Interim Operations Director and Chief Financial Officer

The client:Interim Operations Director and CFO

A NSW State Government Department.

The brief:

The Department was going through significant rounds of reform processes and the incumbent CFO had successfully secured a CEO appointment in another department and was leaving the current organisation with very short notice.

The CEO briefed Watermark and was keen for us to identify an Operations Director and CFO who had significant Public Sector experience especially familiar with probity, governance, risk and relationships associated with working with government. In addition, ideally a CFO who also had commercial experience of working with facilities planning, Public, Private partnerships and with a consultative style and strong empathy to manage a team who had already been through significant changes in what had been a very stable environment for many years.

Watermark solution:

Watermark provided a shortlist of appropriate experienced CFO’s with relevant backgrounds within one week of the brief. The CEO followed up with meetings with two of the shortlisted candidates and successfully appointed the preferred candidate to the interim assignment.

The outcome:

The successful candidate was appointed to the interim role and was able to effect an immediate high level of engagement with the team based on his past similar experience. He quickly established trust with the CEO, Executive team and other internal and external key stakeholders.

For more information, contact Danny Hodgson via email or on +61 2 9233 1200