Energy transition hire for European oil downstream company – Head of Renewables Business Development, EMEA

Sector: Natural Resouces
Location: EMEA

THE CHALLENGE

Miramar partnered with a European downstream oil business to appoint a Head of Business Development for their growing Renewable Energy business unit. The entire process was conducted remotely during the COVID lockdown across Europe.

This company has been an early adaptor to bringing biofuels to the market and going forward it wishes to become active up the chain in green hydrocarbon feedstocks and biofuels production. The hire of a Head of Business Development for the Renewable Energy unit was key to leading them through the early phases of identifying and realising opportunities for the organisation.

The evolution of the business alongside the focus on strategy and business development meant the candidate needed to have a clear knowledge of the renewables market, in addition to a track record of driving entrepreneurial business growth through delivering M&A, creating partnerships, and identifying new markets.  Proven leadership, stakeholder management and strategic decision making were also prerequisite to a successful hire.

THE SOLUTION

Miramar identified the executives with the relevant experience across European based oil majors, chemical businesses, bio-tech firms and trading houses, with a strong focus on Western Europe and Scandinavia, who are currently leading the way in the European renewables market. It was important to the client that they were able to see a breadth of profiles and we therefore presented candidates from a variety of background including general management, strategy, business & market development, and commercial leadership.

THE RESULT

    • Shortlist of five qualified candidates delivered within four weeks with three progressed to interview stage.
    • Full interview process managed successfully throughout the European COVID lockdown
    • Two senior leaders deemed eligible for offer, generating a useful internal debate, with one candidate successfully hired
    • High quality service has resulted in ongoing discussions with Miramar on a second leadership hire

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