Retained Executive Search

When looking to find your next Senior Executive or recruiting to a post that requires a particularly niche skill-set, you may prefer us to act for you on a retained basis.

Whilst following the same diligent and focused process as when working on a ‘search and select’ assignment, we are able to dedicate increased time and resource to produce a deeper and more detailed analysis of the market and the needs of the client.  This includes undertaking a still more intensive screening and evaluation process, and providing full and thorough candidate profiles.  We also offer advice to our clients on the salary and benefits package attached to the post and the level of experience this is likely to attract.  When retained we are able to ensure less commercial downtime for our clients, often saving considerable cost to the business.

In addition to offering our proactive search service, fully utilising our network and ‘headhunting’ the best in the market, we can also, if desired, directly advertise the post, screening and selecting suitable candidates and alleviating a significant administrative burden from the client.  Alternatively we can offer a more discreet campaign, with no explicit advertising instead utilising a highly personal approach using discreet headhunting techniques, if preferred.

When acting on a retained basis, we also offer a range of complementary options designed to provide an enhanced level of support to the process.  These options include, if desired, interview training for the panel, attending throughout the panel interviews, provision of various materials to support the selection process (including interview questions devised around the ’competencies’ of the role and assessment score cards), advice on candidate assessment, enhanced due diligence, and more.

For further details on the services we provide on a retained basis, please contact us at or on +44 (0)1223 632510.

‘Rachel recently helped me move to a new role after a decade at my old company. It was a pleasure working with Rachel, who successfully and adeptly identified my qualifications for the role and highlighted the opportunities for me. When I expressed interest, Rachel was detailed in explaining the role and the company, but also offered real insight into how this could be a useful step in my career.’

It was in preparing to interview and after my interviews had taken place that I was truly impressed at the service Rachel offered. Not only did she clearly explain the role, the products, the company and the interview type, she also offered invaluable tools to delivering a successful interview, with the STAR method and other useful tools. Pre-interview prep and post interview reviews were really useful to me, especially having been at one company for so long. Rachel ensured that I better understood my strengths and skills before going into the interview and made me a much better candidate (interviews had long been a weakness of mine).

Without the assistance of Rachel I don’t think I could have been as successful as I was at securing my exciting new role. As well as helpful, I found Rachel to be funny, kind and really encouraging, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity she gave me.’


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