Executive Search

Leaders, prominent managerial figures and strategic talent strongly define a company’s culture, brand reputation and financial health. Finding the right people for these roles requires a carefully crafted plan and flawless execution.

It all starts with a series of questions. The ability to ask the right questions is a critical component of the search process and sets the tone for a fruitful collaboration. All available resources are then on the table during the search design phase, including industry references, proprietary networks, databases and other tools.

There is a lot at stake and discretion is of the utmost importance every step of the way. Our screening method is quiet and surgical.

Post-hire we are committed to a proper organizational integration and full client and candidate satisfaction.


Assessment

Organizations are an intricate weave of knowledge, experience, processes and relationships. Greater insight on this dynamic mix helps leaders unlock potential and improve performance.

Assessment tools can be useful at all stages of the business cycle: a selection assessment to aid hiring decisions; a development assessment to build employee engagement; or a management audit to sharpen strategic planning skills.

Assessment tools are an effective way for an organization to appraise its most valuable resource.


Consulting Services

We offer a complete range of customizable services to fine-tune HR strategy and optimize intellectual capital resources, including Salary Benchmarking, Potentials Analysis, ad hoc projects and Coaching. These services contribute to professional growth and benefit the well-being of the entire organization.

Success Stories

  • A failsafe approach to ‘mission impossible’
    We were required to find a resilient candidate with proven leadership skills for a senior, safety-critical role, with the personality to implement positive change in a very complex and challenging sector.
     
    The Challenge:  This was no fresh task for our client.  Despite a 4-year recruitment process, they had struggled to fill the role and were beginning to think about alternative options.
     
    Managing the task:  Key to the success of this assignment was the ability to understand what skills and traits make a good leader within the industry and applying this information to our search practice.  Our intense, in-depth research opened the door to a broader range of proven candidates with the specific mix of skills to be successful within the role.
    One-to-one meetings we essential in ensuring the right candidate accepted the job offer.
     
    What benefits the assignment provided:  We were able to find a high caliber candidate for our client, who was in place and fully operational within 2 months of our initial contact with the client.  The individual successfully implemented a change program, which has been positively received around the organization.
     
    Testimonial:  After 4 years, we thought the person we were looking for simply didn’t exist. It took only two months for Edward Drummond to prove us wrong.
  • Creative approach and impeccable research yields high returns
    The purpose of this assignment was to find a Non-Executive Director with a proven track record, refined skills and relevant experience to drive transformational growth. Our client organization was a global, niche technology company, headquartered in the UK, operating internationally with a turnover of £100 million.
     
    The Challenge:  This assignment was particularly challenging due to the ambitious growth plans of the client organization and necessary breadth of experience required.
     
    Managing the Task:  We set about finding suitable candidates by applying the needs of our client to those who were currently in CEO/executive roles within organisations of the right profile to our targeting plan.   This provided an attractive opportunity for candidates seeing a first Non-Exec appointment, providing our client with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills available.  Furthermore, this increased the number of available candidates from less traditional sources.
     
    Outcomes:  Through applying our innovative research methodology to our unique range of sources, we were able to identify over 55 Senior Executives suitable for the role.  40 of these were consulted without compromising client confidentiality, and six exceptional candidates were shortlisted in just 6 weeks.
  • Top candidate + top clients = no guarantee of success
    The objective throughout this assignment was to gather insights that enable effective use of an important hire to inform a strategy for market differentiation.
     
    Our client, a global tier 2 legal practice with aspirations to build significant, new revenue streams from the banking sector.  Specifically, they were interested in hiring a respected and influential Real Estate/Finance specialist, drawn from a Magic Circle firm, with a considerable Financial Services client base.
     
    The Challenge:  The challenge of this assignment was to see beyond the acknowledged technical and business development expertise of the candidates, in order to uncover potential challenges to successful integration.
     
    Managing the task:  In order to deliver a detailed report, which critically examined assumptions in the business case and reaffirmed direction, we conducted in-depth analysis of the markets identified, their barriers to entry and potential.  Furthermore, we carefully and confidentially validated candidate’s relationship capital with existing client base.
     
    Outcome:  Our research indicated that, despite the candidate’s strong and valued client relationships, the requirement of ‘Panel only’ appointment would rule out any opportunity to transfer existing banking clients to the recruiting firm.
     
    Meanwhile a significant business opportunity was identified within a sector previously out-priced by the fee rates at the candidate’s existing firm.
     
    This resulted in a successful hire, but with an alternative business strategy, delivering differentiation in a rapidly expanding new sector.  Our findings also helped avoid costly and futile efforts to overcome significant market barriers.