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What recruitment site(s) would you recommend for recruiting a Controller or CFO?


Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
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Honestly I don't think you would find the most suitable candidates for these senior level roles on any recruitment site.

These people mostly need to be found and not find you.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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There are so many, from Monster to Beyond, TheLadders to LinkedIn. Then there are the groups like FEI and FENG that have job opportunities sections.

Not to leave out your networking abilities with your legal and accounting firms.

Lastly there are the executive recruiters of the world.

Each of the above broad stroke suggestions may cost $0 or 20%+ of the first year's compensation.

By the way, there is, at least in my mind a tangible difference in what a Controller and CFO's duties are. I have found that the duties start to diverge into what would be separate jobs at about $15-$20M in revenue and/or the need for audited financials.

In the final analysis, it depends on how much work the CEO wants to invest in vetting people, what he needs today and in the mid-term as far as finance, leadership, strategy and what is budgeted for the role. The old adage you get what you pay for is so true.

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

I would rephrase the question to:
What sources would you use to find a controller or CFO?

1. Best is often your network-CEO should use his network too.
2. Ask your business advisors (but make sure they can actually help - if they are active networkers/connection makers, then ask them).
3. I would also suggest you post on FLA-Finance Leaders Association-on LinkedIn, in addition to the other sources mentioned above.

Bob Low
Title: Principal
Company: Perron & Low
(Principal, Perron & Low) |

I agree with the comments above. Start with your network and those of your execs, board, and advisors. If you do post the job, be prepared for a flood of resumes. FENG ( is a great free resource. If you post on a site like Career Builder, it will get picked up by search engines like so one posting may be enough.

Michael B. Hutchison
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Pine Island Chemicals
(Chief Financial Officer, Pine Island Chemicals) |

All of the above are great ideas. Depending on the pay level of the position, you may want to try the FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group), which is a nationwide group of experienced financial executives. They put out a newsletter to the membership with job leads. You can find out more at

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