True to its belief that, despite globalisation, top-level recruitment and executive search is still essentially a local business, Büro Rickert works mainly for companies headquartered in Germany – hence its motto: “Top Executives for the German Economy”. Company founder Dieter Rickert has followed this philosophy, which still holds true today, since the beginning of the 1980s. In the event that a search has to be undertaken internationally, Büro Rickert works with boutique executive search firms of a similar calibre abroad and uses their expertise in the countries concerned. Over the years Büro Rickert has conducted executive searches for more than half of the 100 largest companies in Germany. It also specialises in searches for directors for larger medium-sized companies and family-owned companies, and increasingly in recent years for portfolio companies of private equity firms.
Unlike conventional executive search firms, Büro Rickert does not wait for a specific search assignment to launch a search. It is by no means unusual for us to be contacted by top managers who are contemplating a change or simply seeking general advice on further career and life planning. Following in-depth interviews we then consider which target companies might be interested in their specific expertise and experience and where they would fit best in terms of personal chemistry. At Büro Rickert we have a unique network of close contacts to members of executive and supervisory boards and are able to make discreet enquiries on potential opportunities. It goes without saying that this presupposes a relationship of implicit trust to the target and a candidate who is absolutely first-class.