What is an executive search agency?

Executive recruitment is used to find candidates for senior-level jobs. OM Recruiters operate within Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Also known as search and selection or headhunting, this form of recruitment is typically known for its proactive approach and doesn’t solely rely on traditional methods of sourcing candidates.

How executive search works

An employer will approach OM Rec with a need for senior or highly-skilled talent, usually granting the agency exclusive rights to work on the placement. 

The recruiter will then get a detailed understanding of what the employer wants, both in terms of skill and character, before identifying and engaging with prospective candidates. 

...while headhunting fees are usually more expensive than those of a standard recruitment agency, the process is much more intensive.

These are likely to be passive candidates who are already in a role. 

Once the right candidate has been identified, introductions can be made with the employer. OM Recruiters may also play a part in negotiations.


So what’s the difference between a recruiter and an executive recruiter?

Although the overall goal for an executive search consultant and a recruiter is the same (i.e. make a placement), there is one key difference:

Recruiters will typically identify a number of active job seekers who would be right for the job.  

On the other hand, a headhunter will aim to find the perfect match for both the job and the company - whether the candidate is actively looking for work or not. 



What jobs do executive search firms recruit for?

Executive recruiters find staff for management or C-level roles, meaning that salaries will often exceed £100,000.

An OM executive recruiter will aim to find the perfect match for both the job and the company - whether the candidate is actively looking for work or not.

The specific types of staff that a OM search consultant may source are:

  • Supply Chain Director

  • Logistical Manager

  • Distribution Director

  • Regional Ops Manager

 We also recruit those in-between roles that aren't listed - to find out if we recruit for the job you have then please call us to discuss. 


Why use an executive search agency? 

When you use an executive recruitment agency, you’re enlisting the services of the very best. These people know the market and are able to give you access to a top network of industry-leading candidates.


As the roles that require an executive recruiter tend to be key positions (and lucrative), a bad hire would be particularly costly. 

Being able to fill a knowledge gap and tap into a talent pool of otherwise inaccessible candidates, can help mitigate this risk while also reducing the time to hire. 

Thinking of using an executive search firm? Then it’s important to remember that while headhunting fees are usually more expensive than those of a standard recruitment agency, the process tends to be more intensive.