Retained Search

The best way to hire the best candidates in aviation

Retained search will find you better employees than contingent search. Why?

It includes better research, screening and feedback processes vs contingent search.

With a combined total of 60 years’ experience in the aviation industry, we know that one of your biggest headaches is recruitment. Finding the right talent to fill essential roles takes time, money and effort, however you undertake your search.

And then those staff go-ahead and leave! Which leaves you with another headache of finding someone just as good to step into their shoes.

Why you might be struggling to find talent

Recruiting in-house often leads to a diminished shortlist of candidates – because your job ad is only seen by those actively searching.

Using recruiters can work better, but you still have to spend a lot of time screening candidates yourself. If your new employee isn’t a great fit, you have to spend more time, and money, going through the whole process again.

The solution you’re looking for

Try Retained Search instead

Statistically, candidates found through retained search will stay with a company far longer. Because we vet candidates so thoroughly, you can be confident that they’re the best person for the job.

We take the time to assess the market and potential candidates, so we can do better than a list of “possible” CVs. We can present you with a report on all elements of the potential candidate, to help you make the right decision.

Nervous about it?

When we talk about Retained Search, our clients are sometimes anxious to spend money up front and rely on a single search firm. Like you, they’re worried that this limits their options, their candidate pool and, ultimately, their success.

But there’s a lot to gain from working with one excellent Executive Search firm.

Let’s compare

Candidates discovered through searching LinkedIn and CV libraries

Candidates discovered through extensive network and personal recommendations from trusted execs

Cursory CV screening for keywords in the role description

Meticulous screening process to assess candidates before presenting them to you

Feedback to you on perception of your company and the role from job candidates

Hit-or-miss communications with candidates that could allow good people to slip through cracks

Time invested in candidate relationships, so you are confident they’re invested in the process

Retained Search

Contingent Search

What does a Retained Search assignment look like?

In our Retained Search service, we offer more than a basic candidate search.

We conduct detailed research on candidates and the job market you’re hiring in, and we can apply that research to every role we’re filling for you.

Through the process we provide you with:

  • updates on the candidates interested in the role
  • feedback on how people see your company
  • industry intelligence, about what your competitors are doing, that you wouldn’t get from contingent search.

With a Retained Search, we have the time to spend screening and getting to know candidates, which shows them that you’re invested in the process and serious about filling the role properly. Building this relationship is crucial to filling the role successfully, so we put a tremendous amount of effort up front.

The trick is to make sure you’re engaging the right Executive Search firm.

Horizon is the ideal Executive Search firm to help with your talent acquisition – and we’re not the only ones who think so!

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It has been a pleasure to work with Murrae and her team whenever the need has arisen for a retained search.

She has a uniquely large network and presence in the aviation industry, allowing the firm to deliver a wide range of high-quality candidates.

I would never hesitate to refer Murrae to anyone needing a great search firm. I have done so on many occasions!

Damon D'Agostino

CEO, Zephyrus Aviation Capital

It is my pleasure to recommend Horizon Executive Search for their work in search and placement in the aviation industry.

As Head of HR for an airline and a leasing firm, I have had the pleasure of working with her for 4 years, in two very different organizations. I have always been amazed at her ability to find the hidden gem of talent that is the optimal fit for the organization.

If you are looking for a search firm who works as a partner, without telling you what you can and cannot do, then Murrae and her team are the perfect match.

I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

Kevin Horan

Head of Corporate Soul, JetSuiteX and Former SVP HR, ILFC

Choosing a provider 

As you consider who to work with, there are several factors to keep in mind:

  • Does the firm offer a guarantee?
  • What does the interview and vetting process look like?
  • Does the recruiter provide a report on top candidates, or send a flurry of barely-screened CVs?
  • Are they offering regular updates on progress so you know how the process is going?
  • Do they provide you feedback from their conversations with candidates on how they see the role or your company?

We offer all these things and we’d love to set up a call to find out what you need and how we can help.

Fill in your details here and we’ll get back to you within 2 working days to arrange your discovery call.

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Horizon brings a focused and professional approach that is tailored to the specific needs of their clients.

This compliments their deep industry and market knowledge to achieve a successful result.

Ken Moninski

CEO, Global Aircraft Services Inc.

About Horizon Executive Search

At Horizon, we believe the most important investment any company makes is in its people, from search to retirement.
From the moment you approach us, we consult, plan and execute. We take nothing for granted, keeping in touch and delivering the right solution.
We make successful searches happen.

Our values

We’re privately-owned, so we can be fully invested in supporting your goals.
We recruit for all the principal functions of the Aviation Leasing & Financing sector, and find the very best people for top positions.
We always look to find the best solution to a client’s specific need, using the most appropriate method.
We are driven by our clients needs so we always keep in touch and deliver on time.
We are creative and flexible, aiming to provide a quality service at good value.
We have the reach of a big search firm and the efficiency of a boutique. Added to our industry specialism, knowledge and connections, it’s a winning combination.
We have great geographical reach. We’re well connected in all regions, with consultants in the key locations.

Can a single search firm really find the best person for the job?

When your goal is to hire the best person for a role, it’s common to think that more recruiters give you access to more candidates.

Because the aviation industry is so small, those recruiters sometimes approach all the same people. This isn’t great for your reputation, and can actually shrink your candidate pool!

When you hire a single Executive Search firm, like Horizon, to do a retained search, things are very different.

We conduct detailed research up front on each assignment, to make sure we cover the entire industry. This includes things like:

  • speaking to our wide network of industry connections
  • doing deep research into the industry to find candidates who not only have the skills but also the required level of experience
  • getting solid referrals of strong candidates that may or may not be looking
  • carrying out competency-based interviews prior to presenting candidates to you.

All this legwork means we have a higher success rate than typical recruiters. More of our candidates stay in the role for much longer, which is great for your business.

The results of retained search

At the end of the assignment, you have a candidate that fills the roll and culture well.
But that’s not all!
You will also have peace of mind we did the job properly, and represented you professionally. Because we’re an industry-leading search firm, and we care about your reputation and your results.
And because you left the search in our cable hands, you can still focus on your day to day role. We stay busy in the background saving you time and money.
If that sounds good to you, it’s time to get in touch, and tell us about the roles you want to fill. Enter all your details here and we’ll get back to you within 2 working days to arrange your discovery call.

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… focused, supportive, candid, extremely professional and nothing was too much trouble. It was a pleasure to work with her and given another opportunity I would hope to work with her again in the future.
Forsyth Black

Former CEO, Menzies