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CFO Retained Search

We provide CFO Retained Search services to find the financial leader that your business is lacking. We know that your biggest concern in the hiring process is turnover (and the time and money costs associated with it). At Strategic CFO™, we get it. Our retained search process is designed to avoid wasting those precious resources. You will get the right financial leader — without turnover.

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find the financial leader that your business is lacking

The average tenure of a CFO is estimated to be 3 to 5 years. Some experts estimate that the CFO turnover rate has only increased over the past few years. This phenomena has occurred due to the computerization of the financial function, a volatile economy, and the rapid increase in the rate of change in businesses today.

With that in mind, finding the right CFO or financial leader for your organization is often a hit or miss. Most CEOs hire several CFO/Controllers before finding the right fit. Unfortunately, this can result in diverting the management team’s focus away from running the business and, ultimately, the company loses the momentum for growth. Hiring a bad fit is a productivity killer.

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Is there a better way to find the right fit?

You know that hiring a CFO who complements your culture and has the skills required to achieve your targeted growth from the get-go eliminates the wasted effort and lost profits from a bad hire.

Utilizing our CFO Retained Search process allows you and your team to focus on what matters most: growing your business. We will find the right long-term solution for your company.

There are numerous CFO Retained Search firms in the marketplace. Unfortunately, their culture is a sales culture. The focus is on filling the position as soon as possible then moving on to the next transaction. The end result is that the client picks up the pieces when the hire goes bad.

There is a saying: “Hire in haste, regret in leisure.” We feel that the window of opportunity of hiring the right CFO is more than a 30-day wonder. By actively recruiting, developing long-term relationships with CFOs, and maintaining active networking efforts, a retained search firm like Strategic CFO™ is in the best position to hire the right financial leader.

Strategic CFO™ Retained Search process presents organizations with a unique, consultative approach to their search for full-time financial talent.

We Assess Your Needs and Evaluate the Organization

As consultants, not recruiters, our unique perspective helps us identify the caliber of financial management professional you should consider within the context of your organization’s culture.

We Participate in Interviews

We pre-screen candidates for your position and participates in all interviews to facilitate your organization’s evaluation of candidates.

We Help You Close the Deal

We provide guidance in structuring a competitive offer, negotiating with the candidate and preparing the offer letter. Strategic CFO™ also completes reference checks.

Reach out to us today.
We’ll keep you focused on your business through this process.

Why SCFO Staffing?

We Are Different From Traditional Staffing Firms As Our Firm Is Run By Accountants. Also, We’re Are Not Simply Salespeople Making Placements, We Believe In Training Our People And Having Monthly Follow Up And Coaching With Our Staff.

If the CFO steers the company strategically, then the Controller manages the internal financial function to ensure the CFO can steer forward. This is a very important role. A Controller must have the following:

  • An accounting degree
  • Preferably their CPA
  • At least 10 years of accounting experience

They typically report to the CFO or business owner.

An Accounting Manager must have the following:

  • An accounting degree
  • CPA or non-CPA
  • At least 5 years of accounting experience

They have full responsibility for the accounting cycle. In addition, they supervise staff in the accounting department. They report to the Controller, CFO, or business owner, depending on the size of the business.

An accountant fits into the following profile:

  • Accounting degree or equivalent
  • Non-CPA
  • At least 5 years of accounting experience

They understand basic accounting principals and are good users of Quickbooks (or other accounting software). This person is usually a person that has moved up from an AP clerk or AR clerk. This position reports to the Accounting Manager or Controller. But in a small company, they may report to the business owner.

CFO requirements are:

  • At least 3 years as a CFO, must have more than 15 years of total working experience
  • Accounting or Finance Degree or MBA
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Preferred but not required

After a recent placement, we received this message from the client—

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Hear from our client, Marshall Hoffman, President and Founder of Steel Supply LP, discussing how Strategic CFO™ helped him find the right fit for his company.

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