Investing in Specialism
The Buy-Side Accounting & Finance Recruiters
Michael Muir, Founder
It has been 18 years and I’m still fascinated by recruitment.
Because delivering successful recruitment services is both a science and an art, as well as each situation being unique.
When done well, it positively impacts many lives, so it remains a cause I will be engaged in for as long as I am able.
When done poorly, it creates more damage than most think, particularly when factoring in opportunity cost and team moral.
Even so mis-hires are understandable given recruiting the best is competitive, nuanced and too often slow. Which can lead to compromised hires born out of necessity or frustration.
Leaders share stories of shortlists lacking quality, candidates not engaged in the process, or a poor cultural fit.
It’s a longstanding and complicated problem showing no sign of easing, even in 2023.
And I’ve found there is no silver bullet.
Instead, I have discovered a set of strategies, processes and values that improve recruitment outcomes significantly.
This has led to me being an agent of choice, successfully solving challenging recruitment issues for leaders from large corporates through to ambitious SMBs.
My aim is to continue with passion, integrating innovation into recruitment, without letting go of the fundamentals that work.
Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with, met, or had in-depth conversations with so far.
I’m excited to collaborate with both new and old in the future.
Hyper specialised, enabling intelligent insight and class lead talent acquisition
Exhaustive market mapping and analysis, creative headhunting combined with rigorous vetting
We balance your time to hire against acceptable risk, ensuring the optimal service delivered
Tailored recruitment solutions balancing time to hire against acceptable risk, ensuring optimal service is delivered
Our most comprehensive and detailed search with the highest level of service available. Up to 6 weeks of headhunting, increased levels of vetting, testing and progress reports. Assuring exceptional shortlists and de-risking the process as much as possible.
A creative and intense headhunt campaign unlocking the often higher quality ‘passive’ audience and resulting in multiple top calibre candidates, who are expertly matched. Bringing search methodology to contingent engagements.
Our expedient offering aimed at securing high calibre talent, quickly. You will have less comparison of candidates on the shortlist and less time invested into the headhunting campaign, but still gain access to our innovative Talent I.D. methodologies. For when time is of the essence.
Why Use BSR?
We achieve world-class shortlists, in record time, at a competitive price with a high level of service.
- Tailored Recruitment Solutions
- Transparent Pricing Structure
- ‘Talent Vetting’ (see Talent I.D.)
- ‘Talent Foresight’ (see Talent I.D.)
- 90% of market already mapped! (see Talent I.D.)
- Holistic specifications
- Buy Side Accounting Only
- Increases % of community with relationships
- Targeted, resonating headhunt campaigns
- Knowledgeable career Advice
- Abreast of industry news
- Nuances and technicalities understood
- Passive Talent Pipelines
- Gender diversity insights
- Ethnic minority insights
- Future Leader mapping
- Skill gap assessment
- Competitor analysis
But don’t just take his word for it!
Here are what some of our clients have to say..
I worked with Michael on a number of Finance roles. I found him to be diligent and he showed perseverance with often tricky roles. His knowledge and advice on candidates and the market would help me as an HR Business Partner, set realistic expectations when working with the hiring manager. He is personable and very approachable and it was a pleasure working with him.
— HR Business Partner
Global Asset Manager
As a client; Michael always makes the extra effort to ensure he clearly understands the candidate requirements, both in terms of experience and skills required and also the team fit, personalty and softer skills to ensure a correct and diligent candidate search. CVs are accompanied by considered summaries of each profile and why they may be the right fit. As a candidate: Mike spends the time upfront understanding the candidate’s short to long term career trajectory and industry preferences so that arising opportunities can be accurately mapped. Mike always provides valuable insights throughout the process.
— Head of Finance
Having worked with Michael for over five years, it is clear he brings trust, experience and strategic insight to an industry that has the reputation to sometimes lack all three. He has built strong relationships with all his clients through these building blocks, putting him in a unique position to advise on more than just recruitment. A unique and refreshing approach to recruitment.
— Finance Director
I have worked with Michael as both a candidate and client. From both perspectives he quickly develops a practical understanding of my requirements and always delivers a range of strong candidates or roles in top companies, alongside refreshingly honest advice.
— Portfolio Manager
Global PE Infrastructure
With many recruitment / search firms you often feel your CV is processed and prospects outlined with a ‘paint by numbers’ mentality. Michael takes a far more creative approach. He stood out for me as someone who genuinely took time to understand my market proposition, and provided very honest counsel both at a strategic level, as well as imparting useful tactical level feedback. Time spent with Michael will be time well spent in your job search.
— CFO / COO
European Property Investment Manager
We retained Michael to build a Commercial Finance Division from scratch and we enjoyed working with him throughout. He made it easy for us to trust that he would deliver, and he did to a high standard. It was a combination of a clearly set out process from the start, which had many evaluation points. And his ability to accurately assess and reach out to his commercial finance networks quickly and with great results.
— Head of Finance
Listed Wealth Manager
Michael was instrumental in securing my current role, and was a stand-out recruiter from the start. He showed a thorough, knowledgeable, and strategic understanding of the requirements both of the role and my career needs. This was particularly true with regards to the medium to long term view and the process of offer and negotiation of compensation. I value him as a long term City contact.
Asset Manager of Global Bank