Accountability Case Study: Collaborative working makes for double the success.
Accountability is a small, fast-growing, and knowledgeable, accounting business providing bespoke outsourced finance solutions.
They love getting into the nitty-gritty – to ensure their customers’ data is accurate and reliable. Committed to continuous CPD, they are enthusiastic about delivering useful, meaningful information, which allows their customers to make informed decisions.
Managing Director Rosie Berridge got to the point where she had exhausted her own network when a personal connection recommended iMultiply. She was referred to Public Practice Manager Gareth Spowart, who has a proven track record of filling roles across Audit, Business Services, Tax and Advisory, therefore had the right network to support Rosie in her search.
“I liked the fact that iMultiply was a female-owned business, much like Accountability, and that they had an office in Edinburgh.”
“I also liked that they are specialists in finance recruitment, and I felt confident they would be able to deliver on what was a tricky brief. “
The Assignment? Digital Accounting Specialist.
The role of Digital Accounting Specialist was created to capitalise and build on Accountability’s recent growth. In the next five years, Accountability is looking to increase its headcount by over 300%, so they needed an individual who would want to progress to the Director level and obtain profit share and equity in the medium term.
To source the right candidate for Rosie, Gareth undertook several different search methods. Gareth went to his own extensive network built up through years of experience. He immediately had a few candidates in mind who weren’t actively ‘in the market for a new job’, but for whom he thought this would be an appealing role that would help progress their careers. The requirements for the position were unique. Therefore, Gareth was sure to manage Rosie’s expectations and keep her up-to-date and informed throughout the whole process.
“I was very impressed with iMultiply, particularly the communication at all points of the process. They were always upfront and honest, even when the updates weren’t totally positive. “
Gareth put together a branded Spotlight Jobs page on the iMultiply website, which we use to provide all the details that any prospective candidate might want to know about the position available. Even though Gareth already had some candidates in mind, this is really important as they were not actively job-hunting. So they and others would want to know exactly what this position was and how it might suit their skillset and cultural requirements. Due to the expertise required for the role, Gareth also collaborated with the Industry and Commerce team within iMultiply, to identify those from outwith accountancy practice that had the desired skillset.
“I was very impressed by their collaborative approach and what they achieved as a team. Accountability is a non-traditional accountancy business. We needed someone with a unique skill set, not just someone with an accountancy practice background.”
“It was not long before we had three exceptionally high calibre candidates at the interview stage, and we could have hired all three!”
Initially, the plan was only to hire one individual. However, the quality of the candidates was so high that Rosie ended up making an offer to two! As a result, Accountability is looking to more than triple in size in the next five years, and this additional hire means they are on track to hit this target. With these two senior appointments, Rosie can now focus on growing the business and training to promote within the business.
Accountability now has the structure in place that can allow them to hire people at the beginning of their accountancy career and train them in-house. Two new hires have enabled a new partnership with Edinburgh College to be established to support this mission.
“I absolutely would use iMultiply again. From start to finish, it was a really positive experience. However, if everything goes to plan, I shouldn’t need to. Due to iMultiply’s support, we now have a structure in place to train and promote within the business.”
“I have already recommended iMultiply to contacts in my network that are looking for recruitment support.”
-Rosie Berridge, Managing Director, Accountability
Gareth has worked at iMultiply since 2016, specialising in the Qualified Accountancy Practice market in the East of Scotland including, Edinburgh, Fife, Dundee, and Aberdeen.
Working with various sizes of firms from the Big 4 to smaller independents, Gareth has a proven track record of filling roles across Audit, Business Services, Tax, and Advisory. Due to this, his network across the Central Belt is vast. Additionally, Gareth also had access to his colleagues’ networks in the Public Practice team, who has 26 years of experience between them.
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