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Case Study: Ambitious about Autism

Finding an experienced accountant for national autism charity

Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, combines a nationwide awareness-raising agenda with the provision of two schools and a college for young people with autism in North London. Altum helped the charity replace an experienced Financial Accountant at short notice.

The challenge: filling a vacated finance role in both the short and long term

When Ambitious about Autism, a charity with a turnover of over £14m, found themselves in need of an experienced Financial Accountant to replace a staff member who left at short notice, the challenge was twofold. In the short term, they needed someone to cover the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of the role. In the longer term, they needed an experienced hand to guide the charity in a rapidly changing and increasingly commercialised sector.

Constrained by both cost and location, they engaged Altum to help them find suitable candidates.

The solution: Altum provides interim cover while working on a shortlist of permanent candidates

Having agreed to work on the role on an exclusive basis, Altum’s far-reaching network in finance and accountancy enabled us to quickly compile a shortlist of high-calibre candidates from the local area to interview for the interim position. Due to budgetary constraints, the charity made this interim role a part-time one.

After three interviews for the interim vacancy, an experienced and reliable candidate known to us for many years was offered the position and accepted.

The results: interim Financial Accountant persuaded to go permanent

The interim started the following week and immediately began impressing his line manager. The following month, after a proactive and rigorous campaign to attract and screen a roster of high-calibre candidates, Altum submitted a shortlist for the permanent role – a full-time position.

But so pleased was the charity with the performance of the interim candidate, it was clear that an attempt had to be made to convince him to consider applying for the permanent role, even though he had not originally been looking for a full-time position. Altum’s charity finance lead Robbie Anderson and the candidate’s line manager entered discussions with him, which were successful and the interim candidate decided to apply for the permanent role, despite the fact it was a full-time role and he’d previously only been seeking part-time.

Once again, three interviews were arranged, and an offer was made to the candidate covering the interim role. He became permanent almost immediately. Ambitious about Autism were very happy with all the candidates submitted, and are very pleased with their new, full-time Financial Accountant.