Retained Search

A critical hire demands an exclusive and thorough approach. The Competitive Edge Recruiting Team has over 40+ years of combined experience in specialized recruitment throughout the Pacific Northwest.

When your organization is in need of a critical, confidential, and urgent hire for high-performing executive positions, a retained search is the most efficient way of finding top-tier candidates. At Competitive Edge Recruiting, a retained search means you’ll receive deeper, more thorough market coverage, confidentiality, and unmatched commitment and expertise.

Custom-tailored retained searches for your most critical hires

Clients come to us because they know we take the time to understand their needs and objectives, which is crucial when filling strategic executive positions that affect your entire organization. We draw on our professional experience in the industries we serve and the most robust sourcing techniques to deliver candidates that will make the biggest impact to your organization.

Our competitive edge comes from our comprehensive and strategic approach – beginning with in depth consulting of your hiring team and evaluating the cultural, financial, and operational conditions of your company. By carefully assessing your expectations and challenges for the position while providing our honest consultative insight, we’re able to find a perfect match with the skills, experience, and personality for greatest impact.

We provide dedicated service and deliver exceptional results

We know that the stakes are higher when filling senior-level positions, which is why your search becomes our highest priority. Our team won’t shift focus until we’ve found the ideal candidate. Our efficiency saves you valuable time and allows you to focus on running your business. We search and recruit exclusively for your position and specific criteria, and any candidates in consideration will not be shared with other clients during this process.

We focus on long term success by making sure our candidates career goals and objectives match with what you are seeking in your position. By aligning expectations and keeping both parties on the same page, we eliminate misunderstandings on the outset.

Why Competitive Edge Recruiting is the Retained Search Firm of Choice:

  • We focus on building relationships with you, which leads to a deeper understanding of your business and exceptional hires
  • We have the resources, experience, and larger network of candidates to provide a more intensive and thorough search
  • Our efficiency saves you valuable time and allows you to focus on your work
  • We never use a blanket approach, and will present ONLY the most pre-screened qualified, available, and interested candidates for your interviews
  • We will assist in the negotiations of all parameters of the interviews to offer acceptance processes to ensure all parties are consistently aware and on the same page

Our focus on research and understanding the exact needs of our clients means we only present the opportunities that fit with the goals and needs of both candidates and your company. This allows us to consistently provide the best in efficiency, quality, and performance outcomes.

We bill retained searches in two equal installments: at the start of the process and the final portion upon successful completion of the search. We are committed to ensuring your complete satisfaction before finishing the assignment. For more information about our retained search process, contact us.

Some of positions we’ve filled include:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Corporate Controller
  • Director of Accounting
  • Finance/FP&A – VP/Director
  • Internal Audit – VP/Director
  • Tax & Treasury – VP/Director
  • Strategy/Corporate Development – VP/Director/Manager
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – VP/Director
  • HR – VP/Director
  • HR – Senior Manager
  • Talent Acquisition – VP/Director
  • Talent Acquisition – Senior Manager
  • Talent Acquisition – Manager