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Case Study: Working with the UK’s Largest IPP

Owner: I Squared Capital

Portfolio Co: Conrad Energy

Head of New Business
Operations Manager x 2
BTM Development Lead

Conrad Energy are a UK based IPP established by I Squared Capital in 2017 to capitalise on the growth of the distributed energy sector. Over the past 5 years, Conrad Energy has become the UK’s largest IPP, boasting a diversified portfolio of assets covering Peak Power, Energy Storage, Behind-the-meter, Grid Stability & more.

Sonder & Metric have been established as trusted talent partners, overseeing a number of business critical search assignments.

We were  intially appointed to deliver the Search for a Head of New Business, who would oversee Conrad’s entry into new markets and originate a range of growth opportunities for consideration by the investment committee. Following that success, we were appointed to oversee a numebr of key hires that shaped the platform to continue on its growth trajectory.


  • Conrad’s portfolio is spread across the UK, which requiring leaders capable of managing dispersed teams.
  • Requirement for candidates to have a specific technology exposure
  • Often Conrad are first movers in a sector, meaning that potential talent pools are very small.

Our Approach

  • In depth analysis of role requirements for each search.
  • Strategic identification of talent pool, including suitable candidates with experience from other areas of the energy sector.
  • Implementaion of an assessment framework through competency based interviewing.
  • Implementation of video introductions for all shortlisted candidates, maximising the information available to the hiring team, before they go to interview stage.

The Results

The average project we deliver takes  8 weeks from inital engagement through to completion due to the utilisation of tecnology and process to minize the number of interviews required.

Within 12 months, the successful candidate for the Head of Business Development was promoted to the position of Director of Business Development, emphasising the impact they had on the organisation.

The success of our process has positioned us a key talent partner for future leadership positions.

"Sonder & Metric have become a key partner, making introductions that positively impact our business. "

Steve ConryCOO, Conrad Energy

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Josh FoulkesPrincipal, Sonder & Metric