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Your trusted partner

KA Executive Search is a boutique consultancy, working as a trusted partner with a select number of organisations across the built environment and related sectors.

KA Executive Search has proudly developed many strong working relationships across the built environment, achieving great success for both clients and candidates alike.

By working as a trusted partner and developing a more in depth understanding of our client organisations, firstly this enables us to successfully identify and attract high calibre talent through our Executive Search and Talent attraction services. Secondly, through the services of our Organisational and Talent Management experts, we support our clients by helping them to define and deliver their talent management, succession planning and retention strategies.

We look forward to working with you.

Karen Armstrong, Director

Karen Armstrong

Executive Search

By leveraging our in-depth research and knowledge of the built environment, we uncover and attract the right talent, capable of taking your business forward. Through our personal, yet professional approach we naturally engage and win the ‘buy in’ of high calibre professionals, working closely with both parties through to acceptance and into the new role.

Flexible Search Model

Through the strategic partnering relationships that we have established with our clients, we can provide a flexible Search Service that complements your HR and Internal Resourcing capabilities; supporting your talent requirements as they arise rather than retrospective. As a result, this can have a positive impact both on your upfront recruitment costs and timescales.

Onboarding Coaching

It has been statistically proved that Onboarding Coaching can get newly appointed leaders to a point of ‘value creation’ up to three months earlier than normal. Programmes are designed and delivered by our highly experienced accredited Coaches, who bring clear commercial focus, business and organisational understanding to positively impact on the bottom line.

Executive Leadership Coaching & Mentoring

We work closely with leaders, managers, high potentials and technical professionals to develop individual and team capabilities, with a focus on enabling enhanced performance and business contribution.  Our areas of expertise include executive coaching and mentoring; leadership, talent and career development, including supporting the development of high potential females within the Built Environment sector.

HR Mentoring

Our fully accredited Organisational Development & Talent Management Consultant(s) are experienced in supporting, coaching and mentoring HRD, Head of Department and HR Managers, through challenging change agendas to develop OD and business focused talent management strategies aligned to the objectives of your business.

Signature Leadership and High Potential Development

We have two Signature Programmes created in partnership with our clients that offer cost effective leadership and high potential talent development experiences. Rooted in the reality of your business challenges, these help to raise self-awareness, insight, leadership calibre and future potential, whilst encouraging a spirit of career entrepreneurship and ownership within the business.

We can help your leaders get faster up the learning curve to ensure they influence and get key stakeholders on board, have real business impact and build their career, accelerating the speed with which they add business value.

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The coaching has definitely helped me develop better self-awareness and I see more clearly how I am perceived in the business. I am much clearer about my strengths and weaknesses. I have worked on my executive gravitas and presence and my self-confidence has improved considerably.

Design & Engineering Director – Global Design and Engineering Business

The coaching really helped me step back and see different perspectives, I take a bigger picture view now and I have been able to improve how I manage my stakeholders and been able to get buy-in for a cross business project on innovation and business improvement.

Technical Director – International Design & Engineering Firm

It was so helpful talking through my plans, ideas and difficulties with my coach, it improved my approach to solving problems and overcoming resistance to change and I feel it has made me more resilient. My proposals have been approved by the Board and we are on target to deliver the cost savings.

Head of Contracts – Estates Management Team

I’ve developed a much better sense of who I am and how I am developing as a leader. In particular the coaching helped me immediately put what I was learning into practice real time and it made the programme feel very personal to me and my needs.

Senior Associate, High Potential Millennial Participant - Discover & Develop Programme

When working with Karen I have found her to be proactive and professional – she brings her in depth knowledge of the construction industry and key people within it for the benefit of her clients. I have no hesitation in recommending her and indeed have done so on a number of occasions.

Structural Partner, Global Multi-disciplinary Engineering Consultancy

Karen is knowledgeable, professional and very effective. Based on her track record, I would always consider engaging her for executive search in our space. I would be happy to take a call to provide a reference.

Resourcing Manager, Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineering Practice

When I was approached by KA Executive Search, running a construction company was not on the top of my list of what to do next. But I’m here as MD, enjoying it and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Managing Director Rail & Group Board Director, Construction Sector

I found KA Executive Search to be a pleasant and professional organisation with which to work.

Technical Director, Global multi-disciplinary design consultancy

What KA Executive Search is good at is ‘listening’. Karen has spent time getting to know our business, our strengths and weaknesses and what we are trying to achieve. As a result, the candidates she recommends are not just good quality but as importantly for us a good fit.

Chief Executive, Construction Sector

The initial approach from KA Executive Search was very professional. I was briefed by someone who clearly knew their client and received excellent support throughout the process. The offer of employment was delivered very professionally and the whole process conducted in an efficient but sensitive manner.

Group Director, Global Multi-disciplinary Design Consultancy

Hong Kong International Airport

Our clients work on prestigious projects around the world.

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