Executive Search

At Design Build Search we have capability to manage comprehensive executive search assignments routinely for our clients throughout Europe and the Americas.

Why DB search?

At Design Build Search we have the senior level expertise to handle full cycle executive search mandates. We can partner with you on a retained basis or engage in market mapping, shortlist screening or competency based interviewing.

Our construction recruitment specialists are dedicated to delivering a transparent, ethical, and quality-oriented service.

We function as an extension of our clients' brand, representing their business interests, while also championing the careers of our candidates.

Why Partner with DB Search

We have a very senior team of highly skilled, construction qualified recruiters who all have a genuine passion for the construction industry.

Our recruiters have not only recruited for global roles but have experience in the construction recruitment industry abroad themselves and have since redirected the knowledge, experience and global network of contacts to our clients based both at home in Ireland and abroad.

Sourcing Methodology

Stage 1 - Briefing

To begin our briefing we need to gather the following information including:

  • Type of organisation, size, location and the particular department the role sits within
  • Defining the responsibilities and expected outcomes of the role
  • Gain a comprehensive insight into the essential skills, level of experience, preferred background, and cultural alignment
  • Preferred procedure – review a sample long list before formal commitment
  • Establish an update process, typically involving a weekly progress report

Stage 2 - Market Mapping

Building a solid pool of well-qualified candidates is critical to our success, and we do it by tapping into our vast network, both locally and internationally. 

  • We create our list of target companies
  • Provide sample candidate profiles for discussion and feedback
  • Refine the essential core competencies required
  • Develop our executive service package document
  • Craft a tailored scorecard with weighted competencies

Stage 3 - Headhunting Sourcing

Our search consultants at Design Build Search as well the wider Vertical Markets Group are experts in their respective fields, and they’ve built strong, well-connected networks over the years through their education, work experiences, continuous networking efforts, and industry memberships. We’ve nurtured robust relationships with leading global organisations, giving us access to exceptional international talent. 

Most of our success stems from our proactive networking and relationship-building rather than relying on advertising. We also leverage various search tools like LinkedIn Recruiter, Google Alerts, Change Tower, and more to diversify our candidate pipelines.

Stage 4 - Presentation of Shortlist

A detailed report on each candidate is presented for review and discussion which includes:

  • Experience suitability and qualifications
  • Current remuneration and availability
  • Competency scorecard results
  • Behavioral competencies results
  • Psychometric test results
  • In-depth analysis of drivers, motivations, and long-term ambitions
  • Cultural fit
  • References

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Bespoke Solutions

Permanent Recruitment

If you have specific construction recruitment needs, want to establish an entire department, or are in search of a high-level C-suite construction leader, we possess the expertise, experience and network to make it happen.

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Contract Recruitment

At Design Build Search we've got all your construction contractor needs covered, from short-term projects lasting just a few weeks to extended, long-term contracts. Whatever you're looking for, we're here to help you find and oversee the perfect addition to your team.

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Executive Search

We've got the experience to manage full executive search projects. We can work with your company on a retained basis or assist with tasks like market research, shortlisting, and competency-based interviews when needed.

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We’re not the ones saying it!

The team at Design Build Search have been very reliable and professional in finding us quality cost and management staff since 2018

Construction Director, Global Engineering Consultancy

Diversity and Inclusion

At Design Build Search we are passionate about having a role to play in creating a more diverse and inclusive construction industry. We are experts at implementing recruitment processes in the construction sector with diversity and inclusion at their forefront . If your leaders are looking for more information, feel free to get in touch.