Senior Principal, Executive Search in Philadelphia, PA at CBIZ

Date Posted: 5/1/2018

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Job Description

With over 100 offices and nearly 5,000 associates in major metropolitan areas and suburban cities throughout the U.S. CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) delivers top-level financial and employee business services to organizations of all sizes, as well as individual clients, by providing national-caliber expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level. CBIZ has been honored to be recognized as one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation for 2016. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. 

CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) are together ranked as one of the top providers of accounting services in the United States.  With more than 35 offices and more than 3,000 professionals in our Financial Services division, we serve the country’s growing mid-market public and private businesses.  MHM provides high quality audit and attest services, while closely associated CBIZ provides all other accounting, tax and consulting services.

Located in Old City, Philadelphia and founded in 2001, CBIZ CMF delivers and provides transaction- and transition-focused financial, operational, and human capital solutions to middle market, private equity backed portfolio companies nationally.   Since our start, we have worked with 140 private equity fund sponsors and over 600 portfolio companies.  In June 2017, CMF combined with CBIZ as the platform for private equity consulting and finance executive search.  

Essential Functions and Primary Duties

  • Manage executive searches for a North American search team that conducts 30+ retained searches annually (75% CFO and 25% 2nd level roles, for private equity backed portfolio company clients)
  • Drive the full life cycle recruitment process for senior finance leader search projects, primarily CFO roles
  • Partner with the Director of Executive Search and Director of Talent to develop sourcing strategies and plans
  • Serve as a player-coach in collaborating with firm recruiters and researchers to find target candidates
  • Source target candidates directly, utilizing database resources, referrals, research, firm relationships and other creative methods for finding executive talent that match client requirements
  • Interact with PE fund executives and leaders at middle market companies in the $100M to $1B annual revenue range
  • Provide market feedback to clients’ executive teams regarding talent and talent market trends, search approaches, and candidate quality
  • Negotiate offers and provide sound guidance to executive candidates and PE fund clients during the negotiation process
  • Collaborate with CMF search team members to ensure successful completion of all search projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of executive recruiting experience, ideally within a combination of executive search firms and internal corporate executive recruiting teams, most recently working at a VP or Senior Executive Recruiter level
  • 3+ years of experience working with private equity funds to fill C-level roles for their portfolio companies
  • Experienced/trained in behavioral interviewing and candidate evaluation
  • Ability to work with C-level management at PE funds and portfolio companies, with high client service orientation
  • Strong collaboration and team orientation
  • Outstanding creative problem solving skills
  • Financial talent recruiting experience preferred
  • BS degree required; business discipline preferred
  • Advanced degree, such as an MBA desirable
  • Willing to consider candidates interested in working remotely, as long as they are able to make periodic trips to our Philadelphia office

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • Must possess analytical skills
  • Proficient use of applicable technology
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing throughout all levels of organization, both internally and externally
  • Travel on an as needed basis


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