Our executive team has extensive experience in Search and Talent Development for Global 500 companies and national brands. Today, we extend the same rigor and professionalism to serving purpose‐driven organizations of all sizes.
So how do we do it? Four simple factors that bring the best talent to your open roles:
Trusted Thought Partner
For executive level hires, it’s all about nuance and matching to your organization’s trajectory, so a great search consultant should have a deep understanding of organizational strategy and design. In this regard, S&C’s expertise adds exponential value, enabling a far more nuanced appreciation of your needs than any pure search firm could assemble.
As a purpose driven management consultancy, Schaffer&Combs serves as the strategic thought partner to some of the most ambitious social impact organizations in the world. This unique positioning allows us to leverage the power of our firm’s other services — board development, organizational design, strategic planning, business growth, and more — equipping us with the pattern recognition to distill sophisticated insights as we co-design and offer advisory support to create the requirements of the role. Many of us have actually served in positions similar to the roles for which we recruit, giving us a strong sense of what it takes to ensure success.
Tailored Design and Compelling Storytelling
If you want to set your organization apart from the hundreds of others vying for top talent, you’ll want a relationship with a firm that can authentically market the role. S&C’s approach relies upon a deep understanding of your mission, compelling storytelling around the opportunity, and solutions highly tailored to your needs.
For our insights to be most valuable, we need to apply them to the specific context of your organization. Every engagement begins with S&C listening and learning to get to know your organization. We’re a quick, but detailed study, reviewing key materials, interviewing leadership, staff, and relevant parties, and coming to understand your organization’s strengths, pain points and priorities. With this foundation, we are able to highly tailor our recruiting with authenticity identifying the role’s Key Pillars to find the ideal candidate.
Proven Connector Approach
Passive candidates account for nearly 70% of the available workforce, so without a strategy for accessing that portion of the market, you’re fishing from a very, very small pool. The majority of S&C’s placements result from active sourcing, and our proven approach relies upon our network of relationships with several thousand valuable connections. We are fortunate to enjoy strong relationships with well-positioned executives and influencers worldwide, who have come to view us as a source of highly attractive impact-oriented opportunities. These connectors further leverage their own networks on our behalf, habitually generating valuable referrals for our searches.
The value of retained search is the identification of the best person at the best time and place. Many search firms emphasize their “candidate database,” and, we too have a database and network containing many thousands of candidates, extending across every major executive function, and hailing from a variety of sectors. However, such repositories are by definition a list of people whose status was known as of a certain date in the past. Consequently, any firm that today advertises their candidate database more prominently than they advertise their depth of relationships with executives in multiple industries and their facility with dynamic research platforms is resting on an old approach.
Dedication of a Full Project Team
For hard-to-fill executive roles, it can quickly become a resource intensive activity, and you want assurances that your search is appropriately prioritized. With S&C, you have the luxury of a consistent and customized project team specifically assigned to the search, coupled with the personalized attention and hands-on involvement of our senior leadership.
You will enjoy the support of a lead consultant, an expert project manager, and an experienced team of researchers to attract the right level of talent to the role. Our firm’s size is an asset in that, compared to many large corporate firms, we are small enough to give your organization the senior leadership and personalized attention it deserves; by the same token, we are large enough to deploy highly focused and comprehensive resources, far more so than an independent consultant or solo-practitioner can dedicate.