Our Vision for the Client.

In setting up Clay McGuire, I wanted to develop a niche search and selection firm that was excellent at what it did, build close client relationships, and enjoy the lighter side of business. I’m delighted to say that’s what we have achieved and we have just celebrated over 20 years of successful business delivery.

Professionally trained in one of the larger national search and selection firms, I personally lead and coach our consultants. We have a creative approach to finding, attracting and securing high calibre elusive candidates for PLCs, SMEs and Start-ups. This is supported by robust processes and sound governance.

We take a pride in delivering a high level of service, in a structured, engaging and collaborative manner. As a business, we listen, avoid jargon, propose pragmatic solutions and always strive to deliver successful outcomes.

Executive search and selection;


It all starts with a thorough brief which defines and refines the requirement and shows our understanding of the organisation, division, role and critical job outputs.

Development of Resourcing Plan.

From the above we will develop a recruitment plan which may involve search, advertised selection, database, or increasingly, a blend of the latter.

Assignment Management.

We manage the whole project on your behalf, whilst keeping you informed in alignment with the programme plan. This involves; long-listing, initial competency-based interviewing and final stage short-listing.

Client Interviews, Offer and Negotiation.

We manage the logistics for the final stage interviews and provide guidance on the interview process, psychometrics, and presentations. Clearly, at this stage we will support you in helping to attract the final candidate to your organisation. This includes offer negotiation and management, as well as support through notice period, start and induction.

Summary Reviews.

We always meet you between 6 and 12 weeks after the start of a new player for an informal review of the process and approach.


We have an excellent reputation for getting the building blocks of an assignment right – defining and refining the brief, creating a practical strategy and recommending routes to success.

Robust Processes.

We operate in a structured and logical manner, taking pride in creativity and innovation, yet well supported with process and discipline.

We are fast, flexible and able to work to meet exacting timelines.

Focused on Delivery.

We understand exactly what we are there to deliver and at each stage of the process we have a clear vision of success.

We undertake a range of other assignments in line with our core skill-set. These include:

Resourcing Consultancy.

Projects associated with attracting, securing, selecting high level talent from an in-house perspective.


Projects to deliver outplacement support, typically to between 5-50 staff. From out core business we have extensive knowledge of career management. job search, networking, interviews, selection and management of the senior level job process.

Senior Team Development, Workshops and Facilitation.

We undertake projects ourselves and are also well connected with a network of partners. We have a reputation for recommending the most appropriate provider for your needs.