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The Essence Group

We Believe People Are
The Essence
Of Every Organization

The Essence Group is an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of technical, middle management and executive positions in Accounting & Finance and Financial Services across North America.

Our Value Proposition

Our value proposition is simple: We deliver the talent demanded in today’s competitive landscape. Our success is attributed to our proven and effective search process that enables us to identify candidates with the precise technical competence who align with your organizations vision, culture, team, and core values.

of job seekers are passive candidates


of CFOs had difficulty hiring new employees

Rarely are the available candidates the best candidates

Jacqueline Moore

What Distinguishes The Essence Group


We listen.

We begin each engagement by truly listening to understand your needs


We are a Contingency.

We use a contingency fee business model with a guarantee because it is better for our clients!


We are Risk Free.

Our fee is only payable if you select to hire one of our candidates.


We are Experts.

We are ex “C” suite finance professionals with the expertise, professional network, and tenacity to deliver the talent you demand in today’s competitive market.


We search.

We offer a hands-on, highly personalized, and customized proven “targeted search” process. We utilize advanced technology and alternative sourcing techniques to reach passive candidates


We Serve.

We maintain a limited client base to ensure we have the time to become true partners with our clients, delivering an unparalleled level of service they can trust. We operate with transparency and forgo a lengthy list of “untouchable client companies.”


proportion of our clients who have worked with us more than once


of candidates we have placed have stayed with the company for 2 years or more and 69% for 4 years or more


of our candidates are “passive candidates”

We conduct detailed interviews with our clients first, opening communication to gain insight into the history, culture, context, aspirations of your organization and the most important aspects of the position. These meetings create alignment and enable us to best represent your organization in the market. Through collaboration, we establish a plan and set realistic expectations and timelines, thus increasing the quality and efficiency of our recruitment process.
We develop a comprehensive profile that includes the position description and highlights of the organizational culture, structure, history, trajectory, and distinctions. This tool serves as a touchstone and is used to define the marketing strategy tailored to your search.
We utilize a unique combination of research, advanced technology, and strategic outreach to identify and secure professionals who meet the skills, expertise, and vision you require. Our industry knowledge, media campaigns, advanced search techniques, and long-standing relationships provide us with an effective avenue to connect with industry leaders, passive candidates, and a host of contacts in related industries for referral of professionals who are top in their field.
We identify leading candidates through rigorous interviews and vetting designed to evaluate how well they meet skill requirements and to ensure interest and readiness. We thoroughly examine work history, a myriad of professional criteria, passions, and career aspirations. Ensuring the caliber and career objectives of the professionals we present will meet, if not exceed your expectations.
We present a detailed summary of the most qualified and well-suited candidates in the market. We offer both parties practical guidance and feedback through interviews, selection, negotiations, and transitions. Our support continues through all stages of offer and negotiation to ensure a successful placement. Upon request we will provide additional background checks written references for the finalist.
Our client and candidate relationships are paramount. We perform post placement contact with the client and candidate throughout the guarantee period.

Rigorous. Investigative. Effective.

“Targeted Search” - Our Proactive Search Process

By hiring exceptional talent that fits with your organization, it is possible to achieve truly transformational results. We have developed a structured, rigorous, and proven search process that is configured to our client’s unique requirements. Our focus is unrivaled placement success that drives revenue, increases productivity, improves customer satisfaction, and enhances organizational culture.

Our Values


We follow the highest standards of professional ethics, openness, and honesty.

Continuous Improvement.

We proactively seek to improve ourselves and our service quality to exceed client expectations with forward-looking ideas.


We always treat others the way we would like to be treated.


We take ownership and honor our promises and commitments.


We are driven, passionate, persistent; we have the work ethic to deliver on our commitments.


We are committed to creating and sustaining a working environment that breeds excellence.


There is only one you, that is your superpower. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience drives us forward every day.


Experience. Expertise. Commitment.

Jacqueline Moore

Founder, The Essence Group

With over 15 years of experience in the staffing industry, I have placed Finance & Financial Services professional within the private and public sector. I have built a reputation by exceeding client’s expectations while delivering extraordinary staffing solutions.

I have held senior level finance positions including; Controller in the manufacturing industry and Chief Financial Officer in the energy sector. This experience afforded me a thorough understanding of corporate operations and the opportunity to witness the challenges firsthand. I understand the value that a highly skilled professional can add to an organization, the cost associated with unfilled vacancies and the difficulties associated with finding top talent. I am committed to providing customer centric staffing solutions through open honest communication, consistency, planning and professional execution.

I am a graduate of Mount Royal University and the Society of Management Accountants (CMA). I hold a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (CEC) from Royal Roads University. I achieved the gold standard in Career Coaching by obtaining a CPCC, an ACC from the respected International Coach Federation (ICF), and I am a Registered Recruitment Professional (RPR).

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