Case Study

Financial Controller — Global Asset Management Firm

Results at a Glance

  • Financial Controller (12-month Contract)

Focus Areas

  • Finance


This global asset management firm has been managing assets around the world for over a century. With around $200 billion in assets under its management, it focuses on property, renewable energy, infrastructure and private equity. To manage these portfolios efficiently and effectively, it relies on hiring talent of the highest calibre.

The company needed to fill a very unique position with very specific requirements. Following the resignation of the financial controller for the real estate business, the company wanted to promote one if its own financial consultants, but the candidate was not ready to transition immediately.

Therefore, they sought a contractor to provide mentorship and fill the skills gap in the interim. These qualifications were further complicated by the fact that the contractor was only required for three to four days per week. Finding an eligible candidate who would be willing to work part time under a year-long contract would be difficult – particularly since the company maintains the highest standards and wanted a contractor with experience in the real estate sector.


The asset management firm turned to Aston Carter for help recruiting for this role, having worked with the agency over the years. Aston Carter understood the unique requirements for this position and leveraged a number of resources to locate a candidate with the right level of seniority, industry experience and willingness to be contracted for a long-term, part-time position.

Through database searches, network conversations and online career portals, the Aston Carter team was able to locate a great candidate. Strategies were tailored to this specific search by drawing on insights into the type of workers who might fit the very specific job description. For instance, Aston Carter utilised specialist websites for professional mothers.

The search found a strong candidate who was CA-qualified and had previous experience within the real estate division of a bank. She also fit the part-time requirements perfectly: Currently on maternity leave, she wanted to go back to work for only three to four days per week, and her previous employer was uncertain it could accommodate the arrangement. Aston Carter obtained her permission to do a reference check and then presented her to our client.


The company and the candidate both felt that a good match had been made, and the controller accepted the position for a year-long contract. Six months into the arrangement, they are very pleased with both her work and the progress of the internal employee who is due to be promoted to the controller position permanently.

The asset management firm is so satisfied with the contractor’s skill set and competency that they are now discussing potential opportunities for her elsewhere in the business after the contract expires.

As a whole, this placement is an excellent example of how a deep understanding of the client’s business and its unique requirements can lead to an excellent fit for both circumstances and culture. By using a variety of channels to locate the ideal candidate, Aston Carter was able to place someone who now may have a long-term career in the company – certainly a win-win for both parties.