Executive Search Services in Nigeria



According to Wikipedia, Executive Search which is also known as headhunting is a specialized recruitment service which organizations pay to seek out and recruit highly qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs across the public and private sectors, as well as not-for-profit organizations (e.g., President, Vice-president, CEO, and non-executive-directors). Head hunters may also seek out and recruit other highly specialized and/or skilled positions in organizations for which there is strong competition in the job market for the top talent, such as senior data analysts or computer programmers.

Executive search firms are involved throughout the hiring process, conducting detailed interviews and presenting candidates to clients selectively, when they feel the candidate meets all stated requirements and would fit into the culture of the hiring firm.

It is almost impossible for an organization to recover from the missteps and mismanagement that come with poor leadership selection. The pressure is overwhelming to find leaders who have the skills and experience necessary to succeed, are able to define and advance corporate strategy, and simply fit in with the organizational culture. Our executive search services identify and attract these unique leaders, determine ideal organizational fit, and build appropriate frameworks for compensation and retention.

Whatever your leadership needs, our time-tested and innovative approach lets clients maximize resources, confidently activate their leadership strategy, and attract the leaders who can release the organization’s full potential.


Business Cardinal is a member of the Matog Consulting group with over 18 years’ experience in executive search services in Nigeria. We have been providing a strong and client based executive services to various organizations in different sectors.

In the process of carrying out the executive search services, we assess market availability, use comparative benchmarking and find candidates who not only have the required experience and expertise but are the correct cultural fit with the organization.

Executive Search is our primary area of service. We help you find the best people, build successful teams, and generate value for shareholders through excellence. We find exceptional leaders who are in tune with your markets and the culture of your organization.

We find exceptional leaders who are in tune with your markets and the culture of your organization.  We also combine intelligent research techniques and our extensive market knowledge to create a strong shortlist of candidates who we intend to present to the client. Our processes include initial Zoom or Google Meet interviews and follow up with face to face interviews. We then compile a report with summary biography, interview feedback on each candidate, compensation package and market references.

Being one of the leading executive search consultants in Nigeria, we will assist companies to find the best candidates and talents, build successful teams, execute their strategies by ensuring that they have access to the best talent in specific roles which is critical to their success in the long run

Business Cardinal offers Executive Search services which is a specialized service in which we help organizations recruit highly qualified and talented candidates for their companies.

Business Cardinal Service model in retained executive search service remains unparalleled in the industry.

Why Work With Us?

  • Specialization

We have unrivalled industry knowledge in the executive search service.

  • Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies

  • Network of high-quality executive professionals

We have a strong network of senior-level talent across different industries on our database.

Our pool of talents are more extensive, far more exclusive and of a considerably higher quality.

  • Responsiveness

Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search. We deal with candidate, so, we know what to look for in a powerful CV, including hard skills, soft skills and personality.

  • Experience

Due to our experience, we are well-practiced in understanding the rare skills mix needed for a C-suite position and can quickly identify the right fit.

Our Executive Search Process

  • Needs Analysis and Statement of Requirements

At this stage, our focus is working with you to understand your needs. This is also where we develop the statement of requirements that will help define our search for the available position

  • Creation of Position Profile

To help get the best fit for the position, we develop a position profile. This creation of the profile, identifies the job title, gets the description in detail, defines the duties and sets out the skills needed to perform the job.

  • Database search

Having been in the professional services business for many years, we have an unrivaled database of top level executives that no other executive search service company has access to.

  • Market the Opportunity

The Information that you provide appealing to interest for top executives who may not looking for a job just working by current employer. So, recruiters marketing opportunity them to consider.

  • Advertised selection

With our broad knowledge of the industry, we identify experienced and up and coming executives with specific qualities over a wide range of business functions

  • Prospect Identification

We analyze our database and make a comparison with the offers gotten during the stage when the opportunity was marketed. A list of ideal candidates is compiled and the information is used to identify a prospect.

  • Prospect Research and Assessment

Our prospects go through a process of thorough investigation and only those with the strongest potentials are considered. At this stage, we verify employment and academic credentials and make sure that the candidate is the perfect fit for the position. Our panel of headhunters take great care to avoid eliminating great candidates.

  • Presentation

Only those candidates who meet the criteria are presented to you for consideration.

  • Intense Reference Checking

This stage involves contacting previous employers, supervisors, schools, and so forth to verify key employment and educational information and learn more about a candidate’s background, experiences, and skills.

  • Negotiate an initial offer

Based on our experience, we understand what the right offer needs to be and we help you cross that stage.

  • Create transition for Talent

We help make the transition process for the hired talent a hitch free one.

  • Placement Follow-Up

We are always available for any needed support after recruitment.

Our specialist practice areas

Our head hunters have in-depth experience in sourcing senior talent in the following areas:

  • Banking, Insurance & Fintech
  • FMCG
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Procurement
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Property & Construction
  • Human Resources
  • Public Sector & Non-Profit
  • Legal & Professional Services
  • Services
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Technology & Digital
  • Sales, Marketing & Communication


  • Executive Assessment

This service is offered in two ways.This service is offered to clients who want an independent third-party assessment of an executive.

This occurs when:

  1. An employee is a potential candidate for a position;
  2. There is an external candidate being considered for a position
  3. A pool of candidates have been identified and the client needs assistance to map who is best suited for the position

This process is also offered as a separate service called  Assessment of candidate

Assessment of a prospect provides a more objective measure of the prospect’s competencies, abilities, personality and motivations ensuring that our clients gather the most complete picture of the candidate and avoid costly hiring mistakes.

Business Cardinal Executive Assessment Service provides you with a complete view of an individual’s strengths and potential, as well as areas for improvement.Does your company need an executive assessment? We are just a call away.

  • Hiring a new executive

At Business Cardinal, we will never put a square peg in a round hole. This is why we go the extra mile to ensure there is a match between the position and candidate.

This is achieved in the form of executive assessment by combining sector and function expertise with a structured and fact-based assessment using the following:

  1. Interviews focusing on facts, skill sets and motivation
  2. Reference interviews
  3. Assessment of academic and professional qualifications and certificates
  4. Written reports on personality, analytical abilities and team roles
  • Candidate Evaluation

We reduce bias in the hiring process, while also improving the quality of hires.

We help determine

  1. whether the expectations can fit the budgets in terms of salary;
  2. whether the candidate possesses the skills required for the position;
  3. whether the candidate has related experience in job, function, industry and geography as the ones required for the job
  4. whether the candidate will be able to fit the people and company culture without causing disruption to either self or the organization.

Our consultants are experts in generating the most accurate shortlist of candidates for every search we are engaged in.

  • Executive Coaching

Most executives struggle to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions and are too busy and too stressed to step back and learn from their experiences or to implement changes to satisfy best management practices.

At Business Cardinal, we have made it our focus to eliminate this by offering the best executive coaching services you can think of.

Benefits of our executive coaching to your organization include:

  • enhanced relationships;
  • enhanced executive learning;
  • gains in corporate performance;
  • increased leadership effectiveness;
  • personal and organizational improvements;
  • Enhanced individual and organizational performance which positively affect organizational culture.

Executive coaching focuses on helping individuals go from where they are, to where they want themselves and their company to be.

  • Executive Search & Recruitment

We save you the stress of time-consuming distraction of searching for candidates while other jobs ought to be completed by is left hanging.

We handle the whole recruitment process from job descriptions to making sure you get the right fit for the job.

  • New Hire On-boarding & Coaching

This is the process of integrating a new employee with a company and its culture, as well as getting a new hire the tools and information needed to become a productive member of the team. At Business Cardinal, we understand that employee on boarding is crucial to the long-term success of workers in a company, and to keeping successful workers at a company long-term.

  • Regional Talent Mapping

Our regional talent mapping service allows you to have a better view of the talent landscape, and in doing so, allows you stay ahead of your competitors.

We provide you with critical talent insight and help you to understand the business cultures, companies, skills, and preferred locations of highly desirable candidates, which will allow you to adopt a strategic rather than operational approach to hiring.

Executive development is a critical aspect of all organizations and often one that is most overlooked

  • Remuneration Analysis & Benchmarking

Remuneration bench-marking also called compensation benchmarking helps companies ensure that their pay rates remain competitive within the sector in which they operate. Our benchmarking analysis allows you to assess how you’re positioned relative to the market, enabling you to make smart pricing decisions that enable you to attract and retain top talent.

  • Market Intelligence

Our market intelligence service helps you understand your market in detail and their needs. We give advice that allows you to make changes to products if needed. Our service ensures that you are kept up-to-date with your competitors’ successes and failures, which will ultimately help inform your decisions.

  • Leadership Advice

An organization’s success and development are decided by its leaders. Over the years at Business Cardinal, we have proven that we have extensive experience in assessing the capacity and potential of management teams

  • International Executive Search Services

Executive Search has always been, and continues to be, the core service at Business Cardinal. Our Executive Search firm has more than a decade of experience in advising clients on the recruitment of high-level candidates on a global scale. In doing so, we strive to take a client and quality-focused approach. Our consultants are dedicated to meeting clients’ needs in order to make Business Cardinal the best Executive Search firm. Additional services that our firm offers, including

  • Executive Outplacement

Business Cardinal.’s Executive Outplacement service offers expert transition coaching for leaders. These transition process are tailor-made advices and coaching that helps to improve and secure the right opportunities. We achieve this by matching an executive’s skills and ambitions with the realities of the labor market. Our executive outplacement services includes:

  1. career management,
  2. identification of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses,
  3. development of an effective job seeking strategy, and
  4. Practical assistance with approaching potential employers for a new executive appointment.
  • Executive Market Mapping

This is an approach in attracting candidates to your organization. Our market mapping service outlines the employment setup of the current market in particular, that of your competitors.

We use market mapping to your competitive advantage and help you understand how many candidates are in the market, their average salary, who employs most of them.

  • Executive Competency Assessment

Whether you’re looking to identify your next generation of future leaders, develop current managers, or implement your leadership succession plan, Business Cardinal are experts in competency assessment tests for leaders and managers.

Leadership Is Not A Job Title. It’s Not a Position. It’s a Competency That Directs the Behavior of People

  • Evaluation of Competencies and Performance Potential

Evaluation of competencies and performance potential helps companies recruit only those individuals who will perform well and be a good fit for the firm. Also, when used as the basis for the talent lifecycle, they can also be effective in maintaining consistency.

Do you need to perform an evaluation of competencies on your staff? Call us.

  • Talent Sourcing

We offer talent sourcing services which helps in identifying, researching, generating, and networking with potential job candidates in order to convert those individuals into job applicants.

Business Cardinal provide talent sourcing services

  • Succession Planning

Our succession planning service ensures that the most qualified person is always running an organization.

In this process, you ensure that you will never have a key role open for which another employee is not prepared.

Succession planning always aims to attract the best talent, retain those individuals, and develop them through well-targeted development efforts.


  1. Close Working Relationships and Understanding

At Business Cardinal, our executive search teams develop close and effective working partnerships with you to ensure we understand your strategic challenges and search requirements. This relationship is based on listening, integrity and trust. 

  1. Deep Local Knowledge

Success in executive search requires being in tune with local markets. Our partners are business leaders with deep roots in their communities. Through local ownership, we understand emerging regional issues and provide you with important local insights for any executive search requirements

  1. Nationwide Coverage

We have the coverage to search the through Nigeria for talent and tap into the increasingly wide pool of senior executive leaders. We deliver executive search and leadership consulting solutions through our powerful network of offices in Lagos, Warri and Ogun state.

  1. Industry Specialization

We offer you deep industry knowledge through our specialized industry practice groups. Our global consultants have extensive industry and sector expertise and stay on top of global trends and issues within these industries.

  1. Our Search Process

In a world where CVs are available everywhere on the internet, we add value and insight to the identification of singularly viable candidates. Our work is founded on a comprehensive, disciplined approach that ensures finding suitable candidates who match above and beyond your technical requirements.

  1. Leadership Consulting

Our approach is rooted in consulting. We listen closely to understand your situation and your needs. You may be inclined towards a leadership assessment, management audit, cultural review, or other focused investigation. In addition to executive search, you may also benefit from other value-added services such as market intelligence, leadership advice, competitive analysis or market benchmarking.

  1. Hands-On Senior Service

Our ownership partners and lead consultants are hands-on partners. We work directly and closely with you to understand your needs and ensure a successful search.

  1. Needs Analysis and Statement of Requirements

We work with you to understand your needs and develop a Statement of Requirements to define the search.

  1. Prospect Identification

We understand where your ideal candidate is likely to be found and identify the right international pool of executive talent. We access our network of industry connections for referrals and recommendations. This is highly customized research that finds candidates with the ideal fit.

  1. Prospect Research and Qualification

We investigate our prospects thoroughly and only approach those with the strongest potential. We then qualify those candidates using third-party information and interviews.

  1. Presentation

We present only those candidates who are a viable and real leadership option for your firm.

  1. In-depth knowledge of your prospective recruit

For strategic roles, in addition to technical skills, it’s important to understand your future recruit’s personality and potential. Our suite of proven assessment tools will mainly help you uncover leadership styles, emotional expertise and soft skills.

  1. Preferential access to the best candidates

When it comes to sourcing the best experts and executives, speed and agility during the approach can mean the difference between success and failure. Our methodology makes it possible to achieve our goals faster.

  1. Assessment

We carry out formal assessment of candidates under serious consideration, working in alignment with your assessment methodology, or utilizing our own proven methods.

  1. Placement Follow-Up

We stay with you and the candidate after selection and placement. We are available to provide any needed support.

  1. We know the market

Only Business Cardinal embeds job grading, job description, and salary benchmarking into the executive search process through our proprietary Executive Snapshot process, giving clients confidence not only that they are choosing the right candidate, but also offering them a competitive reward package based on the role’s unique level and requirements.

  1. Assessment

We always ensure we assess the top talents in the industry. This is done by carrying out formal assessment of our candidates under serious considerations, working in alignment with the specifications of our clients

  1. Hands-on senior service

We always work directly and closely with all our clients in order to fully grasp their needs which will further ensure an effective and successful search

We combine these elements to deliver an effective, rigorous and comprehensive approach to all our executive searches, and to ensure we meet your needs precisely.

By listening, examining and understanding our client’s strategy and culture, we are able to identify “fit-for-purpose” leaders for your Executive Board of Directors, CEO, President, C-Suite, and Vice President or across functional areas, always with an eye for diversity. We help find the best talent, build successful teams, and generate value for shareholders through excellence in executive search

Unlike most executive recruiters and search consultants, we develop close, effective and long-term working partnerships with clients to ensure full knowledge and understanding of their search requirements. Our Context Driven approach to executive search helps our clients find Leaders For What’s Next – top talent, adept at working across borders in markets in Nigeria. For more enquiries on our executive search results you can contact on us on 08023200801, 08075765799, Email:info@businesscardinal.com