Finance & Commercial

Compass Executives are able to draw upon a deep pool of high-calibre Finance and Commercial professionals within our network, and have an established track record within the Practice of exceptional delivery.

The Finance & Commercial Practice at Compass Executives deliver C-suite mandates for Investor backed, and privately owned, Healthcare, Social Care, Education and Life Sciences businesses across the UK, Europe and US.

Compass Executives specialise in delivering talented leaders with the following expertise:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance Director
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Commercial Director
  • M&A Director
  • Change / Transformation

Conversations with Investors and business leaders demonstrate that there is a real lack of quality assets on the market for investment, or acquisition opportunities. This has resulted in the deal origination process being much more complex, causing the lead times to increase.

Latest Finance & Commercial Appointments

Finance Director - UK

Chair &
Chief Financial Officer (Interim and Permanent)

Finance Director

Chief Commerical Officer

The role of Finance teams

COVID-19 demonstrated the need to have a hands-on, number savvy and commercially orientated senior finance lead in organisations, to ensure the appropriately designated teams, systems and processes are in place to ensure the business has strong foundations in place. Many businesses suffered cashflow problems in the early lockdown phases of the pandemic.

Since the turn of 2021, there has been an increased appetite from Investors and organisations for exponential growth, with increased interest in M&A and Commercial leaders who can execute growth, and buy-and-build strategies – at pace, and accurately. There has been an increased demand for exceptional candidates who have demonstrable experience of running an M&A process from end-to-end, including origination.

A demand for better data and insight from their finance leads and an increased focus on commercial business partnering, has seen a shift away from the legacy focus on “in sector expertise” as being the key factor in selection. Having an extensive network in finance across the wider commercial sectors has enabled us to fast-track hires from out of sector whose expertise in these specifics is frequently more advanced.

The role of the CFO is never static, but underpinning all searches is the need to ensure its role in decision making is enhanced and its position as “critical friend” to the CEO established.

Completed Assignments

M&A Director
Nurseries – UK PE

Chief Financial Officer
Homecare – Privately Owned

Director of Finance & Facilities
Hospice – Not For Profit

Chief Financial Officer
Private Acute – UK PE

Finance Director
Dentistry – UK PE

M&A Director
Adult Social Care – UK PE

Commercial Finance Director
Elderly Care – Privately Owned

Chief Commercial Officer
Children’s Services – UK PE

Chief Finance Officer
Adult Social Care – European PE

Commercial Director
Mental Health – International Investors

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