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Novo Executive Search – Client Testimonials
"I worked with Jon Hollier at Novo Executive Search to secure my replacement as Managing Director at capricorn Automotive. They were able to search for and qualify a strong shortlist of individuals quickly and thoroughly. Having successfully recruited from this exercise, I would have no hesitation in recommending them."
Martin Keswick , Managing Director
“I retained Novo Executive Search to run a targeted international CEO headhunt in 2011. Our requirement was very precise and Novo produced a strong shortlist of candidates. I was impressed with Novo’s efficiency and their ability to access high quality candidates for us. The process was a success and I am very happy to continue the relationship in the future on other assignments. Novo understand the mining and minerals marketplace and I would recommend their services to other companies.”
John Barry, Exploration Director, Sovereign Mines of Africa Plc
"Herbalife worked with Novo on the recruitment of two senior positions in 2010. The first of these was a head of product regulatory compliance for EMEA and the second was a new product innovation role. We knew at the outset that neither position would be easy to fill as the experience we were looking for was quite specific and we also had to find just the right personality fit for our fast growing company. Novo approached each search thoroughly and with a great deal of energy. They were good at providing us with regular updates on their progress and extremely patient when we revised our original brief on the innovations position.
"Both searches were concluded successfully and we now have two great new additions to the EMEA senior management team."
Dina Price, HR Consultant, Herbalife
"The service provided by Novo in sourcing a Marketing and Sales Director was excellent. They took the time to understand the business, the opportunities and the role, and delivered to very tight timescales. I would not hesitate to call on Novo again should the need arise."
ICSA, Jo Merry, Resources Director
"We worked with Novo Executive Search on a challenging mining sector Director level executive search in 2010. Novo ran a targeted headhunting search which resulted in the appointment of a first class individual to head up one of our consulting teams. The service was efficient, professional and effective and we were confident that Novo understood our business and our needs. We have worked with Novo on other assignments since and continue to develop the successful relationship. I would have no hesitation in recommending Novo Executive Search to other companies in the mining sector."
Nick Coppin, Managing Director, Wardell Armstrong International
“Following a strategic review in 2008 Endsleigh decided to recruit an experienced Head of Marketing to devise and implementing the brand management strategy to ensure the corporate identity and brand values were effectively communicated across all distribution and communication channels. Novo recommended and undertook a selection campaign which concluded in the successful appointment of Katie Ancliffe. Katie’s task is of course ongoing and a new logo and website were launched recently which we are confident will enable the brand to build on its established values.
This was a critically important appointment and Novo delivered against a demanding brief. I would have no hesitation in using Novo Executive Search and Selection again.”
Ian Passmore, Managing Director, Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd
"Novo Executive Search has recently assisted Ross Aldridge, a rapidly expanding medium sized legal practice, in filling a senior management position. The process was managed swiftly, professionally and with great expertise by Novo at each stage. We were presented with an excellent shortlist of candidates for interview and felt that any one of those shortlisted had a real prospect of filling the position. Within 6 weeks of Novo commencing the assignment the position was filled.We will certainly use Novo for all our executive requirements in the future."
Ross Aldridge, Managing Partner
“Following a highly successful trial with Sainsbury Catalina was asked to roll out a multi-million pound loyalty solution and Novo was retained to find key personnel to manage this contract and relationship. They followed a structured and detailed approach which led the presentation of a number of high calibre shortlists from which a Business Unit Director and Account Director were selected. At this point, there were several delays in agreeing the final details of the contract and with Novo’s help we were able to retain the interest of the selected candidates until we were able to bring them on board. Throughout, all communication was clear, their work transparent and our expectations were managed well at each stage through to final engagement.
“Novo has been retained again to find additional people and of the original candidates, one has gone on to become the UK MD while the other is being considered for an international business development role.
“Through Novo’s commitment and hard work, we have been able to retain and build the key account whilst strengthening the management team in Europe. The recruitment process exceeded our expectations and has been a huge success. We did not hesitate to use Novo’s services in the future.”
Dak Liyanearachchi, Catalina Marketing
"Novo helped in the successful recruitment of a key General Manager role. Having taken the time to fully listen and understand our business and our requirements, they presented a shortlist of highly suitable candidates for selection."Rod Bramston, Managing Director, Private Clients, WPA
“The team from Novo have worked with me on a couple of significant executive search projects at Elsevier in 2010. Both assignments were challenging briefs and Novo successfully filled the two positions with strong candidates. The team were professional and demonstrated their stellar knowledge and strong search capabilities in this process. They delivered the desired results on time and communicated well with the business and candidates. I recommend Novo and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Mark Carnegie-Brown, Managing Director, Elsevier Health Sciences.
“I worked with Novo to select our engineering director in 2009. I found the team professional and flexible.
"They were able to provide a good understanding of the market, had good contacts, and the result was an excellent hire for us.”
Bob Smith, Chief Executive, Pulse Group Holdings Ltd.
"As part of our growth strategy it was essential for Clearsprings Support Services to partner with a professional and agile business to work alongside us and execute our acquisition plan. Following a robust selection process it was clear that Novo had the right credentials and exhibited a level of competence and understanding which made my decision to engage with Novo very easy.
The performance from day one underpinned the selection of Novo as a partner. Throughout I received a high level of analysis, good and timely communication and positive feedback from acquisition targets. As a result of Novo’s commitment and hard work we have acquired 2 very good businesses; a great team effort.
We plan to embark on a second round of acquisitions next year and will have no hesitation in choosing Novo as a partner."
Ian Whittingham, Managing Director, Clearsprings Support Services Ltd
"The Novo Team have been an outstanding support and encouragement over this period! The Novo Organisation are a "Class Act" - Very impressive!"
VP Consumer Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Candidate
“Both Tony and I are firmly of the opinion that Novo delivered the assignment and within the tight deadlines we set... The Novo Experience was of a high standard throughout. The documentation across the life cycle of the assignment in terms of a comprehensive and tailored proposal, right through to clear and relevant candidate summaries and regular progress reports were first class. Bglobal would not hesitate in recommending Novo to other organisations seeking senior executive roles. We consider a harmonious partnership has already been built and look forward to working with Novo again should we have a similar requirement to source a senior role in the future as we grow.”
Neil Hemingway, HR Manager, BGlobal Metering
“Following a lengthy process to recruit a Business Unit Director, we decided to utilise Novo’s search services. Novo set in place a very structured and thorough process and communicated with us at each step of the process. All communication was clear, their work transparent and our expectations were managed well at each stage through to final engagement.
“Through Novo’s commitment and hard work, we have not only been able to recruit the required business unit director but in addition identified and recruited a further two senior individuals who will allow us to develop the business further and quicker. The process has exceeded our expectations and has been a huge success. We and would not hesitate to use Novo’s services in the future.”
David Holman, Managing Director, Nuclear Technologies
“I have worked with a number of recruitment companies over the years and had formed a fairly jaded view of the profession, to be frank
I realized that, like most issues in business, it is all about the quality of people that you work with. With this assignment I decided to do some research and ask for the experience of some of my colleagues.
I met with Novo and was immediately impressed with their straight forward approach. They listened to what I was saying and took time to understand me, my company and the candidate brief.
The process worked well, and we were able to find an excellent candidate who subsequently accepted the role and is now a major asset to the business.
I was impressed with Novo and subsequently recommended them to a colleague of mine who has used them for two other senior assignments.
At the end of the day there are no guarantees in recruitment but the approach taken by Novo gave me confidence that we would eventually find a suitable candidate.”
Rob Fish, Managing Director, Halma
"Over the years that I have worked with Novo they have displayed an understanding of recruitment needs spanning different engineering sectors and geographical needs. It is with his help, application and hard work that our organisation today has a team of highly skilled and talented engineering professionals. In my dealings with Novo Executive Search the professional approach and skills to deal with different professionals has always been on top of the agenda. I can only thank Novo for the help they have given us in recruiting the right teams."
Head of Engineering, Government Organisation
“Novo Executive Search helped us recruit specialist staff when our traditional advertising was getting no response. They found us relevant candidates, provided us with the information we needed, and enabled us to fill the posts successfully.”
“During the successful recruitment process for Faber Maunsell Novo provided a very professional, through and considered service. The process was clearly explained and well executed. Candidates put forward were well researched and suitable for the role. The pre-interview assessments were also very good.”
“Feedback from Fabers was also positive. I would use you for similar search in the future and recommend Novo to others.”
Gordon Smith, Director, Faber Maunsell
"We assigned Novo with the executive search of a Managing Director for our UK operation. The service was fast, reliable and very professional. We would not hesitate to give Novo another assignment."
Gernot Zarp, Former UK Managing Director, Nord Gear
“Out of the four or five recruitment consultancies offering candidates, Novoélan were the only guys from whom we had the quality of candidates required to get through to our shortlist; this resulted in us successfully recruiting a Senior Business Development Manager for Southern England”
Leon Kirk, Acumen Waste
It has been a pleasure to deal with Novo, you've all been exceptionally helpful, courteous and diplomatic.
The top quality service Novo provided reflects highly on both Novo and the Client, and I will certainly be providing PB with the most positive feedback on Novo.
Successful Candidate for Parsons Brinckerhoff
Andrew Whalley, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Generation
“Novo have exceeded expectations at every step of the process. From engagement of their services through the research and tricky offer/accept stage they have shown high levels of professionalism, efficiency and commitment to Rapleys and where needed, managed our expectations well.
“We have enjoyed working with the team at Novo on this assignment, and look forward to working with them in the future. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services offered by Novo to other businesses.”
Martin Carey, Rapleys
“After successfully using Novo for over 12 months, we felt there was still a gap in the market for headhunting at Senior Engineer/Principal Engineer level. This is when we started using novoQuest who have filled every assignment given. I have been extremely impressed by novoQuest’s professionalism and the speed of service. Their level of communication is fantastic and strikes an excellent balance. We will continue working with novoQuest in the future and this service is now proving invaluable”.
Lisa Tyler, National Recruitment Manager, WSP Group
“CACI has asked Novo to help us with a number of senior level appointments. Each role required individuals with very specific skills and experience and we felt that we would be unable to fill the positions using alternative methods such as advertising. We have been consistently pleased with the work Novo has done on our behalf. They provide a thorough and professional service at all stages of the recruitment process, from creating the job specification through to the final discussions with the selected candidate. They communicate regularly and take the time to really understand our business and the specific requirements for each role.
Novo has always been able to fulfil the briefs we have given them and we have been impressed by the candidates put forward for interview. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other businesses.”
Tracy Weir, Vice-President Consumer Marketing, CACI
“After looking for a suitable candidate to fill a senior position for a number of months, we engaged novoélan on a non-retained basis. We were highly impressed with their immediate understanding of our specific requirement and the speed with which they found an ideal candidate. We were delighted to be able to conduct interviews and make a successful offer within 3 weeks of our initial discussions with Mark.”
Richard Holmes, Group Managing Director, Van Elle
"After a strategic review of our middle and senior management needs our challenge was to find a recruitment partner who could help us access the calibre of management needed to meet the challenges of our 5 year plan. In Novo I believe we have found a partner who understands our business and our culture and have been delighted with the quality of candidate they have brought to our business."
"I have enjoyed working with Novo Executive Search since they started up and it is a relationship I am happy to continue. Novo 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'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."
"As part of our strategy to grow our UK business Novo has been a key partner assisting us with a number of services including: senior recruitment and salary benchmarking services. We have enjoyed working with the team at Novo and look forward to continuing and developing this as we continue to grow and develop."
"My recent experience of using Novo for a targeted executive search campaign proved to be highly successful. The level of service provided by the team at Novo was professional, efficient and informative. We will continue our relationship into the future."
"This is the fifth senior manager recruitment undertaken by Novo on behalf of EPRL in a relatively short space of time as we expand our management capabilities. Each time the process has been smooth and in each case the eventual successful candidate has hit the ground running and made a positive impact on the business. The European Project Manager role was a difficult one to fulfil but again Novo's skill and process have helped to find the right candidate."
"We have used Novo for our senior appointments and have been very impressed with their consistent, professional and proactive approach and the high calibre of candidates that a re found to meet our requirements."
"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."
"After several unsuccessful attempts to recruit an Acoustics Consultant for our expanding Midlands operation, HLA commissioned Novo to act on our behalf. Right from the start, the team at Novo 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
"Novo has successfully placed people at both senior and strategic positions within our organisation. I have always found their service to be professional, proactive and responsive to our particular needs."
Managing Director of a FTSE 250 telecommunications manufacturer
"We got great quality candidates. I am convinced this was down to their attention to the details of our needs for the role coupled with their flair for using the right search technique to reach out to the market."
Chief Operating Officer of an international customer intelligence solutions provider
"We used Novo to help us fill several key positions as part of our planned expansion programme. What really impressed me was that they seemed to understand exactly what we were looking for and found us some excellent candidates to interview. We have been very pleased with the outcome and will be using them again."
Managing Director of a leading european multi disciplinary consultancy
"Working with Novo over the past year has been a positive experience. The level of service provision has been very high and we will continue our relationship into the future."
Managing Director of a leading UK environmental consultancy
"On both the occasions that we have used Novo they have understood our needs and found us well matched candidates."
Chief Executive Officer of a capital equipment hire plc
"I have been very impressed with Dale's rapid understanding of own business & hence the profile of people we require. This is matched by his rapid attention to getting things done."
Managing Director of a leading UK property and construction consultancy