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Specialised Search

Specialised & Executive Search

When you work with The Highfield Partnership, you’ll be speaking to a consultant with deep specialised knowledge of your market, gained over years’ of experience. Our team have successfully handled specialised and executive search assignments for large multi-nationals to SME’s and start-ups. Perhaps more unique is the additional experience within the team of working internally within relevant roles and sectors too, giving us a first hand perspective when managing our clients’ searches.

We recognise the challenges of recruiting talent that will make a positive difference to your organisation, not simply finding the right technical competencies, but also the critical component of organisational fit. Our specialised fields are Human Resources & Business Change & Transformation.

HR Recruitment

We’ve been recruiting HR professionals from management to executive grade for nearly two decades now. Our knowledge extends across the whole spectrum of HR disciplines, from generalist to specialist, and we’ve handled assignments for large multi-nationals to SME’s and start ups. We recognise the challenges of recruiting to HR roles, not simply finding the right technical competencies, but also the critical component of organisational fit. We work across all sectors, but see we can offer additional value developing expertise in several core markets as well.

Typical HR recruitment assignments include:

  • HR Directors
  • Senior HR Interims
  • Functional HR Leadership
  • HR Change & Organisational Development
  • HR Managers & Business Partners
  • HR Specialists (Centre of Expertise)

Business Change Recruitment

Our business change recruitment practise provides support to organisations undertaking programmes of major transformational change to their systems, processes, and people to improve business performance. Key to the success of these programmes will inevitably rest with the organisations’ ability to appoint the ‘right’ people to key roles in the change programme, bringing not just the right technical expertise, but also the right blend of behavioural competencies. This is where our approach, based on proven experience in hiring within this field, comes in to its own. We provide a high touch, search lead approach to identify proven performers, and connect them to our clients.

Typical business change recruitment assignments include:

  • Programme Directors
  • Programme Leadership & Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Transformation
  • ERP/Technology Change & Integration
  • Business Process Engineering

Our approach

It’s our commitment to find exceptional talent for our clients, so we use search methodology as a matter of course to deliver the strongest shortlists we can. We actively engage with high performers to build constructive and ongoing relationships, offering value through career conversations and an ear to the ground for the ‘right’ opportunity. Unlike most executive search firms however, we’re willing to stand by our results, so consider contingent as well as retained assignments.

Our experience extends across all sectors, with all types of organisation, so we are equipped to deliver to a wide range of customers. However, we are also backed by years of experience working specifically within STEM related industries such as Engineering, Natural Resources, Consumer Goods, Technical Manufacturing and Technology, enabling us to develop deep market knowledge, build targeted networks, and equip us with expertise which we believe can offer differential value to our service.

Given our preference for using search methodology, the roles we most typically handle will be at mid or management level up to executive or board appointments.

Why choose us

We passionately believe your recruitment partner should make a difference. Here are the key reasons we believe you should choose us as your recruitment partner….

  • We provide a dedicated service, characterised by working with small numbers of clients at any one time, with mutually vested interest to get the right outcome.
  • We won’t shirk from putting our judgement on the line, because that’s where we add value and save you time.
  • We’ll shortlist with quality over quantity in mind, and apply the highest standards of selection, based on a thorough understanding of both client and candidate.
  • We pride ourselves on our integrity, and always take proactive steps to give our clients a competitive advantage.
  • We have a rare combination of backgrounds that better positions us to deliver high quality outcomes and customer experiences.

Your career search

If you’re looking to take an active step to seek your next career move, we’d love to hear from you. We don’t typically advertise the roles we handle on our site as we tend to use search methods and our extensive network to resource for our clients, but we’d be happy to discuss any current roles which may be suitable, or simply talk through your aspirations for future opportunities.

Here is a sample of roles we’ve recently handled for our clients:

HR Business Partner - Oil & GasGroup Head of HR - Consumer ServicesSenior Reward Consultant (Interim) - RenewablesHR Director (start-up) - Automotive Head of Talent & Development - ManufacturingDeputy ERP Programme Director (Interim) - Hi-Tech ManufacturingERP Project Delivery Team (UK & US) - Engineering