Hire Exceptional Leaders with Executive Retained Search

executive retained service

Amid the global challenges today, organizations need leaders who can navigate uncertainty with empathy and strategic insight. At Vantedge Search, we specialize in connecting high-growth organizations with such leaders. Our Executive Retained Search service is designed to meet this need. 

We utilize our industry experience, functional knowledge, and modern assessment approach to ensure a successful talent acquisition process. Our tailored headhunting approach accelerates the hiring process for pivotal leadership roles, providing clients with leaders that make a positive, long-lasting impact. 

Trust Vantedge as your retained recruiter of choice to onboard executives with the attributes that match your requirements. We empower high-growth organizations to succeed through our comprehensive executive talent acquisition strategy. 

Roles We've Filled

We have successfully filled a diverse range of executive roles in organizations across various industries. Our Retained Search service expertise spans from C-suite positions to key leadership roles. Here are some of the significant roles we’ve filled: 

  1. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

    Our executive search has placed CMOs who excel in brand development, market research, and creating marketing strategies that drive customer engagement and sales.

  2. Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

    We've found CSOs who can define and implement strategic initiatives that align with business goals and drive long-term growth.

  3. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    We've helped organizations find visionary CEOs who can set strategic direction and drive business growth.

  4. Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

    We've sourced CCOs who excel in developing and implementing commercial strategies, ensuring company growth and profitability.

  1. Vice President

    Product Management: We've placed VPs of Product Management who oversee the development of innovative products, driving the company's product vision and strategy.

  2. Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis

    We've helped companies find VPs of Financial Planning and Analysis who can provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization.

  3. Head of Sales

    We've sourced Heads of Sales who can lead and manage all sales operations and implement strategies to grow market share.

  4. Head of Business Development

    We've placed Heads of Business Development who excel in identifying growth opportunities and building strategic partnerships to drive business expansion.

These are just a few examples of the roles we’ve filled for our clients. Our services are adaptable to any industry and any level of seniority. As a dedicated retained headhunter, we are committed to finding the right leaders for your organization, no matter how specific or challenging your requirements may be.

Why Choose Vantedge Search for Your Executive Retained Search Needs?

Selecting the right partner in retained recruitment is a crucial decision. Here’s why Vantedge Search stands out: 

Expertise and Experience

Deep Industry Knowledge and Track Record

We have gained a profound understanding of the dynamic market and the competencies required for diverse leadership roles. Our experienced team has successfully filled numerous pivotal positions across various sectors.

Personalized Approach

Customized Approach

After selecting your candidate, we manage the offer. Clear communication facilitates term negotiation. We equip candidates with market insights, aiding decisions. This efficiency speeds up hiring and secures essential leadership for your organization's growth.



We recognize that each organization is distinct. Our talent acquisition strategy involves investing time to comprehend your business, culture, enabling us to find leaders who possess the right skills and resonate with your company's ethos and vision.

Global Reach

Global Reach

Our expansive global network spans various industries and regions, providing us access to a vast and diverse pool of executive leadership talent. Regardless of your location or market, we can identify the leaders who will propel your business forward.

Proven Methodology

Effective Methodology

Our retained search process is comprehensive, efficient, and proven to yield results. We employ a mix of traditional methods and cutting-edge technologies to identify, evaluate, and attract top talent.

Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to Diversity

We are dedicated to actively fostering diversity in leadership. We believe that diverse and inclusive teams offer a wide range of perspectives, driving innovation and enhancing decision-making.

Long-Term Partnership

Long-Term Partnership

We see our clients as strategic partners and are deeply committed to their enduring success. That's the reason many of our highly valued clients choose to collaborate with us consistently.

With Vantedge Search, you’re not just engaging a service; you’re gaining a partner dedicated to finding the leaders who will shape your organization’s future. Contact us today to learn more about our retained executive search services. 

Our Retained Executive Search Process

We have meticulously designed our service to ensure we connect high-growth organizations with exceptional leaders. Here’s a detailed look: 


Client Briefing and Requirement Profiling

Our process typically starts with a client briefing. We take time to understand your organization's culture, role requirements, and the specific attributes desired in a candidate. This step creates a detailed candidate profile.


Talent Strategy Determination

Based on the requirement profile, we develop a tailored recruitment strategy that outlines the industries, sectors, and companies we will target to find your ideal candidate. Our approach is always bespoke, ensuring a highly targeted and effective recruitment.


Market-Specific and Industry-Based Research

Our team conducts extensive market-specific and industry-based research. This research identifies potential candidates who not only meet your requirements but are also likely to be a good cultural fit for your organization.


Personal Interviews and Candidate Assessment

Once we have potential candidates, we conduct personal interviews to assess their competencies, leadership qualities, and potential fit within your organization. Only the best-qualified candidates make it through this assessment.


Shortlisting and Candidate Selection

We present a final candidate shortlist to you. You then have the opportunity to select your preferred candidate through further interviews and reference checks. Our aim is to keep the retained recruitment process efficient and effective


Onboarding Support

Our support doesn't end with a successful placement. We also provide onboarding support to ensure a smooth transition for the candidate into their new role. This support helps set the candidate – and your organization – up for success.

Our retained executive search process is thorough, effective, and designed to find the perfect match for your executive roles. Trust Vantedge Search to deliver exceptional results every time. 

Retained Executive Search Across Diverse Industries​

At Vantedge Search, our retained executive search expertise isn’t just limited to roles—it extends across a multitude of industries. Our seasoned recruiters understand the intricacies and leadership dynamics unique to each sector. This deep industry insight ensures that we identify and place top-tier executives who not only fit the role but also align seamlessly with the industry’s ethos and challenges.

Professional and IT Services

Find leaders who can drive strategy, growth, and client satisfaction in the Professional & IT Services sector, delivering value and innovative solutions to clients.

Healthcare and Lifesciences

Attract leaders who navigate the complexities of the Healthcare & Lifesciences industry, driving patient-centric care, research innovation, and operational efficiency.

Banking and Financial Services

Find leaders who can navigate the financial landscape, driving fiscal strategy, risk management, and customer-centric services in the Banking & Financial Services sector.

Technology Media and Communications

Secure, visionary dynamic leaders who passionately drive innovation, growth, and transformation in the rapidly evolving Technology, Media & Communications sector.

Consumer Markets

Attract leaders who understand consumer behavior, market trends, digital engagement, brand loyalty, and can drive robust growth in competitive Consumer Markets.


Hire leaders who understand the complexities of the Insurance industry, driving risk management, customer service, regulatory compliance, and strategic growth.

industrial services

Secure leaders who drive operational efficiency, innovation, sustainability, workforce development, and strategic growth in the Industrial sector.

Business Functions We Support

Vantedge Search’s retained executive search consultants have developed in-depth knowledge and hiring expertise, specializing in various domains and functions. This helps them understand the nuances in leadership needs and objectives of a specific sector, allowing them to serve our clients with bespoke solutions and advisory.  

Hire HR leaders who can shape your organization's culture, drive talent strategy, and enhance employee engagement.

Secure IT leaders who can navigate the complexities of technology, driving IT strategy and innovation in your organization.

Attract leaders who can drive your sales and marketing strategies, creating brand value, enhancing visibility, and accelerating business growth.

Find finance, accounting, and risk leaders who can navigate financial complexities, drive fiscal strategy, and manage risk effectively.

Harness digital transformation with leaders driving innovation in the e-commerce space.

Attract leaders who can optimize your procurement and supply chain operations, driving efficiency and value across your organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Retained Search?

It is a specialized recruitment process where the client pays an upfront fee to the firm. The Retained Search firm then conducts an exclusive, thorough search to find the ideal candidate for the client's open position. 


Executive Retained Search Service involves an upfront fee and guarantees a dedicated, exclusive search for the client. This type of headhunting is typically used for senior-level positions that require a specific set of skills and experience. 

3. What industries and functions does Vantedge Search specialize in?

Vantedge Search has extensive experience in a wide range of industries and functions. We specialize in sectors including Technology, Media & Communications, Professional & IT Services, Insurance, Banking & Financial Services, Consumer Markets, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Industrial. 

4. How does Vantedge Search ensure the confidentiality of the Retained Recruitment process?

We understand the sensitive nature of the service and uphold the highest level of confidentiality. We handle all information, discussions, and searches with discretion to protect the interests of both clients and candidates. 

5. What is the duration of the Executive Retained Search process at Vantedge Search?

The duration of the process can vary depending on the complexity of the role, the level of the position, and the specific requirements of the client. However, we strive to conduct our searches as efficiently as possible while ensuring we find the best fit for each role. 

6. What is your approach to diversity and inclusion in Executive Retained Search?

At Vantedge Search, we are committed to promoting diversity in leadership. We believe that diverse teams bring a range of perspectives, which can drive innovation and improve decision-making. We strive to present diverse candidate shortlists and work with clients who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

7. What happens if a placement doesn't work out?

We stand by the quality of our placements and offer a guarantee period. If a placed candidate leaves or is terminated during the guarantee period, we will conduct a new search for the same position at no additional cost. 

9. What kind of support does Vantedge Search provide during the onboarding process in Executive Retained Search?

We provide onboarding support to ensure a smooth transition for the candidate into their new role. This includes facilitating introductions, providing necessary resources, and offering guidance during the initial period of their employment. 

10. How does Vantedge Search handle Executive Retained Search for international roles?

Our extensive network spans various industries and regions, enabling us to conduct search for roles anywhere in the world. We understand the nuances of different markets and can find the right leaders for your international roles. 

Our Insights

Get in Touch 

Ready to find the leaders who will shape the future of your organization? We’re here to help. At Vantedge Search, we’re committed to providing personalized, efficient, and successful executive search services. Whether you’re looking to fill a C-suite position or seeking leadership for a specific function, our team is ready to assist. 

Contact us today and let’s start the conversation about your leadership needs.