Executive Search

WHAT IS EXECUTIVE SEARCH? what value does it add to businesses?

Executive Search is a robust and rigorous recruitment process, sometimes known as search & selection or headhunting. Search firms such as Collingwood partner organisations who need to recruit senior level / business critical and / or ‘hard to fill’ niche roles. These businesses are likely to want to recruit THE best candidates and not just the best available at that point in time. Always retained prior to any recruitment activity taking place, your dedicated consultant, through their industry sector expertise, is able to offer guidance on identifying, attracting and appointing the best individuals to meet or, perhaps even surpass, your needs. The consultant will then project manage the recruitment process from start to finish and not hand it off to a junior researcher or recruitment consultant. Click here to watch our 30-second explainer video to gain more information on what we do at Collingwood.

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Why choose executive search and why collingwood?

From start-ups to global organisations, companies choose executive search as a recruitment process for a number of reasons:

  • Ability to choose candidates that aren’t available internally or through their own sourcing methodologies
  • Using a third party allows clients the freedom to target and recruit candidates from specific competitors
  • Outsource the investment of time required   
  • Access to recruitment expertise around a particular sector and/ or skill set
  • Access to an established network within a particular industry sector
  • Recruitment expertise in relation to interviewing against cultural and skills fit
  • Search firms have a national and international reach
  • Gain and gather competitor and management information throughout the search process

In addition to covering all of the above, Collingwood also offers services that complement the recruitment process and are focused on delivering commercial success:

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Executive Search is a thorough process (our recruitment process) which starts with our search consultant listening to a client’s needs. Advice, guidance and options are tailored to meet the client’s challenges and to demonstrate an understanding of the brief. Once engaged, research is undertaken to map the market sector, identifying competitors and any aligned businesses who employ candidates with the expertise and skill set to meet the client’s requirements. From here, individuals are found and approached both sensitively and professionally, to make them aware of the opportunity available. 

Brand perception can affect both the candidate’s decision-making process and the client’s reputation, so great care is taken to act as an ambassador for the client at this point. Interested candidates who match the client's brief are interviewed and assessed before a shortlist is selected of those meeting the requirements and cultural fit of the hiring company. Support can be provided throughout the client’s interview and selection stage and again, the consultant is on hand to help during contract offer and negotiation stages.


In short, yes, but of course we'd say that. What we would also say is that our recruitment process isn't for everyone. It does still require an element of investment from the hiring company to ensure any new employee feels like your organisation is one they want to be part of. So if you are looking for a fast and cheap recruitment option where there's no effort required until the contract is signed, then a headhunt may not be for you. Our process concentrates on your commercial goals, overcoming your challenges and getting the right cultural fit. We believe that it is this focus that delivers the best long-term results and success and we are not the only people who think so:



"I have worked with Collingwood on a number of challenging UK and international assignments. Despite the prospect of finding needles in haystacks to meet our needs, Collingwood 's knowledge of the market, determination and pro-activity have produced the required results. Their approach is refreshing and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them as a recruitment partner."


"Collingwood were impressive, not just by the end results - which as a high calibre candidate to fulfil our exacting demands for a key role - but in particular their tenacity, though always professional, was clearly key to a successful outcome. Furthermore, their honesty in presenting possibilities was refreshing, especially by comparison with traditional recruitment agencies." 


"Through significant upfront investment, Collingwood was able to fully understand our brief and cultural fit of the individuals required. Through a targeted headhunt approach, along with behavioural profile assessment, they were able to provide a high calibre shortlist. The feedback from candidates and management all praised Collingwood's high level of professionalism and accountability."


Call us today on 01829 732374 to speak to one of our professional advisors or email your details to: enquiries@collingwoodsearch.co.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.