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BIE's Finance team expands capability

by Marty Jaynes on 12 Mar 2019

BIE Executive are pleased to welcome Tom Johnstone to the finance team.

At BIE, we are known for our ability to support businesses going through change, especially when it comes to recruiting strategic hires at the senior end of the market.

The addition of Tom allows the finance team to extend BIE’s end-to-end recruitment capability by providing solutions to help organisations with their succession planning earlier in the cycle. This is through identifying future leaders in finance at a divisional FD level, as well as FP&A, reporting, and financial control.

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How to boost your visibility to executive search firms

by Marty Jaynes on 11 Mar 2019

Passive candidates represent valuable prospects for employers needing to fillsenior executive positions. But how do you ensure that you’ll be considered for these new opportunities?

I talked to BIE consultants Janet Musgrave, James Gherardi, and Eoin Canty, who gave their perspectives on how to boost your visibility to executive search firms, drawing on their own experience of recruiting in the HR, Supply Chain, and Finance functions.

As James says, “The key thing is this is a passive network that we’re dealing with, and most of the roles we are working on we don’t advertise, so you need to be proactive and on our radar in order to be considered for new opportunities."

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Why business transformation fails - and how to avoid it

by Marty Jaynes on 04 Mar 2019

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in June 2016 but has been updated with additional information.

Constant transformation is the norm for businesses today. 80% of organisations are going through a transformation of some sort, according to BIE’s Business Transformation Survey 2018.

But, not all transformations succeed in improving a company’s performance and sustaining those gains in the long-term. Research over a number of years seems to show that the success rate for these efforts is consistently low, with less than 30% succeeding.

So, if the cards are stacked against you, how do you ensure that your business transformation bears fruit?

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The foundation of every good search: Market mapping

by Marty Jaynes on 25 Feb 2019

Recently, we discussed how executive search is a research-led approach, with search firms mapping the market and benchmarking for particular skills, roles, and salaries.

In this post, we aim to help both organisations and candidates alike, understand the fundamental role market mapping plays in executive search. As well as covering the fundamentals of market mapping, I spoke to Sheira Schoeman, Research Manager at BIE Executive, for her insight into market mapping in practice.

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Can executive search tackle unconscious bias?

by Janet Musgrave on 18 Feb 2019

A highly engaged top team with a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives makes a company more dynamic, creative, and innovative. But if you only ever look for the same type of candidate, how are you ever going to get anyone different to what you have already got? It's not just about relevant industry experience either, it's about everything from gender and race to religion and even leadership style.

The trouble is, even if an organisation isn't intentionally looking for executive talent who fit the same profile as their predecessors, unconscious biases can have a critical - and sometimes problematic - effect on judgement.

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BIE makes Recruiter's FAST50 2019 at number 16

by Marty Jaynes on 14 Feb 2019

BIE Executive are delighted to be recognised in the Recruiter's FAST 50 2019 rankings.

The Recruiter FAST 50 is prepared by Clearwater International and lists the fastest-growing, privately-owned recruitment companies in the UK, according to a revenue compound annual growth rate over the three most recent annual reporting periods.

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Behind the scenes: The 3 stages of Executive Search

by James Gherardi on 11 Feb 2019

Executive search enables organisations to find and engage highly skilled senior executive talent, from a wide pool of candidates who may not be actively looking for a job.

In last week’s post, myself and my search colleagues Eoin and Janet discussed the merits of working with an executive search firm. In this week’s post, I wanted to explore the three key stages of a search process, as well as the typical timelines you can expect, from the point of developing a brief to the moment the successful candidate starts their new role.

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BIE consultants discuss the merits of Executive Search

by Marty Jaynes on 04 Feb 2019

Finding the top talent that will take your company where it needs to go isn’t easy. This is why many organisations partner with an executive search firm. An executive search firm works as an extension of your business to identify and engage the best top-level executive talent in the market to match your distinct business requirements.

However, as with most things in life, there are both pros and cons of using an executive search firm to find talent. With this in mind, I talked with some of our search consultants specialising in HR, finance, and supply chain to discuss the pros and cons of using an executive search firm.

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Evaluating different approaches to innovation

by Marty Jaynes on 28 Jan 2019

With technological advancements bringing a rapid pace of change, most businesses need to look for new ways to drive revenue. But with an almost endless amount of choice, deciding what to do can be tough. And once you’ve overcome that hurdle, the next challenge is figuring out how to do it.

Last year, we explored some of the different approaches organisations have been taking to innovation.

Here, we summarise the pros and cons of four key approaches.

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The changing landscape of Executive Search

by Eoin Canty on 21 Jan 2019

Executive search is booming due to the need for new skills, increasing demands from emerging markets, and the changing needs of organisations who are experiencing significant changes in their business strategies - as a result of trends such as globalisation and digital transformation.

Executive search used to be about finding senior people with the technical skills and qualifications to fill a role. Today, hiring executive talent has become far more complex.

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