Give your company the leaders it deserves

Leadership has been described as the ability to turn vision into reality. In other words, the right leader is essential for driving any business forward – a hire that affords little room for error.

Jefferson Search stands tall in the Executive Search space, and can point to an established track record of placing international business leaders in key positions throughout the marketing, creative, and media agency world.

We don’t believe in guesswork

Instead, we rely on highly developed techniques and software apps for tracking key influencers and the brightest of sparks.

What’s more we back up these capabilities with a firm commitment to confidentiality – ours is a responsibility to clients who typically don’t want to disclose their reasons for seeking fresh leadership.

That’s why we can be relied upon to approach any assignment with complete discretion when identifying and approaching your next potential chief executive, non-executive director, divisional head, or creative guru.

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What our clients say

I know that with The Jefferson Group I have a recruiter who understands our business, what we want to do, and where we want to go. I know that every candidate we get from them is going to fit in terms of capabilities and personality – this makes them a go to resource, as you can rely on them to give you what you are looking for.”

Andrea Allen - MOI Global

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Getting to know your business

Step 1: the introduction

When we first meet and during the initial consultation, we’ll use the time to get to know you as a business and as a person, as well as the exact nature of your requirement.

Only then can we appreciate the context behind your talent search and the criteria you’ve set – from setting financial and operational targets to skill sets and salary. It’s our job to listen to what you want, ensure it’s a realistic goal, and advise on next steps.

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Building your wish list

Step 2: the strategy

Following the introduction, Jefferson Search will get busy putting together a comprehensive brief that outlines what we believe to be the best approach – and how we’d advise positioning both your business and the opportunity. We do this to ensure only suitable prospects are engaged from the very beginning.

Then there’s the ‘wish list’ many clients supply us with of individuals they’d ideally like to speak with but can’t, due to non-solicitation agreements – or because they don’t want to reveal to a competitor that a change of leadership is in the offing. Either way, we’ll agree targets with you and advise on the best way to approach them.

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Putting candidates under the microscope

Step 3: the evaluation

With Jefferson Search you’ll have access to a people network that’s been carefully developed over many years, and through it access to an extensive pool of executive talent. As a result, we’ll be well positioned to immediately begin identifying and pre-qualifying candidates who offer a ‘good fit’ – before compiling a shortlist for your consideration.

Once approved, we’ll move into evaluation mode and review the professional backgrounds, experience, and competencies of each individual on the list, as well as conducting thorough reference checks to ensure you have access to all the facts prior to meeting them. From here we’ll facilitate the formal introductions, and allow for full disclosure from both sides.

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Keeping a calm head

Step 4: the offer

Negotiations can be an emotional time, and lead to complexities that if not managed correctly can have a detrimental impact on the end result. That’s why at Jefferson Search we see ourselves as the neutral third party that can be approached by either party wanting to get key concerns or questions off their chests.

Our role here is simple: to help alleviate any potential obstacles threatening the process, and to smooth the way to a successful conclusion to negotiations. We’re rather good at it too.

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Wrapping things up

Step 5: the exit

Once your new leader has accepted the formal offer – both verbally and in writing – we move to the final phase: disengaging them from their present employer.  During this time we’ll help you manage any counter offers that appear during the notice period. Safe to say we’ll remain in constant communication with all concerned, to help ensure you don’t suffer any unwanted surprises at the final hurdle.

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Want to know more about The Jefferson Group and our Executive Search credentials? Whether you want to talk through our approach or have a live assignment, we’ll be detail our stand out capabilities.

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What we do

Bringing talent and business together



Our role at Jefferson is to facilitate conversations between the best talent out there and the most awesome businesses to work for. We also apply our combined 30+years sector experience to making sure there’s a good fit between business objectives, career aspirations, and financial expectations.

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Executive Search

Whether you have a local or international executive search assignment, Jefferson can help through our bespoke Jefferson Search team. Armed with the latest research and talent analytics, we offer a highly confidential search function for identifying and approaching key individuals – then act as a trusted intermediary throughout the negotiation process.

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HR Services

Whether you are an established business that requires temporary or permanent in-house HR support or a business that would prefer the flexibility of outsourcing then we can help. Whatever your needs, you can rest assured Jefferson Locke has the knowledge, experience and capabilities to support you every step of the way.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Sitting on a rapid growth strategy that’s in need of implementation? The Jefferson Group can broker all the right introductions. Ours is a proven track record of facilitating mergers and acquisitions – backed up by a rock-solid reputation for complete discretion.

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