Successful Finance launch speeds up expansion into Switzerland
Since launch, our Netherlands Finance Division has enjoyed considerable success with clients, providing a complimentary service to our existing IT offer. The team has been working with several clients on a variety of staffing projects that have included sourcing talented consultants, implementing structural changes and advisory services aimed at increasing efficiency.
Positive client feedback, the early success of the Netherlands operation, extremely strong half year results for the Zurich office and existing demand from clients in Switzerland were all factors which helped Mike Garlick, Group CEO, decide to bring forward the Zurich launch.
“IT and Finance are becoming more and more interlinked. As departments, they increasingly have shared goals and objectives, require overlapping skill sets and are dependent on the support and co-operation of colleagues more than ever before.
I am delighted that Patrick Lenz, who heads up our Zurich office, will be taking personal responsibility for delivering an exceptional service to Finance Division clients. We have also taken on additional Finance specialists to boost his team and assist him as he develops this area.”
Initial Finance projects will come from expanding our mandate with existing clients who are already familiar with the quality of service that we provide. After the first six months or so, we are anticipating that further growth will be achieved by bringing on board new clients from a range of industry sectors.
Experience to date in the Netherlands has proved that the demarcation between responsibilities that fall within the Finance department and the IT department is becoming increasingly blurred. Flip van Eijndhoven, who heads up the Netherlands team says:
“Now, we are having strategic discussions with clients as to where certain roles and responsibilities lie within an organization. For example, Risk Analysts contribute to the debate on the Finance side, using business modeling to assess various scenarios. Yet they also need an in depth understanding of the IT systems and capabilities of a business – the lines cross over so much, there is a strong case for this role to sit with either department.”
Mike has plans to continue to diversify the offering from each of the European, Asian and Australian offices as opportunities arise.