profit share & benefits package
7 days ago
Hays Senior Finance
Accelerate your career with this 21st century Advisory firm.
Your new company
Described by many as "a twenty-first century Advisory firm," our client is a leading, multi-office independent practice with an enviable track record of year-on-year growth; indeed they remain one of the fastest-growing Advisory firms in the UK. Their consultancy helps clients through transactional mandates, business performance and underperformance, litigious/contentious matters, asset-tracing and much more; the firm is noted for its MD-led approach on all projects. Founded by and continuing to attract MD's from considerably larger firms, core services include Forensic Accounting, developed from a strategic acquisition. A strong sell to market is the firm's ability to offer a matrix of broad situational and deep sector expertise, and they are well-positioned to take further market share in both. The strategy is now to double their current fee income in the next 3-5 years, and this will be achieved via strategic MD/Director hires as well as organically. As an independent firm there are no conflicts of interest, no drawn-out risk assessment, no political conflicts; just a genuinely collaborative culture where MD's across the service-lines often "hunt in packs" and are incentivised to refer opportunities. In this progressive, commercial business Forensic Services are a critical part of their offering and they now seek to further expand this specialist presence in certain key UK locations as well as London. Locations include Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and the South Coast.
Your new role
Forensic strategy and opportunities:
The Forensic function is currently centred out of two UK locations, including London. The strategy is now to add a Managing Director into the established London Forensic team, plus to capitalise on further UK hubs where there is an existing Advisory office but currently no Forensic in those regions. A brief overview of the current forensic practice includes:
- Well-regarded Forensic MD's whose individual practices have minimal overlap
- Casework is largely civil disputes (contractual disputes, warranty claims, negligence claims, mis-selling claims, partnership and shareholder disputes etc), with a sizeable amount of fraud work (criminal and civil), compulsory purchase order and matrimonial work. Many cases involve valuation work.
- The Experts pride themselves on being actively involved in cases and adopting a pragmatic and commercial approach.
- The high-calibre staff get to work closely with Experts and are given early responsibility including, when ready, acting as named expert on smaller cases. This has helped the team's excellent retention record.
Whether you are commercial, civil or criminal biased in specialism, you will be joining a culture that gives you the autonomy to pursue the markets of your choice and pre-empt developments in this ever-evolving field. MD's are around 50% chargeable, so there is plenty of scope to further develop your practice and profile.
What you'll need to succeed
The firm seek to engage at Managing Director level, whether it is first promotion to this level, or established. You're likely to be one of the following:
- An established Director, who would welcome a more transparent and meritocratic path to MD/Partner.
- A Director who is off first base in terms of attributable billings, but for whom the Partner/MD title is not currently an option internally.
- A Junior/Associate Partner who wants to break free from a brand that overshadows you, but retain the guidance of established Partner/MD mentors.
- An established Partner looking to maximise on % of billings for the last few years of your career.
- An existing Partner who seeks a more dynamic, collaborative and investment-driven culture.
- A Partner who seeks to be the go-to Forensic expert in their region, but may need to break out of your current firm brand to fully achieve this.
What you'll get in return
For the regional locations you would have:
- Project delivery from current Forensic staff
- Existing regional office and infrastructure, with staff from other advisory disciplines
- An advisory brand already warm to local advisory referrers, eg. lawyers and accountants
- The ability to hire dedicated staff at an appropriate stage of business growth
- A whole-firm approach that means each region is fully integrated
And irrespective of location , you would additionally benefit from:
- A genuinely personal working relationship between the MD's/Partners
- A culture that underwrites risk to try new commercial opportunities
- Good work-life balance; a firm that does not "sweat its assets"
- The versatility to grow the top and bottom line
- A voice at the table to contribute to the firm's future strategy
What you need to do now
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