BH Financial® Case Study

Retained Searches for Public Accounting Firm

Retained Tax searches for a Chicago-based public accounting firm. Our client was looking to partner with one search firm to identify and recruit tax talent at the senior level and above.


The challenge was to identify someone currently in public accounting who would have an interest in moving to another public accounting firm. It is also a very competitive market for tax talent as many firms are currently hiring at this level. There are also many corporate tax opportunities in the market. Our client also needed to operate in a short-time frame to identify and hire someone before the start of busy season.


Beacon Hill worked closely with the head of recruiting to develop a recruiting strategy to identify and recruit top tax talent from other public accounting firms. Under the retainer we dedicated a team of individuals to actively target tax seniors in public accounting. We also delivered regular reporting of our efforts to the client.

The Results

We successfully placed one tax senior before the start of the tax busy season. This additional hire allowed our client to operate at normal capacity, and reduced the amount of overtime hours that would have occurred if this senior was not onboard. We are continuing to work underan additional retainer for hiring in both audit and tax.