The joy of finance is that you are able to work in many different sectors across your career.

The modern finance department are viewed as business partners rather than back room bean counters. We need to be accurate, process driven and aware of deadlines; but curiosity, the need to be able to analyse data and communicate ideas are now paramount. Finance is challenging but hard work usually pays off in an interesting and rewarding career.


Debra Schneider, Finance Director, South Downs Leisure

Market overview

The market for commerce and industry positions is tough. Whilst opportunities exist at all levels, there is increased competition for these opportunities. Unlike the candidate driven professional services sector where hires can be made providing there's a good business case to do so, for vacancies to exist within the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, there needs to be an opening before the recruitment process can commence.

In most case, we experience high numbers in applications for in-house finance roles, so you may find you’re not the only one in reception waiting for your interview. In this more candidate saturated market, our job is to ensure that you stand out amongst the crowd. Working in most cases as the sole recruiter - and more often the retained agent - means that we fully understand the requirement leading to a positive outcome for all parties and can invest time to getting you to the finish line first.

If you don't see a vacancy which matches your skill set or preferred location, then please contact George or Alex to discuss how we can approach our established network on a confidential basis.

Our coverage of commerce & industry

There are no geographical, sector, or grade restrictions to where Harvey John recruit within the accountancy and finance market. From Brighton to London, Accounts Assistant to Finance Manager, the depth of knowledge enables our Commercial Finance consultants to present a bredth of opportunities to our candidates.

With a client base that ranges from owner-managed businesses, SMEs, and startups to FTSE250 and Fortune 500 organisations, we're engaged to recruit for the full range of opportunities across the the finance department.

These include:

  • Transactional Finance
  • Systems
  • Newly Qualified
  • Commercial Finance & Analytical
  • Senior Finance

Whether you’re making that first step in your finance career, progressing with your professional studies, progressing through the ranks of management and responsibility, or in a position of leadership, as you build on your career our highly experienced consultants can guide you at every stage.

  • Finance Director | Sussex based charity
  • Finance Manager  | Award winning construction business
  • Non Exec Director (Audit / Risk) | Leading insurer
  • Finance Manager | Tech Startup
  • Commercial Financial Accountant | Specialist building manufacturer
  • Payroll Manager | Leading UK private school
  • Finance Assistant | Software Startup
  • Business Analyst | Award winning specialist manufacturer
  • Group Financial Controller | Independent brewery and pub management business
  • Internal Audit Manager | Multi-national private equity firm
  • Finance Lead | FinTech
  • Management Accountant | E-learning provider
  • Legal Cashier | Legal 500 law firm

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