First 3 Months at Rutherford Cross in Review

In our latest internal spotlight, Rutherford Cross Consultant, Euan Bodie, reflects on his first few months at the business and what his key learnings have been so far.



Moving jobs is always a nerve-wracking time, and ensuring you make the right move is imperative for your own personal development. Having had hundreds of conversations with candidates in my recruitment career to date, I knew I had to practice what I preach.

After previously working in a generalist recruitment position, I knew I wanted to move into a specialist field for a company that was a leader in their sector. The attraction to work for Rutherford Cross was twofold: the perception in the Senior Finance market in Scotland and the calibre of the Consultants who work for the firm. In the short period of time that I have worked at Rutherford Cross, my personal development has grown substantially, and being immersed in the world of interim recruitment has certainly been a challenge – but one which I have thoroughly enjoyed!

When joining a new company, culture was at the top of my list. During my interview process I was asked to present on how I aligned with the company values. Having the opportunity to dive into these and how I resonated with them made me realise it was going to be a good fit. The additional attraction was the employee ownership model that had been implemented earlier in the year.  After reading Jamie Livingston’s article in the Herald about the transition to EOT, it got me excited about joining a forward-thinking organisation who genuinely cares about its employees and giving back.


Month 1 – An introduction to life at Rutherford Cross

My first 30 days were the most enjoyable of my career to date. I was welcomed with open arms and each Consultant took the time to sit down with me to explain their role and their journey to date. These meetings were valuable and gave me great insight into the business and how different individuals operated.

My first month involved attending over 20 client meetings and working on a number of new assignments. Additionally, I had the opportunity to attend some networking events which included a very interesting and valuable Future Finance Leaders roundtable. Having had limited prior experience of interim recruitment, I used my first month to learn about the market and understand how processes run, which led to two successful placements.


Month 2 – Bedding in

My second month at Rutherford Cross saw me take on more responsibility within my role and greater autonomy to grow my network. Having a strong brand behind you and good market perception creates more credibility when introducing yourself to both candidates and clients, and I was able to create a number of new relationships with senior finance leaders in Glasgow. I also had the pleasure of meeting more of our clients, and once again successfully placed two finance interims.

My second month also included the annual Group Offsite trip which was held at Murrayshall in Perth. This trip allowed me to get to know my colleagues outside of the office and take part in planning for our Corporate Challenge for 2024.


Month 3 – In full flow

My third month in the business was another busy one, including wider business events such as Planning Your Career Journey with Edrington and the Rutherford Cross 10th Birthday Party in Edinburgh. Having the opportunity to attend so many different industry events has really strengthened my knowledge and network of finance professionals.

Month 3 also included our business planning for 2024 – something I had never done before. Looking to the future and setting personal objectives gave me time to think about what I want to achieve next year in my first full year with Rutherford Cross. The month also included taking on some tough roles and experiencing new candidate challenges which I was fortunately able to overcome, resulting in a further three placements to my name.


Key reflections

With my first 3 months now finished at Rutherford Cross, I recently took some time off to go abroad and reflect on what has been the best decision of 2023 for me. I have been able to dive headfirst into an incredibly well-run business with exceptional colleagues. No question has ever been too much and the support from the wider Group and the team in Livingston James has been excellent.

The key takeaway from my first quarter with the business is that the people you work with and the brand you work for are the most important things to get right to ensure you feel happy and enjoy coming to work on a daily basis.


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