Over the past year, I helped three IT companies search for financiers in Kharkov. It was a good fifty resumes and a couple of dozen interviews.
The most of them fit into two clear options.
Financiers who work now in small and medium-sized firms. As a rule, they came to an empty place and brought order to it. They started payment systems, opened accounts in Latvia and the USA, chose an accounting system, made a form of a profit report, started and brought budgeting and analytics to mind. They are ready to repeat it from the scratch.
The downside is that they did what the boss wants and the way they understand. They never had an external audit and no one told them how to actually do it and why.
They have below average English and below average corporate standards. They rarely calculate balance sheet and even less often check themselves regularly. As a rule, they do not have a set of instructions and their experience is difficult to scale.
But they can be taken right now to an unprepared place and they will put order on it.
Financiers from international companies.
They have good English and understanding of the best standards. They know how to make appointments in the Google Calendar and do not forget to send meeting minutes after the meeting. They have good professional certificates and international terminology. They work with best programs, such as SAP or MS Dynamics.
Is it too good to be true?
The fact is that they have been doing the same operation for years, written in detailed instructions and pictures, and restricted for any letter shifted in the report. The shifted letter is solved at the level of Kiev. When they start to go crazy with boredom, they are put on another such operation.
Balance? Well, their PL report was made not by the head of the local branch, nor even by the Kiev office, but by someone from the parent company in Switzerland or the Netherlands. And the balance are done by auditors from Ernst and Yang.
Yes, and they have been beating off initiative all this time, and in the end, with rare exception, they are beaten off. There is an operation from these to these, for which they are responsible, and then someone else must answer.
For them, you need to prepare the environment, place and interfaces of interaction with other people in the company.
Next, customers had to choose what was needed in this case, class and obedience, or initiative and ability to plug holes. There is either this or that on the market.