Sample Search Work completed by S4S over the last years:

We were retained by an International Executive Search consultancy to help them identify an experienced Senior Consultant with exposure to the medical devices industry. After undertaking a search across Europe, a candidate was identified in Germany who had the skill set and cultural fit required. Our client went the extra mile to recruit this person as London had been the initial target location, but this switched to Hamburg to accommodate the candidate and focus efforts on the DACH countries. Flexibility from both sides ensured a successful outcome.



We partnered with a leading American staffing organisation who was looking to expand into Europe. The company is technology savvy and offers a number of MSP solutions very successfully in North America. We undertook an extensive search of the market, focusing primarily on senior level executives based in the UK who had European exposure and understood the varying market dynamics. A shortlist of over 10 candidates was presented and they were asked to present case studies to the hiring manager. The successful candidate came from a large staffing organisation but has an entrepreneurial flair.



Our client based in the US with a mid to senior level project search and selection business were looking to grow their offerings across the US Insurance and Asset Management markets and Search4Search were retained to find a US Managing Director role to cover these two markets and to build the client’s US business with a remit to further grow their existing portfolio across the industry. The market was mapped and a candidate was offered and accepted the role within 6 weeks of starting the search.



Our client based in the US with a mid to senior level project search and selection business were looking to grow their offerings across the US Insurance and Asset Management markets and Search4Search were retained to find a US Managing Director role to cover these two markets and to build the client’s US business with a remit to further grow their existing portfolio across the industry. The market was mapped and a candidate was offered and accepted the role within 6 weeks of starting the search.



Our client with Headquarters in the UK and offices in Europe and the US delivering contract and permanent recruitment services to its clients, both end-users of ERP  technology as well as  IT / consulting system integrators retained us to find a US Managing Director  for their growing business based on the East coast . The fully confidential search was conducted and the market was mapped within four weeks and the role was completed with offer acceptance in  9 weeks .



A leading Change and Transformation Recruitment Consultancy in the UK retained Search4search to headhunt a Regional Manager to set up and lead a new business team for the client based in Birmingham, Bristol or Manchester with the responsibility for building on their market share. In just two weeks search4search mapped out the market and provided a number of suitable candidates for interview. One was successfully hired within six weeks of taking the client brief. The client was suitably impressed and stated “it has been an impeccably managed search”.



Search4Search were retained by one of the world’s largest global talent hunters in the technology market who work with the key market movers who have transformed the world for both businesses and consumers.Our client were looking to hire a 360 Consultant for their south east office and asked Search4Search to assist. A thorough search was conducted across the south east  area in order to identify genuine talented recruiters in their field who would be able to grow with the practice. After headhunting a long list of candidates, we provided a number of  talented candidates and one of our candidates was hired.



One of the largest UK financial services firms retained Search4Search to help identify a Head of Business Development to lead the business development team and deliver sales and initiatives for client growth for their new product, a platform that allows individuals from the worlds of data science and Artificial Intelligence to be matched with relevant career opportunities. This young start-up is a true disruptor to the future of recruitment. Within 4 weeks of commencing the search, one candidate was offered and accepted. Other candidates were identified as future hires for their BD team.



The CEO of search4search was approached to review how a medium size Executive Search Boutique could expand into additional sectors outside of its core business of Banking and Finance.  A bench marking exercise was undertaken to understand from their top 50 clients, which search companies they use to recruit IT positions and the demand for interim management was assessed. After successfully collecting and analyzing the data it was decided that the client would give us a mandate to search for a head of a new interim business. A shortlist of four candidates was presented and a new Managing Director appointed within three months of the mandate. The CEO of searc4search worked with the successful candidate during his ‘gardening leave’ to build a business plan which was implemented upon his arrival. A new search for a head of the IT division was then discussed.



An established Executive Search company had plans to expand to the UAE. We worked with the CEO and management team to advise and deliver a cost effective and productive market entry. We reviewed their client base and benchmarked how many of their clients were present in the UAE. An online survey was conducted with existing clients to understand their approach to suppliers in the Middle East and Africa. A new company in Dubai was established. Offices were recommenced in a number of free zones to ensure that the new entity was 100% wholly owned. We worked with the CEO and HR Director to draw up a job description for the new Managing Director for the office. Part of this process was to advise on salary, bonus and other incentive payments. The market was mapped to create a long list and face to face interviews were conducted. The shortlist was then presented to our client in London. Interviews took place in Dubai and London with our client and a candidate selected and recruited.


Our client is an International Executive Search Company with offices across the globe. They were looking for a Partner to open their office in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. After a global search, an outstanding candidate was identified in Hong Kong. This candidate had worked in the Middle East before and was interested in relocating back. However the candidate could not relocate for 6 months due to client commitments. The client and candidate agreed to remain in touch and 9 months later the candidate was ready to move and was actually offered a role in the Dubai office and joined 1 year after our first communication.


Our client is a leading Search and Interim Solution company based in London. The company decided to expand their offering to include MSP solutions and won a large piece of work with a global client. The company felt they lacked in-depth knowledge in this area to grow the business unit further. Search4Search was retained to identify a Director to lead the Practice. We already knew of a strong candidate in the market who had the right track record and approached him for the role. After numerous rounds of interview he was offered and accepted the role.

A global executive search organisation asked us to assist with the recruitment of a Country Head for Saudi Arabia. This was a challenging role as they wanted someone who would relocate to Riyadh and establish a business there across a number of sectors. They also wanted someone with existing GCC experience. Search4Search conducted a market map of top search professionals across the EMENA region and presented a shortlist of 3 candidates, 2 based in the region and 1 based in Europe covering the region. The selected candidates was based in Dubai and will be moving to Riyadh in the coming months. He has a strong appetite to be based in Saudi Arabia as 80 percent of his currents searches are based there and the sees it a real advantage to be based on the ground in Riyadh.


Our Client is a European Leader in Digital Executive Search working with some of the world’s most innovative companies.  Due to expansion they were looking to appoint a Senior Research Associate to bring process and insightful candidate management knowledge to their existing team. Their current team was staffed with highly educated young professionals who has grown their career with our client. By brining on someone with research experience from another search company, they hoped to gain innovation. We searched across the UK for the best fit candidate and presented a shortlist of highly qualified candidates. Our client selected a bright, outgoing and very driven individual who came from a reputable Executive Search organisation in London. He was passionate about working in the digital industry so the ideal candidate.


We were retained by a leading recruitment company who specialise in the Software & IT Services, Business Process Services and Management Consultancy sectors. Due to rapid growth they were looking to recruit a Head of Search to help continually develop their service based offering in matching senior talent to organisations and their opportunities. A thorough search of the UK market was conducted and the final candidate was hired from a very well reputed Executive Search firm who brought, knowledge, gravitas and passion.


Our client is a Leading International Executive Search company based in the Middle East. They have been in operation for over 20 years and have a very successful business with offices in locations such as Dubai and Oman. They were looking for a Consultant to expand their oil and gas offering based in Abu Dhabi. Candidates were identified across the region and the successful candidates was already living in Abu Dhabi and has worked in both Europe and the Middle East in senior level recruitment both for consultancies and in-house. Her tenacious personality and knowledge of the oil and gas industry helped cement her place in the Abu Dhabi team.


We were retained by a leading Executive Search Consultancy in Hong Kong who have offices across the globe. They were looking to recruit a Senior Consultant for their Finance & Banking Division and asked Search4Search to assist. The search was conducted across Asia, The Middle East and Europe to identify senior search professionals who would be able to grow and develop the practice. The shortlist consisted of candidates from Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London. After a number of interviews 2 candidates were offered roles and both accepted. One candidates was already based in Hong Kong and the other relocated to the country.


We were retained by a boutique Executive Search Consultancy who specialise in the consumer industries. The company is based in London with an international remit. Search4search was asked to help identify and attract a Consultant to assist in the develop of the sales and marketing team. This was a 360 degree role requiring business generation and top level delivery. After mapping the UK market ,we decided to extend the search of certain parts of Europe and identified a Recruitment Consultant who was based in Switzerland and wanted to move to London. She had a background in the FMCG industry and recruitment. She accepted the role and relocated to London this summer.


We were retained by a Global Executive Search Firm to help identify a new Partner for their Chicago business. This was a specific search that focused on the local area. Search4Search was able to identify a candidate that was offered at the end of the search process. 2 other candidates were identified in the talent pipeline for future hires.


We were retained by a leading Interim and Executive Search Consultancy who are based in London and have a focus on the UK market. They wanted to add a Consultant to their HR Division. After mapping and searching the UK market we identified a candidate who had a solid background in interim recruitment and fulfilled many HR assignments. He had the right personality and cultural fit to the organisation which was also important. He joined the company after enjoying some gardening leave.


A PLC, Global  Recruitment Company with offices across the Middle East engaged John over several months to audit and improve where necessary their offering across the Executive Search world in a number of sectors. This assignment was both very productive and fruitful with a wonderful testimonial below. The fine tuning of the search business has gone really well and we have been moving from strength to strength. Between myself and the team we sold a record amount of retainers last year. We finished at over AED xx billings. We have taken on a another fee earner and in the first quarter we have had a record quarter and a record month this month! This is with the backdrop of a challenging economy. Thanks again for all of your assistance John, no doubt your work has played a part in our continued success.


John was engaged on a long term contract, 18 months to set up a global executive search and interim business for a top ten staffing firm across three continents concentrating across The Life Sciences sector. Ensuing that the client adopted and implemented a robust process and methodology enabled the client to compete and win against far more established search practices.  A strong by product is the effect on the contingency business that is far more  connected at board level and well positioned and has  therefore won far more projects. an gained more market share.


John sits on three boards as an advisor across several sectors.

John signs non disclosure agreement with all of his clients however he has advised and help implement the following  with is not an exhaustive list;

  • International expansion.
  • Planning for an ‘ event ‘ .
  • Consultant attraction.
  • Consultant retention.
  • Training.
  • EMI Schemes.
  • Career Paths for various levels.
  • Technology
  • Marketing.
  • PR.
  • Commercial Contracts.
  • “John has a larger than life personality. He is an incredibly motivated and talented individual who challenges the status quo and pushes the boundaries. He is recognized as an industry leader in staffing.”

    HR Operations Specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions

  • “ John as a Manager is open to new ideas, developments and change. He has a very high level of energy that gets people in action and increases team spirit. He supported our teams across the globe with high level of dedication.”

    Managing Director at Kienbaum Turkey, formerly Operations Director, SpenglerFox

  • “John is an expert in his field and develops business relationships based on success, and long term delivery strategies. As a mentor and coach, one can learn exponentially by extending an open mind to John's infectious enthusiasm and genuine drive for success. Competitive, compelling and compassionate in any business or social environment, I would recommend and encourage personal and corporate engagement of John Callagher and his exceptional expertise”

    RPO Practice Lead, MrTed Talentlink Software

  • “Partnered with John on multiple occasions and it was always a high powered goal oriented partnership that delivered on time and on budget. Always a pleasure working and partnering with John.”

    Regional Manging Partner Headcount Solutions

  • “John knows the recruitment industry inside out. He has the ability to provide a win-win commercial solution for any situation or client. John has built successful recruitment teams throughout the world providing strong leadership and dedicated support. Amazingly well networked, with a great sense of humor - John is a pleasure to work with.”

    Finance Director, Grafton Recruitment

  • “I worked with John on the board of the Grafton Group for four years. John is a very experienced and accomplished Business Professional incredibly well networked and with an intuitive ability to create mutually beneficial business opportunities which provide win-win outcomes. Comfortable working operationally and strategically John is innovative and customer centric in his approach. This is combined with a strong team ethic and people focus which along with his great sense of humour makes John a great guy to work alongside.”

    Commerical Director at the Lotus Group, formerly Group CFO, Grafton Recruitment Group