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Case Study:

Environmental Scientifics Group

Environmental Scientifics Group

Business Type:
Private Equity Backed Business

Environmental Scientifics Group is the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services. Private equity-backed, the business is based in Burton on Trent and new Chief Executive Ian Sparks engaged Mallory Partners in 2014 to help build a robust management team around him.

Initially engaged to identify a new Group Financial Director, it quickly became clear that a strong cultural fit with the business and CEO would be a primary criteria for the search. Mallory Partners focused on getting under the skin of ESG, before researching and interviewing candidates who would not only be a technical match for the role, but would also bring something interesting to the table in terms of chemistry and appetite for a challenge.

Mallory Partners challenged ESG to embrace the idea of recruiting from outside the private equity market, having found a candidate from a corporate background who was an outstanding fit from both a technical and cultural perspective.
Says Ian: “Mallory Partners went out of their way to understand our business and the culture I wanted to create in the Executive team. They only put forward candidates who were strong enough to manage in a high growth environment and who could take the initiative to lead and deliver some demanding projects.”

Successful candidate Andy Bolter added: “Having worked with Mallory Partners as both a candidate and on the client side, I can highly recommend them. Their approach to assignments is entirely results orientated and they are proactive and innovative in their methods,” said Andy. “They listen, ask sensible questions and demonstrate understanding of both the key roles in an organisation and the importance of cultural fit. Whist they are professional, I found their approach informal and very easy to work with.”

Following the successful recruitment of Andy into the Group Financial Director position, Mallory Partners was engaged again to find a Group HR Director for ESG, resulting in a second successful candidate placed in the business. Both of them continue to thrive in their new roles.