Our Executive Search Philosophy  

We believe there is a need to be fully transparent and to work in close collaboration with clients throughout these key recruitment assignments. We offer a tangible fee structure based on project time, which offers clients a fixed cost, allowing them to budget from the start. And we add value with a thorough talent mapping phase, access to a suite of psychometric assessments, and support in the compilation of talent attraction documents.​ 

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What sort of roles are covered by executive search? 

Executive search usually finds candidates for two different types of roles 

  • Business critical – roles that are normally Director level or above, where it is critical that the right hire is made.   
  • Hard to hire – roles that have proven difficult to recruit for previously, or where there are specific or niche requirements that make the potential talent pool very small. 

It can also be used in situations where there are sensitivities and you don’t want to advertise the role to the wider market, as using a single agency helps keep things confidential and discreet. 


How it works 

Our process is designed to perfectly balance flexibility, efficiency, and tried and true methods. 

Brief – we’ll take a thorough brief from you to understand the role and how it fits into your company, as well as the key elements of your brand so that we can better sell it to candidates 

Proposal  after the brief we’ll write a proposal that details our strategy, the timelines, and costs of the project 

Talent Map– our first step in executive search is to produce a thorough talent map that allows us to see all potential candidates and ensure that we have uncovered as much talent as possible. 

Approach once we have a talent map, we will approach suitable candidates using various contact methods.  

Interviews  we’ll put forward the best candidates for you to review and, if you like them, interview. If you need any assistance with the interview process we’ll be there to assist. 

Offer & Hire after final interviews, when you’ve found the right candidate, we’ll help you to negotiate the offer. 

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Unlike more traditional executive search and headhunting models, we don’t charge based on a percentage of salary. Instead, we’ll charge a day rate based on how long we estimate our consultants will spend working on the project.  

In our proposal, we’ll break down how we intend to use the days allocated and our consultants day rates. 

Why do we price this way? 

  • It allows you to budget from the start as it’s a fixed fee 
  • There is no pressure to hire or not hire a candidate based on salary as it does not affect the final fee 
  • It often works out more cost-effective for the client 


Benefits of our approach 

Aside from our unique pricing model, our approach to executive search has a number of benefits: 

Partnership - We work closely with you to understand your brand and craft an effective message to potential candidates.  

Transparency - Throughout the process, we’ll communicate with you about our progress, whom we’re approaching and any candidates we speak to.  

Support - We’ll guide you throughout the process, offering our advice and recommendations to get the maximum value out of the search. 

Additional materials - We’ll conduct a multichannel marketing campaign, and if required provide access to various personality and aptitude tests.  

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Martin Anderson

Martin began his career in Market Research and Business Intelligence with Adelphi International Research, before moving into Sales & Brand Management positions with the Biotech firm MerckSerono. Carrot was formed in 2006 to offer a knowledgeable and supportive service to consultancy and industry clients throughout the Pharma and Life Science industries, working across the product lifecycle.

Martin heads up our Executive Search and Insights business, working closely with clients to understand their strategic requirements around talent attraction and the generation of key insights to support their decision making across the business. Martin has a MSc in Marketing and Management, a BSc in Psychology, is an NLP master practitioner, ABPI qualified, and gained a distinction from the REC in recruitment accreditation. He is fully au fait with the MRS guidelines for conducting research.

Contact Martin Anderson: +44 (0)1625 541 032 / martin@carrotpharma.co.uk

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