During a relationship now spanning around 18 years, I have called upon Mike’s and Dan’s wise counsel at a number of critical junctures in my career. Their concern to make sure that you make the right career decisions is quite unusual in my experience, and it’s no surprise that they take the same degree of care when recruiting someone for you. You can trust these guys and they’ll always tell it you the way it is.
We instructed MDM to search for an Associate Director for our Manchester team. MDM followed the brief with great care and dedication, and demonstrated an expert knowledge of the North West Corporate Finance market. The recruitment process was extremely efficient, with a strong short list which enabled us to fill this key position quickly.
Having recently qualified as an ACA I was at an important decision point in my career – to stay in practice or move into industry? With so many options open to me I needed some sound guidance in formulating my career plans. I was a little apprehensive in talking to a recruitment consultant at this critical stage of my career but my meeting with MDM was incredibly helpful. They listened to my thoughts, understood my skill sets and then gave me the perspective and insight to enable me to reach my own informed decision in setting career goals which suited me. I decided to stay at Deloitte and focus on developing my career in the Audit practice. MDM’s advice was refreshingly honest and objective (they didn’t earn a fee for me staying at Deloitte!). As a result I would refer any recently qualified accountant considering their career options to them without hesitation – they’re really bothered that you should make the right career decision!
When Eric Wright Group had a requirement to make a key hire of a Group Financial Controller who had the potential to quickly step up to Group Finance Director, we wanted to work with an expert who could comb the market for the best and brightest talent. Mike ran an excellent, professional process resulting in an outstanding appointment who has quickly stepped up into the Group Finance Director role as we had hoped. We were delighted with the service Mike provided and I can provide no better testimony than the fact that we have since used him again for another senior finance role with the same success. I can strongly recommend him.
Recruiting new people provides us with the best opportunity to improve our team but it is also risky, as a bad hire can have completely the opposite effect. Therefore the choice of recruitment consultant is one of our biggest decisions. I used Mike in a newly qualified search, partly owing to his intimate knowledge of the North West market, but more importantly because of the long standing relationship we have and the trust this relationship has fostered. He challenged our pre-conceptions and tailored the search to our needs. We interviewed an excellent shortlist and are very satisfied with our hire. We will be working together again in the future.
From day one of the recruitment process MDM’s input proved invaluable. Understanding how my experience and career ambitions linked with the opportunities available resulted in several fantastic roles being offered. Securing employment in a competitive environment whilst being part-qualified is a testament to MDM’s local knowledge and work ethic, for which I would thoroughly recommend the MDM team to my peers.
My decision to leave Big 4 practice was a significant decision for me to take and Daniel’s wise counsel was greatly appreciated. I communicated my own ideas of what environment I wanted to work in from which Daniel took on board my ambitions and through his excellent knowledge of the NW Corporate Finance market and key personnel was able to articulate the best options. Throughout the process, from interview preparation to gathering feedback, Daniel was readily available to chat through any thoughts or issues I had and ultimately I have been very happy with the move that I have made. It was clear that Daniel places great emphasis on doing the right thing for both candidate and client and endeavoured to find the right fit for me. I’d recommend Daniel and MDM to anyone in finance looking to assess their career options.
Replacing our retiring Finance Director of 35 years was always going to be a critically important appointment for us so we needed a recruitment partner who could grasp the personal dynamics of our Board as well as the technical skills needed for the role. MDM listened carefully to us, understood us, challenged our thinking and helped us to form a view as to the right kind of character and experience to suit our business and its plans for the future. They then delivered a first class shortlist and supported us through to the appointment of a Finance Director whom we continue to be delighted with. A fantastic customer experience!
I needed a recruiter who would find me the best talent in the market with the minimum of fuss. MDM listened to the brief and enhanced it through their knowledge of the market, then delivered me a small handful of candidates of a consistently high calibre, all of whom were a good fit. What a luxury! We made a great appointment and MDM is a business I trust and would not hesitate to use again.
Mike Mesrie is a rare find in recruitment: someone who can take a brief and manage the whole process with a refreshing candour and skill. No avalanche of CVs from him, just a shortlist of good prospects. A very easy recommendation.