Recruiting 'A' Players Into Your Team


Recruiting 'A' Players Into Your Team



When it comes to recruitment, we stand out from the crowd, offering an unparalleled commitment to excellence that sets us apart. Here’s why Cobalt Search is your ideal partner in finding top-tier ‘A’ Player talent: Unlike traditional Contingency Recruitment, our approach is not limited to casting a wide net and waiting for candidates to come to us. We take a proactive approach, employing targeted headhunting techniques to unearth exceptional talent. Our exhaustive process ensures no stone is left unturned in our quest to find your perfect candidates.

We target both active and passive candidates, giving you access to the entire talent market. Most agencies focus solely on available candidates, which represents only about 30% of the total market. With Cobalt Search, you get the advantage of choosing from the best, not just the available.

Our 2-stage, competency-based interview process goes beyond assessing technical skills. We delve deep into values, culture fit, and chemistry match. Our consultants are experts in this methodology, embodying qualities such as integrity, sensitivity, creativity, tenacity, and objective judgement. 

Our search consultants are devoted exclusively to your assignment, investing a minimum of 80 hours a month per project. 

We never rely on pre-existing databases or lists. Each search starts from scratch, tailored to your unique requirements. Understanding your business and culture is our priority, and we immerse ourselves in your organisation to gain deeper insights. We scrutinise an extensive pool of profiles, often reviewing over a thousand before selecting only the most exceptional ‘A’ Players. 

We keep you informed with weekly progress updates, ensuring you’re a part of every stage of the search. At Cobalt Search, we don’t merely find ‘A’ Players; we craft tailored solutions and forge lasting connections.


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Robert Wojciak


I am thrilled to provide a testimonial for Cobalt Search, Helen Goddard and Sarah Watts who played an instrumental role in helping us secure an exceptional Chief Operating Officer (COO) candidate during a critical period of transition for our company. Their outstanding service, professionalism, and expertise made this recruitment process a resounding success.

From the moment we engaged Cobalt it was evident that we had partnered with a team of experts who truly understood our requirements. Despite being newcomers to the world of recruitment agencies, they guided us through the entire process. Their patience and willingness to educate us on the process were greatly appreciated. 

They promptly presented us with a slate of highly qualified COO candidates who were not only impressive on paper but also aligned with our organizational needs and culture. The caliber of candidates that Cobalt introduced to us was exceptional. Each individual we interviewed possessed the skills, experience, and vision we were seeking in a COO. It was clear that Helen and Sarah had invested a significant amount of time and effort in identifying candidates who not only met our criteria but exceeded our expectations. 

Throughout the selection process, they maintained a high level of professionalism and integrity. They were responsive to our feedback, diligent in their follow-up, and provided valuable insights that helped us make informed decisions. Their commitment to ensuring a smooth and efficient recruitment experience was evident at every stage. 

I wholeheartedly recommend Cobalt Search, Helen and Sarah. Their exceptional service, professionalism, and ability to deliver outstanding candidates in a timely manner have left a lasting impression on us. If you are in search of a recruitment partner who goes above and beyond to understand your needs and deliver results, They are the gold standard in recruitment agencies, and we are grateful for their assistance during this pivotal time for our company.

A Different Approach

At Cobalt, we’re not just another recruitment agency. We take pride in the unrivalled depth of our search processes, our commitment to understanding your needs, and our determination to deliver more than what’s expected. Here’s what sets us apart:

In essence, Cobalt’s Leadership Services stem from a blend of rigorous process and genuine care for getting it right. It’s structured, it’s effective, and it’s something we’re truly proud of.

Seeing The Value In ‘A’ Player Talent

We partner with entrepreneurial and innovative businesses that are passionate about driving change and fostering diversity in their leadership teams and across their businesses. Our clients truly see the value an ‘A’ Player will bring to their organisation and we have a remarkable track record for continuously presenting high-calibre shortlists that align with their vision. 

Our clients are often referred to us because they can’t find ‘A’ Players and are wasting their time interviewing people that are not right. By starting all of our searches from scratch, our clients have confidence that no two searches are the same, and that all they have to do is choose the best ‘A’ Players from the amazing shortlist that we submit.

OUR Proven Process

Process is everything and it’s the difference when it comes to finding, attracting, hiring and retaining ‘A’ Player talent. That’s why we follow a 7-step process to ensure success, every time!

1. Understanding your Vision:

We commence with a comprehensive analysis to map your needs and align to your goals and objectives, delving into the DNA of your business – from the role’s core technical requirements, to the chemistry and culture that fuels your company. This is where the magic begins.

Armed with these insights, we shape a highly persuasive set of messaging and promotional collateral that will resonate with your perfect candidates, and create a tailored assessment strategy that will ensure effective screening and identification of ‘A’ Players.

We conduct an exhaustive search of both passive and active candidates across all channels including mapping your competitor landscape and considering parallel industries. No stone will be left unturned in our quest to unearth the extraordinary ‘A’ Players that you need.

We implement your bespoke assessment solution to evaluate not just qualifications and experience, but the personalities that will be compatible with your company values and culture and will thrive and have impact in driving your business forward.

Now we share the magic. We introduce you to your high-calibre ‘A’ Players, sharing not just a resume but also our detailed interview and assessment feedback and the reasons why we think they’re a great match.

We are with you every step of the way. We will schedule all interviews, make sure the candidates are fully prepared and deliver your feedback. All you need to do is conduct the interviews.

Once you have chosen your ‘A’ Player(s), our support continues. We will be there by your side, ensuring a smooth trajectory through the offer, negotiation and resignation process; supporting their 30-60-90 day onboarding; and making ongoing regular check-ins to ensure your hire is a success.

YOUR Guarantee

If we don’t provide a suitable shortlist for your role, we offer a full refund of the retained fee.

For candidates who don’t meet their agreed 30-60-90-Day objectives and fail to pass their probation period, we offer a free replacement shortlist.

Don’t take our word for it, here’s what our clients say about us

Steve Ponte

CEO – PHL Capital Corp.

I am delighted to provide a glowing testimonial for Helen Goddard of Cobalt Search. Helen and her team possess an extraordinary talent for identifying and recruiting top-tier talent, even in unconventional places. Thanks to their expertise, we successfully onboarded an exceptional CFO who has significantly contributed to our business.


Cobalt’s ability to find candidates who not only meet our requirements but also align with our company culture is remarkable. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and track record of delivering results are truly impressive. We are immensely grateful for Helen and her team’s expertise and look forward to our ongoing partnership. Cobalt has played a pivotal role in our success, and we highly recommend their services to anyone seeking exceptional recruitment solutions.

Yannick Ouvrard

Executive Vice President of Finance, Strategy, Risk & Performance Keolis North America

Cobalt helped us during the whole process to find the most appropriate candidate. We were amazed by the candidates shortlisted and struggled to choose only one! The work Stephan has done in a tough environment has confirmed that we made the right choice.

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