Retained Search Services

Finding and retaining top leadership and board talent can be a strategic game changer. We understand that conducting a retained search which produces a great result and delivers sustained value requires more than sector experience and a cursory review of critical success factors within a client system. In an industry that hasn’t innovated in a hundred years, we’ve been in relentless pursuit of “doing it better” since our beginning.  We practice retained search as it was originally intended; as a specialized form of management consulting, not a transactional exercise of filling seats in a vacuum. Our proprietary Foresight™ process is an evidence-based search methodology designed to ensure the best possible match, resulting in 97% offer acceptance, 92% retention at the two-year mark, and significantly higher engagement levels. Our clients rely on us as trusted advisors, to assist them in determining exactly who and what they are looking for, and why. As a leader in retained search services, we provide the optimal search strategy, fully transparent reporting, candor even when it is not convenient, due diligence at the highest levels, an unprecedented guarantee, and aftercare past the point of placement.

The 22+ year-old, evidence-based, battle-tested, proprietary Allen Austin Retained Search Services Foresight™ Process Delivers:

  • 92% placement retention rate at the 2-year mark & a 97% offer/acceptance ratio-performance metrics superior to industry averages of 55% and 70% respectively
  • 100% follow through on over 4,000 retained engagements…having never abandoned an uncompleted assignment in twenty-two years
  • A sourcing strategy, utilizing original research, big data and powerful predictive analytics, designed to bring the best talent available to the table, surfacing hidden talent NOT on the radar screen of the search community at large
  • A full two-year guarantee on all executive placements above $225,000 in total cash compensation
  • On-boarding assistance and follow through for a period of not less than two years. Aftercare is a key component of our relationship driven model
  • A focus on lasting, long-term, value-added relationships vs. transactional order taking, fulfilling our purpose of enhancing the lives and effectiveness of our clients
  • Commitment to partner-level execution of mission critical activities including candidate contact, candidate evaluation, due diligence and reference audits
  • An Organizational and Position Needs Analysis resulting in comprehensive understanding, specification and roadmap, reflecting specific performance expectations and critical success factors in our client’s unique culture and environment
  • A candidate self-appraisal that compels less than ideal candidates to self-select out of specific search scenarios in which the fit is less than ideal
  • A 360-degree Reference Audit Process that effectively reveals true strengths, weaknesses, proclivities, and fit indicators of all short-listed candidates before they are presented to you

 

Foresight™ Process:

Foresight Process for Retained Search Services