Executive Search

We find the outstanding executive talent for your leadership team. From MD, CFO, COO, CPO- right up to CEO - our experienced Executive Search offering is most suitable for situations where precision, thoroughness and discretion take precedence over speed. Following our 8 step process below, we will deliver you a detailed search of your entire marketplace in order to identify and attract the ‘A* grade’ talents who are capable of transforming businesses, rather than simply filling roles.

Our Executive Search process typically takes between 8 and 12 weeks. During this time, we provide clients with: fortnightly updates, detailed data reports, feedback on their employer brand, diversity and inclusion strategy and data, and a detailed 2,000 word summary on each candidate we feel is suitable. This will include not just their professional expertise and credentials, but also their motivations and personal values. Having been retained by over 220 clients in 2021 alone, we can lay claim to being the trusted go-to Executive Search partner for the UK and USA start-up and scale-up community.

How we work

Our process has both client and candidate needs at the heart of it.

1.
Discovery

Understanding your culture and strategy to create an engaging job description.

2.
Research

Comprehensive 14-day research period and mapping of your marketplace.

3.
Headhunting

Using our network and bespoke SaaS tools to identify the best prospective talent.

4.
Screening

Face to face interviews with each candidate to assess technical, experience and culture fit.

5.
Presentation

In-depth longlist search report accompanied by detailed candidate profiles.

6.
Interviews

Working together to schedule interviews and gather detailed feedback.

7.
Offer

Management of the offer and negotiation process.

8.
Post-offer care

Regular contact with candidate and client to ensure the best long-term outcome.

Our services

Meet our team of highly qualified experts.

Our team is brimming with experience and enthusiasm. No matter where your search will take you, our dedicated consultants will be supporting you at every step.

Find out more

Olivia Guy Jenkins

Community Analyst

Liv joined Harmonic Finance about six months after graduating from uni. She focuses on placing Finance professionals into the Impact-Led market which includes CleanTech, HealthTech, FemTech and responsible retail/ eCommerce amongst others. Liv is passionate about working alongside start-ups and scale-ups with a positive impact.

Alongside her passion for the environmentally/socially sustainable is her love for tequila, lime & soda, which she has introduced to Harmonic (we’re still unsure..). Liv will be out walking around London at the weekends, exploring new places and getting those steps in.

Dan Cohen

Community Manager

Dan was always the kid in class with the biggest packed-lunch. So when he joined Harmonic, it was no surprise that he started a campaign to support the Food and Beverage industry in supplying the best Finance, Operations and Supply Chain hires.

As Harmonic’s chief foodie, Dan not only understands the skills required to work within the industry, but also the passion, creativity and values which clients expect.

When he’s not exploring the latest businesses and products in the food and drink sector, Dan enjoys music, going to festivals and spending time on the East Kent Coast.

Dan Walker

Community Analyst

Dan joined Harmonic fresh out of university. He works within the executive search team, specialising in placing the best executive finance talent into start-ups and scale-ups within a variety of sectors in the UK.

Outside of the office you will find Dan watching football, supporting his beloved Liverpool or finding new bars in London to have a pint of Guinness.

Chris Short

Senior Community Manager

Chris works with some of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses in the US, supplying the Finance and Operations teams they need to scale effectively. Chris has a real affinity for start-ups and a great understanding of the challenges that they typically face as they transition to multi-million dollar success stories.

When Chris isn’t working, you can find him trying out a new bar or restaurant, or planning his next trip away.

Ed Naish

Senior Community Manager

Ed has established a community of clients and candidates within the Music, Media and Entertainment industries. He has recruited an array of roles from Finance Assistants to CFOs, and prides himself on understanding not only the technical needs required by Hiring Managers, but also the personal attributes necessary to ensure a cultural fit for his clients.

As our resident music aficionado, music plays an important part in Ed’s life. He boasts a large vinyl collection and loves going to gigs and festivals. Ed also loves exploring some of London’s best pubs and restaurants with his friends.

Fin Glanvill

Co-founder & Director

Fin, originally from Edinburgh, has nearly 10 years of experience in the Recruitment industry. Currently leading teams across London, Manchester and the United States, he focuses predominantly on Senior hires into the VC Backed Tech start-up space.

Living in the hipster paradise of Hackney, he is a proud new Dad and has an encyclopedic knowledge of 90’s Italian football.

Jack Pearson

Senior Community Manager

Jack joined Harmonic to strengthen our Technology team. He specialises in working with and understanding the specific requirements of a variety of technology companies, ranging from Electric Vehicle and Hardware Technology to Fintech and Software-as-a-Service.

Out of work, you will find Jack watching football or socialising with friends at bars and restaurants in London.

Oliver Gaydon

Senior Community Manager

Olly focuses on helping Creative, PR, Media and Marketing agencies build their Finance and Operations teams. Now, he works exclusively with some of the most successful and well-renowned agencies in the UK. Olly is a proud son of Manchester, and although he will be retaining his network in the South, he has recently set up Harmonic’s Manchester office, where he manages a team that recruits for Creative and Tech businesses across the North-West.

Out of work, you will find Olly enjoying cricket, football and music. Olly is a former musician and fronted a Manchester band called ‘Mayflower’.

Lidia Burrows

Community Analyst

Lidia works with some of the fastest-growing Food & Beverage start-ups in the US. Aiding the Finance and Operations teams with the crucial positions they need to scale effectively.

Lidia spent the last 6 years in the United States playing college tennis. Outside of work you’ll find Lidia trying out new restaurants in London and trying not to spend all her money on clothes.

Stephen Kerins

Community Analyst

Stephen has joined the Harmonic team following 8 years of professional sport. Joining the Executive Search team offering for clients seeking CEO, CFO or COO- level hires. Stephens also specialises in placing finance professionals in the exciting Sporting Industry businesses.

Outside of work, Stephen enjoys the lighter things to life like indulging the London food scene, gigs, events, anything outdoors. Born in Ireland he travels to his hometown of Sligo to meet his family, Surf on Strandhill beach or golf in his local club.

Charlie Walker

Founder & Managing Director

Charlie is the Founder and Managing Director at Harmonic. He has sixteen years in Search and Recruitment (with the prematurely grey hairs to show it) and leads on our Executive Search offering for clients seeking CEO, CFO or COO-level hires. Charlie is a judge for the British Business Awards, is the youngest recipient of the ‘Recruitment International Entrepreneur of the Year’ and holds the staffing and recruitment industry record for the ‘Sunday Times International Track 200’ (#5).

A failed musician and DJ (Charlie was in a band previously with Riz Ahmed of Rogue One / Sound of Metal Fame), he retains a massive passion for the arts and the UK and USA start-up scene. He is trustee for Bookmark Reading Charity and Board Advisor to Impact start-up accelerator: Unrest. He is a proud father to his daughter, Iris.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service to our clients. Here’s what they say about us.

Harmonic placed our CFO and led the process with flawless grace, professionalism, and the highest standards. We've come out with an amazing outcome for our company - and made a friend along the way. Chris Edson CEO, Second Nature
Harmonic were recommended as an alternative boutique recruiter, we were embraced with a fresh, personal, careful approach and very quickly we were matched with the perfect candidate who is already part of our family. Nick Dryden CEO, Fingopay
Put simply Harmonic have been excellent to deal with. You have also raised any challenges and asked questions along the way to gain a firmer understanding of what I need. A pleasure to work with you. Chris Neilson CTO, Lifesearch
Having worked in the recruitment sector myself in my last role, it was great to work with someone that was treating the candidate properly. Too many recruiters (including most of the larger players) treat the candidate poorly, with minimal communication or interest unless you are at a final interview stage, so it was refreshing to be treated like a human being. I would happily work with Harmonic again and recommend you to any client or candidate. Spencer Wreford CFO at Penspen
They have done a great job at understanding our needs effectively, bringing wider industry insight, and sourcing a range of good candidates at senior levels. I have been impressed by the overall quality of people we have met and will be working with them more as we build out our team. David MacLean CFO, Elliptic
In terms of feedback, it goes without saying based on how quickly we were able to find someone and get them in the role but I have been extremely pleased with the process. The candidates presented all met the brief well and Harmonic's input on closing the offer was very helpful. Kieran D'Silva Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer, PrimaryBid

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