Executive Search

Our executive search solutions offer clients a unique understanding of their needs, from the inside out. This allows us to assist clients with strategic considerations along with the implementation of vital organizational team roles and support requirements. An inside-out approach allows us to tailor the search parameters to your needs, and fingerprint them to identify unique backgrounds, values, and attitudes specific to your organization.

From CEOs, CFO’s, and Vice Presidents  to Executive Directors, our executive search service helps us understand your company’s needs from the inside out. We combine the art of people with the science of evaluation and predictability to advise our clients on the best choice of next steps specific to their needs. We ensure our search acknowledges the importance of culture in addition to measuring leadership styles, capabilities, and motivations in candidates.

Richardson embraces proven tools to fill positions including the following:

Search Expertise

  • Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) & Presidents
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFO)
  • Chief Operating Officers (COO)
  • Chief Marketing Officers (CMO)
  • Vice Presidents
  • Executive Directors
  • Directors & Managers
  • General Managers
  • Board Members

Industry Expertise

Richardson has experience and a proven track record in a diverse range of industries. We have strong, relevant, hands on experience with the following industries:

  • Municipalities & Crown Corporations
  • Not-For-Profit
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Services
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Energy, Resources & utilities
  • Industry & Community Associations
  • Long-Term Care
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Technology
  • Academia / Public Sector
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Professional Services

We help top organizations pursue their business vision by obtaining the best leaders in the marketplace who fit the company culture, values, and required experience.

Our Executive Search Process

Richardson takes the time to understand your organization, its values, mission, and culture. By exploring your company’s “why”, our search will fall into place and we can provide custom, superior service.

Richardson will source candidates locally, nationally and if needed, internationally, proactively reaching out to candidates in the market that may not be actively seeking the position, accessing the firm’s network of qualified C-level candidates and other best practice recruitment strategies. We will then provide a Weekly Candidate Sourcing report that contains all the candidates we interviewed, the candidates’ current position, along with our notes and suggestions. Based on your feedback, we will initiate the interview process for the candidates selected.

Deliverable: Weekly Candidate Sourcing Report

Richardson will generate a longlist of candidates based on your organization’s needs, the position you’re searching for, and your culture. Your Lead Consultant conducts in-depth pre-screen interviews with candidates to ensure we are only bringing forward top talent.

Deliverable: Long List of Candidates

Richardson will support your company in engaging in a rigorous interview, reference-checking and hiring process to select the best candidate. We will provide structured interviews to help reduce bias. By asking each candidate the same or similar set of questions, we can ensure we have consistent data to help objective decision-making. Your lead consultant will attend and be an active part of candidate interviews.

We will also conduct in-depth reference checks on the shortlisted candidates.

Richardson also offer’s leadership assessments to dive deeper into the candidate’s leadership potential, ability to handle complexity and personality insights. 

Deliverables: Short List of Candidates, Interview Guides, Candidate References, Assessments

Richardson will provide advisory services in choosing the successful candidate and will provide offer negotiation assistance. Once there is a signed offer, Richardson will assist with onboarding to ensure a higher return on investment. Furthermore, Richardson will conduct debriefing sessions for each unsuccessful candidate. 

To ensure long term retention, your Lead Consultant will conduct monthly check-ins and follow-up consultations.

Deliverables:  Signed Offer, Onboarding Assistance, Monthly Check Ins

Throughout our Search Process, our staff pride themselves on offering consistent and effective communications with our clients and candidates to ensure all parties are involved and informed on the progress of the search. We see ourselves as ambassadors of your organizations brand and will fiercely protect it every step of the way by ensuring professional communication and feedback to everyone.

Our commitment to sourcing leaders for our clients continues past the point of successful recruitment. We are passionate about our search and advisory services that we provide to organizations and executives along every step of their journey.