Recruitment of a Financial Controller

How we recruited a Financial Controller for a mining and metals company

Our client

Our client is an integrated manganese and silicon metals company. They are engaged in the business of mining and trading ores, as well as the smelting and marketing of processed ferroalloys.

  • Location - West Perth, WA
  • Industry - mining and metals
  • Size - 350 employees

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.

Financial Controller - Mining

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.

Financial Controller

  • Permanent full-time role offering attractive salary
  • Key role supporting the CFO
  • Strong team-based culture

The role

Our client is looking to strengthen their senior leadership team with the addition of a passionate and inspirational Financial Controller. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, you will lead an established finance team who are passionate and motivated to drive the business forward.

The duties for this role will include:

  • Leading / managing the transactional finance team
  • Preparing statutory reporting
  • Coordinating, preparing and executing internal and external audits and reviews
  • Supporting and managing month-end and year-end processes
  • Conducting monthly operational and financial reporting
  • Conducting half and full-year reconciliations - impairment assessments, revenue adjustments
  • Conducting financial data analysis and reporting on KPIs
  • Managing day-to-day financial transactions, including quality control and data integrity
  • Maintaining and reviewing cash flow
  • Internal control - enforcing, implementing and improving
  • Providing operational financial support to the various department heads
  • Assessing and implementing new accounting standards
  • Assisting the CFO with preparation and management of tax, budgeting, forecasting, and royalty-related matters

About you

This role will suit an experienced Financial Controller who has a sound understanding of financial management, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow, and reporting.

The successful candidate will have:

  • CA / CPA qualification
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills
  • Demonstrated experience in ownership of statutory reporting
  • Leadership / management experience

About our client

Our client is an integrated manganese mining business and has an established history of over 20 years in the industry. They are also listed on the ASX and capture value across the entire process chain through operations in Australia and other countries.

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




Skill test




CA / CPA qualification


Ownership of statutory reporting

Transactional finance team management

Audit / review coordination, preparation and execution

Month / year-end process management

Monthly operational and financial reporting

Half / full-year reconciliations

Quality control / data integrity

Cash flow maintenance and review

Implementation and assessment of new accounting standards

Stable work history


Microsoft Excel - intermediate

Work from home

Verify LinkedIn vs CV

Accept expected salary range ($150k)

Previous warning of termination?


Dominance - 60%

Influence - 45%

Steadiness - 39%

Compliance - 47%

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 - Financial Controller

This role will require a person who is able to accept personal responsibility for achieving the desired outcomes required by the job. The ability to manage and direct others will also form an important aspect of the role. The individual will need to be able to concentrate on the practical aspects of the role and assess the facts rationally, without allowing personal views to impede progress.

The person in this position needs to be very much task-focused and unconcerned with what people think of them. They will need to be happy to work independently and not to be inclined to seek recognition for their achievements through praise from peers and management.


The role requires someone who is a specialist in the field and is able to operate independent of guidance from management and colleagues. They will be driven to achieve the outcomes of the role efficiently and their satisfaction will come from the achievement of the goal or task at hand. It goes without saying that the person will need to have the skills for the role, which will affect on their ability to get the job done effectively.

The role requires an individual who will demonstrate an analytical approach to complex problems, and is able to display an efficient and results-oriented style.

While this type of person will display an understanding and acceptance of the motivations of others, they must possess the ability to take a neutral stance when persuasion fails and make tough decisions, which might be seen to be unpopular.

The person will like precision and order and ensure the rules and procedures are followed and they will be fussy about the detail and ensuring accuracy in what they do and what is done for them. They like their work environment structured and will document clearly in order to ensure effective communication.

They will need to be objective in their approach where they may for example manage an Information System requiring them to be impartial and objective yet meticulous in what they do.

While this role requires an individual who is able to give careful consideration to problems that may arise and not make rushed decision, there may be times when the role will require a more dynamic approach. The individual will therefore, need to be able to reach a point of view as well as communicating it effectively.

Financial Controller

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C


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.

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Applications received


Interviewed by 11 Recruitment




Interviewed by client





"Christian is an extremely professional, supportive and driven leader with a keen understanding for recruiting and client relations.

His work ethic, communication, and consistency are key facets in the excellent results found at 11 Recruitment.

His guidance and supervision are apparent when seeing the desire to constantly improve and provide positive experiences across the entirety of the team."

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