• The Acuity Method •


The Acuity Method™ validates the technical competencies of financial professionals.

For FDs and CFOs this includes validation across the Five Dimensions explored in ‘The 5D FD’.

For Financial Controllers skills are assessed across Excel, accounting fundamentals, accounting standards, software literacy, management reporting, process improvement, systems implementation, modelling, forecasting, projects and financial planning and analysis.

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Bad hires are avoidable

Candidate “A” and Candidate “B” both had impressive CVs and communicated well. However, their capabilities are very different as evidenced by their Acuity Method™ reports.

• John Smith •

ACA Qualified, 4 years experienced Financial Controller.
  • Managed a small team
  • Contract negotiation skills
  • Advanced Excel
  • Strong modelling and forecasting

• Joe Phillips •

ACA Qualified, 4 years experienced Financial Controller.
  • Managed a small team
  • Contract negotiation skills
  • Advanced Excel
  • Strong modelling and forecasting

• WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? •

If you were considering these two candidates, both with great experience, qualifications and fit. How would you differentiate between them?

Chances are you would place them at an equal footing in terms of their qualifications and use factors such as their interpersonal skills or work experience to be the deciding factor.

Excel 50%
Hand on Working 30%
Reporting 60%
Contract Negotiation 60%
Modelling 25%
Managed a Team 25%
Excel 80%
Hand on Working 90%
Reporting 70%
Contract Negotiation 90%
Modelling 70%
Managed a Team 50%

This Acuity Method™ report shows each candidates’ skills with regards to the attributes that have been assessed for this role. In this example it has been established that Joe Phillips has the better technical skill set for the role.

Use The Acuity Method™ as a service to supplement your recruitment processes. We will assess and validate the skills of the candidates your own processes have identified. Use The Acuity Method™ to assess your finance team members in their current roles, or whether they have the skills to step up to the next role. Our feedback and report can be input into their respective development plans.