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Wernick Group, Finance Director

The Wernick Group of companies has a proud history stretching back to 1934, starting as a maker of poultry crates to becoming Britain’s largest independent manufacturer and hirer of portable and modular accommodation. The business has grown from £21m turnover in 1992 to £90m+ in 2014 due to vigorous expansion through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth.


The brief

We were introduced to David Wernick, Chairman of the Group through Grant Thornton as the current Finance Director was retiring after being with the Group for more than 20 years. This was a tough challenge for Wernick as they had not recruited for this position for a number of years and they were losing exceptional knowledge of the business. We were tasked to find a Finance Director who could not only provide effective financial information, advice and guidance to the board, but also somebody who could work within a family business gaining credibility and trust with an experienced and robust board. 

Having not recruited a Finance Director in over 20 years this was a new experience for the board. It was therefore essential to work in partnership and support them throughout, from drafting the role profiles to designing and assisting the selection process, ensuring a structured and successful campaign.

Tom Earl
Tom Earl
David Wernick, Chairman

The outcome is that we have found a Finance Director who fits with our business ethos and somebody who we believe will make a big impact in the future and continued success at the Wernick Group

David Wernick, Chairman

The result

We recognised that this was a key appointment within an evolving business which had undergone significant change and growth in recent years. It also presented an opportunity for a leader to come in with new ideas with a focus on adding value and not just “keeping the score”. To source candidates at this level it was essential that we used a blend of advertising on the appropriate local and national job boards, search methodologies and discussing the role with our extensive network of high calibre candidates.

One of the challenges in recruiting for this vacancy was deciding exactly what seniority level it was to be. We worked with David and his Chief Executive, Simon Doran, to advise and help clarify their thoughts on this. We reviewed 146 CVs, met 24 potential candidates and short-listed 8 to review face to face with Wernick. It was agreed that 6 of the 8 were to be met for first interview. From those, two were interviewed at second stage and the successful candidate was offered the role.

  • I met with Tom Earl and Ian Walters and I soon realised that the approach of Pure was different; they seemed to care about my business and recognised the challenges we faced in recruiting this role. We were not experienced in recruiting roles at this level, but Tom and Ian worked in partnership with us and together we made the process smooth and effective. The outcome is that we have found a Finance Director who fits with our business ethos and somebody who we believe will make a big impact in the future and continued success at the Wernick Group. I would have no hesitation recommending Pure Resourcing Solutions.

    - David Wernick, Chairman