Central Functions Practice

Holtby Turner Executive Search focuses specifically on the real estate and construction sector, managing searches for senior people with specific technical expertise, but we also help our clients find the best people for the crucial central functions which are essential for the effective operation of a business.

Such roles include COO, Financial Director, HR Director, Legal Counsel and Head of Business Development. While these positions do not necessarily require industry-specific expertise, it is crucial that people in such core roles understand the implications of the property sector and the impact it will have on the successful management of a business.

At Holtby Turner Executive Search, we do understand these implications and, using our rigorous search methodology and our strong network within the industry, we are able to pinpoint the professionals who will ensure the most effective management of businesses, large and small.

To discuss your executive search, contact Central Functions Practice Leader, Richard Moss on + 44 (0) 203 371 6680 or email richard.moss@holtbyturner.co.uk

Financial Director, Landed Estates Manager

Company Secretary, Leading Independent Construction Consultancy

Chief Operating Officer, International Real Estate Advisor

Business Development Director, Global Architectural Practice

Chief Operating Officer, Leading UK Contractor

HR Business Partner, Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy

Head of Business Development, PPP Advisory Consultancy

Head of Business Development, Global Architectural Practice

The Brief

The Chief Executive of the UK Studio of a leading global architectural practice commissioned us to find a Head of Business Development. The business was finding it hard to establish a distinct identity and demonstrate its understanding of the UK market, rather than being seen as a small offshoot of a major corporation.

Our Process

An executive search within architectural and related businesses produced some good potential candidates, but many were wary of committing to a business which wasn’t yet firmly established in the UK. Through our network and using information from previous similar searches, we were able to tap into people who were not working in the usual places but who nevertheless had the right skills.

The Results

The successful candidate was no longer working in the property sector, but he had relevant knowledge and a good network of contacts from previous employment. Because he had had dealings with us in the past, he took our approach seriously and we were able to convince him of the potential of this role. He proved to be an excellent fit with the company and has had great success in strengthening the practice’s position in the UK.

Company Secretary, Multi-disciplinary Consultant

The Brief

Our client, one of the leading consultancy partnerships, wanted to appoint a Company Secretary to bring a proper focus to the role, rather than dividing the duties between the finance and operations teams. They recognised the need for someone who could manage not only the legal and technical aspects of the role, but who had the strength of personality and gravitas to make an impact at board level.

Our Process

We took a wide-ranging approach to the search as suitable candidates could be found not only in property-related companies but in a number of different professional environments. These included agreed target companies in the legal, financial and technical worlds, as well as using our network for known individuals of the right calibre.

The Results

Having interviewed a variety of promising candidates we presented our client with a shortlist of four, all with different backgrounds. The role was accepted by the preferred candidate, the in-house lawyer in a major professional organisation who had previously worked in the real estate industry and had been recommended by a professional colleague.

COO, UK Capital Markets, Global Surveying Practice

The Brief

With the departure of their Divisional COO, our client needed a really strong successor to manage this critical role in their most valuable service line which was critical to the profitability of their UK business. As well as the technical requirements for the role, the person would need strong commercial acumen and the ability to build strong relationships.

Our Process

We carried out a broad search, covering competitor surveyors, other professional services firms and financial institutions working in capital markets. As well as using formal research techniques, our network uncovered a number of people working in businesses that were not obvious targets.

The Results

We produced a strong shortlist of candidates with a variety of experience, and the position was accepted by the COO of a hospital, who had previously held senior management roles in the construction industry. He made an immediate and positive impact on the business and proved his value quickly.

“As an Executive Director of Capita Plc. Holtby Turner were the most co-operative UK Executive Search firm that I used – placing over 40 candidates in 10 years. Their research is excellent, candidates always top rate and their understanding of our business ensured we achieved a great fit for our candidates.” Jonathan Goring, Director at Laing O'Rourke
“We struggle to find senior executives who demonstrate sufficient flexibility to fill key strategic positions around the globe. Holtby Turner’s speed, combined with thorough evaluation and appraisal of each individual, gave us peace of mind.” MD, International Developer
“Holtby Turner successfully completed several demanding assignments. Looking back at the outcome of the search and the current performance of the staff we can say the only thing: Good job! We fully recommend Holtby Turner and their consultants to any company looking for help with people needs in their business.” Andrej Popovic, HR Manager, HB Reavis