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Recruitment of an Accountant

How we recruited an Accountant for a specialist drilling company

Our client

Our client is a specialist water well drilling company. Their customers range from major mining companies to small environmental organisations.

  • Location - Perth, WA
  • Industry - water drilling
  • Size - 30 employees

They were seeking an experienced Accountant for a standalone role, to help manage their growing workload.

We applied our three-phase service delivery model for this recruitment drive.

Video job advertisement

Social media algorithms favour videos over still content, so we create video advertisements for all vacancies to help source our candidates.

We take full advantage of this unique and highly effective form of candidate sourcing in order to reach the right candidate at the right time. 

We post our videos on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. They are posted on these platforms 10-20 times, based on relevance. Our videos typically receive over 1,000 views within the first 24 hours.


Job advertisement

We constantly refresh, rewrite and reformat our job advertisements to optimise the quality of applications received. Our approach is aggressive - we post around 20 advertisements for every permanent job. Advertisements are posted on:

  • Job boards - Seek, Adzuna, Glassdoor, Indeed and Jora
  • Social media - LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • 11 Recruitment's website

On average, our advertisements receive over 100 applications and perform well above the market benchmark for Seek, shown in this graph.

Accountant

  • MYOB - AR/AP - general ledger operations - reconciliations - fixed assets
  • Payroll - 50 staff - month end process - prepare financial reports
  • South of Fremantle - commence ASAP

The role

We are looking for an Accountant to assist the General Manager and Administration Accounts team that has seen a huge growth in the business and need some assistance to get the workload into order.

The duties for this position will include:

  • Processing weekly payroll and monthly super payments for 40 staff
  • AP and AR, general ledger operations, reconciliations and MYOB cashbook maintenance 
  • Supporting the General Manager with end-of-month processes
  • Utilising financial data to prepare financial reports 
  • Assisting with the preparation of budgets and forecasts 
  • Assisting with preparation and lodgement of BAS and payroll tax returns
  • Maintaining the fixed asset registers 
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required

About you

This is a standalone role with broad responsibilities. It would suit an experienced Accountant or Financial Controller who has a sound understanding of financial management, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow, reporting and HR.

The successful candidate will need:

  • Previous payroll experience - ideally MYOB Premier 19
  • CA/CPA qualification - or be working towards it
  • Mining, engineering or construction experience
  • Experience working with a ERP system
  • Intermediate computer skills - MYOB, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook 
  • Excellent communication skills

About the client

Our client is a well-respected drilling company, with contracts all over Australia. Their promise is to provide efficient and professional services for all drilling and sampling requirements across Australia. 

They pride themselves on being an ISO-accredited company, with an approachable management team and a dynamic workforce. They are seeking an experienced Accountant to take care of financial management in their Perth branch.

Assessment Matrix design

Our in-house designed, custom made software generates an Assessment Matrix, which is our blueprint for the recruitment process. Our process consists of screening, interviews, document verification, skills testing, personality profiling and reference checks.

Ticks indicate the point at which each criteria is addressed. More importance criteria are checked multiple times throughout the recruitment process.

Selection criteria

Screen

Interview

Docs.

Profiling

Refs.

Education






CA / CPA qualification




Experience






Payroll for 40 staff - MYOB desirable



Mining / engineering / construction



ERP system



AP and AR



General ledger operations



Reconciliations



MYOB cashbook maintenance



Financial report preparation



BAS returns



Preparing and lodging payroll tax return



Other






Microsoft Office - advanced




Discrepancy investigation



Meet statutory and internal deadlines



Accurate data entry; attention to detail




Can apply technical equipment in the production process



Verify LinkedIn vs CV



Accept expected salary ($75k)



Previous warning of termination?



Will you pass a drug test?



Behaviour






Dominance - 60%




Influence - 55%




Steadiness - 27%




Compliance - 51%




Forms signed






Health / police check





Signed document - tell the truth





Docs verified






Driver’s licence




Citizen AU / NZ or PR




DISC profiling

Similar to people, jobs have their own behavioural profile that is based on duties, environment and communication. We create a profile for every job vacancy, enabling us to match an applicant's behaviour against that of a specific role.

We use DISC, which examines the following attributes:

  • Dominance - accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence - persuading others, openness, dependability
  • Steadiness - cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Compliance - quality, accuracy, expertise

DISC profile - Accountant

Accountant

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Results

Our aim is to produce a strong shortlist by sourcing widely. We measure every stage in our recruitment process to ensure we meet this key objective.

Our service comes with an extended 18-month replacement guarantee. This guarantee means our interests are mutually aligned - to recruit high achievers who will excel and stay.

Applications received

68


Interviewed by 11 Recruitment

13


Shortlisted

7


Interviewed by client

5


Hired

1

Feedback

"Ashleigh was fantastic and kept us in the loop during the whole process, provided detailed information about the candidates and keep searching until we were totally satisfied with the individual we finally employed.

A very pleasant experience for us as business owners and a great company to deal with."

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Christian Madsen | Managing Director

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