In today’s context, the challenges faced by a financial leader are snowballing because of the increasing expectation from stakeholders, investors, tighter regulations, global business competition and rapid technology development. Most organizations are actively seeking for financial executives and leaders who are equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to take on such challenges.
The talent market for finance executives show that while some of the most in-demand roles are in areas like auditing, financial & business analysis, compliance and business systems, there is also a large demand for candidates with senior-level experience. Following the aftermath of the 2007/08 global financial crisis, there has also been in increase in baby boomers retiring; a decision they had put on hold until recent years.
The Artemis Difference
Understanding the CFO Challenge
Our conversations with CFOs and senior-level finance executives across various industries reveal largely consistent concerns including measuring and monitoring business performance, providing inputs into organization strategy and developing talent in the finance organization. We also find of growing concern that CFOs are uncertain about how well their own finance organization fulfills some of these concerns and that there is a growing gap between the importance CFOs attribute to certain activities and how well they think their finance team performs them.
Herein lies the Artemis difference. As true strategic talent acquisition partners to global and fortune 500 MNCs, we realize the criticality of having an effective finance organization, but more importantly we understand what makes a strategic finance business leader. At Artemis, we understand the CFO challenge.
Defining What Makes A Great CFO
Identifying a great CFO or senior-level finance executive goes beyond what is stated on the job description. Our experience in hiring the top finance executives show that a great CFO needs first and foremost the leadership & management skills to run a highly stressful finance organization. Quite often, the CFO plays a critical role of running the organization together with a small team of top leaders; bringing to the table varied views and more importantly being able to find a resolution of those points of views.
A great CFO should also be a lot more than just reporting key numbers. Our experience interacting with top finance executive talent shows that great CFOs are those who can make a difference. They add value to the discussions in the boardroom with fellow senior management members, have a deep understanding of how the organization works, on what’s important to their senior management level colleagues and partnering them to make a difference. A great CFO must also venture to the ground level, to understand what creates value for customers. Lastly, a great CFO must have the ability to translate complex numbers into a few simple words, to distill complex data into simple information and more importantly provide inputs for strategic decisions. That is what defines a great CFO.
Talent Acquisition – Finance
Some of the finance roles we focus on include:•Chief Financial Officer (CFO)•Snr VP, Finance•Group Financial Controller (GFC)•Snr Director, Finance (APAC)•Regional Finance Director•Regional Head, Internal Audit•Finance Controller (FC)•Finance Director (APAC)