I work in the Info. Sec / IT Audit fields as an IT auditor. As a result of closely working with other professionals in my field, I have a pretty extensive network, which includes people who **currently provide audit / assurances services to my current employer.
A personal friend of mine is currently looking for a job in the information security / assurance / audit profession. He is a hardworking, dependable, person with a great personality who I feel would be an asset to almost any company in my profession. From casual conversation, I know our vendors are hiring.
Given that he is qualified, can I recommend him to one of our vendors without facing a conflict of interest? Am I overthinking this?
I don't want to be seen as trying to influence the relationship between client (us) and our external auditors as independence, trust, and integrity are key assets for someone working in my profession.