Executive Search


Executive Search is the most thorough method for securing business and project leaders. The advantage of Executive Search is that the process is not limited to individuals who are actively looking or known to any one person or company. We use a highly proactive, research-led process to identify the exact skill set of individuals in a selection of target companies.

The team at Harcourt Michaels is highly experienced in engaging with the executive community, giving confidence in the confidentiality and integrity of the process. These trusting relationships lead to a comprehensive shortlist of the highest performers in the targeted industry sector.

We also offer a number of consulting services in relation to the attraction and retention of key employees.

Consulting Services

Acquiring senior talent is one of the many challenges facing our clients; retaining high performers is another, particularly with the global skill shortages in the market. Our team has knowledge and experience across many areas of human resources consulting and can offer additional advice and services in the following areas:

  • Advertising
  • Acquisition Strategy
  • Board Consulting
  • Benefit Analysis
  • International Recruitment
  • Project Recruitment
  • Remuneration Reviews

We believe that consistent and clear reporting is fundamental to a timely and informed recruitment process. Our strength is our structured project methodology which can be summarised as follows:


We develop a clear assignment brief based on the business profile and values, the specific position requirements and the desired personality traits. Understanding the key performance criteria around the role is essential and we identify any challenges or restricting factors to the search from the outset. Listening and understanding at the outset forms the foundation of a successful project


Based on our understanding of the requirement and drawing on many years of experience, we put in place an achievable strategy with agreed timescales. We consider the geographic implications and whether the desired skills can be found locally, nationally or internationally, implementing a structured process to identify high achievers with the right skill set and experience.


We engage and evaluate the defined target pool resulting in a qualified shortlist of individuals that meet all of the criteria of the role. We conduct in depth face-to-face assessments and provide full reports, continuing our involvement in the process until the desired candidate is secured.