Cripps Sears is exceptional not only for its specialist focus, its truly international reach and its knowledge-intensive operation, but also for its longevity in the business. All of these characteristics together mean that Cripps Sears consultants, all highly qualified sector and sub-sector specialists, have access to an unparalleled network of current international contacts. This keeps them abreast of market developments and enables them to deliver a choice of high quality candidates for all manner of key roles in the overlapping sectors in which we work.
The length of time the company has been in the business, and the interlinked sectors on which it focuses, mean that the network of contacts that our staff have built up is very extensive. It is also worldwide and at all levels.
Because of the company’s legacy in the exploration and production areas of the energy and natural resources value chain – which often operate in frontier regions — our consultants are highly experienced at finding staff to work in difficult locations and emerging markets. They have also provided support to client companies in their localisation projects.
As a consequence of our combination of global reach and specialist local expertise, managed from London, Cripps Sears can offer clients a service with a small number of points of contact and no regional conflicts.
As a result, we have both the know-how and the process to identify quality candidates and deliver key hires throughout the Energy and Natural resources sectors (our specialist sectors), frequently to demanding timescales.
And while the Head Office of Cripps Sears & Partners is based in London, our business is truly international. We have dedicated offices, with experienced local and sector specialists, in Paris, Dubai, Houston, Singapore, Lagos and Perth.
If you are a client making use of Cripps Sears’ services for the first time, you can be confident that you are dealing with a compact and well integrated company that believes in a continuing two-way communication process. The knowledge-intensive collaborative way in which our consultants work is an important reason for the company’s success and longevity in the business.
Our consultants gather their information from diverse sources at many different levels. They take soundings in the market at every opportunity. They also share information and discuss developments with their colleagues in the related business areas to gain an all-round and in-depth market view.
Cripps Sears consultants take both a long view and a detailed view, assessing the market right from the level of macro and economic factors, through the detailed developments in all the relevant subsectors, and on to fully understanding the local, technical, hands-on aspects of the business. Their knowledge is sectoral, rather than limited by geographical boundaries.
As a recruiter, Cripps Sears is agile and very quick to respond, and our judgment of people – taken together with our extensive access to the market and our deep and up-to-date knowledge of it – is a key factor behind that. A high proportion of the firm’s work is provided by former clients who consistently return, which testifies to their satisfaction with our process in general and our judgment in particular.
We know our clients are relying on our judgment to align with theirs and we offer guidance, advice and comment at all stages of the search process.
Our assessment of candidates is very thorough and based on a whole range of factors, refined over the many years the firm has been operating in the same sectors.
And while we have certain recruiting systems in place, consultants view each assignment, each client and each candidate as different. Where their recruiting expertise really comes to the fore is in identifying the intangible elements which make one candidate a better fit for a particular corporate culture than another, equally qualified one.