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Retained Search

Retained search is a comprehensive consulting service suited to mission-critical, sensitive, highly specialized, or leadership hires. Retained search consultants act as advisors to their clients and go beyond simple recruitment as a service to guide a search from the initial definition of the role to assisting to the integration of the new hire with the team. Often defined by the depth of understanding they build of their client companies and their candidates, retained search consultants become close partners to their clients and have a profound impact on their success.

As a boutique, The Locke Group is deeply invested in our clients, making us a natural choice to lead their most critical searches. We possess rich knowledge of the industry down to the team and individual level and can offer our clients both valuable intelligence and access to hard-to-reach talent. Each retained search is Partner-led and staffed by a dedicated team.

Our differentiator lies in our performance-driven solutions model. We are especially effective at designing a search process which creates alignment and allows our clients to identify, assess, and win top talent more swiftly than their competitors. Like all of our search solutions, fees are paid at pre-agreed milestones. Ask us how we can help you be more competitive and save you money.

What’s included:

  • Comprehensive consulting and recruitment service
  • Consulting on definition of the role and recruitment process design
  • Detailed market-mapping
  • A comprehensive long-list
  • Access to diverse, passive, and high-achieving talent
  • Thorough screening, competitive intelligence, and candidate-specific reporting
  • Experienced closers
  • Onboarding and integration services, including candidate coaching

Contingency Search

Contingent search is a basic form of recruitment as a service, suited to teams who need help recruiting juniors, less-specialized staff, or who simply need to augment their existing pipeline.

The Locke Group performs contingent searches for our clients where it overlaps with our areas of expertise and our promise is simple – we’ll deliver a pipeline of fully qualified candidates.

While our performance-driven philosophy informs our work, we are typically not able to provide the same depth of consultation or guarantee of service as we would under a retained search agreement. However, we do pride ourselves on being consultative, knowing our markets, and working swiftly, so our clients do find the service to add value above and beyond the typical contingent recruitment provider. Interested in learning more?

Customized Solutions

As a boutique, we promise flexibility. Whereas larger firms are often more regimented in their offerings, we have the flexibility to deliver customized solutions which fit our clients’ specific needs. Each service below is available in conjunction with our core search offerings and as stand-alone services (research services are included in all retained search projects).


– Up-to-date mapping of relevant companies, teams, and leaders, including notes on “recent-joiners/recent-leavers” and reporting relationships.

Long-list – Go beyond Market Mapping services to receive a pipeline crafted by our search team with a “long-list” of suggested candidates and more detailed market intelligence.

Compensation research & reporting – From our perch, we have the position to produce highly targeted compensation reports and undertake specific benchmarking analyses on behalf of our clients

Wholesale solutions

A retained recruitment agreement spanning two or more hires. We can help you reduce your annual spend with an engagement for multiple hires. Especially useful for team build-out and growth scenarios.

Flexible fee arrangements

Flat fees
– available for all searches, including retained

Caps and floors – ceilings and floors on fees

Performance incentives – savings for speedy hires

Interested in learning more? Let us show you what we can do.

If you would like to learn more about our services or list a position with us,
please contact us today.