Dan Middleton is an Associate Director within BIE's Interim Finance Practice. We sat down with Dan to discover what he enjoys most about his job, his take on the senior recruitment market and his 5 minutes of TV fame... 

What’s the secret of your career success and what have you learnt along the way?

The senior recruitment market is far smaller than most people imagine. I’ve learnt that it is crucial to treat candidates, clients and colleagues respectfully and to be supportive – what goes around comes around.

Describe your professional style

Considerate and encouraging – I think its important to remember that a job search can be a stressful and sometimes worrying experience. We have the opportunity to support candidates through the process.

What do you feel most passionately about at work?

It has long been argued that people are the most valuable resources in a company. A finance function can really impact the success of a firm; whether it saves millions or loses millions. For that reason, I feel fortunate to be in a position to influence the trajectory of a company by introducing excellent senior interims.

What’s your greatest source of job satisfaction?

Helping candidates and clients through the course of their careers. A good consultant in our industry has the ability become a partner to our clients throughout their career. There are individuals that I met 10 years ago and have built a relationship with, and will continue to support for the whole of their working life – which gives a great deal of satisfaction.

What top tip would you give to people looking to move up in their career?

Back yourself! And take small steps outside of your comfort zone – your comfort zone will quickly grow.

How would you sum up the BIE culture?

I would describe the culture at BIE as supportive and motivating. The firm is truly collaborative with no big egos.

Name one fun/interesting/unusual fact about yourself

In my early 20’s I made an appearance on BBC1’s homes under the hammer. Thankfully any recordings of this have since been lost!

What was your first car?

A clunky Citroen C4; great car!

What fictional world or place would you like to visit and why?

Middle earth – though perhaps in an Orc free area.

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

Fluent French.

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