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RCQ Success Story: ESG Specialism

RCQ Associates was approached to support a top 3 Credit Rating Agency find Director level candidates, in addition to 2 Associate level hires, for a new division.

The senior commercial roles were considered high priority recruits to be brought in to lead a recently launched ESG (Environmental, Sustainability and Governance) arm to support core departments.  

RCQ has been a top supplier for the agency since 2018, having successfully placed 35 candidates across a range of roles.

ESG Specialism

Our expertise was requested to fill roles, based in London, Madrid and Stockholm, across the Product, Sales and Marketing departments.

Denys Maksymenko - our ESG specialist - Ed James – RCQ’s Founding Director - and Greg McGinnigle – Associate Director and North American Lead - were able to provide comprehensive advice to the organisation.  

ESG has been an area of monumental growth in recent years and the new department was an opportunity for the organisation to reflect on how EGS strategy could be implemented into existing policies.

Sourcing the Right Candidates

Shortlists for the following roles were sent across to the company within a week of RCQ learning about the vacancies:

  • Product Management Director
  • Sales Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Two Research Associate / Analysts

Upon receiving our shortlists, the Agency decided to open an additional Senior Commercial role who would oversee the coordination of the departments, under the title of ESG Relationship Manager / Director.  

Regular catch ups with the organisation saw conversations emphasising a need for candidates who had both strong technical skills and would, culturally, be a good team fit.

Overcoming the Challenges

The interview process for the Marketing role moved quickly and we were asked to find a knowledgeable Director, with prior ESG experience, on a one month notice period. Incredibly, RCQ was able to source the perfect candidate from our network of ESG experts, following some negotiations on the location of the role.

The Results

Our Consultants worked quickly to ensure that suitable high-quality candidates were presented, leading to the organisations successful launch of an ESG department.

The process for all placements followed the below:

Product Director (Milan based) –

200 people approached | 5 Shortlisted | 4 Interviews | 1 offer

Sales Director (London based) –

200 people approached | 6 Shortlisted | 5 Interviews | 2 offers

Marketing (London based) –

100 people approached | 5 Shortlisted | 2 Interviews | 1 offer

Relationship Manager / Director (Stockholm based) –

60 people approached (following previous candidates provided) | 1 Interview | 1 Offer

Associate Analysts (New York, Toronto and Madrid based) –

120 people approached | 6 Shortlisted | 4 Interviews | 2 offers

If you’re responsible for hiring and would like to work with a financial markets’ specialist headhunter, who can truly represent your company in the best light, please feel free to contact any of our Consultants.

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