HVS Executive Search is a division of HVS, a fully integrated consulting firm focused on the hospitality industry. HVS is the world’s leading specialist in hospitality consultancy. With over 30 offices globally, HVS offers unparalleled market expertise.

HVS Executive Search provides advisory services to leaders of the hotel, restaurant, travel/leisure industries with offices in New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orlando, Denver, Atlanta, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, London and Dubai. Practice areas include senior-level executive search, mid-management recruitment and organizational development services.

Our senior level executive search practice is industry specific focusing on functional specialty areas including Chief Executive Officer & Board Directors, Financial Officers, Acquisitions and Development, Asset Management, Human Resources, Operations and Sales & Marketing. 

Our mid-management search practice is also industry specific focusing on functional specialty areas including General Manager, Director Sales/Marketing, Executive Chef and Director Human Resources.

Over the years, HVS Executive Search has established its reputation as the premier human capital advisory services firm, specializing in senior-level executive search, mid-management recruitment and Organizational Development strategies for the hospitality industry. With an expansive global network, HVS Executive Search possesses an unparalleled reach, having access to a vast pool of qualified profiles through its 500,000-strong contact database. Furthermore, HVS Executive Search Partners are recognized and revered as being industry mentors in their respective regions and have together executed over 4,500 mid management and senior level searches across the globe.



This role will help to establish a dedicated executive search practice that will supplement the firms’ core competencies; retained executive and mid-management search. Overall responsibility for handling search assignments and for generating new business opportunities while maintaining existing client relationships. In stages hire, drive and manage a team of consultants and researchers to deliver on assigned search related requirements while adhering to company policies and standard operating procedures.

More specifically, the responsibilities will include:

·         Quality and Customer Focus

-           Identify leads/opportunities for business development

-           Generate individual business plan divided into monthly and quarterly targets and generate business/new accounts

-           Make pitches to potential clients for executive search

-           Actively undertake networking activities by participation in forums/seminars

-           Manage the cordial relationship with all the customers and entities and develop new relationships

-           Develop and continue to expand a strong personal client base

-           Handle and resolve all issues with the client promptly and to everyone's satisfaction


·         Execution of Search assignment

-           Executive Search and Mid-Management assignments with minimal supervision

-           Highly proficient in preparation and writing of proposals, opportunity profiles, candidate summaries, shortlists, research lists and other reports

-           Conduct interviews and role profiling with client

-           Gain understanding and thorough knowledge of competitors based on specific search assignment

-           Execute end to end search assignments independently and/or with a team

-           Create Search Strategy and define timelines

-           Ensure timely billing and collection per the service contract


·         Planning/Work Allocation

-           Overall responsibility for performance and future growth of the line of business

-           Ensure that the business revenues and targets are met profitably

-           Prepare financial budgets as per the direction of CEO/Managing Director and manage future growth as per the vision of the organization


·         Teamwork

-           Drive and motivate team members towards execution and closure of search assignment while adhering to standard operating procedures

-           Build rapport and trust amongst team members

-           Nurture a spirit of teamwork


·         Contribution in Internal Processes

-           Ensure adherence to company policies

-           Ensure that all new hires have completed induction and are trained as per HVS standards

-           Implement ideas to strengthen/streamline existing processes


·         Personal Effectiveness

-           Attend seminars and conferences related to business development

-           Encourage and participate in writing articles

-           Manage multiple assignments


·         Coaching/Training

-           Keep the team informed of important developments that impact their work

-           Be conscious of team morale and actively work to maintain and improve it

-           Coach and mentor others; Be able to evaluate individuals’ strengths and weaknesses and help with their development

-           Be involved in hiring and training of new joiners

-           Can effectively disseminate knowledge through training sessions


·         Leadership

-           Can successfully lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver complex assignments in a timely manner

-           Innovator - does not hold back in coming forward with suggestions and ideas

-           Contribute to definition of where the team/company is going

-           Play a key role in driving the business

-           Promoter of new ideas and approaches at office and company level

-           Display empathy, patience and good listening skills; give thoughtful responses


·         Sales

-           Active sales person achieving new sales and develop own client base

-           Cross – sell other HVS services

-           Ambassador for HVS



The position will report to the Managing Director – Europe & Asia Pacific.



·         Several years of relevant experience in the same or similar work domain, so you are comfortable to work independently and able to deliver on set targets

·         Strong analytical, financial and writing skills

·         Excellent oral and written English communication skills. Ability to speak and write Cantonese/Mandarin/Malay or Thai will be an added advantage

·         Experience in working with Microsoft Office and other common business software e.g. LinkedIn, Xing, CRMs

·         Should be able to deep dive in the hospitality business to identify trends in the industry and plan for opportunities and challenges



·         Good organizational and prioritization skills

·         Good interpersonal skills - ability to manage people and situations and to build relationships

·         Should have the ability to keep the bigger picture in mind while taking decisions

·         Should have the ability to recognize and articulate long-term opportunities and benefits

·         Should possess excellent communications skills – both written and verbal

·         Should exhibit leadership skills to lead self and guide the team

·         Should have the ability to develop, sponsor, or support the introduction of new and improved method, products and procedures

·         Should be passionate about quality and customer service

·         Should be a self-starter and be able to take the lead



The package will include a draw base salary against a competitive commission scheme.