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Executive Search

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Source the Best Talent for Your Key Appointments

​The Cpl Executive Search team offers clients the opportunity to reach the best talent for their key appointments. We work closely with our clients to build a compelling proposition and engage executives who align with their unique requirements and values.

Cpl Executive Search has an extensive network of contacts covering Technology, Financial Services, Pharma, Healthcare, Bio-Tech, Manufacturing, Construction, Engineering, Professional Services, FMCG, Retail and much more.

Source the Best Talent for Your Key Appointments

Exceeding Your Expectations for Over 30 Years

An effective leadership team is an essential and powerful asset. However, only 18% of senior executives rate their leadership team as “very effective”. Ensuring your organisation has the right people in charge is crucial to future success.

​The Cpl Executive Search has earned a reputation within executive recruitment for achieving results through professionalism, integrity, and truly exceptional client and candidate management. We offer deep sectoral knowledge, extensive executive search experience, and a network of senior talent across multiple sectors and disciplines. 

The Cpl Executive team has over 30 years of experience managing executive-level appointments. We provide executive search services to an impressive portfolio of leading organisations across the public and private sectors in Ireland and the UK.

The Cpl Executive search team leverages a global network of 50 offices to source and identify exceptional international talent. The Cpl global network is expanded even further by its ability to utilise our parent company's footprint of over 250 companies, which operate across 39 countries.

Most In-Demand Qualifications and Skillsets

Professional recognition:

At the C-suite and Director levels, organisations prioritise experience, excellence, and best practice within each function or area of expertise. Certifications including, FCCA, FCIPD, IOD, PSI, IEI, IMI, MII, show a candidate's qualifications and ability to meet the demands of senior leadership roles.

Master's and MBA degrees are highly sought-after qualifications, as are innovation and leadership courses, especially for larger corporate companies across all sectors.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Data Analytics/Digitalisation:

While 18.9% of Irish boards have tech expertise, which is above the European average, growth in technology use is making courses across these topics more desirable than ever before. This is not only for technology companies and functions but across leadership and business strategy.

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI):

72% of people believe that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will play an important role in business decisions over the next two years. DE&I continues to be emphasised across all business functions, including Human Resources (HR), strategic planning, business analysis, leadership, and management. Formal qualifications in DEI are very desirable, as organisations are realising the value diversity brings to the workplace.

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG):

There is a need for leaders to understand the principles and best practices of sustainability. As, investors, younger employees, and clients have growing ESG expectations. Having an in-depth certification and understanding of sustainability or formal qualification is preferred.

Emotional Intelligence (EI):

While there is no formal demand for qualifications in EI, there is an appetite for professional understanding and experience in this area. EI is crucially importance in driving people's performance via strong leadership.

Top Benefits of Executive Roles

As a result of market corrections post-Covid, employers are finding talent attraction at C-suite and Director levels more competitive than ever. In response, employers in most sectors are re-evaluating their People Value Proposition (PVP).

Compensation offerings fall into financial and non-financial benefits. The main benefits offered at senior level are:

  • Pension: Anything from 5-15% (matched/unmatched)

  • Life Assurance: 2-4 times the basic salary is the norm, with some exceptions

  • Share Incentive Schemes: LTIPS, RSUs, STIPS (SME market showing signs of embracing this reward)

  • Bonuses/Commissions: 20-100% depending on the functionality of the role

  • Equity: Startups and scale-ups availing of this to attract the best talent

  • Healthcare: Executive/Family plan is the norm with some offering individual plans only

  • Dental & other medical: Mostly offered by multinationals or large corporations

  • Annual/Maternity/Paternity/Adoptive/Sick/Additional Leave: Paid and unpaid options

  • Flexible working: Hybrid models becoming the norm through demand

  • Wellbeing: Several offerings across, mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellness 

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): Offering free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services

  • Education/CPD: Supporting continuous career development

  • Discounts/Allowances/Perks: For consumer and/or wellness products, services, events

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