How We Deliver Value

ExecutiveSurf relationship managers act as the bridge between you and your hiring needs across any border.

Whether you are a multinational with recruiting needs in a specific country or region, or a startup looking to expand and hire the best home-based talent possible, regardless of location, our virtual team are here to deliver for you.

Partners who deliver value for your business

We help you through our commitment to deliver sustainable value as we:
Get to know you deeply

We deep-dive into your company culture, purpose and values to become an extension of your business and to understand what makes you tick. 

Challenge your expectations

We challenge what you know and get to truths lying beneath the surface, so we provide candidates who are best equipped to thrive in your business. 

Drive you to long-term success

We deliver candidates who make positive long-term contributions to your company, and we won’t rest until we’ve achieved that. 

We’re partners to our clients, not service providers. We work with you to drive business performance through better people.

Providing deep value in the recruitment process

We ‘translate’ talent markets so cultural and linguistic differences are no longer a barrier.

It’s not just a case of finding the right person to hire anywhere in the world, ExecutiveSurf’s process goes beyond that as our ultimate objective is to find talent who will stay for the long-term and deliver for you over time.

Global knowledge without the cost

Our multi-national team know local markets and cultural nuances across the world. Fluent in over 20 languages, we unlock talent in areas where you might not have visibility or ways of communicating.

Often, this can incur a huge additional cost but our unique lean structure means we operate without expensive offices across the world, keeping the cost down. Our global footprint is low and doesn’t compromise quality.

Long-term value with the best talent

We won’t provide you with candidates on the basis of who is most likely to pass the interview process – but we’ll seek out people who will make a long and meaningful contribution to your company. It’s revolutionary and nobody else does it.

For us, making sure that our candidates deliver over time is vital, but it also comes naturally. We’re only happy when 18 or 24 months later you inform us that we’ve delivered a hire that is making substantial and lasting contributions to your business.

Innovative fee structure

Our process puts you first. Our multi-national team work to find great long-term hires, which help your company to thrive. It puts the onus on us to deliver for you. And we will.

We’re not here to simply fill a post and leave you to it, we work with you as a partner, not a client. We’ll provide you with people who deliver value over a period through their actions at work, people who will make a tangible difference to your business.

Fee Structures

Rate Card

Full fee is a percentage of salary


(Talent as a Service)

With TaaS, if our candidate leaves the billing stops until our replacement candidate joins. This service flips the normal hiring process on its head and puts the emphasis on us to find talent that will be successful in the long term. It’s not about finding a hire who interviews well. It’s about seeing beyond that and identifying those individuals who will be a fit over time; who will hit the ground running and continue to bring value over the long term.

With Taas, our satisfaction and fulfilment (and indeed most of our success fee) only comes once a candidate is well over a year into their role.

The recruitment sector is an extremely dynamic one. And yet fee models remain stubbornly stable. Fees for recruitment firms are usually based on a percentage of the salary of the candidate they place. Global executive search firms (headhunters) charge between 25% and 33% of salary and those fees are split into three tranches: Retainer fee, Shortlist and Success fee. Minimum fees are in the region of €50,000. Selection companies, working in the mid to low salary range, charge between 15% and 25%, mostly billed upon successful placement alone.

Thanks to its lean virtual structure, ExecutiveSurf is able to offer a full headhunting service in the 15-20% range. But because we offer that full headhunting service – which requires a great deal of research- we never work on a contingency or success-basis.

So if your preference is for a ‘reassuringly expensive’ headhunter with all the trappings of sophisticated luxury, we are not for you. Or if you seek a low cost, low commitment provider, we are an equally bad fit. If on the other hand, you’re an organisation that likes to work with a no-frills, high value, long-term partner, then we should talk…

What our clients have to say about us…

I always love working with ExecutiveSurf! Not only are the team great, but their in-depth knowledge of the European market means they will find the perfect match for us wherever they may be.

John Mears Chief of Staff at Phantom Buster

I wanted to thank you and confirm that ExecutiveSurf’s TaaS billing model aligns perfectly with our needs. In particular with this model we are 100% focused on the long-term success of the candidates placed with our company. I can also confirm to you that your comprehensive and agile approach to project management has made our international talent search incredibly easy and very effective. I hope that this approach of yours will also prove successful for future searches for other professionals with our group. Keep up the good work and thank you

Gianluigi Fenocchio Chief HR and Ethic Officer, ISEO Serrature

ExecutiveSurf have always managed to fulfil our needs but what is great about them is their flexibility where they understand the commercial impact of their billing criteria. Whether it’s full search or pay as you go (TaaS), this company can really deliver what you need

Bob Cowlard European General Manager, HVAC Solutions at Haier

Our Cause

We will fight for a world where everyone feels safe, valued, able to grow, and be inspired by their role and the organisation that they work for. And that starts with us…


Our Cause

We will fight for a world where everyone feels safe, valued, able to grow, and be inspired by their role and the organisation that they work for. And that starts with us…