Head of IT Strategy financial services case study


Executive Search Ireland was engaged to source and hire a Head of IT Strategy to continue to drive a transformation and change project upon which the Bank was embarking. The client in question is a key player in the Irish market.


Given the responsibility associated with this role, it was vital that the Bank select a search partner with in-depth exposure in this sector. The Directors in Executive Search Ireland have completed a significant number of assignments across Retail, Business, Corporate and Operations in Financial Services for more than 15 years and have an extensive international network in this area. 
The client retains Executive Search Ireland to carry out an international search and present them with a robust shortlist of candidates across industry sectors and within ambitious timelines, given the urgency of the hire. 


Our researchers, all of whom have many years experience operating globally across sectors compiled a longlist of candidates from compatible & peripheral sectors. Subsequent to an in-depth briefing where objectives were agreed, the organisational culture evaluated and job specifications defined, incl. key responsibilities, career progression, reporting structures, salary & benefits, we determined a schedule and identified the initial target market. We sourced individuals with the requisite skills and subsequent to detailed qualification, thorough interviews, highlighting academic, technical, professional and personal characteristics; we submitted our selected shortlist. 

Consequently and post a series of interviews with the Head of Function and HR Director, during which time Executive Search Ireland provided ongoing consultancy & advisory on candidates based on their interactions with our consultants and partners, the client extended their offer which was negotiated and advised on by Executive Search Ireland.

Track record

Executive Search Ireland’s reputation and extensive international network at a senior level ensured we were able to identify and approach the most suitable individuals, maintaining confidentiality and guaranteeing that a full market analysis was conducted, all the while safeguarding the fact that potential candidates would not be overlooked and an exceptional person was secured for the role in question. 

Search Outcome

Once the appointment was made, the Client was exceptionally satisfied that the selected individual will carry out their responsibilities with the highest level of commitment during their career in the organisation.  

Candidate Coaching

Executive Search Ireland spends a significant amount of time with candidates before, during and after the process so that the client receives all of the required information and data on the candidate’s experience, skillset and mindset. Our approach is one of collaboration and facilitation. We have many years of experience ensuring all relevant information is accessed, practiced and presented in the most transparent and authentic way. The common goal is that the selected individual remains effective and successful in their role and makes a significant and immediate contribution to the organisation.

Client Advisory

Our approach is one of partnership. We engage in a meaningful way with our clients, understanding their need, advising them on their options and working with them to design the job requirements, positioning the seniority of the role and persisting in our search until such time as we find that ideal solution. Should the market conditions change along the way, we will advise them, if we need to amend the search criteria, we will inform them, should it make sense to increase/reduce the investment to secure that particular individual who will assist in the growth of their business, we will make that recommendation.

“Executive Search Ireland provided us with a very strong shortlist, delivered on their timelines, were completely transparent and exceptionally professional throughout.  We were able to select a great person for the role. We will continue to engage with them for future senior hires.”

HR Director