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Transatlantic Search Successfully Finds EHS Transformer

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago

SP Consultants in UK and US work together to provide global Environmental, Health and Safety Director.

The Challenge

A global healthcare services business identified the need for a global environmental, health and safety Director to spearhead their transition to become a better corporate citizen.  EHS had previously been managed locally by individual business units but the business wanted one experienced leader to transform the culture of the business to truly embrace health, safety, sustainability and wellbeing.  

This needed a special individual, someone with experience and knowledge of the healthcare sector together with fabulous communication skills, an entrepreneur with high energy, enthusiasm and the ability to engage and inspire colleagues. 

As the business was international, the individual could be based either in the USA or the UK, and responsible for leading change globally. The business looked for a search partner with experience in the sector and an ability to manage the project in the UK and USA. 

The Service

Shirley Parsons Head of Executive Search, Liam Tiddy, led the project supported by Principal Consultant Abby Amundson in the USA and Careers Consultant Chris Stone in the UK.  Our team had several online meetings with the client leadership team, to fully understand the brief, the scope of the role, the experience and personality needed from the candidate perspective.  The team then undertook a thorough search of senior EHS professionals with relevant experience within the UK and USA.  

More than 30 candidates were approached and interviewed by our team.  For each of these interviews we proactively promoted the prospects of the role and the challenges that the successful candidate would face.  A shortlist of 5 candidates who reacted well to the challenge and demonstrated inspirational communication skills were then presented to the client. 

After interviewing the shortlist of candidates, a final selection of 2 were considered and then one candidate based in the UK offered the position.  Shirley Parsons helped to negotiate contracts and ensured start and onboarding were smooth.

The Outcome

The Global Head of Compliance said;

“Our new EHS Director has already made a huge impact in the 3 months she has been with us.  Everyone that meets her is so impressed with her creativity, enthusiasm, drive and vision for our business.  She is already introducing new ways of working to make us a more sustainable and environmentally friendly organisation.  She has won the complete support of our leadership team and I am confident that she will help our business become a better global citizen, making us a more attractive employer, customer and partner to clients.” 

“The service that Shirley Parsons provided was truly excellent.  The team listened and really understood the type of personality that we needed, and then competed a consistent, co-ordinated transatlantic search to provide us with a high quality shortlist of candidates.  They made my job so easy and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for anyone looking for an inspirational leader.” 

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