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Head of Executive Search & Intelligence - Technology

Job Req ID 22566511 Location(s) London, United Kingdom Job Category Human Resources
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Leading a team of search partners and talent intelligence analysts, this position is responsible for the end-to-end strategy, execution and delivery of talent acquisition for executive level roles across Technology disciplines globally for Citi.

Accountable for the quality, time & cost of talent acquisition for the segment.

‘Executive’ hires are defined as Managing Director and critical leadership Director-level hiring.

Job Purpose:

  • Build and lead an Executive Search & Intelligence team to drive and execute the very best practices and advisory capability across the business line. Implement effective external search solutions, supporting the businesses to obtain the best, and most diverse, talent available in the market place.
  • Build in-house capability to deliver executive search, market mapping, market intelligence/insights and assessment expertise.
  • Support in the management 3rd party executive search relationships where appropriate whilst reducing their usage and demonstrating value through cost avoidance.
  • Support Global Head of Executive Search and Intelligence in developing the function; including hiring and developing subject-matter expertise into the team across multiple locations. Work in partnership with the wider TA teams to support Group TA and HR strategy in order to support business objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a talent acquisition advisory and search strategy to meet the global business segment needs  - with a focus on direct delivery utilizing best in class search and sourcing methods
  • Set team targets and design working patterns in line with functional objectives and success measures, monitors and enhances team performance utilising data and insight
  • Work closely with internal departments (e.g. Talent, Diversity , Regulatory Compliance, Reward and HR Advisor teams) to ensure top talent is acquired from both the external and internal market
  • Manage, lead and develop a team of executive search professionals
  • Drive creative strategies to achieve the best senior talent outcomes, whilst also enabling Citi’s representation goals and keeping diversity, in all its forms, at the heart of decision-making
  • Directly manage a workload executing Executive Search mandates, deliver market mapping and insights to inform business hiring decisions
  • Ensure information is appropriately cascaded and that the team engages with wider projects and initiatives
  • Support the global head of executive search as well as global Talent Acquisition Managers on the management of external Executive Search partners
  • Act as an escalation point for managers handling sensitive and confidential matters; resolving complex issues
  • Sponsor or lead continuous improvement projects

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Extensive experience in Talent Acquisition, specifically executive search gained either in-house or at an Executive Search firm, coupled with broad HR knowledge and exposure to HR COEs
  • Proven and respected leader who raises the bar and motivates and empowers others to perform, demonstrating and championing the leadership principles.
  • Expert technical knowledge of executive search in Technology including accessing top talent, understanding market practices and ability to consistently and proactively identify, locate and attract passive executive candidates by utilizing advanced recruiting and networking techniques
  • Ability to build and foster relationships at executive level on a global basis
  • Politically savvy, able to navigate through complexity and an environment of conflicting priorities, at ease operating in a matrix environment.
  • Knowledge of financial services and the different business models within the sector and those it serves
  • Credibility with executive candidates and leaders:  possesses gravitas to lead conversations and influence outcomes
  • Able to build networks internally across matrix organisation
  • Expert in compensation structures and the creation of competitive offers, understanding deferrals and bonus structures
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex international hiring processes
  • Strong project management skills
  • Digitally aware, ensuring deployment of effective CRM systems to manage search activities
  • Risk aware, champion of compliance requirements and risk and control activities as they apply to executive search and intelligence activities.


  • Preferably educated to degree level but not essential if balanced with relevant experience


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    Time Type:

    Full time


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