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Beating Bowel Cancer

bbcBackground and challenge
Beating Bowel Cancer is a UK charity based in Teddington. As part of a five year plan, an interim finance director was required. Due to the seniority and short term of the post it was proving a challenge to find the right calibre of candidate for the period needed.


  • Hays built a micro site to support the reach of the opportunity.
  • The position was advertised on and other relevant job boards.
  • Email shots were sent to suitable candidates on the Hays' database with the link to the micro site.
  • Candidates were invited to have an informal conversation with the Hays consultant managing the recruitment process, which afforded Hays the opportunity to promote the brief to people who were “passively” looking for a new opportunity.


  • Consultants in Hays’s network were made aware of the opportunities and marketed the roles to relevant candidates.
  • Hays attend networking events, such as the Charity Finance Director Group annual conference to promote the opportunities like this within the charities sector.

Interview process

  • Hays conducted in depth competency-based interviews for the post, using four key competencies.
  • Candidates were then short listed based on their scores.
  • The list was presented to the chief executive with a synopsis of each person.
  • The lead Hays consultant also sat on the interview panel to offer an independent view of each candidate.

The result
Hays delivered a shortlist from which the client had three options he would of appointed for the interim finance director position. The successful appointment was made and the candidate was able to start within six weeks of the advert being placed by Hays. The feedback since the appointment has been very positive and the chief executive would have no hesitation in working with Hays on future vacancies.

“Hays really delivered for Beating Bowel Cancer. We needed a top class candidate to fill a critical role. Hays delivered an outstanding short list from which could easily have appointed three. The process they put in place was thorough and insightful, having taken the time to learn our very specific needs and then presenting a shortlist that was exactly right.” Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive.