Comprehensive and Professional Executive Recruitment

The executive search industry has been in existence for over fifty years. It’s full of organisations that are usually named after the company’s founder or founders. They generally offer the same sort of service and utilise the same sort of commercial terms. Some brands have become very successful and have established a reputation that enables them to charge substantial fees and even to stake a claim that to be set for the top positions, you need to be recruited by them.

Unfortunately, whilst selecting one of the big brands is likely to bring you a large retainer and subsequent stage payments that are triggered without reference to any significant achievement, there is no guarantee that it will deliver a quality shortlist or a choice of well-qualified candidates to choose between. We know from experience that the larger executive search firms consider filling half of their retained searches a success!

We recently had a conversation with the Group HRD of a major European firm who had used 27 executive search firms over the previous two years – and each of them only once. None of them had delivered sufficiently well to be used for a second time, and that list included all of the big branded search firms.


Quarsh and Executive Search - Why Our Approach is Different

Quarsh’s executive search offering is different. We’re not a big branded search firm, and nor do we want to be. We’re a division of a highly imaginative RPO and recruitment solutions provider. Our Search consultants have worked for some of those big branded search firms so we have seen first-hand both the good and the bad practices offered within.

Through time-served experience and the application of best-practice, we offer a high-quality executive search service that you can rely on:

  • Some of our RPO partnerships have grown out of our success in executive search
  • We have fulfilled all our retained assignments
  • We charge reasonable fees with stage payments based on significant achievements rather than exorbitant fees based on time passing
  • Our team has considerable experience of delivering on search assignments across a range of sectors, locations and positions
  • Our clients come back to us time and again as they come to value our input and seek our advice.

We use professional researchers to carry out fresh research, producing thorough, in-depth talent maps that are unique to every search. We have worked with the same researchers for many years, so we know their capabilities. One of them has multi-lingual capabilities, so we can conduct research and approaches in many languages and attest to a candidate’s language skills if that is part of the assessment criteria.

We know that one of the major complaints that companies have when they work with traditional search firms is that they receive minimal communication on progress during the assignment. We suspect that this is because the work is done by junior staff whilst the client-facing staff set about winning more clients. With Quarsh, the person leading the assignment will also be the person making the candidate approaches. This enables us to send you weekly progress reports that include both statistical summaries and ad-hoc comments regarding candidates, progress, challenges and general prognosis. To demonstrate our openness and ensure that they can provide updates to stakeholders without needing to speak to us, we can offer live access to our research reports to our main client interface.

Wherever possible, we will meet with your stakeholders at the briefing stage; we will meet with all prospective shortlist candidates; and we will present our shortlist to the same stakeholders, leaving ample time to discuss each candidate.

For a confidential conversation around how we can assist with your executive search and recruitment, please contact Adrian Hill on or 07740 434 338.


VIDEO: Adrian Hill talks about Quarsh's executive search service


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