Executive Search and Consulting Services
Sousou Partners offers a full range of executive search, compensation management, leadership consulting, and board practice services. We have two special areas of focus that we are extremely proud of: our focus on diversity and our premier talent programme.
Executive Search Process
Securing the right talent is one of the top three strategic imperatives for any firm – along with driving growth and protecting reputation. Increasingly the ability to drive competitive advantage comes from having the right talent at the right time with the right cultural fit for the organization. Sousou Partners identifies top-tier talent around the world, from key hires to complete teams. Identifying the right candidate for our client’s needs and guiding both sides through the entire hiring process is a significant part of our core business and of ensuring value for clients.
Every assignment is unique and we begin by understanding the rationale and motivation for the hire with a thorough analysis of every aspect of the search, from desired candidate attributes and specific position requirements to possible impediments to success. Our entire approach is flexible, bespoke, and tailored to client requirements. We pay attention to the balance between soft and hard skills and understand this is often the critical success factor of any placement. Once a candidate has successfully met our skillset evaluation filter, we use our proprietary 360 reference report to ensure the utmost attention is paid to cultural fit.
- CEO and Executives
Identifying and securing the optimal c-suite and board-level hires is of paramount importance. Leadership has never been more important as change accelerates and operating environments become more complex. Ensuring the right leadership hires are made is critical to ensuring the successful delivery of the organization’s vision, strategic objectives, and stakeholder responsibilities.
Sousou Partners screens candidates for skills, qualifications, and alignment with the organization’s vision, values, and culture. We are sensitive to intangibles and perceptions and cross-check potential candidates with our extensive network.
- Critical Hires
Key hires are among the most strategic decisions a company can make. Understanding the ecosystem around the hire – the timing and context – all help us develop a better sense of the kind of person that is needed. Once the brief is fully agreed upon, maintaining ongoing relationships with top talent in all our sectors, allows us to move quickly to identify and recruit leading candidates for key positions anywhere in the world. We also offer tailored onboarding processes involving key information and introductions to ensure key hires make a strong start.
- Team Builds
Expansions, acquisitions, and other corporate decisions can often result in the need to create or deploy a highly capable team of several key people, whose skills augment one another and whose personalities mesh flawlessly. We have extensive experience in identifying optimal fits on all levels and organically building successful teams for our clients. By matching complementary skills and thoroughly understanding a client’s culture, we put together individual hires to ensure smoothly functioning teams from day one.
We also specialize in team acquisitions – locating and hiring a complete management and operations team prior to beginning a particular venture anywhere in the world. This allows clients to assign all necessary key personnel directly to any start-up or new business acquisition.
Sousou Partners is a recognized global leader in understanding compensation trends, patterns, and best practices in the real asset sector. We publish a comprehensive compensation review annually that benchmarks against a number of criteria. This study gives clients insight and invaluable guidance about the compensation landscape in this sector.
We are experts at providing compensation advisory services – evaluating existing compensation structures and recommending changes to address specific challenges in an organization.
- Global Market Insight
Our worldwide scope gives us the ability to analyse and report on compensation levels and trends throughout our clients’ industries and across international borders. We use the data to help our clients offer compensation structures and/or packages most beneficial to both them and the executives they hire.
- Tailored Studies
Using this wealth of data we can also offer tailored reports to meet specific client needs to better understand best practice, compensation structures and mechanisms and psychological and intangible drivers that affect compensation.
Sousou Partners offers a range of leadership consulting services. Much of this work is informed by the insight and understanding we generate through our research. We understand that one size does not fit all.
We regularly deliver tailored market perception reports, competitive landscape analysis, and organisational assessments that help leaders better understand their company’s specific situation and objectives. This customised research often helps further inform three specific services we offer leaders.
- Organisational Advisory
We work with leaders on evaluating and redesigning key aspects of organizational structure. Whether it is performance management, culture, and productivity, or morale and employee engagement levels – we use a mix of qualitative approaches to derive insight and recommendations.
- Succession Planning
Succession planning is critical to ensuring the smooth transition of leadership in an organization. We help clients determine which key roles require a succession plan and identify potential successors and their development needs.
- Executive Coaching and Assessments
Leading any organization is challenging and often leaders benefit from independent methods of eliciting support and feedback. We offer executive coaching and informal advisory services, as well as leadership assessment reviews via a 360-degree feedback process.
The pressure on boards has never been greater. Pressure from regulators, investors, stakeholders, employees, media and activist groups is significant. We understand that boards need to be representative, responsible and responsive.
We work with clients on issues such as board diversity and composition, compensation and structure and recruitment and on-boarding.
- Board Evaluations
Sousou Partners is experienced in assessing clients’ existing methods of evaluating board effectiveness. We advise clients on the design of evaluation methodologies as well as offering insight into key issues affecting effectiveness.
- Board Search
We work with clients on both individual board appointments and on efforts to strengthen, restructure or overhaul boards. Often this includes similar dynamics to team building.
- Board Compensation
Compensation is a Sousou Partners’ strength. Given our global understanding of compensation patterns in the real asset sector, we are able to help clients identify and calibrate best practice and competitive and compensation packages.
At Sousou Partners we have a particular commitment to diversity and to the fundamental idea that the sectors we serve are made inherently stronger and more competitive when they embrace more inclusive recruitment strategies.
We encourage our clients to pursue balanced people strategies actively looking for the strongest candidate irrespective of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation and to recognise the benefits of having a mix of talents, perspectives and strengths.
Real estate, infrastructure and energy businesses have a disproportionate impact on the physical environment. We believe that having workforces that more accurately mirror the environments they are interacting with, makes our clients stronger, more appealing and more inspirational organisations. We are committed to diversity. We think it is important to embody this commitment with our clients. We believe that no barriers should stand in the way of finding the most exceptional people.
Increasingly clients are asking us to help them meet a variety of diverse challenges including:
- assessing processes to identify factors that may be inhibiting diversity
- recommending strategies aimed at promoting diverse talent
- communicating the advantages of a diverse workforce
- implement measurable goals and track progress
Premier Talent Programme
Our Premier Talent Programme exclusively represents selected top talent in all our sectors. The programme identifies and markets these individuals to institutions that may benefit from the candidates’ expertise in one or more defined areas.
This bespoke match-making service of high talent individuals who could meet the specific needs of clients is a good example of the Sousou Partners’ ethos.
Through our long-term relationships with clients, we keep track of their needs and aspirations. By continuously monitoring client needs and the pool of premier talent available -we can selectively introduce top talent where we believe there could be a strong match.