasury leader that was accepted within 5 weeks of initiation of the search.
“Thank you for the great result of the search. I was very impressed by the overall quality of candidates and have been really pleased (thus far) with the hire. We look forward to working with you again,” stated Don Grimes, SVP, CFO and COO. Liz Barracliffe, VP of Talent added, “The investment associated with this engaged search model can sometimes lead to nervousness as you hope the search is successful. Our experience here with The CFO Suite was comfortable, low stress, and absolutely worth the investment. In fact we were so pleased with the quality and speed of the results we retained The CFO Suite again to search for another financial executive role”.