Case Studies

Harcourt Matthews were invited to support BAA during a specific recruitment drive and also in subsequent resourcing for talented candidates across 3 airports in the South East - Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. During a period of business transformation BAA required Harcourt Matthews to resource high calibre individuals to take on commercially focused finance roles and work closely with the airport senior management team to support decision-making processes. BAA had historically used a PSL, which had proven unsuccessful in recruiting suitable individuals for their commercial finance jobs & vacancies.


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Harcourt Matthews successfully placed a number of individuals within the Balfour Beatty Group Projects, Finance and Modelling team. It was this reputation for high-quality service delivery that led Balfour Beatty's FD to make an internal recommendation to support the MD of Professional Services and Head of Programme Management (Parsons Brinckerhoff) that led to Harcourt Matthews undertaking a recruitment drive, to resource several high-calibre individuals and to provide a flexible recruitment management solution to aid the growth and development of a recently established "In-house Group Projects Consultancy" or "Group Programme Management Office" (PMO).


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Harcourt Matthews established recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market, particularly useful for temporary & interim staffing

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

This has resulted in supporting the recruitment of several qualified & part qualified accountants and accounting staff for the UK business.

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief

This has resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business

>> Find out more about BUPA Group and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal resourcers and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief

>> Find out more about Care UK and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief

Candidates were sourced, preselected and interviewed across the UK and presented to Carillion project team and line management. Ongoing communication was essential throughout as certain vacancies were changed and reiterated as divisions were reorganised and management priorities altered - we adjusted to their business processes.


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Harcourt Matthews established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief

The campaign resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants and inclusion into the CB&I Group Executive and senior management preferred supplier list for the UK and EMEA.


>> Find out more about CB&I and Harcourt Matthews

Our specialist team recruited approximately 80 senior accounting & finance professionals and clerical accounting staff over 6 months.

Our key objectives included:

- Definition of business needs, understanding of company culture & individuals and identifying expectations of the finance community to ensure successful recruitment of individuals for both the Financial Reporting and Commercial Finance departments.

- In-depth consultation and attendance of internal courses to aid facilitation of the recruitment processes supporting a group wide behavioural change programme

The recruitment campaign was divided between:

Middle and senior management finance recruitment - 25 roles

Clerical accounting recruitment - 55 roles


>> Find out more about First Quench and Harcourt Matthews

"At The Girls' Day School Trust, we employed Harcourt Matthews as one of two recruiters to, initially, hire a Financial Planning Analyst and a Procurement Manager. Both roles were newly created. In respect of both tasks, Guy was successful in providing the winning candidates. The extra you get with Guy is that he takes the trouble to understand the structure and culture of the organisation and he is prepared to ask robust questions that lead to highly valuable thinking. His contribution was valuable, his fees were good value and the service was prompt." 

Colin Hawkins - Interim Finance Director


>> Find out more about GDST and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews established several recruitment campaigns and a range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate talent, encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the accounting & finance job specification & brief 

This has resulted in supporting the recruitment of several qualified & part qualified accountants and accounting staff for the UK business. and Procurement, HR and Contract Managers and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business. 


>> Find out more about the Goodman Group and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews have supported Linklaters talent acquisition programmes in a number of ways and through phases over the past two decades

Phase 1
Strategy Manager and Strategic Marketing Manager were sought from the premier or Top tier Strategy/  Management Consulting firms. Harcourt Matthews adopted a campaign approach encompassing Sunday Times and other advertising alongside a Search & headhunting programme

Phase 2
The new team had clearly enabled the business development of the firm through strategic analysis and influence in the development of new markets, alliances and acquisitions which meant talent & resources were thinly spread, and combined with the demands from operations meant that the team was seen as a "senior management seed bed" for talent - team members with individuals moving on into the business. Harcourt Matthews supported the evolution of the team

Phase 3
Strategy & Divisional Business Management team development: Business Planners, Business Analysts, Business Managers, Strategy Managers were subsequently recruited to build and succeed those on the move internally

Phase 4
As a result of our successful recruitment management, we were invited to supply Accounting and Finance middle and senior management roles including: Financial Accountants; Treasury Advisor; Group Reporting Analysts; Financial Analysis Manager; Financial Controller; Tax Advisor; International Tax Manager; Financial Analysts; Partnership Accountant; Division Commercial Accountant; Management Accountants amongst others.

Additionally, we have subsequently supported recruitment for Client Relationship and Business Manager roles.


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Harcourt Matthews established several recruitment campaigns and a range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate talent, encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations

- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market

- Advertising on several job boards

- Using our internal resourcers and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)

- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach

- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the accounting & finance job specification & brief

This has resulted in supporting the recruitment of qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and accounting staff for the UK business.


>> Find out more about John Laing and Harcourt Matthews

The company grew rapidly and were in phase two of their development and having secured contracts with several international airlines they employed Harcourt Matthews Recruitment Co-Sourcing Solutions to integrate a virtual HR recruitment team, to source several people for their their operational management team including:

- Marketing Director

- Customer Services Manager

- Operations Manager

- Financial Controller

Our focus included the definition of business needs, understanding of company culture & individuals and the identification of the business community expectation to ensure successful recruitment of individuals for all departments and functions.


>> Find out more about Mezzo Movies and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

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

This has resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and Procurement, HR and Contract Managers and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business.


>> Find out more about Morrison and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews was introduced to the business via a former candidate, who as the Head of Commercial Finance sought fast turn-around recruitment support, identifying very high calibre candidates available at short notice due to accelerated timescales a business restructure prior to listing on the FTSE.

Within 3 weeks of the new roles being signed off, all the positions had been offered and accepted and a new team of  Management Accountants (including one individual who joined on a temp-to-perm basis) now mirrors the operations structure of the business. Harcourt Matthews continues to enjoy a successful relationship with Perform as a preferred supplier.

Several key objectives were highlighted...


>> Find out more about Perform Group and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews Co-Sourcing Recruitment Solutions was engaged to supplement the recruitment of 17 staff initially as phase one of the recruitment of SSC staff into in house functions. This service was subsequently extended for a further two year period as the HQ team expanded, supporting the FD and HR team recruit for another 15 people.

Definition of business needs, understanding of company culture & individuals and identifying expectations of the HR & finance community, ensured the successful recruitment of individuals for the Financial and IT departments by providing tailored solutions.


>> Find out more about Pickfords/Serva and Harcourt Matthews

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

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


This has resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and Procurement, HR and Contract Managers and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business.


>> Find out more about Spire Healthcare and Harcourt Matthews

Talarius undertook an business transformation and investment program to improve the appearance & format of the gaming centres, along with a major overhaul of the IT systems & infrastructure across the estate. Having worked with Harcourt Matthews whilst at Thresher, the CFO (now CEO) engaged Harcourt Matthews to undertake a number of cross-functional roles on both a retained and contingency basis. Core objectives included:

- Identification of the key roles necessary to project manage the investment
- Advising on the most cost-effective and efficient recruitment methods


Due to the limited budget available, a proactive campaign utilisied several forms of non-traditional media to identify & attract non-active and passive candidates, and began with a networking program to identify which organisations and individuals in them who had the required skill sets.


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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


In this section you will see examples of employers who have successfully found their ideal hires with the support of Harcourt Matthews.

Review their stories and you will see the experiences that have given them confidence to use us again and again.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more.