RGE Services is a specialist property services and maintenance company. Established over 30 years ago, they’re based in Chigwell in Essex. The business serves public sector clients, covering both residential and commercial property. They have 140 staff, most of whom are mobile fire and electrical systems engineers working in over 10,000 properties across London and the southeast.
RGE Services were looking for a finance director and financial controller. The finance director would be expected to take ownership of the full finance function, build and deliver a range of reporting, and create solid relationships with the senior leadership team as well as the company’s private equity partners. The financial controller role was a new position, created specifically to help grow the business.
Stuart Black, RGE Services’ Chair and Executive Chairman, was keen to make sure the successful candidates were the right cultural fit for the business. He was also very aware of how challenging the recruitment market is right now, with many positions available but a shortage of talented candidates willing to switch jobs. That’s why their private equity investor, YFM Equity, suggested they came to us.
Andy Dowsett, Business Director at Pure, responded to RGE Service’s brief and recommended a range of suitable candidates. Working with RGE Services, Andy was able to review each applicant and clarify exactly who they were looking for. Andy took their feedback and used it to create a list of suitable people, from which they ultimately chose the two successful candidates.
We showed RGE Services that we understood both the type of people they were looking for, but also that we were very familiar with the local marketplace. We then used our network to find people they would not otherwise have been able to access.
Stuart was really pleased with how we ran the process. ‘We chose Pure Executive for two reasons,’ he says. ‘First, because of their wide network of candidates, and secondly because of their comprehensive knowledge of the local market – much more so than the competition. From the first meeting, we felt very comfortable working with Andy. We went on to appoint two very strong individuals, so we’re delighted with the result.’
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