Chief Financial Officer

Opportunity

Privately owned, Stonegate is one of the leading names in the egg industry.  The business is vertically integrated with their own farms across the country and over 200 independent farmers in producer groups all producing the finest eggs for leading supermarkets, food service and manufacturing customers. Stonegate also own the Clarence Court brand and supply chain which is listed in major supermarkets and is currently enjoying significant double figure growth.

The opportunity arose to recruit a Chief Financial Officer to support the growth of the business and provide strategic financial insight to the Board and Owner. Despite not being a financial specialist Stonegate chose to work with Eden Search & Select as they wanted an executive search partner that would deliver a shortlist of talent that really understood the financial challenges of the food industry and enjoyed working with a business owner eager for organic and acquired growth.

The devil is in the detail and acquiring an in-depth understanding of our business was paramount to the successful delivery of this role. Eden Search & Select provided a structured and professional approach throughout this process and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a long-term solution to the very challenging market we face today.

Steve Morse, HR Director, Stonegate.

Our approach

Eden Search & Select embarked on an extensive talent identification and engagement process within the UK agribusiness and food industry targeting financial professionals with the corporate training and entrepreneurial commerciality to deliver the strategy. Our project team, consisting of our Head of Research and Managing Director, worked together closely, to deliver the key stages: identification, screening, assessment and validation. This approach delivered a shortlist of three highly credible candidates which were interviewed with one candidate standing out above the rest and invited to meet the Owner and NED.

The results

After an extensive search and interview process Stonegate appointed a driven and determined financial leader with a track record of building capable teams, delivering on cross functional projects and driving strategic change within a food manufacturing environment heavily influenced by the costs of labour, food commodities and retail pressures. This combination made them a perfect fit for the role, the culture and Stonegate’s growth agenda.

Within four weeks in the role the successful candidate required an interim financial controller to support the finance function. Eden Search & Select found three candidates immediately available and the successful Financial Controller was interviewed and appointed within two days.

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