Success! – Senior HR Recruitment

Artis HR Case Studies

Divisional HR Director, £125k+bens, global Financial Services brand

The problem 

The past few years have proved very interesting times for the financial services world, with tough market conditions forcing consolidation, restructuring and repurposing for many organisations. It was within this context that a global FS client came to us with a pressing need for a new Divisional HR Director; someone with deep expertise around people change, clear gravitas and a breadth of experience from both within and outside the sector. A tough role but we rose to the challenge…

What we did

This assignment was managed on a retained basis, ensuring we could clear the decks and focus on what was a critical hire for our client. Whilst our own network is very strong at this level we wanted to make sure we’d scoured the whole market for any and every possible candidate. A formal search was conducted by our own in-house team of researchers (using a wide range of media and bespoke search tools), to identify not just those senior people in similar roles but, specifically, those people who’d had direct, recent, relevant experience within similar contexts. This detailed search meant we’d identify people with all the right attributes to land quickly and effectively in the new role.


At the end of a lengthy search and numerous face to face meetings up and down the country, we delivered a comprehensive market report, shortlist and clear set of recommendations to the client. Their own recruitment process was also very thorough, including board level meetings overseas, and an offer of £125k + benefits was finally made to a truly outstanding candidate. We were keen to ensure that all candidates had a good experience throughout, and both client and candidate feedback was very positive. An enjoyable, if challenging assignment!

OUR CLIENT SAID: “Following a restructure we required a strong new HR Director to shape and lead the division into the future. Artis delivered a very strong shortlist, the result of much hard work and effort. We would happily recommend Artis and their approach.” Global Resourcing Lead, Financial Brand

THE CANDIDATE SAID: “Huw clearly knew his client well and provided me with an excellent brief. The process was demanding but the role and challenge sounded fantastic; I was put through my paces but happily I secured a job I’m really loving!” Divisional HR Director, Financial Brand