With annual revenues of over £300 million, Telent is a technology services company with decades of experience providing a broad range of network and communications services across a variety of industries. Telent have unique scale, boasting one of the largest engineering field forces of its kind in the UK, and a track record for quality and delivery that is second-to-none.

Customers include BSkyB Network roll-out; COLT Field Maintenance; BT Cable Services; Roadside Toll Collection; Tube Lines Maintenance; Highways Agency TechMAC; E.ON Infrastructure Upgrade; Merseyside Fire & Rescue; Cable & Wireless support; FiReControl Communications; Firelink Support; Met Police ICCS Support; Metronet's Microwave OPO;  South West Trains; and West Coast Main Line.

Following a lead from our research team regarding the imminent recruitment of a senior finance role, our MD contacted the Commercial FD, who visited our offices to discuss recruitment plans, for this role, and the forthcoming year. This led on to a meeting with the CFO and the Head of Strategy and subsequent discussions with senior finance managers, HR and the in house recruitment team.

Internal reviews of existing and new business identified the need to leverage higher calibre and quality of head office and division commercial accounting & finance staff, in particular, Business Finance Partners, Planning & Analysis and Financial Reporting functions, where the CFO sought to make step changes in the level and capability of the team, and at the same time reduce the number of temporary staff within the whole finance community in Warwick, London, Chorley, Basildon and UK wide.

Our key objectives were:

  • To develop and replenish the team and increase the depth of high calibre commercial individuals within an organisation undergoing transformation and growth
  • To identify commercially and technically focused individuals to evolve best practice in business partnering, planning & analysis, reporting and financial control

At various points, Harcourt Matthews established recruitment campaigns and candidate sourcing processes for interim, temporary and permanent employees encompassing:

  • Accessing our current UK candidate network & UK wide CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals/recommendations
  • Accessing several jobsite & CV databases covering the active UK candidate market
  • Advertising on several jobsites
  • Using our internal resourcers and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active individuals)
  • Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach
  • Direct mail-shot programmes to specific CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the brief

This approach resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants and part qualified accounting & finance staff and inclusion in the preferred supplier list for the UK business. In addition, we have been asked to support other functional disciplines including Strategy, Procurement & Category Management and Operations.

Internal reviews of existing and new businesses identified the need to leverage higher calibre and quality staff for head office, regions and Contracts / Projects accounting & finance staff amongst other functions including Procurement, HR and Contract Management. The Group MD and the CFO sought to make step changes in the level and capability of these teams and at the same time reduce the number of temporary staff within the whole business community in London and the rest of the UK.

Jobs recruited for include: Interim, temporary & permanent

Accounting & Finance
Accounts Payable Assistant
Admin Assistant
AP Accounts Payable Manager
Assistant Management Accountant
Business Controller
Business Partner - Commercial Manager
Chief Accountant
Commercial Analyst
Commercial FD (Interim)
Commercial Finance Controller
Cost Administrator - Basildon
Cost Administrator - Lancashire
Cost Administrator - Leicester
Finance Accounting Manager (AR Manager)
Finance Assistant
Finance Business Partner
Finance Manager - Basildon
Finance Manager - Chorley
Finance Manager - Leicester
Financial Analyst - Cash
Financial Planning Analyst
Financial Reporting Manager
General Ledger Mamager
Group Financial Accountant
Head of Financial Planning & Reporting
Head office Ledgers Supervisor
IFRS Accountant
Management Accountant
Oracle 12 Project Manager
Project Accountant
Project Accountant - Major Projects & Maintenance
Reconciliations Accountant
Sales Ledger Manager
Senior Business Partner
Senior Cost Administrator - Basildon
Senior Cost Administrator - Lancashire
Senior Cost Administrator- Leicester

Strategy & Bidding
Strategy Analysts (New Markets)
Bid Manager

Procurement & Category Management
Category Manager - Indirects & Professional Services
Category Manager - IT
Category Manager - Technology (Cross Rail bid)
Head of Procurement