Frequently Asked Questions

What's it like to work with Aruba Exec?

Our boutique executive search service is high touch throughout, personal relationship driven and has many of our candidates becoming recruiting clients.

Richard Crossman, our CEO and Executive Search Director reviews and responds to all candidate registrations and all client enquiries. Richard also leads the delivery of all search mandates.

We're routinely told, that our personal service & results far exceeds the large, big brand executive search firms, who are quite often restricted by many 'hands-off' restrictions on where they can search.

Clients come to us because of our process, our methodology & our ETAR System giving clients access to candidates they wouldn’t have had access to via traditional executive search.

When was Aruba Exec established?

Aruba was established in 2009 by Richard Crossman, with the primary focus of creating an executive search practice that delivers a personal, boutique service to clients globally, through an agile, innovative & technology driven Executive Talent Acquisition & Retention (ETAR™) System. This has allowed us to achieve a 99%+ success record in the delivery of CxO, VP & Director level roles, de-risking the investment for our technology clients in executive search.

We have deep domain experience which allows us to successfully partner with you to address critical hiring needs and our highly experienced executive search team have built extensive relationships across technology domains and business functions.

What is Aruba's approach to diversity & inclusion?

You can read about Aruba Exec's diversity & inclusion commitment here.

What roles do you typically recruit for?

We recruit for C-Suite, VP & Director level roles across all business functions. Example roles are CEOs, CFOs, Sales VP, CDOs, COOs, CGOs, CTOs, CIOs. We have established pools of talent in lots of board level roles and are positioned to attract executive talent across the UK, Europe & US. You can view the types of C-suite roles we cover here

What geographical locations do you cover?

With our international HQ being based in London in the UK, we attract & recruit Executives for technology companies across the UK, Europe and US regions. 

We continually build C-Suite, VP & Director executive talent pools relevant to both current and future search demand, focusing on the top 15% of executive candidates in the marketplace.

You can view some of the recent searches completed along with geographical locations here.

If your company is based in the UK, Europe or in the US, get in touch to see where we can help you.

What is Aruba Exec's success record?

We have a 99%+ success record and a 78% referral rate over the last 3 years. 

Typically, the executive search industry runs at an average 64% delivery success record.

We don't take on every search that comes our way. We ensure there is a good match on partnering with organisations who share similar values and ambition.

Our placements are also backed by an industry leading 1 year guarantee. Our focus is not only on placement but also on retention.

Who would we be working with?

In order to achieve our joint objectives, we will utilise a broad range of search techniques and dedicate a number of resources to your assignment.

Richard Crossman, our Executive Search Director will lead your assignment and will be your focal point and single-point of contact throughout.

You can read more about Richard here. You can also read about Richard's 24 year career history in search on his LinkedIn profile here.

What sectors do you recruit for?

Our clients are typically high growth Technology companies OR companies who, whilst maybe in a different sector, have technology at the core of their business/product/service.

At our core, we attract Executive talent across a number of tech focus sectors. You can view the types of sectors we cover here.

We also attract talent from outside these areas as candidates have diverse skillsets which can be transferable in many cases.

How long does a typical executive search take?

Our approach takes on average 6 weeks to deliver the candidate shortlist. We typically start with a few thousand candidates and deliver a shortlist of 3-5 candidates.

We are the only Executive Search company in London who use inbound digital strategies that focus on passive candidates. That’s why we have access to world class C-Suite Executive, VP & Director level candidates. No-one else does this. We offer candidates who are not looking in the marketplace but are the most prestigious, plus not forgetting active candidates in our Whole Market, ‘No Stone Unturned’ explore for each search.

What size companies do you focus on?

Around 90% of our client portfolio are scale-up and SME sized tech focused organisations who are typically UK, Europe or US based. 

Most of our clients are fast-moving and agile and have entrepreneurial environments, moving at pace to grow and scale-up.

What are your fees?

We have completed a time and motion study on our executive search services to come up with a competitive fee structure. 

Our retained search services typically provide cost savings of circa 60% compared to typical industry fees of our counterparts. Contact Richard direct for more details. He can be contacted direct at richard@arubaexec.com

What guarantees do Aruba offer?

We provide a 1 year guarantee from the start date of the candidate. If the candidate were to leave in their first 12 months of tenure then we would re-run the search for free.

Our focus in not only on placement but retention as well.

Where can I view Aruba's privacy policy?

You can view our privacy policy here.

Do you have any further questions?

You can request a copy of our brochure here, or feel free to ask further questions by messaging us below.

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