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Barclay Meade launches pan-European headhunting offering

Specialist recruitment consultancy Barclay Meade launches pan-European headhunting offering

Barclay Meade, the new professional staffing consultancy and part of the Matchtech Group, has launched a headhunting practice specialising in capturing the top 20% of the business worlds executive talent.
The Barclay Meade Executive Search team, under the direction of practice group leader James Hartshorn who brings 16 years experience in executive search to the business, will undertake search consultancy for key talent on a cross-industry basis.

In direct response to senior appointment drop-out figures - a staggering 64% in the first 90 days* - Barclay Meade aims to improve the tenure of new executives by providing a unique combination of on-boarding one-to-one coaching, talent management and executive coaching and outplacement . This blend of services is a first for the market and something which Barclay Meade believes is essential in the current climate in order for firms to reduce the cost of getting senior appointments wrong.

James Hartshorn says: Any executive appointment brings with it a huge amount of investment in terms of time and cost to a company. The cost of an appointment going wrong at this level will always be put under the magnifying glass, and becomes a negative focus for a companys recruitment strategy.

While our economy remains on the road to recovery, we believe in adding value beyond our clients expectations of any other executive search practice, and we passionately believe that schemes such as on-boarding one-to-one coaching are essential once an executive is placed to ensure that support is given if necessary to raise the probability of success.

The executive search team at Barclay Meade is committed to providing specific and measurable benefits to clients from critical talent placed at this level, and we have a strong belief in our business and the services we offer, working to the highest professional standards, offering an open approach.

Our team of experts has a proven track record working with global brands, completing headhunting assignments to secure leadership talent and bring real return and success. We pride ourselves on building relationships based on mutual respect, flexibility and collaboration with clients and executive candidates alike.

As a practice, Executive Search is designed to succeed where normal attraction methods have failed including recruitment agencies, selection advertising, adverts on corporate web sites, word of mouth referral or adverts on job boards.

Typical projects evolve from organisational change, shifts in a businesss operation model, changes to a companys route to market, succession planning exercises, team re-development or natural wastage via a companys growth stage.

In order to best service its clients, Barclay Meade Executive Search is divided into industry specific practice groups with dedicated teams who are hugely experienced in their chosen industry:

Banking and financial services

Technology and professional services


Energy and utilities


FMCG and retail


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