Founded in 1979, we are one of the longest established Australian executive search firms. Even though we are, above all else, an Australian based firm, we have an established track record in attracting and then securing, overseas candidates.
We have considerable expertise in senior executive appointments across a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Our firm has been built on a substantial body of work undertaken for publicly listed companies, private companies, professional services, state owned corporations, government agencies, departments and advisory boards.
We provide immediate and high-level specialist executives with the experience to bring stability to and provide guardianship for a company during a period of change, executive absence or performance turnaround. We also assist with providing executives who deliver on projects, programmes or specialist reviews. When clients are ready to appoint an executive, we complete the assignment within one week.
We believe that strong boards make for better organisations and improved business performance. In conducting searches, we do not simply look for ‘a name’ but rather search for candidates with the relevant skills to add real value to a board. We often start our board search by working with the client to produce a Board Skills Matrix, which then informs the specific brief.
Our track record ensures familiarity with the specific, and often sensitive, challenges involved in appointing Non-Executive Directors and Chairs with the right skill, personal and cultural fit.
We pride ourselves on delivering the best candidates in the marketplace for consideration by our clients. We go further than most executive search organisations in ensuring that our clients have a gender diverse range of candidates as part of the process. Over the past three years, 50% of all successful candidates introduced by Watermark were female. This is a significantly greater representation of women executives as successful candidates than any levels indicated by recent third-party studies. In addition to our focus on gender diversity we have also had the opportunity to assist a number of Indigenous organisations secure high-quality candidates through well targeted executive search.
We have a unique ‘window’ into both the commercial and government worlds and are available to provide informal market insights to our clients on topics such as salary packaging, hiring trends and executive onboarding.
As thought leaders, we undertake various pieces of research and market analysis to form our Interim Executive Survey and Board Diversity Index.
Watermark Talent Mapping campaigns are bespoke in nature to suit the unique circumstances and objectives of each client. They are designed to elicit market intelligence, create understanding that supports effective and efficient succession planning, workforce planning and improve diversity objectives. Critically it enables your ability to identify and proactively engage with the ‘the best in market’ within the market rather than ‘the available in market’ which can create competitive advantage for your organisation.