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British Engineering Services - Case Study

British Engineering Services – Recruitment Case Study:

​Roles recruited:
- Director of Finance
- Head of Commercial Finance
- 2x Finance Business Partners
- Finance Manager
- Financial Accountant
- Management Accountant

The Business

The British Engineering Services Group is the UK’s leading independent Testing, Inspection and Certification business. They are a private equity backed business, meaning they have the flexibility and support to move quickly and grow faster than any other company in their industry. They are an innovative, award-winning and forward-thinking organisation.

Background to Exercise

Axon Moore has worked with British Engineering Services since it’s inception in 2015 as a Private Equity backed (Inflexion) carve out from RSA Group helping them to establish and build a finance team from day one including Director of Finance and Head of Commercial Finance positions.

Due to a record-breaking year in 2021 and continued business growth (in both revenue and reputation), British Engineering Services were looking to grow their Finance team with a view to hiring multiple Finance Business Partners in addition to a Finance Manager in order to support business acquisitions.

British Engineering Services were seeking to improve their already brilliant Finance team by adding high calibre people to what is already a world class team. They wanted Axon Moore's expertise to help source and interview experienced Finance Business Partners with CIMA, ACA, ACCA (or equivalent) qualifications and at least 2 years' PQE experience, ideally in the service industry. The British Engineering Services Group has a unique business model, having multiple companies and being private equity backed. The exposure and environment for their Finance team is therefore unparalleled. Internal promotion is a regular occurrence within the company, something which is true of their existing Finance Team.

Our Response

Following conversations with their Group Finance Director and Commercial Finance Director with regards to their requirement and the variety of finance roles required, we took the following briefs:

Finance Manager – a brief was taken and a shortlist was created within 48 hours. The first candidate underwent an interview and was successfully offered the role and joined the business.

1st Finance Business Partner – a brief was taken and a full shortlist was generated. Again, following an interview process a candidate was offered the role and accepted the opportunity.

2nd Finance Business Partner – this role was a few months later and was under a new contact within the business. Based on the previous briefs and our understanding on the company culture and expectations, we created a comprehensive shortlist. Within 72 hours we were able to bring the candidates into a 2-stage interview and an offer was made within 2 weeks of the initial briefing conversation.


All 3 processes resulted in 3 successful placements, 3 extremely happy candidates and our relationship with the British Engineering Services was strengthened further. As a result of Axon Moore's recruitment services, British Engineering Service have successfully recruited 3 excellent candidate to their finance team.

  • ​“Laura has helped me throughout my career to find a role personally and also helped me to recruit when I have a need within my team. From start to finish, Laura is a pleasure to work with, being very easy to communicate with, being readily available for any queries. She builds relationships excellently in a professional manner. I will definitely contact Axon Moore and specifically Laura again when the need arises.”

    Luke Rowarth, Head of Finance

    NRG Fleet Services

  • ​“I was recently placed in my current role by Axon Moore and found the team overwhelmingly simple and supportive. I was relocating from another country and didn't know the job market so it was really important I worked with a recruiter who knew it really well. Axon Moore's client portfolio was incredibly impressive and they used their experience to help me understand the market and how I would fit into it. The support I received throughout and after the recruitment process was second to none and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

    Ross Mclellan, Junior Finance Business Partner

    Thornton & Ross

  • “We use Axon Moore exclusively for recruitment into our finance team due to the quality of candidates presented and the proactive way in which they manage the entire process and relationship. ​In the last year they have helped with some highly successful hires who have added great value to the team and wider business. I would strongly recommend Axon Moore for any financial recruitment needs.”

    Dave Potter, Financial Controller

    Calisen PLC

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