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We place industry leading talent in career defining roles

- That's it, that's what we do

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What We Do

Put simply, we are a boutique firm of executive search and interim management consultants, specialising in the construction, property and support services sectors, committed to delivering an innovative approach to executive recruitment.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Always...

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Interim Executives

Whatever the challenge, there will be someone who has been there before

Business cycles have shortened so much that organisations now have to use flexible executive resourcing to keep ahead of this pace of change. In response, Vaventi has continued to strengthen its portfolio of experienced interim execs ready to deal with any eventuality.

Fully qualified interim executives can be parachuted in at a moment’s notice to deal with your specific business issues and to stop a problem becoming a crisis. They have immediate impact and can transform your business in days. Highly versatile and hired on an assignment basis, their independence and objectivity bring clarity and an ability to cut through corporate politics.

With almost twenty years’ experience in deploying interim executives, we are continually refreshing and enhancing our portfolio. All are acknowledged industry experts or proven business leaders – including sector specialists and some cross-sector generalists, promoting best practice and innovation. All focused on solving problems.

Case Studies

1

Instructed by a Fortune 500 company to introduce an interim COO, tasked with making business-critical assessments and driving transformational change throughout their European operations. Having delivered beyond expectations, the interim was appointed CEO.

2

Tasked by a FTSE 250 Plc to appoint an interim CIO to undertake a strategic IT effectiveness review, develop an IT vision for the group and a high level roadmap aligned to business strategy. Two candidates were interviewed and an instruction was issued within five days from initial briefing.

3

Appointed an interim managing director on behalf of an administrator, to lead the build-out and financial closure of a substantial construction portfolio following a high-profile company liquidation.

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Online Executive Selection

Far-reaching and high-impact, in-line with business needs

Online executive selection has almost pushed traditional newspaper appointments to extinction. With most executives now inseparable from their devices, online has the advantage of speed, market placement, extended reach and reduced cost.

Online executive selection, whether independent or used in conjunction with executive search, is without doubt the most effective medium in attracting passive out-of-sector talent. Provided it can win the trust of your target audience in a crowded, unregulated market.

Having maintained a continually high profile on the job portals of The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times since their introduction, Vaventi is recognised as a highly credible brand, synonymous with executive appointments and as a strong ambassador for its clients.

As with executive search, we apply selection techniques to quickly convert a volume response into a screened, targeted shortlist, while maintaining total client confidentiality.

Case Studies

1

Managed an extensive on-line campaign, supported by personal networking, to source a head of highways from out of sector, on behalf of a leading infrastructure contractor. Worked through a response in excess of five hundred before appointing a highly experienced media and outsourcing managing director, who, five years later, is now a leading name within the highways sector.

2

Ran a successful high-impact executive selection campaign, supplemented by executive search, to source a complete Middle East management team (seven in total) on behalf of one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies.

3

Advertised and managed the appointment of a team of directors to ensure timely and professional delivery of a £multibillion London Olympics scheme. The scope of this campaign grew resulting in the successful appointment of twenty key personnel within eighteen months.

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Executive Contingency

Extensive market knowledge and prolific networkers. Tick!

We appreciate the need to be flexible and know that business growth is not always linear, or guaranteed. Executive contingency allows clients to tap into our market knowledge, and fast-track the executive search process by taking advantage of our personal network and talent tracking systems. Clients receive a targeted submission of validated candidates within days, against any brief.

While this process is not as exhaustive as executive search, it benefits from less formal terms of engagement, which may be ideal if there is any uncertainty surrounding an appointment or where speed is of the essence.

As experts in our field, we believe executive contingency is a great barometer of our sector knowledge and the resourcefulness of our network and we back ourselves to deliver!

Case Studies

1

Partnered a VC-backed, highly entrepreneurial, facilities services provider seeking to refresh its business-winning leadership team. Worked discreetly to source a sales and marketing director, commercial director and bidding director, all on a contingency basis. All three positions interviewed and offered within four weeks of instruction.

2

Worked with a long-standing utility contractor client to identify an executive director to lead the forthcoming due diligence, integration and revenue growth of two strategic acquisitions. Working under NDA, the client was equally happy with the choice of two highly credible prospects shortlisted, within two weeks of briefing.

3

Introduced to a leading international developer who had unsuccessfully engaged a competitor search consultant to appoint a second-in-command within their residential business. Working on a contingency basis, we achieved offer and appointment within four weeks of instruction.

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Challenge boardroom thinking and break the business as usual cycle...

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Where We Do It

Having all worked within the industry, we have not just been observers of change, we’ve helped instigate it. Operating in the UK and internationally, we know who has acquired who, the differences in organisational culture, the pace and direction in which different companies travel and, more important, we know those who are driving change.

Our understanding of these subtle differences enables us to consistently deliver perfectly matched, career defining executive appointments…

Sectors

  • Building
  • Civil engineering
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Facilities management
  • Property
  • Utilities
  • Environmental
  • Waste
  • Oil and gas
  • Power and process

Organisations

  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Developers
  • Support services
  • SME’s
  • Clients
  • Private equity
  • Institutions
  • Government bodies
  • Special purpose vehicles

Positions

  • C-Suite
  • Executive directors
  • Non-executive directors
  • Managing directors
  • Operational boards
  • Leadership teams
  • Heads of function
  • Management consultants
  • Industry experts
  • Programme directors

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Highly ambitious SME; Seeking - impatient and disruptive CEO...

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What our clients say

Don't just take our word for it...

We are happy for you to speak in confidence with any of our clients, most of whom have trusted Vaventi with their strategic hires for over 10 years.

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Testimonials

Vaventi is very attentive and responsive, with an extensive range of industry contacts. I'm delighted to recommend Vaventi to clients - both those seeking to fill vacancies and those exploring work opportunities.
They have exceptional knowledge of their sector and the people within in it. They very quickly identify key talent and provide a personal service to both clients and candidates. Excellent at what they do and they deliver.
I have hired Vaventi for numerous executive search assignments which were carried out with true professionalism. I would have no hesitation in engaging Vaventi in the future.
From my first meeting with Vaventi it became apparent that here was a search firm which does not tie its clients to limiting criteria. Having gained a thorough understanding of the requirements, Vaventi were able to offer unique solutions that others may have overlooked or even discarded.

Corporate and individual aspirations fully aligned?
...Your move!

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Are we compatible?

Before we get too involved,
it's important that we should get to know one another...

...OK, we'll go first

We ask lots of questions Loads really. It is just as important to understand a client and challenge their brief, as it is to interrogate a candidate.

We like being boutique Totally independent! With few boundaries, answerable only to our clients.

We can be disruptive Challenging boardroom thinking by making innovative appointments and breaking the business-as-usual cycle. When organisations say ‘what makes us different is our people’ then they need to be looking beyond the obvious competitors for their next strategic hire!

We have a problem Solving mindset and enjoy finding a solution where those before us have failed.

We are flexible Our business acumen means we understand corporate pressures, market forces, and that dealing with people is not a precise science. We choose to work with these variables, not against them.

We keep things simple Our ethos tells us that if we work the smartest, build the strongest relationships and deliver what we said we would, and more, then the business will keep coming.

We get up early And often work late, we keep in good shape, but still drink too much coffee.

...You decide

Business is about making tough decisions - Here's an easy one...

Generalist 'Big-Six' search consultant.

Feeding on the FTSE 100 and resourced by junior researchers who you’ll never meet

VS

Specialist Boutique search consultant.

Hungry, personal and continually running alongside their clients and the talent they seek

...You decide

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A complex corporate world needs people who bring clarity...

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Your next gig...

Below is a selection of our current
retained and consultancy assignments.

Please be assured that all information is held in strict confidence and we do not divulge any data to external parties without prior consent.

To be considered for a specific position please click the 'apply now' links. To submit your resumé for consideration against all opportunities please click here. Alternatively, please call for a preliminary discussion 0844 335 6170.

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Helping already high flying businesses, fly that bit higher...

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Who's on the move

Above all, it’s all about
the people...

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