Dear [First name],
I was asked last week if I would recommend [Name] for the position of site engineer, which is now vacant.
I am writing you to let you know there is no better person in my opinion who is more well-suited.
Her knowledge and experience are beyond dispute.
I do not envy [Name]. As a site engineer, she will be required to advise, supervise and organize virtually on an hourly basis.
Will she be up to it?
In my opinion, she is a much better fit than any of the other contenders, her gender notwithstanding.
As her senior, I have been intimately aware of what she is capable of for quite some time. The site engineer position in my opinion will merely serve as a stepping stone for [Name]. I am certain she will outgrow the site engineer position within a couple of years.
Her career is as much a testament to her ambition, hard work, determination and contributions as it is to the culture of our firm.
I would not be immodest in admitting I have had a part to play in [Name]'s career with the firm.
I wish her the very best and would like her to know my door will always be open to her and I will consider it a matter of pride to work shoulder to shoulder with her again.