Allen Austin Executive Search Consultants

Executive Search Services


Built around a twenty year-old battle tested process that delivers customized, client focused solutions designed to assist companies in solving problems and capitalize on opportunities at the highest levels of leadership. The executive search consultants of Allen Austin are focused on you. Your goals, your objectives, and your career.  Our metrics speak for themselves, but beyond the pure performance numbers, there is the Allen Austin experience. Below are verbatim comments from several Allen Austin clients representing forty years of client experience with us.

Most service providers offer a menu of product solutions and the feeling is much like buying a major appliance, which may or may not satisfy. The Allen Austin experience is an enjoyable, interactive, educational and lasting relationship with a partner who helps identify and solve the right problems. You'll do a little more work on the front end but the results will be phenomenal. Allen Austin could very well be the next great global firm. Engaging an Allen Austin partner in a half day needs assessment could be your fastest route to dramatically improved top and bottom line performance.

Allen Austin is pound-for-pound the best executive search firm that I dealt with over a 40 year career -- no contest. In general, the executive search business has become a cookie-cutter industry, sort of a for clients and candidates. Maybe that works for some clients, but it does not serve the client well, and quite often results in mediocre placements and multiple do-overs. Allen Austin takes the extra time, and puts in the extra effort, to UNDERSTAND the client and, more importantly, the client's culture. Yes, 'The Process' is a pain up front, but it virtually ensures a one-time, long-term successful candidate placement. The two-year placement guarantee (for hi-comp candidates) should say it all.  AA's track record is outstanding and (in my experience) is unique in the ES industry, particularly when compared to the bigger firms in the business.

We have been working with Allen Austin for almost ten years. As a result of our 16 years in business as WoodRock, as well as each MD's experience prior to WoodRock with other management recruiting firms, we feel that we have a broad perspective and experience from which we can recommend Allen Austin to any company, in practically any situation. We have recommended them to investment banking clients as well as hired them ourselves for our merchant banking projects. Their approach is different than the big three or four firms, and they deliver a much more hands-on experience led by senior executives.  Interestingly, their approach is much like what we explain to our clients: that they are a small, professional services firm with world-level expertise, delivered in a personal manner, by an industry expert. We don't make referrals of three management recruiting firms: rather, we make a single recommendation when the opportunity arises.  More importantly, we recommend meeting Rob Andrews often before the need becomes clear to the others in the room.

Allen Austin uses one of the most exhaustive and thorough screening processes I have ever seen in many years of working with executive recruiting firms as an executive consultant and senior human resources professional.  My guess is that only the FBI and NSA delve deeper.  If a candidate is not willing to undergo this process, they “do not get to play.”  This eliminates the non-serious window shoppers from the start.  The consistent result is a group of very high quality candidates from which to choose. Our partnership with him contributed to outstanding outcomes and extremely high client satisfaction.

At Allen Austin, executive search is not transactional; it’s not about filling seats. It’s about facilitating matches that work and last, helping our clients build their leadership teams, achieve their objectives and yes, their individual dreams. We are industry insiders, maintaining strong connections to the best current and future executive talent, and we deliver extraordinary value to each client we serve.

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Allen Austin has been a force in Executive Search for nearly two decades. We know where to find the executives you need and how to attract the very best talent to your organization.

Our Executive Search firm is unique in ways that will make a big difference to you. In the high-stakes competition for the best executive talent, you don't want to waste time educating your search consultant on the realities and nuances of your business. All of our search consultants previously held executive leadership roles in the industry sectors they serve. We are true industry insiders who understand how things work in your world. We maintain and constantly refresh strong personal connections to the best current and future executive talent, and we are uniquely structured to ensure you benefit from everything we know.

The consultants you engage to work with you manage every aspect of your executive search, providing you with distinctly personal service and direct accountability. The people you see are the people you get. We feel that layers of workers between your engagement partner and your candidate pool create discontinuity. Our partners perform all critical phases of your search including initial candidate outreach. Yet each time you engage us in an Executive Search, you gain access to the expertise and market reach of all our consultants. This is not a mere promise; it is a core value of our firm. The power of this trusted network places the insight and resources of our entire firm at each consultant's fingertips, making our solutions richer and more responsive, and creating tangible and enduring business impact for our clients.

We strive to know all we can about your organization to gain deep insight into what kind of leader will be most effective for you – right from the start and long term. Utilizing our proprietary FORESIGHT process and Needs Analysis, we work with you to pinpoint the ideal candidate's competencies, personality traits, and behavioral characteristics. Indeed, an important part of our role is helping you rethink the very concept of 'ideal candidate.' As we work with you to develop candidate profiles, we help you weigh not only the immediate challenges of the role, but also your overall strategic objectives and the corresponding opportunities to enhance diversity and inclusion.

With the objective well defined, our executive search consultants personally and confidentially engage their local and global relationships to identify candidates prepared to meet your needs and connect you to highly diverse talent pools, as appropriate. Your search consultants are also supported by internal researchers who simultaneously run your requirements through relevant segments of our database, which is continually refreshed and tracks top executive and director talent worldwide. Through our FORESIGHT process, we closely examine candidates who appear to be a potential match; analyzing critical incidents in their careers for insights into how they might navigate the challenges they would face in your targeted role.

Our executive search consultants approach the best qualified candidates personally, quietly, and with great discretion. Our business experience, seniority, and the genuine care we show when contacting candidates conveys that we are peers, prepared to offer them valuable insights as well as objective, honest advice.

As our consultants move deeper into conversation with interested, well-qualified candidates, we conduct interviews grounded in our FORESIGHT 4C's Candidate Assessment and our 360 degree Reference Audits. We methodically surface the candidate's full range of capabilities, personal tendencies, and behavioral characteristics, gain penetrating insights into their readiness to perform in the targeted leadership role, and assess how smoothly they would integrate into your organization and culture. We also invite candidates to envision themselves in the role, helping them gauge the fit on a personal, professional, and cultural level.

Our consultants take time to gain intimate understanding of each candidate's requirements and concerns. So as the search progresses into the hiring phase, we are thoroughly prepared to serve as problem solvers and facilitators. Our consultants work as trusted advisors to both client and candidate, expertly facilitating a successful hiring negotiation.

Our value add does not end with a successful hire. For newly appointed senior executives, the first few weeks and months in the role are critical. They must quickly understand the organization's culture, set the right priorities, and establish credibility with colleagues and stakeholders. Our On-boarding assistance speeds your new executive's journey to full impact. We start supporting executives well before 'Day One' in a new role – ideally, as soon as the appointment decision is made. Working in collaboration with the hiring manager and the HR manager, we help your executive build an accurate and insightful picture of the upcoming integration challenge, making the keys to leadership success vividly clear and crafting a plan to hit the ground running. We also work personally with the welcoming leadership team as well as the executive to quickly cultivate interpersonal trust and open dialogue. Through the first 90 days, our consultants gather and distill candid feedback on the first impressions the executive is creating during the initial integration. We meet one-on-one with the executive at regular intervals – creating 'islands of time' to allow them briefly to set aside all-consuming operational priorities, reflect on progress, identify and prioritize early wins, and calibrate their approach as needed.

Our Executive Search firm is among the world's fastest growing, but rapid growth was never our goal. It is simply a byproduct of our tenacious determination to deliver extraordinary value to each client we serve. We work tirelessly to help you attract top talent and to proactively build highly adaptive, diverse people organizations that are fully prepared to fulfill your strategic business objectives.

To stay on the cutting edge of talent strategy, we constantly track key trends in the global market for talent, and continually innovate our services and approaches, often in partnership with leading academic centers and interest groups.

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