Global Executive Search Partner

Retained search model

Irving Knight’s retained search process allows us to conduct a meticulous and comprehensive executive search service, modified to the unique needs of the client we are in partnership with.

A unique and flexible search structure.

Our unique & flexible search structure guarantees every search is tailored specifically to our partner’s needs, ensuring the entire process is diligent & stress free from start to finish.

We not only provide recruiting process guidelines, candidate pipelines and networks — we also provide a know-how to navigate the waters when handling delicate situations and negotiations.

Over 80% of our searches utilise the retained model.

Due to our consultants’ dedication to the search, we take the time out to learn extensively about our partner’s needs. Our constant market research & exceptional expertise allows us to offer services such as writing job descriptions, consulting on future positions & providing a full, 360 map of the labour market. Our proactive approach allows us to reach candidate job boards & individuals that contingent recruiters cannot find. You will receive a detailed candidate shortlist, within a specific time frame, alongside comprehensive supplementary notes of each candidate & why they have been presented.


We make your search our priority.

We appreciate that the hiring process for executive candidates may be extensive and we are passionate about being able to get to work as soon as possible.

A 360° map of the market.

With the guarantee of business that a retained search brings, we coordinate with our research team to map out market conditions before headhunting even begins.

We interview every candidate twice.

Having thoroughly searched for and contacted every individual who may be a fit for the role, we then have more time to interview candidates, ensuring that we are only forwarding the top profiles to our clients for review.

Ensuring candidates remain loyal.

We ensure that any candidate submitted for a retained search role will not be submitted for any other process. We also assist with reference checking and negotiations at the offer stage.

Let's discuss your requirements.

Our specialist team can assist with executive search in a range of industry verticals.

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