Executive Search

In conjunction with our extensive historical knowledge and ongoing mapping of the executive landscape, we develop search strategies which proactively identify the best and most relevant talent in the field. Our dedicated in-house research team supports our trained consultants in fine-tuning the search strategy to the particular needs of each assignment. This is supported by our membership in the AltoPartners Executive Search Worldwide network, which facilitates far-reaching access to international talent. Furthermore, we provide additional in-depth evaluative advice through psychometric and behavioural assessments, lending additional value and rigour to your decision-making.

Executive Selection

A selection approach relies on talent sourcing techniques to service clients with a swift and focused recruitment process. With over 50 years in the industry, Sheffield has an extensive executive candidate database, offering not just a collection of resumés, but a wealth of long-term and in-depth evaluative information. Furthermore, our consultants’ use of DDI’s Targeted Selection® competency-based interviewing processes, combined with our in-house psychometrics, provide additional assurance in the recruitment process.  

Executive Contracting

When a short-term appointment or a change agent is required, we can provide an effective solution. Sheffield’s Executive Contracting service offers talented executives, with the right skillset and personal profile, to integrate into your organisation and hit the ground running. Such assignments may include managing a gap or period of transition, a project or programme of work, and a crisis or change process.

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  • Katy understood our concepts of leadership and I remember noting that that was one of the key differences between Sheffield and the other companies. We were very pleased with the quality of shortlist which led to an excellent appointment. Katy was most professional throughout the recruitment process and if I was recruiting again Katy would be our first and only call.

    Simon Taylor, Director, Armstrong Downes Commercial - Wellington

  • The Sheffield team offered insights which challenged some of our views yet provided us with rational and clear options for consideration. We were delighted with the final outcome and are very grateful to Ian and the team for their work.

    Sharon Wards, Chair, Lindisfarne College Council - North Island

  • Sheffield go the extra mile, are clearly passionate about what they do and their professionalism and acumen ensures the right candidates are put forward. The communication from the whole team during the process was excellent and their attention to detail was second to none.

    Nicki Brady, Deputy Chief Executive, Tumuaki Tuarua - North Island

  • “Sheffield helped us find a new CEO in 2020. As well as having the resources to assist us, they have been professional, diligent, courteous and willing to do extra work to ensure a good outcome for all.

    Harley Aish, Chair ProCare - Auckland

  • “Having placed our previous GM, Sheffield was familiar with our organisation’s requirements. This resulted in a smooth process that was professionally and successfully managed. We were happy with the outcome, and successfully appointed our new General Manager.”

    David Barker, Chair, Rural Livestock - South Island

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