1st Executive were successful in winning a major tender for one of Europe’s largest retail banks, appointed as one of three key partners for a complex, large scale recruitment campaign,  comprising of up to 40 appointments across the corporate procurement space; 25+ permanent roles and at least 10 interim roles.  The key challenge was a compressed timescale, combined with the requirement for absolute top tier individuals offering salary packages well below market average!

In addition we were also engaged directly by the CPO on three Director level roles exclusively delivering an executive search.


We assembled the project team consisting of an Account Director, an Account Manager, three Consultants and two Researchers. They worked exclusively on this project for a period of 4 weeks plus additional project allocation for a further 4 weeks, our delivery was based on an all encompassing model of advertised selection, a large scale networking exercise across our own talent network and every major UK and European job board, as well as an extensive headhunting campaign into competitor organisations for the Director level roles.

Our delivery was closely tracked and monitored by the Account Manager, KPI’s were provided to the client at weekly project meetings which highlighted our performance against our competitors.  We also worked directly with the CPO and a number of Directors in providing salary survey benchmarking – our research in this area has affected a change in direction that has been rolled out across the entire group.


We appointed 18 individuals, including the three Directors roles.  Our client’s own KPI’s showed that we were significantly ahead of our competitors across all areas, not just number of appointments made but also in our accuracy in selecting and shortlisting candidates to interview.  Notably, the Executive search side of this campaign we completed successfully within a matter of a few weeks, predominantly due to our existing, pre-screened executive network.

We continue to partner our client also working exclusively on all Director level appointments.