Our executive search offering

Our expertise is in matching role requirements with candidates' capabilities, effectiveness and potential via a carefully honed process of assessment and analysis, digging deep into candidates' competencies, values, aspirations and characters.

Through in-depth interviews and informal referencing, we build a thorough understanding of each candidate's track record and performance, as well as a feel for their personality, style, values and goals.

Tailored to each brief, our process leads to deeper perspectives on individual profiles and generates personalised, multi-tier feedback about each candidate.

Discreet, trustworthy and experienced, our dedicated team will work as partners to your organisation throughout the process and beyond.

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Intelligent executive search

We were one of the first signatories of the Voluntary Code that promotes diversity in executive search firms. We have helped develop the code itself to make it more impactful as well as the accreditation process for search firms supporting the code.

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Bespoke service

We invest time in understanding our clients, listening and tailoring every search to the specific requirements, opportunities and culture of each company we partner with.

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A powerful network

Founded in 2005, we have built an extensive network, giving us access to outstanding, diverse, senior talent across a range of sectors.

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Research-led methodology

We are forensic in our search process, which is honed for each appointment by an experienced team, leveraging our global network of contacts and potential candidates.

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Reach and reputation

We proactively cultivate our relationships through an outreach programme involving a wide range of organisations and activities that bring us into contact with high-calibre candidates daily.

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Additional services

Talent management and succession planning for diversity and inclusion

In addition to supporting organisations with executive and non-executive boardroom appointments, clients often look to us for strategic advice. They know they can count on our insight and experience, and trust our judgement

Talent development

EXAMPLE: A large international fund manager recently asked us to explore why regretted leavers had departed the firm over the previous three years.

Sapphire Partners reached out to former employees, designed an online survey and carried out qualitative research to explore the drivers of departures and subsequent career choices. We also conducted interviews to explore the critical issues.

Based on analysis of the findings, we produced a report and recommendations for the client to use when reviewing their talent management strategy and implementing new processes and career development tracks.

The project identified key gender differences among regretted leavers and recommended a diversity lens be applied to future activities in support of the client's attraction and retention strategy.

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Succession planning

EXAMPLE: Boards are giving more consideration than ever before to succession planning and the skillsets their leadership teams will need for the future. This includes the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in the boardroom, and across C-level and other senior executive roles.

One of our clients recently recognised that its succession planning did not accommodate sufficient external input. Sapphire Partners was asked to project manage a review of the organisation’s strategy and identify external candidates for long-term cultivation.

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Psychometric testing

Many HR departments already use personality assessment tests as part of the recruitment process. If not, Sapphire Partners can carry out psychometric testing on candidates as a service instead of or in addition to existing in-house methods. Our expertise includes:

Hogan Assessments

This set of tools provides insight into how executives build and implement business strategies as well as how they manage change, conflict and people. Using Hogan Assessments, we can gain a strong indication of future performance and benchmark candidate profiles against your specific requirements.

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Myers-Briggs Personality Assessments

Instead of measuring abilities or skills, Myers-Briggs Personality Assessments give us insight into the potential strengths and weaknesses of each individual according to their responses. Rather than being used for recruitment, we use Myers-Briggs to help organisations develop talent based on personality type.

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Organisations we've helped include...

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“Sapphire is dedicated to getting the right solution and worked tirelessly to do this for us. They are very much a trusted partner.”

-Chair, Global Asset Manager

“Sapphire made the role attractive to candidates who may not have considered it on initial review, which was crucial in attracting the best talent.”

-Operating Partner, Private Investment Firm

“Over the four years I have worked with Sapphire Partners, they have consistently delivered positive outcomes, helping us recruit the right people.”

-Non-Executive Director, FTSE 250

“Sapphire is an excellent firm that really understands diversity – and its benefits – in financial recruitment.”

-Chair, Global Asset Manager

“Sapphire Partners has a consistently forensic but caring approach to executive search and they really ‘hunt’ for the right match every time.”

-Non-Executive Director, FTSE 250