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Executive Search Case Study for the Construction and Property Sector

BAM Construct

BAM is well recognised as one of the UK’s leading companies in the ‘built environment’ its diverse range of services including construction, FM, property, design and plant hire.

Novo Executive Search and Selection has worked with a number of BAM’s operating companies assisting with a variety of key hires using executive search and selection as well database search to fill commercial, technical as well as support roles.

Fiducia Group - Property Development


Fiducia is a fast growth, market leading property development group based in Nottingham. The business has two property development operating businesses.

Henry Davidson Developments Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiducia Group Ltd specializing in retail, roadside, healthcare, neighbourhood centres, leisure and a range of mixed use developments which incorporate examples such as residential dwellings, day nurseries, medical facilities, public houses, restaurants and community facilities.

Eden Park Developments Ltd is a property development company specialising in industrial and office premises for the institutional and owner occupier market.

In the particularly competitive and challenging property development marketplace Novo Executive Search and Selection has utilised its executive search capabilities to make a number of key appointments within the Group including

As a result of our successful work we were introduced to an associated contracting company to Fiducia where we have recruited a new Managing Director and Commercial Director.

Halfen - Manufacturing

Halfen is a market leading manufacturer of engineered building fixing systems in the UK. The brand has significant market share and presence throughout Europe where the main head office is based. The bulk of the products are manufactured in Germany and modified in the UK to local specifications. Halfen is a wholly owned subsidiary of CRH Plc the well renowned Irish based building group.

The challenges facing Halfen were to improve the overall sales capability within the business in order to build relationships and capitalise on all market opportunities. Historically the business had been very technically led which meant that the proactive management of sales processes had not been developed enough. The Managing Director retained Novo Executive Search and Selection to run an advertising campaign to recruit a Sales and Marketing Manager who could bring these skills to the board to aide growth and planning. Halfen do not have many competitors, and their main on Anson, sits within the CRH Group therefore there was limited mileage in head-hunting. Their executive search brief was to find someone from a building related product area who had managed sales teams selling to end users. This is what we did for them.

Faber Maunsell - Regional Director Appointments

Faber Maunsell is an international, award-winning multi-disciplinary consultancy, delivering a comprehensive range of building engineering, transportation and environmental services, through a network of over 30 office locations across the UK and Europe. Employing over 2,500 staff, the business’s revenue turnover is in excess of £139m.

Faber Maunsell has a wide-ranging international building engineering capability that includes innovative building services solutions within the areas of structural and civil engineering. Due to a series of significant project wins in the South West and South Wales and the need to strengthen leadership within the respective offices, Novo was retained to recruit a Regional Director, Structures for the Bristol office and a Regional Director, M&E for the Cardiff operation.

Novo Executive Search and Selection ran a two month targeted executive search of the building services market in this precise geographical area, which resulted in the successful recruitment for both senior level roles. Off the back of this work, Novo Executive Search and Selection has been awarded a series of further assignments which continue to result in successful appointments.

"I have enjoyed working with Peter and his team since they started up and it is a relationship I am happy to continue. Novo Executive Search and Selection scores very strongly acting as the virtual face for my Company - I have real confidence in their ability to represent us and judging by the feedback from candidates they do this very well. I also appreciate Novo Executive Search and Selection's honesty - they manage our expectations well and push us hard for support when they need which enhances the sense of relationship in our dealings."
Andrew Daubney, HR Director, Buro Happold

"In a challenging and competitive market I have been impressed by the level of service and communication provided by the team at Novo Executive Search. I would have no hesitation in recommending using the services again as we continue to grow and expand."
Mark Kretowicz, Director, WSP Buildings

"After several unsuccessful attempts to recruit an Acoustics Consultant for our expanding Midlands operation, HLA commissioned Novo Executive Search and Selection to act on our behalf. Right from the start, the team at Novo Executive Search and Selection consistently delivered a professional yet refreshingly honest service, never building up Client expectations to be any greater than they themselves considered justifiable. However, what really shone through was Novo's overriding desire at all stages of the process to work with us, understanding our business, our ethos and our needs, even as these needs changed through the course of the project."
Andrew Bullmore, Head of Acoustics, Hoare Lea