About Us

Established in 2003 by senior professional Recruiters, Shortlist is one of Portugal’s leading Executive Search and Leadership Advisory firms, serving the strategic Recruitment and Assessment needs of Boards and CEOs, enabling their companies to build a true talent advantage.

Solving the hardest problems requires the best people. Our mission is to help companies make distinctive and lasting improvements in their performance through the recruitment of exceptional people.

When critical leadership and recruitment decisions need to be made, we are the adviser of choice among large and medium-sized organisations across a range of sectors - Banking, Insurance and Financial Services, Industrial and Automotive, Consumer and Retail, Business and Professional Services, Life Sciences and Healthcare, or Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation.

In an effort to better serve our Clients, Shortlist was established as an independent boutique firm, with experienced, well seasoned and knowledgeable recruiting capacity, and with a focus on the quality of delivery and on building long term and in-depth relationships with clients.

Shortlist has a track record of consistent success throughout its 14 years of operation. 75% of our assignments result from repeated business - reflecting our clients’ satisfaction - and 25% is new business. In the last three years we’ve registered 95% successful induction programs and only 5% guarantee calls.

We handle our relationships with clients and candidates with great care; we treat sensitive information with the utmost discretion; we always honor our commitment to deliver, with quality; and we are constantly tracking new trends in the global market for talent, trying to innovate our services and approaches. 

80% of our business is in Portugal, and 20% are international assignments. All companies, especially within the emerging markets, have a growing need to combine local talent and high-potentials from across the world. We've established over the years a reputation as one of the top firms in Portugal with effective international reach across Europe and Portuguese-speaking countries like Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.

Welcome to Shortlist, where the right talent is always within reach.

Managing Partner


Rui is based in Lisbon, has a degree in Social and Organisational Psychology and 20+ years of full-cycle recruiting experience for strategic senior-level roles across sectors in Portugal, EU, Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.

Prior to joining Shortlist, Rui was a senior Recruiter for seven years at Psicoforma. Early in his career he did his training to become a professional Recruiter at the Portuguese Air Force Psychology Center. 

You can connect and get further details about Rui on his LinkedIn profile.