• The Acuity Method TM

Founded in 2007, Acuity Associates’ mission is to strengthen finance teams through the application of The Acuity MethodTM. The Acuity MethodTM  validates accountants technical skills as explored in our White Paper ‘The 5D FD‘ i.e. their ability to be effective in their roles and facilitate better decision making.

The Acuity Method™ ensures that the candidates presented to clients have the required skills reducing the risk of hiring an Finance Director or CFO that are missing the competencies required for a particular business. Acuity’s extensive benchmarking shows that only 1 out of 10 Finance Director or CFO candidates have the right skills for emerging mid market businesses.

Using The Acuity MethodTM  we have assembled a pool of talented Finance Directors and CFOs whose skills include readying business for sale or other corporate events (e.g. taking on a strategic investor).

Our Associates are placed in our clients’ offices, supplementing their existing team, to focus on the business’ readiness for the transaction, preparing high quality data rooms and enhanced reporting  to the standard required.  Our clients report that our Associates add value beyond these specific tasks; they bring their experience to bear on all aspects and often identify areas for improvement in the client’s process and systems.

We provide skills-validated candidates for Companies and Private Equity Houses:

  • FDs for PE portfolio companies
  • Interim FDs readying businesses for sale
  • Interim FDs to cover sickness and absence or fill a gap between roles
  • Part time FDs for SMEs

Financial Controllers for all the above.

“Acuity provided us with a Finance Director who has been helping us with all aspects of the business routing back to finance. His experience and expertise have helped us strengthen our processes, systems and KPIs.

We are better informed and making better decisions as a consequence. We would not hesitate to recommend Acuity.”

Leon Gauhman: We are Hive

Consulting and Assessment

We also provide The Acuity MethodTM as a consulting service to compliment a client’s recruitment process by reporting on their candidates’ skills against our benchmark, to assess an existing team’s competence and to identify future high flyers. Our Assessments and Consulting Services cover the following roles:

  • Finance Directors / CFOs
  • Financial Controllers
  • Management Accountants
  • Bookkeepers

Our new White Paper ‘5D FD – Benchmarking the 5 Dimensional Finance Director’ explores ‘what outstanding looks like’ and confronts the modern FD / CFOs’ roles in meeting and adapting to key business challenges. Please click here to read more.