The Acquire Method FAQ’s

When looking to partner with a search firm for the first time on a specific project, it’s only natural to have questions around the process, the search firm, and their areas of expertise.

Below is a handful of the most common questions we get asked about The Acquire Method…


What is it?

The Acquire Method is our Retained Search Methodology, where we use best practice headhunting techniques to unearth niche, senior, and strategic talent.


How is it different from contingent recruitment?

When working in partnership through The Acquire Method, there are many benefits that you don’t get when working with a contingent recruiter, such as a guaranteed result, market intelligence, and exclusivity of candidates, to name just a few.


What sectors do you specialise in?

We specifically support PE/VC backed technology companies in FinTech, HealthTech, Mobility, and more. Our clients also operate business models such as D2C subscription, eCommerce, and marketplaces.


What locations do you cover?

Although our talent network has a global reach, we have expertise partnering with London based clients, while also developing an offering in New York, supporting two major tech hubs.


What is your functional expertise?

Marketing, full stop! This is our unique proposition, as we believe that inch wide, mile deep expertise is the key to ensure successful delivery across these critical senior and executive appointments.

How long does it take?

Depending on the urgency of the requirement, we can flex timelines to suit the project. However, a typical Search project takes around 4-6 weeks to shortlist.


What happens if you don’t find someone?

We believe in full transparency; therefore, we won’t say that every search is a smooth walk in the park. But what we will guarantee is that we will continue working with you until the position is filled. The process is about working together, and during our weekly progress calls, we can discuss what the market is telling us and agree on how to best move forward to find a successful solution.


How much does it cost?

The fee is slightly higher than typical contingency recruitment, which is down to more work, time, and resource that goes into the project. Payment is made across three stages; 1/3 at the beginning of the search, 1/3 on an agreed shortlist, and the balance paid on completion of the assignment.


What level do you cover?

Combined with our market expertise, this method is best suited for mid to senior-level positions, typically being Lead/Head of, through to VP, Director, and C-Suite.


Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes. We cover the first six months as we believe this method will ensure securing you the best available candidate in the market.


What do I need to do next?

Before jumping into any assignment, we start with a discovery call. To arrange that, click here or email Alex Marriner at