Talent acquisition is a long-term strategy for growth. In the clean energy, eMobility, energy storage and clean tech sectors, finding key talent through rigorous executive search enables companies to be ground-breaking and evolve in an ever-changing market.
Within Hyperion Executive Search there are two distinct approaches to talent acquisition which instigate office debate on a regular basis! I advocate that talent acquisition is an art form, whereas my colleague and Partner, Ross Hoare, remains loyal to his technical roots, asserting that talent acquisition is very much a scientific process.
In considering what makes us so successful, this is a debate worth exploring further.
The artistry of talent acquisition resides in the skill and intuition that takes us beneath the surface of a CV. This is particularly essential for achieving the all-important cultural fit that our clean tech start up clients, in particular, need when recruiting key leaders, managers or complete teams.
At Hyperion Executive Search we understand that the fit with company culture and ethos is critical to long-term successful placements. We achieve this in several ways:
Finding the perfect match is an art, an intuition, an ability to make connections others cannot. That all comes from experience, knowledge and understanding of the clean energy sector, and the people that work within it.
Psychology is key.
A methodical, structured approach is the backbone to any executive search process. It ensures that no stone is left unturned, and we have the foundation on which to deal with the great, the challenging and the unexpected.
At Hyperion Executive Search we have a 28 stage process for all search assignments. This enables us to fully understand our client’s requirements, identify hard to find talent and make the recruitment process as smooth as possible from both the client and candidate’s point of view:
Through our professional and detailed approach, we are a trusted partner for both clients and candidates. This means we can manage any job offers and contract negotiations, ensuring that all parties are in agreement, resulting in a successful hire.
If we don’t cover all steps in our process we risk either not identifying a superstar candidate in the first place, or not being able to manage the recruitment process effectively. This could lead to a perfect match slipping through the net.
Process is key
The progression of the clean energy, eMobility and energy storage sectors relies upon the influence of key personnel within organisations. In what can sometimes be a volatile industry, it is even more essential that we get our contribution right by making the most effective connections possible.
Whilst our office debate will no doubt continue, we would both concede that it is in fact the combination of the intuition and the thorough, methodical process that enables us to achieve a successful match between candidate and client. Art without science would not function, and vice versa. They are complementary approaches, the unique combination of which is the winning formula behind our success.
David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news. A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group). The ‘This week in cleantech’ podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution.