Cedar Recruitment is, as we’re sure you know, a well-established, highly successful recruitment business. Our reputation was initially built on our expertise in accountancy and financial services, but since CEO Howard Bentwood founded the business in 2003 he has gradually added new strings to the Cedar bow when an opportunity beckoned. Now, having weathered the Covid-19 pandemic and seen an increase in international assignments in our core areas, a new opportunity is beckoning and a chance to do something new and different in the executive search space. Of course, every executive search agency promises something new and different, something unique, but (you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you…?).
While it’s true that there are differences between agencies, there are also too many similarities; from the multi-national consultancies that are perhaps overly rigid (with a bit too much corporate cut-and-paste for some people’s taste) to the smaller players who have to hand international jobs across to a franchise or partner abroad, losing control in the process.
However, what we believe is unique – in the proper sense of that word – about Cedar Search is that we offer the reach of the big players with no loss of the dynamism and control that comes from a bespoke, boutique agency.
The key player here is Simon Taylor, Cedar Search’s MD, who has joined us after more than a decade in the international exec-search space where he gained a formidable reputation, based on his enormous breadth and depth of experience with some of the biggest recruitment firms in the world as well as smaller, owner-led businesses. Consequently, as he says, he knows exactly what he’s getting into at Cedar, and what he brings to the party…
“From my conversations with Howard (Bentwood - the Cedar CEO), I knew that we shared a vision for what should differentiate an exec-search business. Howard gave me a degree of confidence that what I was coming into was not an autocratic, rule-bound company, but rather one that is flexible and confident in its own people and in their ability and ambition to grow the business. In Cedar, I found the combination of all the strengths but none of the negatives of the previous companies I’d worked for…
“What differentiates Cedar Search? Well, at heart, it’s our focus on keeping everything as simple as possible. Crucially, it’s not about offering out-of-the-box solutions, but instead about listening carefully to the client’s requirements and then developing a bespoke strategy that takes the most efficient route to the best candidates.
“To ensure that the routes we take are indeed efficient, it’s vital for our consultants to have robust, yet flexible, processes underpinning their work. Here too, it’s important to keep things simple and not overspend where it’s not necessary. There is elegance in doing the simple things well and that’s what we are aiming to bring to Cedar Search.
“Our first-year plan looks primarily at the big picture. We are going to be talent-led. We are currently recruiting, seeking consultants who are experts in their niche verticals, and then, over time, we’ll look at market focus, by geography or industry/sector. With remote working now very much part of the scene, it’s relatively unimportant where individuals are based, which makes it easier to recruit – both for us and for our clients.
“Cedar Search will add value in global/regional searches, from the C-suite down to perhaps two or three layers (say regional or departmental heads). For me, the opportunity to build on Cedar’s existing (and complementary) strengths and develop a wide range of new areas of business is one that I think is very exciting indeed. Watch, as they say, this space!”.
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