MSS Executive Search Process

As a true client partner MSS work tirelessly to ensure that we genuinely appreciate the intimate detail of every executive search we undertake. We believe in providing healthy challenge and honest feedback through each phase of the assignment, tackling potential issues collaboratively whilst offering constructive solutions throughout.

Our sole aim is provide a breadth of highly talented candidates delivered through a smooth and efficient process.

Process Steps when we take your instructions

Agree the priorities of the search

  • Define the need through critical evaluation of your business and unique role requirements
  • Agree the responsibilities of the role and the person specification
  • Challenge the scope of the search – Salary range, sector expertise, academic/commercial skills
  • Finalise brief


Define target audience

  • Agree company target list for initial approach work
  • Utilise local and global relationship network to identify potential talent
  • Reference individuals who meet agreed criteria
  • Create a longlist of candidates for discussion


Approach work

  • Engage with target market to understand and evaluate suitability
  • Challenge competency, cultural and commercial skills
  • Evaluate personal and professional drivers
  • Finalise shortlist for client presentation


Shortlist presentation

  • Formal client review of all shortlisted candidates incorporating our assessment of both hard and soft skills vs. the brief
  • Provide supporting evidence of track record, career achievements, qualifications and fit
  • Agree client interview availability



  • Manage both client and candidate needs and expectations until the preferred individual is selected
  • Provide formal references
  • Lead the salary package negotiation process to finalise the offer
  • Support the on-boarding program through regular communication with both parties
  • Complete client satisfaction survey
  • Remain in touch with both client and the executive to check on progress and transition