FK INTERNATIONAL – Industry & Commerce Division – 2021 REVIEW & 2022 OUTLOOK


We would like to wish all of our Clients and Candidates a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2021 has been an extremely busy year at FK International, across all divisions.  We have an excellent pipeline of exciting positions coming in 2022 and we are looking forward to another busy year.

A High-level Summary of 2021 and Outlook for 2022 within the Industry & Commerce Division


During the year we supported a number of high-potential, early-stage businesses with recent PE and/or VC backing, hiring their first CFO’s within a broad range of sectors including Software, Technology and Medtech. We have two newly PE-backed company CFO positions going live in January with more positions to follow.

SME’s continue to be major employers in Ireland and our SME client base increased steadily in 2021.


Our Plc Clients continue to grow and expand, with a significant number of M&A transactions taking place in 2021.  We have been busy recruiting for:

  • Group Financial Controllers
  • Group Reporting Roles
  • Roles in FP&A
  • Internal Audit
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Treasury
  • Corporate Tax.

The majority of these roles opened up due to internal promotions within group and subsidiaries, and many were newly created positions to support further growth and development.

 FDI & MNC’s

On the FDI front, we were delighted to support several company start-up operations in Ireland, where we partnered with our Clients, to source successful Candidates for a range of appointments:

  • Finance Directors
  • Heads of International Tax and wider finance teams in Financial Reporting
  • Audit
  • Treasury
  • FP&A

Our Irish and International MNC Clients were highly active this year. The majority going to market with newly created positions in:

  • Financial Reporting
  • FP&A
  • Internal Audit
  • ESG
  • Corporate Finance

These included positions from the newly qualified level right up to director and senior executive level, across multiple industry sectors – FMCG, Manufacturing, Energy, Tech, Online, Pharma, Healthcare, Retail & more.


FK International were very proud to announce the establishment of Ireland’s first dedicated Sustainable Finance & ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) recruitment service in 2021.

Our colleague Judith Kelly was instrumental in this, leading to Judith being shortlisted for “Advocate of the Year” at the Women in Finance Awards 2021.

This year we have supported several high profile ESG related new hires and forecast a significant increase in ESG related finance positions in 2022 and beyond.


The majority of our Professional Services Clients have enjoyed tremendous growth this year, and have invested heavily in both attracting and retaining the very best talent in the market.

We are looking forward to a busy 2022 supporting the sector, and foresee multiple opportunities opening up in Management Consulting, Advisory and Assurance with many senior and executive opportunities opening up at Director, Associate Partner and Partner-level.


As ever, every business and industry needs great accountants. Now, there are significantly more options than was previously the case. It is a great time to venture further and explore.

At FK International, we have over 20 years’ experience in assisting our Clients and our Candidates. We are here to support and advise and we would be happy to have a confidential discussion about how we see the market, your recruitment options  and any career advice. Our Client base is extremely broad and our Consultants are experienced and well positioned to assist.

John Lawless

John Lawless

00 353 1 631 5511