Benchmark Search was established in 2002 to provide for the Defence and Security market. It subsequently grew and spread into other sectors, notably infastructure services and the law and ever since 2005 has had a significant practice in Retail and Hospitality.

Although sector agnostic, Benchmark Search has greatest depth in 4 areas:

Defence and Security Infrastructure Law Hospitality and Retail

David Montgomery is Managing Director and was co-founder, in 2002, of Benchmark Search, and leads on all senior level searches. Born and raised in East Africa where he still has a home [see]. Prior to 2002 he was the Chief Operating Officer for Hanover Matrix Executive Search, before which he had a successful military career, joining as a young graduate from Exeter University and retiring as a Brigadier, having commanded 7th Armoured Brigade, ‘The Desert Rats’.

Our Approach to Executive Search

We ensure we clearly understand the client culture and job requirements before we begin, so that the project runs smoothly and efficiently from start to finish. Internally, we have a strong research function which sources candidates from across a carefully targeted list drawn up from our knowledge of the client’s market.

All our work is bespoke, undertaken on a retained basis, to allow us to work closely with our clients to provide a personal, tailor-made service. Our 100% delivery record is based on a strict process-driven methodology with a predictable outcome – client satisfaction. Every assignment is headed up by a designated project director supported by consultants who will fully understand the brief.

The client will receive a shortlist within a maximum of six weeks from commencement of the assignment. During this time, we normally present a benchmark candidate (hence the origin of our name) to get a feel of the true attributes the client requires. This leads to the shortlist soon after, and a target of completion within six to eight weeks, dependent on the availability for interview of candidates and clients