Executive Search & Recruitment Consultancy

All great journeys need great leaders

Finding exceptional leaders is challenging, and identifying the perfect fit for your organisation's unique DNA is even harder. Our team of executive search consultants specialises in recruiting outstanding CEOs, board members, senior leaders and managers in the UK and globally, in as little as 6 weeks.

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You get one shot at great leadership...

... so we find talent you didn't know existed and carry out assessments to reveal the best fit for your organisation...

CJPI is an executive search firm that partners with clients across all industries and functional areas to recruit the most extraordinary, transformative leadership talent that makes a profound impact on your organisation.

Often, the ideal candidate is not the most obvious one, and there is more to leadership recruitment than a job advert and crossed fingers. Using international reach, we combine our deep functional and lived leadership experience with our winning search methodology and powerful tools to research, actively headhunt, profile and appoint the best talent for your business.

Your Game-Changing Leaders, Our Reputation

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of searches resulted in an appointment in 2023
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of all searches reach offer stage within just 6 weeks
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our team have on average over 12 years of experience

Your Trusted Executive Search Firm

Our Winning Methodology Delivered by Specialist Headhunters


This is where every executive recruitment process starts and where we really get to understand your organisation, your culture, your team and your strategic objectives for the role we are recruiting for as well as your wider ambitions. We bring our lived experience to this process and know what it is like to be in your shoes. We put all of this, and our own research together to craft our search strategy to uncover a highly focused and powerful market map of potential talent.


Our search goes way beyond job boards and looks to attract passive and active candidates. In short, our research dictates direction and our search delivers it. We headhunt, run compelling campaigns to attract candidates and network nationally and internationally to make sure we find an incredible shortlist of candidates which are not just good, but are the very best candidates available. We are active in our search and do not simply rely upon a recycled database of candidates.


We use extended Occupational Personality Profiling, administered by trained experts as an integral part of our shortlist assessments. This unlocks unmatched insights tailored to the specifics of the role and assessed against a 'norm group' of senior leaders. Where appropriate, we also generate an 'ideal candidate' profile using data gathered from various sources such as colleagues the role will interact with. We then benchmark longlisted candidates against this ideal profile.

Interviews & Assessments

After our extensive research we complete our search, leaving no stone unturned. We then typically take the reins with screening, assessments and interviews until we have a final shortlist which is fully assessed against the strategic approach and the requirements of the role. Once we have completed shortlisting, we work with you to arrange interview structure and schedule your final interviews.

Post-Placement Support

Once we have completed the project, we support with the administrative process of onboarding and the integration of your new team member. We are on hand to make sure things work out, however, we know that on rare occasions things don't - even with the most robust process - so we are here for you then too and we will work hard to make things right!

Our Placement Guarantee

We understand that when working with a professional partner, you want to make sure they take their fair share of the risk. We're so confident in the outcomes we produce that we offer a placement guarantee for most searches, meaning that if the selected candidate doesn't work out, we replace them free of charge - sharing the risk and reward as true partners.

Why Work With CJPI?

We're a boutique firm with big firm thinking and laser focus.

Whether you are a startup or one of the largest businesses in the world, you have our unwavering attention from start to finish. All of our searches are led by one of our experienced search directors who will be personally focused on your project, rather than merely presenting it to you.

From C-Suite recruitment and board placements to operational leaders, our mission is to find you the best individual player and make sure they will fit into your orchestra.

Our passion goes beyond filling positions; it's about building great teams. We leverage our extensive network, market research and advanced assessment tools to uncover hidden talent traditional recruitment methods miss.

Over 80% of successful candidates we place are not actively seeking a new role when we contact them, meaning you gain access to talent you wouldn't find alone.

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    Diversity & Inclusion In Leadership Recruitment

    At CJPI we firmly believe that diverse leadership teams are essential to drive success and innovation. Our approach is grounded in these values, and we are dedicated to upholding them in every facet of our work. We actively seek out and engage with candidates from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that our talent pool represents a rich tapestry of experiences and perspectives. Our promise is to find the best candidates, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disabilities or age.

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    Frequently asked questions for Executive Search

    We’ve written a couple of articles about this, such as the one here. To summarise, aside from the significant cost of a bad hire, the reasons you should partner with a professional firm range from; our extensive networks, access to specialist tools, and expertise in recruiting strategically significant roles – all of which you probably don’t have in-house.

    Even if you did have all of this expertise in-house, one huge issue remains: The best candidates for the job probably won’t engage with you directly…

    Executive search firms help companies find and hire the best candidates for senior roles, including C-suite search and director level leadership recruitment. They work closely with clients to understand their needs and culture, and then develop a customised search strategy.

    Executive search firms gain a deep understanding of the industries and roles they work with, and they have access to a wide network of qualified candidates. They also have the expertise to assess candidates’ skills, experience, and fit for the role and the company.

    Executive search firms typically handle all aspects of the hiring process, from developing the job description to headhunting, screening candidates and conducting interviews to negotiating compensation. They can also help with onboarding and other post-hire tasks. Read more about what executive search firms do.

    Executive search firms will normally quote their fees as either a percentage or fixed fee for a search. The fee is typically based on a percentage of the candidates remuneration.

    For retained searches, payments are generally split into three payment milestones, with the first third falling due on instruction, the second third on delivery of the shortlist, and the final fee following selection of the successful candidate. Read more about retained search fees.

    CJPI break each search into the following main phases of our powerful executive search methodology.

    1. Research Phase – This is where we really get to understand your organisation, your culture, and your strategic objectives for the role we are searching for. We take this, as well as our own independent research to craft our search strategy. This is also where we produce the materials we will use for the search, such as the candidate briefing pack, ideal candidate profile and role micro-site on our CJPI website.
    2. Search Phase – This is where we put our active sourcing methodology into action. This includes traditional ‘headhunting’, data-driven paid advertising strategies, together with other omni-channel strategies to exhaustively address the identified market wherever it may be, globally.
    3. Longlisting Phase / Occupational Personality Assessments – Our panel review each candidate generated from the search phase and invite those most closely aligned to the requirements of the role to a panel interview with CJPI. This allows us to really understand them, their experience and skills, and assess how this matches with your objectives, the specification of the role and the culture within your organisation. Candidates are then to complete an Occupational Personality Profile (OPP), our highly sophisticated psychometric. Where appropriate, we benchmark the candidate against an incumbent or a theoretical ideal. We exclusively use senior leadership ‘norm’ in these.
    4. Shortlisting Phase – Following the longlist interviews and assessments, we take the highest performing candidates (normally 3-6) and present our shortlist report to you.
    5. Final Client Interviews – We will arrange your 1st client interviews with the shortlisted candidates and brief you on each of them. You may wish to see one or more candidates for a 2nd interview, which we will arrange during our 1st interview debrief.
    6. Offer Made / Process Conclusion – Once the process has concluded and you have decided on the successful candidate, we will work with you to transition them into their new role.

    As part of our research phase, we create our timeline and deliverables document which sets the pace of the search. The timescales we set depend on the specific role, industry and the talent pool identified within our research phase to ensure that the search is optimal and exhaustive.

    However, our focus and team structure means that the majority of our searches are completed within 4-8 weeks from initiation to making an offer to the successful candidate.

    Here are some of the key benefits of working with an executive search firm:

    • Access to a wider pool of qualified candidates
    • Expertise in assessing candidates for senior roles
    • Customised search strategy that aligns with your company’s needs and culture
    • Objective and discreet counsel
    • Reduced time to hire
    • Access to specialist assessment tools to reveal insights unavailable to employers directly

    We cover all sectors and functional areas. Our winning search methodology is industry-agnostic and we don’t rely on a recycled database of sector-specific candidates.

    The talent market changes constantly so we research the market with a fresh perspective for every search to make sure we look at every potential candidate out there at that point in time.

    This means we are able to work with the most unique and specialist leadership roles as well as all major functional areas. We are known for bringing a creative approach to exhaustive mapping and addressing talent markets.