CFO for Rent?

by Stefan Ringl, unitcell, December 2013


Or would you like to strengthen your own commercial organization only selectively?

Whenever there is a lack of suitable employees in one's own company or they are already more than fully utilized by their daily work, the use of consultants may be considered. This applies not only to the implementation of clearly structured and defined projects, but also to the support of day-to-day business. Not every medium-sized company has its own controllers or has a commercial manager on board to support the management. Smaller companies in particular also lack the need for a dedicated "100% employee" for these areas.

Procurement of commercial services externally

However, through the targeted deployment of a temporary employee, every company can compensate for its own personnel bottlenecks at short notice and, in addition, with high quality staffing. On the one hand, our experienced consultants contribute their knowledge and the diverse practical solutions developed in many projects together with companies. On the other hand, the entire know-how of unitcell and its network is of course available for special questions.

Tailored support for finance and controlling from experienced experts

"Temporary" can mean as an employee with special tasks for a few days or as a substitute for a longer period, in any case exactly adapted to the needs of the company. If desired, we can act in a purely supportive capacity, in staff functions or with formal responsibility up to the level of an executive position.

Further advantages for the company result, among other things, from the cost reduction, since training periods with an experienced consultant are reduced to a minimum, and there are no expensive vacation periods or absences due to illness. Furthermore, the know-how and experience of the consultant is brought into the company and the employees usually benefit from the "training on the job", which has a lasting effect on the quality of the work.

unitcell offers its support here. From the assumption of individual operative tasks of controlling, to the execution of special analyses, to complete support by performing the tasks of a commercial manager or CFO, all services can be purchased at a high level. Usually, this also offers the opportunity to review the existing commercial instruments and processes and to quickly improve them visibly. In all cases, companies receive a work package that is tailored to their individual needs and coordinated with the consultant.


Incorrectly, the use of external consultants in these positions is and has often been associated only with restructuring and turnaround projects. Our own experience and recent surveys show that today almost 50% of the requested "CFO for Rent" are working in the classical commercial areas and this in almost three quarters of all cases in healthy, successful and growing companies.

If you have any further questions about the use of the "CFO for Rent", we would be happy to provide you with more information and are of course also available for a personal discussion.