There is nothing we love more at SpenglerFox than the satisfaction of achieving the seemingly impossible, the satisfaction of completely fulfilling a client’s needs by finding the perfect candidate. Whilst we have the agility to move at speed we also have the endurance and determination that ensure constant focus on long term projects. Our in-depth processes allow us to build trust and long lasting relationships with our clients across the world.
Our methodology has seven detailed and comprehensive phases as outlined below. Each phase is carried out with discretion, sensitivity and using the full resources and market insight at our disposal.
Before engagement we anticipate the potential needs of a client and identify a dedicated project team. This ensures that we can commence our search immediately on assignment confirmation.
Following engagement, search methodologies are identified and a project plan and timescales are agreed with our client. All searches are managed by at least one dedicated researcher and specialist consultant. All searches are supervised by the local Country Manager and regional practice group leader.
Our mission is to find talent. Whilst our primary focus is direct search which is carried by our talented team of local and regional researchers we also employ a variety of secondary search methodologies. These include searching our industry leading database, networking in both the physical and virtual environments and news searches to name but a few.
Our philosophy of transparency and sharing information ensures full project visibility across our international practice group network. This gives us access to expatriate, repatriating and international candidates in real time.
Screening and Selection
Following the identification of the SpenglerFox long list we initiate short-listing through a detailed and comprehensive short- listing process. This commences with initial telephone interviews which assess a prospective candidate’s suitability for and interest in the position. Once this has been confirmed, candidates carryout in-depth one to one interviews with the project’s lead consultant.
The interview format is a combination of non-directive discussions to assess the candidate’s personality and communication skills, as well as competency based interviews.
Finally, unless otherwise directed by our clients, our preferred candidate undergoes psychological profiling in the form of the Saville Consulting psychometric testing. Following this rigorous assessment we select those candidates that we deem most suitable for the role and the client organisation based on competencies, experience and motivations and present the shortlist of candidates to our clients.
The SpenglerFox shortlist presentation takes the form of a detailed assessment report, which contains information on the candidates personal, behavioural, academic and professional profiles, including a rationale in which we explain why the candidate should be considered for the role. We then review the shortlist with our clients and action any feedback.
At SpenglerFox we consider it our duty to manage the shortlist of candidates through the client interview process. This ensures complete discretion and the minimum amount of disruption to our client’s organisations in what is often a sensitive process. Following interviews we will then review & discuss the performance of each candidate with our client.
SpenglerFox provide formal offers & rejections to candidates on behalf of our client. We support our client in the preparation and presentation of the offer to the successful candidate. This is then followed by discussions with both the client and the candidate.
Following acceptance of an offer we work in partnership with our client and candidate to identify integration needs and plan the successful integration of the candidate into their new organisation. We also facilitate on-boarding where required.
We are absolutely committed to quality and as such it is imperative that we are able to gauge whether we have successfully met our client’s and candidate’s needs. As such, after every placement we carryout in-depth service reviews with our clients. The feedback is then reviewed by an internal panel of Country Managers and our Managing Director to ensure maximum client satisfaction and promote a culture of continuous improvement.
Key Contact: Jens Friedrich
SpenglerFox are pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Cowley Brown Recruitment which will see both companies look to grow and expand their retained executive search business in Ireland. Cowley Brown is based in Dublin with a mix of retained and contingency search business mainly in the Irish healthcare sector and as a consequence, also in the UK and Middle East. SpenglerFox is a leading retained global Search & HR services firm, with Irish heritage, across multiple territories serving both the mature and emerging markets. This new alliance will target the retained executive search business in the Irish market with an initial focus on C-suite roles in Life Sciences and related sectors, but will also create an opportunity for Cowley Brown to engage with SpenglerFox jointly on assignments in other countries around the globe. Through this strategic alliance both companies will bring considerable added value to their respective domestic and international clients, Cowley Brown having successfully built up a considerable local footprint in Ireland and SpenglerFox having a strong international brand as a retained executive search expert, with a wide international reach for sourcing the best talent for their clients. Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox, added ‘’Following our Management Buy Out in 2017 we have been focussing on increasing our specialised expert industry knowledge as well as expanding our geographical reach and Ireland has been a priority market on our radar. We are delighted to form this new alliance with Ken and his Team at Cowley Brown. Such an alliance will give SpenglerFox the executive search exposure in the ever improving Irish market, while also continuing to strengthen our Life Sciences practice and serving our international clients who are expanding into the Irish economy.‘’ Ken Cowley, Director of Cowley Brown, is very excited about this new alliance for his firm, and says; ‘’We feel this was the perfect time for us to strike this arrangement with the team at SpenglerFox due to the continuing growth in the Irish economy and our own growth over the last 12-18 months. We have seen an ever increasing demand from our clients for assistance in helping to fill key C-Suite roles, so we are very much looking forward to the prospect of tapping in to the resourcing strength, market-specific expertise, and the global reach that our new business colleagues at SpenglerFox will provide. Also, we feel that the values of our two organisations are highly aligned, with a massive level of enthusiasm for finding top talent and for putting our clients at the centre of everything we do.’’ Both companies feel that there continues to be significant opportunities in the Irish market, as both FDI and indigenous Irish companies continue to expand. The combined set of strengths of both teams, as well as the level and quality of existing contacts and candidate-reach, means that ambitious targets are being set by the new strategic alliance, and both companies are very much looking forward to an exciting future, collaborating on multiple assignments together, both in Ireland and internationally in the best interest of our respective clients.
The Budapest Business Journal – Book of Lists 2018/2019 is an industry guide unique to Hungary and provides company data of 2,500 of the largest companies in more than 70 fields. We are pleased to share that SpenglerFox ranked 3rd amongst Executive Search firms in Hungary. I am delighted once again by this recognition of our services to the Hungarian market. Since our Budapest office first opened in 2005 we have been continuously identifying the very best senior executive talent for our clients businesses. As we now enter the second year of our MBO in 2017 our team in Budapest is continuing to grow and our Research team strengthened to further support our client and candidates as they evolve. Jens Friedrich, CEO
Delighted to gather our entire company in Frankfurt one year post our MBO for two packed days of relationship building, learning and fun. Since our MBO in July 2017 this was the first All Staff event, there was an incredible atmosphere and energy, we certainly needed the energy to help us through the networking, workshops and of course the party! No event is ever complete without an award ceremony, so we presented our staff with more than 10 years tenure travel vouchers, we’re really proud that 50% of our Foxes have been with SpenglerFox between 5 and 14 years! Damien Stork, Chris Beedle and Dan Godsall from Chamonix Hard Cross joined us on day two to take us through their Personal Eco System program. Showing and reminding us why our environment, sleep, exercise and nutrition can help our mental performance, and find more time for that work/life balance. It was great to get the family together once again, so many friendships strengthened, already looking forward to the next. Jens Friedrich, CEO.