This collection of case studies provides great insight into our experience with a variety of projects and assignments.

Country Lead London

International Search for new office opening

International Search for new office opening

In February 2005 the Managing Partner of an Australia boutique legal search business was looking to launch an office in London to replicate their services offered in the UK.

This was not a straightforward task as our client wanted the person sourced out of London, with a current network of their own clients from that market yet needed them to spend at least 12-18 months being based in Australia before returning to the UK and launching the new operation.

We agreed on a targeted search approach, mapping out individuals who specialised in private practice recruitment in London, and concentrating on firms of a more ‘boutique’ nature.

Within three weeks we had presented a full market map of relevant individuals, discussed the most likely targets with the client, and could then start the initial approaches.

Conversations with targeted individuals took place over a period of two weeks, with Hemisphere working UK hours from Australia.

Meetings with eight candidates were set up for a consultant from Hemisphere to meet face to face in London. A short list of four relevant candidates was presented to the client to conduct video conferencing with, from which the client then met with three individuals in London two weeks later. The decision was made to fly one candidate from London to Sydney (with their partner) for one week, undergoing a variety of meetings and discussions about the opportunity.

By the time the candidate flew back to London, an offer had been verbally made and accepted. The candidate flew into Sydney to start working with the firm in August, six months post our initial briefing with the client and perfectly within the agreed timeframe.

Internal move Singapore

Singapore Technology Search

Singapore Technology Search

We were approached by the Asia-Pac Head of Recruitment of a global technology company who was looking to hire a Senior Resourcing Specialist based in Singapore.

The firm had already given the brief to one of their local recruitment partners in Asia, but they had failed to deliver the right person.

Our brief was to source an individual with strong research skills – but who also had the confidence and ability to approach targeted candidates themselves, an understanding of the Asian working culture and it was highly preferable that they have a good understanding of the technology industry.

Undertaking a full search for this was going to be too time consuming for the timeframe that the client needed to work towards, due to an internal move, so we utilised our vast networks within the executive research community, cross pollinated that with a database search of people we who had profiled over the years who had worked in Asia, and finally were referred a lady who had worked in both a global top tier search firm, had spent time living in Asia previously and was well connected and had a passion for the technology markets.

Within four weeks from briefing, the client had made an offer to our candidate and three weeks later they were on a plane to Singapore for a handover.

General Manager Search

Melbourne

Melbourne

In December 2009 an existing client in the search and selection market had a key resignation. This was an opportunity for the business to restructure and refocus. What was essential was to identify the right style of leader. We met at the earliest possible date in January 2010 to discuss the context and to agree a plan including how the search would work, timelines and deliverables. A full market map was produced and approaches were made. First interviews were conducted in early February and an offer made by the end of February.

The process involved presenting the opportunities, assessing the skills and experience against the objectives of the client and validating the findings. The selected GM started in March 2010.

IT Specialist

Search

Search

Due to an ongoing partnership with a Sydney based executive recruitment firm, we were asked to source a specialist Technology recruiter for their practice. This was in order to capitalise on the opportunities being presented in the market, whilst up-holding their reputation for transacting consultative work.

“Providing access to the right candidate, offering first class representation and ensuring a rewarding experience for everyone are our values and seem to be Ollie’s too.. I am delighted with the way he identified, attracted and introduced relevant candidates, and his levels of professionalism, communication, advice and patience throughout have been exceptional.

It gives me enormous confidence having him represent our roles, and it makes it very easy for me to refer him throughout our business. I’m also happy to refer him through the industry if and when you see fit.”

Singapore to London

Global Market

Global Market

It was a pleasure having Rebecca as my recruitment consultant. Rebecca actively sought me out through mutual contacts when I was considering a move to Singapore from London and quickly presented me with a number of activities which greatly impressed me. Despite the huge time difference between the UK and her Australia office, she was always on hand with information and advice when needed, and was always punctual and useful. Rebecca successfully helped me to find my next career step in Singapore, and was just as much help after the process than during.

I wish her the very best and I am sure she will quickly make a name for herself within the global rec2rec market as an essential contact.

Career Progression

New career opportunity

New career opportunity

It was a pleasure dealing with Rebecca throughout my transition from the previous firm to my current role. She sought me out when I didn’t have an intention of making a move and through her professionalism, made me realise the importance of taking on a new career opportunity.

Rebecca was always there when needed for advice, no matter what the hours were! I highly recommend her service.

Sydney to Dubai

Trusted advisor

Trusted advisor

I worked with Hemisphere when I was looking to move from Sydney, Australia to Dubai, UAE and they were extremely helpful and provided a lot of advice during the job searching, decision making and relocation stages of the process. I secured a great position through Hemisphere and I have no hesitation recommending them onto others. Tony Crane was genuinely keen to help me find the right role and was a true “trusted advisor” during the process.

Thanks for everything!

Candidate Consultation

Job-candidate fit

Job-candidate fit

Ollie was my recruiter for the current position I hold. My previous experiences with other recruiters showed that they were vague about feedback and were less interested in job-candidate fit. I lost confidence in using a recruiter. However, Ollie and Hemisphere Consulting changed my view.

Throughout the entire process I found Ollie to be highly dependable, reliable, and honest. After every interview he made it a point to obtain my perspective, and clearly communicated any feedback available from his client. He made the effort to ensure that I would be suitable for the job, company culture and values, and added significant value to the recruitment process. Ollie is truly a great asset for Hemisphere Consulting and has my highest recommendation.

Melbourne to Hong Kong

International relocation from Melbourne to Hong Kong

International relocation from Melbourne to Hong Kong

An experienced executive recruiter in Melbourne had been in our network for sometime. Twice a year catch ups kept him informed of market conditions, competitor information and provided a good sounding board to enable him to develop his own career aspirations. Personal circumstances in mid 2010 led him to the conclusion that a move to Asia may be appropriate to further advance his financial and career prospects.

We undertook a thorough analysis of appropriate style businesses to identify those who could offer the right combination of cultural and subject matter alignment. A plan was agreed around investing in a trip to Hong Kong and we undertook the candidate advocacy, resulting in a full diary for the duration of the trip. A number of offers were forthcoming and the final choice was made with the business where the opportunity, financial arrangements and cultural fit exceeded all others.

Personalised Service

Extra mile

Extra mile

Andy has been a great asset to know when I have both been looking for a new role or hiring staff. He is one of the most approachable and honest Rec-to-Rec Consultants in the market. Andy’s market knowledge and his willingness to go the extra mile to assist is truly a rare quality.

APAC Search Practice

Associate Directors

Associate Directors

Hemisphere was approached by a well-renowned APAC Search business when looking to hire two Associate Directors. The organisation was new to the local market, had strong ASIA representation, and a successful well-networked leader who had interesting plans for market penetration and growth. Hemisphere found the opportunity to be particularly compelling, and hence proposed running a retained search in order to seek out the best talent. After an in-depth research process, we approached a hand-picked group of individuals, all with great track records who could be ideal candidates, should they be excited by such a start-up opportunity.

We worked hand-in-hand with the client through the interview process to make sure they tailored each meeting appropriately, highlighting attributes of the role/business that would appeal specifically to each candidate. With a tight time-frame and high expectations, Hemisphere successfully moved two individuals who weren’t initially ‘on the market’ but felt it was an interesting challenge that would catapult their careers.

General Manager Search

Specialist Financial Services

Specialist Financial Services

A specialist Financial Services recruitment business needed a leader to drive the ANZ offering forward after what had been a tough couple of years through the GFC. They engaged Hemisphere to work exclusively on the mandate due to our networks at senior levels in this space, and a long history of successfully securing people into such levels.

With the Group CEO based overseas, we needed a credible alternative on the ground who could sell the proposition in the best light to interested individuals. We quickly placed an over-qualified reputable senior manager on an interim basis who quickly assessed the situation, the opportunity, and began to implement some new remedial controls.

Hemisphere proceeded to approach people who we felt would be excited and capable of the new challenge. After presenting a shortlist of four quite different candidates, the role was offered and accepted. The business, within just three months began to see significant turnaround and has since experienced subsequent growth.

Creating new IT practice

Strong recommendation

Strong recommendation

Following a strong recommendation, Hemisphere approached an experienced Technology recruitment specialist who was unsure of her options in the market. After close consultation it became apparent that although her current role was okay, she was really looking for the next big career move, and was excited to really take a significant challenge.

With an indepth knowledge of our clients, we opportunistically approached a great business with a view that this individual could start a Technology practice, introducing her relationships, whilst leveraging off the existing disciplines to build a new offering. After several meetings to assess compatibility, discuss business plan, and meet the existing team, an appropriate offer was made and accepted, with both parties enthusiastic about growing something new.

GM Executive – Engineering

Interesting challenge

Interesting challenge

This was a very interesting challenge for us to welcome in 2012.

Having launched a specialist recruitment firm in 2010 as a result of the huge amount of growth that his engineering management consultancy was experiencing, the MD of the management consultancy was struggling to find the right individual to lead the new recruitment business. With one manager having come and gone during the first 12 month period, and as a result of this instability having also lost the small team that joined, the MD was in a difficult position; should he close the business completely and write off the money he had invested into the firm in that preceding 18 months or so, or should he give it another concerted effort and hire another GM to relaunch the business?

After talking to three or four contingency recruitment businesses, interviewing a raft of candidates but, despite coming close to hiring one individual, still feeling that nobody (neither consultant nor candidate) really understood the position they were in and what they were looking to achieve – we received a call to come in and meet with the MD and his co-investor.

Two meetings later, we had grasped the (rather straight forward) fundamentals of the situation, advised him on an appropriate course of action – being a targeted search approach – the client signed off on retaining us to undertake the job properly, and we set about identifying the people in the executive recruitment market with the requisite skills.

Due to the nature of role being both a strategic direction-setting position, and yet also requiring the GM to initially be hands-on recruiting, it was a challenge to convince the candidates to see ‘the bigger picture’ of what the role would look like in 12-24 months’ time as opposed to here and now. The client met four people at the first round, decided on bringing two individuals back for further discussions – both with very different backgrounds and experiences.

The time from sign off on our proposal to the return of the signed contract by the candidate was ten weeks, with the client admitting he would happily have hired either of the two final round candidates.

Senior Associate

Global Search Firm

Global Search Firm

Dealing with the tier one search firms means we are kept on our toes. They are hard task masters, and every ‘I’ and ‘t’ must be dotted and crossed…especially when they have retained the business in order to unearth a Senior Associate who is able to be client facing, still happy to undertake research where necessary, but has an understanding of the ‘industrial’ markets.

Having a good relationship with the client meant we didn’t need to out a whole market map together; we were entrusted to simply put a shortlist of the best people in front of the client when we found them….

We met with a number of associates from their direct competition, but we were certain that wasn’t going to be the best option…after all, where is the motivation to move firms to do the same job for similar money with the same career path? Thus, we started looking a little more left field…is there anyone overseas in a boutique/second tier international search firm who may be interested in a return to Australia?

Many late night/early morning calls later we had a conversation with an individual who was seriously looking at emigrating to Australia, and although not an industrial sector specialist, she had broad market experience and had been in executive search for ten years.

Cue a raft of further telephone interviews and international video conferences and the client eventually offered the individual a six month contract, which has just recently been turned into a permanent role.