Our Approach

The executive search industry has a reputation for inflexible pricing, a lack of proactivity and poor customer service. bpesearch was founded on the principle that clients and candidates alike deserve better.

Our approach is built on 4 pillars …

Flexibility

Your challenge is unique to you, so we think you deserve a bespoke approach, and complete transparency in developing a fee structure, time frame and process that suits you.

Immersion

We don’t just go to market when we have a brief. We are immersed in the market on a daily basis, building relationships with the brightest and the best so that the right talent has the greatest chance of meeting your opportunity.

Divergence

Different perspectives lead to a better solution. Sometimes briefs need to be challenged. We explore and expand the search criteria to identify the most diverse shortlist . With expert partners to support us, diversity sits at the heart of our search process. We pride ourselves on offering alternative solutions and we use our extensive networks to look beyond ‘the usual talent pool’,

Service

We are passionate about what we do, with a determination to go above and beyond to deliver on the toughest of briefs. We consider ourselves part of your team and take pride in being ambassadors for your brand. As part of our commitment to delivering both quality and value, we include a comprehensive On-Boarding programme with an Executive Coach.

Diversity, inclusion & representation

We are continually evaluating our own performance and acknowledge we still have some way to go in terms of the diversity of our own team.  Externally, we’re making real progress in supporting our clients to build more diverse leadership teams by identifying and attracting more candidates from under-represented groups.

We’re proud to report that WOMEN have secured 50% of all assignments we have led since the beginning of 2018. Over the same period, the proportion of successful candidates from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds has increased from 3% to 7%.

What do our clients say?

Cawston Press have worked with bpesearch for a number of years as we continue to strengthen the overall capability and experience of our executive team.   Key recent assignments have included Supply Chain and Marketing Director roles. We have found bpesearch to be a thoroughly professional partner who are well connected and able to understand our organisation, culture and technical needs.

Co-Founder / Director, Cawston Press

Mike and the team at bpesearch have been amazing at supporting us with our search. They helped us secure a great candidate despite a challenging hiring context at Suntory.

The brief wasn’t easy, the hiring manager has changed three times over the length of the search and they have had to navigate conflicting priorities. They’ve been great at adapting, showing patience and flexibility while challenging our thinking and pushing back at times on candidates which is what we needed. They never gave up, showed huge resilience and worked in partnership with us to find the best candidate.

They went above and beyond to understand what we were looking for, spent time in our factory to get a sense of who we were. They are expert in Supply chain and that comes through in the quality of candidates they presented. Lastly, Mike and team really care not only about their client but also about the candidates they represent. They’ve showed great empathy and care for one of the candidates who was going through a difficult personal time.

Suntory, Talent Acquisition Partner

Working with Rachel is like having an extended part of your internal team. It doesn’t feel like an agency and business relationship in any way. Rachel manages to find the balance between being extremely professional and excellent at her job while at the same time being so personable and down to earth.  I’d certainly recommend working with her if you want a partnership which always leads to a great result.

Matalan, Head of Talent

Working with Paul is always a pleasure. Paul takes the time to get to know you as a client and hiring manager to help him find the right match of candidates. He has an excellent team behind him that do a fantastic job mapping the market. Paul always provides a very focused short list of candidates that are spot on – he always seems to really get what you are looking for. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Paul and his team.

MD Distribution, Hiscox

From the first contact with Andy Young and the team at bpesearch we believed they genuinely understood our brand, culture and search requirements. There was no time wasting or hopeful suggestions and every candidate selected had a credible match to our brief. The process was clearly laid out in line with our timescale requirements and we were not only kept appraised but felt listened to and consulted at every key step in the process.

The end result has been an excellent addition to the BetterYou senior leadership team. From onboarding to the post-hire coaching programme provided as part of the process, I can say that this has been the smoothest and most professional recruitment process I have experienced. For any SME that is looking to hire to further scale their business,  for a trusted search partner with expertise in CPG, look no further.

Andy Thomas, CEO & Founder – BetterYou

When we asked [the candidate] about her experience with working with you, she told us how well you have briefed and supported her throughout the process. Specifically, she referenced how Paul had supported her throughout the process.

Really appreciate the professionalism you have brought to this search.

Equal Experts, Chief Commercial Officer

Mike worked in partnership with us to really understand what we were looking for and ensure he targeted candidates that could make a real step change in the role and grow in the future. Mike presented a thorough shortlist and ensured all the candidates were supported through the process. We now have the right person in the role and the feedback from the line manager and candidate is extremely positive regarding Mike and bpesearch.

Ibstock, HR Business Lead

bpesearch delivered an impressive shortlist and we’ve hired an outstanding individual from a process that was thorough, professional and joined up with the key stake holders in our business.  Andy provided valuable counsel, guidance and expertise at each step of the way by listening to our needs and challenging where appropriate. He clearly demonstrated the value in our choosing a search partner that brings insight, knowledge and understanding of the market place in which he operates.  We’re thrilled with the appointment we’ve made and more so having been able to secure an individual that helps to further provide gender balance to our senior leadership team

Britvic, Chief Marketing Officer

Appointing a new Marketing Director was a crucial building block in completing our Senior Leadership Team.  This meant being absolutely clear on the brief and in selecting the right search partner. bpesearch spent the time in scrutinizing as well as challenging the brief to ensure there was clear alignment on not only the skills and experience required, but the mind-set and attitude of someone who would have the ability to help take us and our marketing forward in a significant way.  The process was excellent and robust, but equally flexible and adapted to our needs. Most importantly, they invested time to learn who we are and what makes us different, and then brought this to life in an authentic manner enabling candidates to see the beating heart of our business.  We were highly impressed with the calibre of the shortlist and are thrilled with the quality of the appointment. We are very happy to have partnered with bpesearch and we would most certainly recommend them as an Executive Search partner.

The Collective, GM UK & Europe

bpesearch have supported a number of key strategic appointments to help us improve the capability of our leadership team.  They took time to really understand our business, culture & needs and constantly offered good counsel and guidance during the process. Every candidate they have recommended has been extremely well briefed and well prepared for interviews and the team have kept in touch throughout notice and onboarding periods.

Evergreen, Managing Director UK & Ireland

We had not worked with bpesearch before but were impressed with the approach to the task and the clarity of process that they brought. The project was executed swiftly and with just the right amount of attention and contact from our side. They delivered an excellent shortlist of candidates with a very interesting range of backgrounds and attributes. Ultimately we ended up with a great final choice whom we anticipate will make a step difference to our business.”

Marshalls, HR Director

Working with the team at bpesearch was an excellent experience. They take an extremely hands on approach to placing candidates – in my case they not only found me a great role and prepared me thoroughly throughout the selection procedure, but gave me real honesty and clarity around every aspect of the job and team I would be joining. bpesearch is now the first call I make when I want to find a new challenge – and also when I need to strengthen my own senior leadership team.

XLN, Group CEO

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