Talent Search Solutions

Innovative new approach to sourcing executive talent for you

Talent Search Solutions is the newest division of BizWiser Emerging Markets.  This international executive talent source service evolved as a result of current clients’ needs, as well as a unique trust and confidence in the BizWiser team.

We focus on the talent resource requirements of the marketing communications industry. Partnering with marketing, advertising, media and research agencies worldwide, we introduce you to top-level talent.

How we work is simple and hassle-free:

  • We search for talent across the globe – from CEOs, GMs and Account Directors to Creative Heads, and Media Heads.
  • We search hard to find talent. We fully embrace our extensive network connections as well as social media to find the best available talent in the market for the position you are looking to fill.
  • We take trust seriously. Everything is in strict confidence, and we are discreet in our search process.
  • We take the time to get to know your business. We ask lots of questions so that we can adequately understand your culture, environment and the position involved.
  • We already have a wealth of quality talent, which we explore further to meet your needs -not just their skills and portfolio, but their hobbies and interests. That’s so we can match them with your company’s culture.  A successful match is not always about skills – it depends very much on personality and how people fit in with specific teams.

You’ll find that we’re genuinely passionate about global talent sourcing and matching and have the best tools and people to find the perfect fit for you.  It’s what we love doing, and we thrive on different cultures, countries, challenges and talent.

How Talent Search Solutions started

As a result of working with global clients across Africa and South East Asia, we’ve built excellent relationships with senior executives who have experienced many talent resource challenges and frustrations. A number of them asked us to help them to find senior candidates for various positions within their companies, given …

  • Our extensive network of connections and contacts
  •  Our intimate understanding of their business, and
  • The trust that we have built with them over the years.

The success of this interaction has led to the birth of our new offering within BizWiser’s portfolio – Talent Search Solutions.

Our Talent Search Solutions offering

We address a dire need within the marketing, advertising, media and related research industries – especially with our focus on senior positions in these areas:

  • General Management (Managing Directors)
  • Creative
  • Advertising Strategy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Media
  • Research
  • Software
  • Experiential Marketing.


How we work

It’s important to note that we are not a conventional placement agency:

  • We do not take a set percentage of the employee’s annual salary, as per the standard practice
  • We have a different operating and financial model that’s proved to be very cost-effective for our clients. This model has also been most successful in sourcing excellent talent worldwide
  • We offer no guarantee for any individual placed as a result of our services.

Our Talent Search approach

Here’s a guide as to what you can expect when you work with us to assist in the search for a new executive.  Our operating model includes three phases, as follows:


Clarify your needs:

  • During an in-depth teleconference or face-to-face meeting, we discuss the requirements of the position. If there’s no job description, we can help you prepare one.
  • Your brief and job specification
  • Collaboration with you to manage expectations and gain a clear understanding of:

  1. Company background, structure and management style
  2. Elaboration of the skill set and type of talent and personality who would be the ideal fit in your company
  3. “Deal breaker” guidelines as supplied by the client.

Understanding your business and the type of individuals that would thrive in your company’s culture is critical.

Identify suitable potential candidates:

We gain access to top candidates by the following means:

  1. Searching our comprehensive database of potential candidates
  2. Making use of a full range of recruitment advertising avenues
  3. Approaching critical contacts in the market place
  4. Keeping up-to-date with social media trends.

– Circulate details of the job opportunity to BizWiser’s select network of contacts, as well as to crucial industry insiders

– Develop an advertisement (approved by you) which we place in targeted reputable international and local publications

– Conduct a “talent search“ on selected reputable global and local websites

– Review all CVs gathered

– Select a shortlist of candidates for discussion with you.


Our extensive interviewing process allows us to select your preferred candidates from a group of people whom we have qualified against the following requirements:

  • Technical
  • Creative
  • Personality

As part of the vetting process, we can arrange for psychometric testing and other assessment methods.

  • You give us feedback on the first shortlist of candidates and request us to progress with your selected candidates
  • We arrange personal interviews with these candidates using either Skype or face-to-face meetings, depending on candidate location
  • We carry out thorough background and reference checks of your potential new employees to guarantee their credibility
  • We liaise with former employers and put forward recommendations to you
  •  We compile a comprehensive customised appraisal report on each of the candidates for discussion with you:

o   Biographical data, qualifications, career background, remuneration, availability

o   Summary of references

o   Strengths and challenges of the candidate’s personality and skills competence

  • We ensure that all the critical criteria of the job description are met.


Once you have selected your final candidates from the shortlist, we arrange and attend follow-up interviews together with you:

  • We put together a final customised candidate appraisal report that will then be discussed with you before you make the final choice
  • We manage your offers of employment to make sure that you secure your new executive at the right remuneration level.
Sharon Penhallrick
Sharon Penhallrick

Sharon Penhallrick, Chief Executive Officer of BizWiser Emerging Markets, also heads the Talent Search Solutions division. 

Sharon has an outstanding track record in communication agency development and management, as well as strategy, planning and media research. She is well known and respected in the marketing communications industry.

What our clients have to say about us …