We've operated at the forefront of the Executive market for over 20 years...
Axon Moore Executive is our C-suite and board level search practice. Our clients range from SMEs to significant mid-market businesses through to large corporate organisations, covering all types of ownership structures; we support privately owned, private equity backed and listed companies. The common thread shared by all our clients is the need and desire to build exceptional leadership teams.
Our assignments are the result of challenge, change or growth within a client company. They are often linked to some form of capital or corporate event aimed at creating or releasing shareholder value, or as a broader programme delivering ongoing acquisitive or organic expansion. These scenarios require a high-performing executive management team and the pivotal role of the chief financial officer or finance director is central to this. Sourcing and recruiting high calibre finance leaders is our expertise.
Our executive consultants have unparalleled knowledge of this, through comprehensive candidate coverage and referral networks built over many years. This network is our intellectual property; we understand the market, its dynamics, candidate activity and availability to a level unmatched by competitors. This detailed market knowledge, local expertise and thorough grasp of the demands of our specialist discipline ensures that our processes start with strong foundations.
Working hand in hand with our consultants, we have an outstanding executive research function. This team is an integral part of the recruitment process; their ability to map market sectors, identify key targets and deliver compelling candidate profiles builds on our comprehensive network to ensure delivery of the very best shortlists for our clients.
Our research capability can operate effectively across a range of leadership roles within key client companies; our deep understanding of their culture, history and future plans enables us to provide additional support at C-suite level.
Axon Moore’s embedded position within the private equity community also ensures we have a strong network of chairs, non-executive directors and senior independent directors should our clients require assistance in this area.
Our Executive Process
Establishing the Brief
The success of the recruitment process depends significantly on the quality of the initial brief. Our process begins with a face to face meeting whenever possible; working closely with our clients we can fully understand their recruitment needs and establish the skills, experience, capabilities and cultural fit that the right individual will need for both the role and the organisation as a whole. At the initial meeting, we agree the candidate brief and search criteria with our client. We are committed to providing a consultative approach throughout, offering our expert advice and sharing market insights wherever it may help.
Extensive initial desk research is carried out to thoroughly map relevant companies, sectors and specific talent pools. Our research team will also carry out a comprehensive database review of both active and inactive candidates. At the same time, our consultants mine their extensive networks to identify possible candidates across the market. From the search results, we select and approach all potential prospects for the role to assess their suitability and interest, keeping the client updated on progress and market feedback during this period. Our consultants and researchers then collate a longlist of qualified candidates and conduct in-depth interviews (utilising methodologies/ competency based techniques agreed in advance with the client) before selecting the most suitable individuals for the shortlist.
Our clients are presented with profiles of the shortlisted candidates (usually 4 to 5) together with informal references, notes on their suitability for the role, proof of qualification and right to work in the UK. We meet to review and discuss each person’s profile so that our clients are fully informed and briefed before commencing first round interviews.
Axon Moore will organise and manage every stage of the interview process as appropriate for each individual client. The consultant will liaise with the hiring manager(s) and interviewees at each stage of the process, providing regular feedback to all parties to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Unsuccessful candidates are dealt with sensitively and professionally, ensuring they leave the process with positive impressions of both the client and Axon Moore.
Offer and Placement
Once our client has selected their preferred candidate, our consultant will present the offer and manage the process of acceptance, resignation and any possible counter offers. We keep in close contact with both parties throughout the candidate’s notice period and their transition into the new role.
At all stages of the recruitment process and beyond, the Axon Moore Executive team are committed to building and maintaining strong, highly professional and friendly relationships with all our clients and candidates.
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“Laura has helped me throughout my career to find a role personally and also helped me to recruit when I have a need within my team. From start to finish, Laura is a pleasure to work with, being very easy to communicate with, being readily available for any queries. She builds relationships excellently in a professional manner. I will definitely contact Axon Moore and specifically Laura again when the need arises.”Luke Rowarth, Head of Finance
NRG Fleet Services
“I was recently placed in my current role by Axon Moore and found the team overwhelmingly simple and supportive. I was relocating from another country and didn't know the job market so it was really important I worked with a recruiter who knew it really well. Axon Moore's client portfolio was incredibly impressive and they used their experience to help me understand the market and how I would fit into it. The support I received throughout and after the recruitment process was second to none and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”Ross Mclellan, Junior Finance Business Partner
Thornton & Ross
“We use Axon Moore exclusively for recruitment into our finance team due to the quality of candidates presented and the proactive way in which they manage the entire process and relationship. In the last year they have helped with some highly successful hires who have added great value to the team and wider business. I would strongly recommend Axon Moore for any financial recruitment needs.”Dave Potter, Financial Controller