Executive Search: Retained, Consultative, Strategic

Our work with you begins by listening, understanding and testing your brief so that we can advise you on the best solutions.

Proof of Candidate™

Built and refined over four decades, our deep industry knowledge, unparalleled experience and global networks mean that we have access to and advice from the very best people in the industry.

Our unique Proof of Candidate™ due diligence approach gives you data-driven decision support and comparative analysis of the best candidates.

    Listen, Research, Create

    • We listen intently so that we have a deep understanding of your needs.
    • We advise you and candidates effectively because we research relevant, up-to-date and accurate data, gaining insight into industry trends to ensure we are one step ahead.
    • We help you to create an engaging and accurate brief that truly represents your organisation, the challenge, opportunity and the role.

    Search, Engage, Connect

    • We search, identify, assess and engage international talent with an open mind and with creativity, searching in the less obvious pools of talent to find the best leaders for our clients.
    • We engage and build strong relationships that inspire, nurture and support future success. 
    • After In-depth profiling and comparative due diligence of leading candidates, we connect only the best candidates to our clients based on our deep understanding of both client and candidate needs.

    Trust, Quality, Success

    • We become trusted advisors by demonstrating our knowledge and building authentic relationships able to challenge and support pre and post placement.
    • We drive a stringent quality assurance system, active for over three decades including post-placement evaluation with clients and candidates.
    • Our personal, tailored approach maximises the likelihood of a successful hire not just “a hire”. Over 90% of our candidates are still in role or promoted 24 months’ after appointment.

    Moncef Slaoui, Chairman of Clasado

    “RSA’s ability to access and engage the best CEO candidates was critical to the success of this search and to its completion within our timeframe. The candidates on the final shortlist were all of high quality which made for a competitive final selection.”

    Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the UK Stem Cell Foundation, PDS Biotechnology Corp, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and NetScientifi c plc

    “I have worked successfully with RSA in senior level recruitment in Life Sciences. I would recommend RSA for their approach to, and services for, executive search in the Life Sciences.”

    Dr Tetsu Maruyama Chief Scientific Advisor Dementia Discovery Fund & Former Corporate Officer / Former Senior VP, Head of Pharmaceutical Research Division Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd Fujisawa, Japan

    “I have known Nick Stephens and the RSA Group for many years, since my time as Head of GSK’s Center for Cognitive and Neurodegenerative Disorders in Biopolis, from 2005 to the end of 2009. I have known Nick and other members of the RSA Group to be talented, highly energetic and very effective. They are a group with Western roots, but a clear focus on Asia that predates that of most other life science recruitment firms. My interactions with them have been consistently positive.”

Retained Executive Search: Case Studies

Case Study

Chief Information Officer for The Institute of Cancer Research

The RSA Group was appointed to find a Chief Information Officer for the ICR. The organisation was in need of a high calibre individual to play a key role in developing and driving a transformative ICT strategy.



Our R&D Roadmap is our plan to attract global talent, cut unnecessary red tape and ensure our best minds are solving the biggest challenges of our time, cementing the UK's reputation as a global science superpower 🌍🧪🚀



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