Hybrid Finance Professional for Construction Company Leadership

Service Area: Human Capital

Client Type: Lower-Middle Market PE Firm

Service Provider Type: Recruiters – Executive Search – Finance

Industry: Construction & Engineering

The Need
Hybrid Finance Professional to Enhance Leadership Team

A lower-middle market private equity firm sought a unique finance professional for its construction portfolio company. This role required a hybrid skill set – half data analyst and half finance expert – to identify key performance indicators and supplement the leadership team.

The Challenge
Specialized Finance Resource with Regional Insight

The challenge lay in sourcing a candidate who not only possessed a balanced mix of data analytics and finance skills but also had familiarity with the South region. The firm was looking for a boutique, experienced search firm, open to a retained search arrangement, to identify this specialized professional.

How BluWave Helped
Connecting with an Industry-Specific Resource

BluWave used its extensive network to identify a finance executive search firm that specialized in boutique and regional hiring within the construction and engineering industry. This firm was tasked with identifying a candidate who could dive deep into business analytics while also handling finance responsibilities effectively.

The Result
Strengthening Leadership with a Dual-Expertise Professional

The successful placement of a hybrid finance professional marked a significant enhancement to the company’s leadership team. The new hire brought a combination of data analysis acumen and financial expertise, focusing on identifying and managing key KPIs, vital for the strategic development of the company.

Enhancing M&A, Financial Operations in Healthcare with Strategic Staffing

Service Area: Human Capital

Client Type: Portfolio Company

Service Provider Type: Temporary Staffing

Industry: Healthcare Services

The Need
Strategic Staffing for Financial Overhaul, M&A

A private-equity owned healthcare services provider, specializing in traumatic brain injury care, was gearing up for an eventual sale. They required highly skilled junior finance and accounting talent on a short-term or project basis to handle active M&A activities and internal projects, balancing manual data entry tasks with strategic financial operations.

The Challenge
Sourcing Versatile, Skilled Financial Talent Amid Growth

The main challenge was finding individuals with 3-5 years of experience in finance or accounting, preferably with a background in investment banking or accounting M&A. These professionals needed to be comfortable handling both strategic and manual aspects of financial projects, including M&A support, system integrations and exit preparation.

How BluWave Helped
Connecting Short List of Exact-Fit Candidates

BluWave utilized its network to connect a short list of candidates with the necessary skill set and flexibility. Emphasizing the need for familiarity with financial systems like NetSuite and Sage, and strong Excel skills, BluWave focused on professionals who could work remotely and adapt quickly to the company’s dynamic needs.

The Result
Streamlined M&A Processes, Efficient Financial System Management

The portfolio company selected the best fits from BluWave’s shortlist. They helped the company manage its M&A activities and internal financial projects. This temporary staff played a key role in preparing the company for a strategic sale, ensuring that financial systems were optimized and operational challenges were efficiently addressed.

Making Life Easy for Human Capital Leaders

BluWave understands the urgency and sensitivity around the work human capital executives perform. That’s why we provide a curated suite of resources specifically designed for HR leaders to drive unprecedented value in their organizations.

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Strategic Executive Search for SaaS Sales Leadership

Service Area: Human Capital – Recruiting

Client Type: Upper-Middle Market PE Firm

Service Provider Type: Executive Search Firm – Sales

Industry: Technology – SaaS

The Need
Dynamic Sales Leadership for Market Expansion

A SaaS company, focused on local and municipal government solutions, needed a chief revenue officer to enhance its sales function and spearhead geographical and product expansion.

The Challenge
Niche Leader in a Specialized Sector

The challenge was to find a CRO with proven experience in SaaS sales to local and municipal governments. This person also needed to be capable of transforming a small, technology-centric team into a robust sales force. For this, they would need a specialized recruiting firm.

How BluWave Helped
Expert Matching for Specialized Executive Recruitment

BluWave utilized its extensive network to connect the client with an executive search firm specializing in sales leadership recruitment within the government sector. This group had a deep understanding of the specific skills and experience required for the role and provided a strong short list of candidates.

The Result
Placement of Tailored Sales Leaders

The firm worked with the company to hire a chief revenue officer who matched the company’s specific needs. This strategic appointment set the foundation for significant sales growth and expansion in the government sector.

Interim CFO To Revolutionize Financial Forecasting for Construction Portco

Service Area: Human Capital

Client Type: Construction Services Portfolio Company

Service Provider Type: Interim CFO

Industry: Construction and Engineering

The Need
Advanced Financial Forecasting for Strategic Growth

A leading construction services portfolio company needed a sophisticated 13-week cash-flow model. This would help them implement an effective borrowing needs forecast, which was especially critical due to their transition to a non-bank lender and the ongoing integration of multiple add-ons.

The Challenge
Complex Integrations in Dynamic Environment

The challenge lay in integrating diverse business units, each requiring distinct operational and financial strategies. Establishing an efficient system for forecasting collections and payments, integrating add-on companies and maintaining centralized accounting was crucial, given the extensive pipeline of add-ons to be managed promptly.

How BluWave Helped
Expertise and Precision in Financial Management Solutions

BluWave identified a short list of industry specific interim finance leaders with specific expertise in the construction industry’s complex financial structures. The candidate the portco selected had experience creating 13-week financial models and was exactly what the client needed. BluWave’s fast connection led to the implementation of bespoke forecasting and budgeting methodologies, essential for the client’s aggressive growth and integration plans.

The Result
Achieving Financial Streamlining and Effective Growth Management

The interim CFO’s introduction facilitated a smooth transition to an effective 13-week cash flow model, custom-designed for the client’s business framework. This strategic move significantly improved the company’s ability to manage borrowing needs and effectively handle their considerable add-on pipeline, leading to more streamlined financial operations and paving the way for successful growth and integrations.

Revolutionizing Healthcare: Roles of AI, Machine Learning

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in healthcare is poised to revolutionize the industry by enhancing efficiency, transforming medical education and augmenting the role of healthcare professionals.

The latest Private Equity Insights Report from BluWave shows strong interest in AI data analytics as well as robust activity in the healthcare industry.

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Scott Becker, founder of Becker’s Healthcare and Partner at McGuireWoods, discussed these topics with BluWave CEO and Founder Sean Mooney on the Karma School of Business podcast.

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Efficiency in Healthcare Processes

Becker’s insights into the role of AI in healthcare reveal a significant shift toward efficiency, particularly in areas like revenue cycle management.

He spoke to the remarkable reduction in workforce requirements.

“You’ve got places that have 1,500 employees. They can get down to 1,000 employees with using AI,” he said.

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This reduction is not about diminishing the human element but rather reallocating it. By automating routine and repetitive tasks, AI allows healthcare professionals to focus their expertise on more complex and nuanced cases.

This shift is not just a matter of numbers; it represents a fundamental change in how healthcare operations are managed. Becker elaborated on the challenges faced in staffing these roles.

“A lot of those jobs are relatively lower-wage jobs where the turnover was tremendous,” he added.

This also speaks to the importance of AI in creating a more stable and focused workforce.

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Transformation of Medical Education

Becker also said that the medical education system is in dire need of an update.

“Medical school is still designed pre-internet,” he said. “A specialist isn’t out of school until they’re in their early thirties.”

This not only prolongs the training period but also imposes significant financial and mental burdens on aspiring medical professionals.

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“You’ve got this horribly inefficient medical school program and residency training program,” he added.

By leveraging artificial intelligence for educational purposes, the learning process can be significantly streamlined, reducing both time and cost for students.

Augmentation of Medical Professional Roles

There are many use cases for existing medical professionals as well. Mooney offered one example.

“They’re going to have these amazing copilots that will help do all those kind of brain sequences,” he said.

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Mooney views AI as a tool to assist, rather than replace, human expertise. AI’s ability to process vast amounts of data and identify patterns can significantly enhance the diagnostic process, allowing medical professionals to focus on critical decision-making and patient care.

“I don’t think you could ever turn them over to the robots, at least in our visible future,” Mooney added.

The integration of AI promises to elevate the quality of healthcare, making it more precise, personalized and effective.

While the potential of AI in healthcare is immense, challenges such as resistance to change and vested interests could impede its adoption. Its future prospects, however, are promising.

The integration of AI and machine learning in healthcare represents a significant shift toward more efficient, effective and personalized care.

The invite-only Business Builders’ Network is full of AI experts who work with healthcare businesses on a regular basis.

Connect with our research and operations team, and they’ll provide a short list of tailor-made resources within 24 hours.

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Why Private Equity Invests in People for Growth

Human capital is a driving force for growth in private equity. A recent BluWave-hosted webinar delved into three leading trends in this service area:

  1. The rise in human capital investments
  2. The importance of specialized recruiters
  3. The value of interim executives

Here are some insights into these topics from from Head of Client Coverage Rena Frackt, Account Executive Evan Garoutte and Research and Operations Consultant Taylor Lee.

Human Capital Emphasis

The trend of investing in people for growth continues to gain traction.

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“Human capital activity has been steadily growing and reached an all-time high in Q3 of this year, accounting for 49 percent of all activity coming through the BluWave network,” Garoutte said. “It’s the number one trend in the industry.”

This reflects a 20 percent increase year-over-year, underscoring the importance of investing in talent for organizational growth and value creation.

Using Specialized Recruiters

Engaging specialized recruiters is crucial for efficiently filling both executive and non-executive positions, particularly during growth phases.

“They stay up to date on market trends, salary range and emerging skill sets, which is extremely valuable,” Frackt said. “The knowledge allows them to identify and attract top talent who possess the right qualifications and of course, and most important would be a cultural fit to the organization.”

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Value of Interim Executives

Interim executives, especially in pivotal roles like CFOs, CEOs and CHROs, provide stability and continuity during transition periods, crisis management and special projects.

“PE firms have found value in being able to try before they buy. And we’ve seen interims convert to full-time employees about a third of the time internally,” Lee said. “There’s just value in confirming that this person can positively see our portfolio companies in the right direction as well as confirm that they’re a culture fit.”

READ MORE: Why Hire an Interim CTO

The discussion underscored the critical role of human capital in driving growth, indicating the various strategies that private equity firms and their portfolio companies can employ.

BluWave’s invite-only network of human capital resources works with PE firms daily to fill needs related to human capital, as well as a wide array of other service areas.

Contact our research and operations team for your next project and they’ll provide a short list of exact-fit service providers within 24 hours.