Brunel University London

Financal Controller; & Head of Financial Planning & Analysis

Brunel University London is one of the UK’s leading research institutions, with more than 12,000 students and 2,500 staff. Established in 1966 and named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Brunel, the University is organised into three colleges and three major research institutes.

The University’s brand of education and research is geared towards the needs of industry, and their ambition is to equip students for the world of work and to address society’s challenges on a global scale. Brunel University London’s drive and ambition is underpinned by the Brunel Vision 2030, which will ensure the University continues to meet the needs of a changing world until 2030 and beyond.

Brief/Problem:

Following on from the successful appointment of Brunel University London’s Finance Director in summer 2019, Allen Lane was retained to recruit to two senior appointments in the Finance team.

The Financial Controller post holder would play an active role in managing financial controls and providing guidance during a time of transformation with the aim of driving efficiencies across the University.

The Head of Financial Planning & Analysis appointee would provide high quality financial support at the senior leadership level to support effective financial decision making, while business partnering across all departments within the University. 

Approach/research:

We delivered an extensive marketing campaign to ensure the opportunities were visible to a board range of potential applicants, while also utilising the depth of our database to ensure the panel were presented with a strong shortlist. Our search also focused on local applicants, both from inside and outside of the Higher Education sector.

Results/achievement:

The strength of our shortlist meant that both roles were appointed to, with the successful applicants starting their respective posts within two weeks of one another. Both appointees were locally based, and able to commute to the campus in under 20 minutes.

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