Richard Boyd joins the SRM finance team

Richard Boyd

This week we’re delighted to welcome Richard Boyd to the SRM finance team. We talk to Richard about getting back to real recruitment, the roles he can help you with and his top piece of advice for hiring managers.

Richard Boyd

Tell us about your career and what prompted your move

“I worked at two of the world’s largest recruitment consultancies for 16 years, progressing to a Director-level role. Just before joining SRM, I led a team of fifteen focused on qualified finance recruitment. My remit grew to include executive search and specialist finance roles such as tax and treasury. 

Getting back to real recruitment

Whilst I loved the role and had a great team, inevitably, mentoring and leading others became my focus. Over time I missed actual recruitment and spending time with clients! I like being out there with both clients and candidates and didn’t want to be as internally focused anymore. 

I genuinely believe there is massive scope here at SRM to grow the size of our team and our footprint on the London finance market, so the scale of the opportunity and growth potential was key to the move. 

An experienced team of recruiters

Joining an experienced team at SRM was key, especially working with a close-knit group of people who I knew viewed recruitment similarly to me – from a values, respect and way of working point of view. 

I knew Stewart Robertson from school and he actually introduced me to my first role in recruitment. I worked for Andrew Setchell in Southampton and then London and  worked with Rory MacSween during my time in tax recruitment – during some pretty tough times after the financial crisis! 

The benefits of a boutique recruitment firm

Working with a trusted advisor is even more important right now. What I’m seeing in the market is that people want to make a real connection and build a lasting, personal relationship. That’s something that a boutique firm excels at. I’m excited to be at SRM where we’re really focused on delivering a bespoke service based on your needs.

Tell us about the roles you’ll be working on

I’m primarily focused on permanent qualified finance roles in London and growing this business to better support our clients. I’ll also be focused on helping our clients with FD, CFO and Search level positions.

What do hiring managers and job seekers like about working with you?

I’d like to think I’m pretty straightforward. I’m definitely candid and my network appreciates that. I work hard for my clients and candidates and am passionate about finding people the right role.

Tell us about yourself?

I’m married and have a lovely five-year-old daughter so that keeps me pretty busy. Sporting wise; my main passion is road cycling, both watching and doing. I’m also a rugby and football fan. Hailing from the Westcountry I’m a big Plymouth Argyle fan (for my sins)! I’ve always had a really keen interest in American politics too. 

What’s your top piece of advice for hiring managers right now? 

Essentially: 1. be realistic 2. have a plan and 3. take advice

1. Focus on the key skills that will have the biggest impact on business objectives and you’ll find the right person more quickly. In a client-led market, we often think we’ll find the perfect person who can do everything perfectly but knowing exactly what you need and identifying core skills is a much more effective hiring strategy.

2. Have a clear plan for remote interviews and onboarding, work out your process and what you’re comfortable with. An efficient process is still really important to hire the best people.

3. Talk to your network or a trusted recruitment partner if you’re not sure whether your requirements are realistic or what sort of person will achieve the business transformation you’re looking for.”

Get in touch if you’re looking to hire finance roles or for help with your next career move

If you need help to source your next tax leader or want an honest conversation about your career, get in touch with Richard Boyd today on + 44 7376 497285 or connect with him on Linkedin. 

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Will Short joins SRM to focus on Tax Director & Partner search


We’re delighted to welcome Will Short, a senior tax specialist, to the SRM family. We spoke to Will about why he recruits global tax leaders, the roles he can help you with and why he joined SRM Recruitment.

Will Short will be focusing on Tax Partner and Tax Director roles

You’re focusing on Tax Director roles and Tax Partner roles – tell us more

“The thing that really appeals to me is working with the most senior figures in the tax community and building long-lasting relationships. This is my niche and I’ll be focusing predominantly on tax leadership roles, at Partner and Director level in the UK, US, Europe and Asia. 

What drives you to help your senior tax candidates and organisations?

Knowing I’m helping to make an impact on an organisation is key. By bringing in the right person who will lead and grow a team, deliver growth strategies or real change within a business is what drives me. I’ll be working closely with the Big 4 accounting firms as well as mid-tier and strong independent tax practices.

What led you to specialise in senior tax roles?

I started my career as a client relationship manager at Towergate Insurance working with estate agencies and large property developers. Whilst I loved the people side of things I knew I wanted a more sales-focused role. 

I’d considered recruitment as a way to bring my skillsets together and I knew I wanted to move from Colchester to London. So when the opportunity to move into recruitment came up I jumped at the chance. I chose to focus on partner-level tax searches as I enjoy working with senior leaders and haven’t looked back.

I helped build a successful Tax Partner Search team in my first recruitment role before being headhunted by a competitor. In my new role, I focused on building my skillset from purely UK focused search to global search: delivering on large international growth programmes for the biggest professional service firms, working on team moves and key global and international leadership roles, as well as utilising my strong network in the UK, delivering on UK-focused tax searches.

What prompted the move to SRM?

Moving to SRM was an opportunity to bring together my UK and global experience in specialist tax search and to really have the freedom to build something of my own.

What appealed to you about SRM Recruitment?

I’d also heard good things about Rory MacSween (Co-Founder of SRM Recruitment who leads the tax recruitment team) he’s been recruiting tax roles for 13 years and is well known in the industry. The strong brand and reputation appealed.  

I like the overall approach the other Directors have too. They are a genuine group of people, which can sometimes be hard to find in sales-driven environments. Their level of experience also appealed as I knew I‘d be supported and have the freedom to grow.

Tell us a bit about you and your approach

I am honest and take a consultative approach and look to deliver the best results for both clients and candidates. I’d say I’m very personable, I enjoy spending time getting to know my clients and candidates personally as well as professionally.  I’m very family orientated and I like football – I support Chelsea but don’t let that put you off!”

Get in touch if you’re looking to hire Tax Partners and Tax Director roles

If you need help to source your next tax leader or want an honest conversation about your career, get in touch with Will Short today on +44 7931 984 295 or connect with him on Linkedin. 

Tax roles Will covers:

◽️ Tax Director roles
◽️ Tax Partner roles
◽️ Associate Partner roles
◽️ Associate Director roles
◽️ Executive Director tax roles

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Jim Smith joins SRM’s Welwyn finance recruitment team

We’re delighted to welcome specialist temporary finance recruiter, Jim Smith, to our Welwyn team. Jim tells us about his career, why he joined SRM and how he helps clients and candidates.

Jim Smith, our new specialist temporary finance recruiter covering the Northern Home Counties

“I’ve worked in finance recruitment for 15 years, working at Michael Page and most recently at Investigo where I focused on temporary and contract qualified finance recruitment for almost ten years. Having worked for two big recruitment firms, which I loved, the pull for me was the greater autonomy on offer with a smaller boutique business like SRM and the opportunity to grow a business.

When I spoke to SRM’s founders, Andrew Setchell, Stewart Robertson and Rory MacSween I knew we had the same philosophy. We’ve all been around long enough to know what we like and dislike about the industry. I found them upfront, honest and direct and that matched the way I’ve worked through my career. 

My partner, Liz has worked at SRM since the start of the year so I had inside knowledge it would be a good fit for me!  

Increasing the scope of my role

I’ve tripled my patch as it were. There are no restrictions to geographic boundaries or roles I can cover so the opportunity is bigger than anything I’ve experienced before, which is massively exciting.

As you grow in your career you no longer need the KPIs and closer management styles that are essential in your early days, so part of the appeal was the opportunity to set my own targets and work in a more flexible and adult environment.

A down to earth approach to specialist finance recruitment

SRM’s founders are investing in me and giving me free rein to build the business – that’s really why I decided to make the leap. The approach is refreshing and no-nonsense, basically do a good job and go home.

My focus on temporary qualified finance

My focus at SRM will be on temporary qualified finance recruitment across the Northern Home Counties. 

My clients say I’m a straightforward, attentive and consultative recruiter and my candidates appreciate my personal approach. I would describe myself as a down to earth person who treats others with respect.

“To my mind, Jim is the very essence of what a recruiter needs to be in the current climate. Friendly and on the ball from the outset, and once he has a role in mind for you, is helpful and thorough right through until the conclusion.”

John McInnes, Experienced QBE Accountant

I like to be able to look myself in the mirror at the end of the day and conduct myself in the right way. I’ve kept that approach from my early days recruiting for the big four accounting firms to today, where I’m working with commercial firms hiring newly qualified accountants to Finance Directors. 

I’m a well-rounded specialist finance recruiter hiring across all disciplines within Finance, from newly qualified accountants, Finance Managers, FP&A Managers, Financial Controllers to Finance Directors. It’s allowed me to build a strong network across a wide variety of industries – from SMEs to blue chips. 

Looking forward to connecting with new clients and candidates:

I’m a single Dad to a bright little boy who keeps me constantly on my toes, I love Man United and am currently attempting to learn to play Golf. I’m from a forces background and have lived all over the world. I was actually educated in Canada and went to nine different schools before I was 12 so I thrive going into new situations and meeting new people. I think that’s why I genuinely love recruitment and people.

I’m looking forward to working with new clients and candidates and as my partner Liz and I will be working together in the same office I’m looking forward to that too – I’m not phased by it at all!

“I have built a trusted working relationship with Jim and sincerely thank him for securing my latest role. I have found him to be a great person to deal with and confide in and we have built up a great rapport.

I would not hesitate in recommending Jim’s services to anyone seeking to develop their career.”

Charles Hancock
Senior Finance Manager, Welcome Break

Get in touch:

I’m really excited about where the finance recruitment market is going so if you’re looking to hire the very best talent in finance and accounting please do get in touch with me today. Or connect with me on LinkedIn. We actively headhunt the best specialist finance talent, rather than rely on the same set of candidates from a database.”

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Why work for SRM?

Andrew Setchell, CEO at SRM Recruitment
Andrew Setchell, CEO at SRM Recruitment
Andrew Setchell

Andrew Setchell, co-founder of SRM Recruitment shares his thoughts on why the firm is the ideal place for a recruiter to grow their career. Learn about the culture at SRM, our commission structure and 10 reasons to come and work for us.

Why work for SRM, if you’re a potential recruitment consultant? 

We started SRM as we felt the recruitment industry was increasingly focusing on process rather than consultancy. Our belief has always been to listen and collaborate with our clients; building trust so they have confidence in our delivery.

It’s a very straightforward approach but one that has enabled us to attract an experienced and ambitious team of recruitment professionals who believe in doing things the right way.

Clear commission structure

Transparency in the way we reward our consultants is critical. At SRM we operate a very clear commission structure and it’s one of the best in the industry. Each consultant can easily calculate what they will receive, there are no surprises. In a team-based commission structure, you rarely get rewarded for your success.

Real flexibility

There’s a strong team ethic though and we listen and learn from each other. We take work seriously and we’re professional in all we say and do but life comes first and we shape the working day to suit us. Everyone needs balance and you’ll find yours here. 

Celebrating success is important and we usually do that through team lunches rather than nights out – driven by what they desire to do. For example, we recently experienced Maos, the exclusive restaurant owned by Nuno Mendes, the Michelin starred Chef.  

Alicia Loates why work for SRM
Alicia Loates, Senior Consultant, Finance

Run your own business

We expect everyone to operate their own part of the business and each SRM consultant is really motivated by that. Once consultants are given real freedom, they feel they have a stake in the business and their achievements become more rewarding.

Get back to real recruitment

We hire experienced consultants and support them day to day to build lasting relationships with clients and candidates. There are no outside distractions, everyone continues to learn from the team around them. Management at SRM is about mentoring, suggesting and leading, not hands-on training of unqualified personnel. You have time for what really counts: your clients and candidates. 

Why work at SRM now, when the market is in flux?

We are an established business with repeat clients and a strong foundation. Clients say to me that they like our honesty and transparency, they trust us. They appreciate the advice we give, not solely our ability to deliver and that’s why we’ve been successful. 

We focus on finance, tax, public practice and wealth management recruitment – all are doing well, including interim and temp. There’s huge scope for continued growth and expansion, both in our core teams, new disciplines and geographies. We want to hear from consultants who believe they deserve a broader market to succeed in, fewer operators, more clients.

We have discovered challenges such as Brexit don’t duly concern us; we are nimble and flexible, we work internationally, able to change tack and adapt quickly with continuous growth and success.

Tom Barlow why work for SRM
Tom Barlow, Senior Consultant, Finance

Who does well at SRM?

Capable recruiters do well as they gain access to a much bigger market than they are used to, and it’s their own to develop. Those who bring positivity and want to be part of the SRM community will also enjoy working here. If you want to be rewarded for your efforts whilst working in a warm team atmosphere, this is the right place for you.

We are looking for consultants who are ready to take on individual responsibility as we don’t focus on KPIs, it’s more about achieving the broad objectives for your part of the business. 

What are your aims for the business? 

To keep building on our strong foundations. There really is scope to more than double our market and income over the next couple of years as we expand our core businesses and open offices in new regions.

Andrew Setchell, CEO, SRM Recruitment

Why work for SRM Recruitment: 10 reasons

  1. Transparent, individual commission
  2. Relaxed but industrious environment
  3. Individual responsibility focus, not KPI driven
  4. Work with experienced recruiters
  5. Face-time with the leadership team
  6. Clear and fair
  7. Flexible
  8. Have a say in the direction of the business
  9. Your future is in your hands, not someone else’s
  10. Access to all the recruitment tools you desire

Read our work for us section to find out more about careers in recruitment with SRM Recruitment.  

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