The “war for talent” is well-documented and much discussed. Yet it’s more than finding people—it’s finding the right people with the skill sets and expertise needed that are a cultural fit with your existing team. At ryan partners, we utilize a retained search process that starts with a deep dive into your organization.

After first understanding your organization and your unique culture and needs, we use the most current data research capability, coupled with our expansive industry connectivity, to identify the right mix and implement a plan to fuel growth process, feeding the organization as it grows.

To be effective, we need to know the organization’s current state—whether it’s growing, in a steady state, or facing a coming transition—in its business life cycle and where the organization wants to go. By asking the right questions to dig into what is truly needed related to skills, characteristics, and experience, we establish a sense of rapport, frankness, and honesty.

With over 20 years of relationships within our selected markets, ryan partners has successfully placed candidates in over 90% of the firms with whom we work. It’s not solely about placement, and we put our money on the table to prove it—with a one-year guarantee. This means that each client has a full 12-month period to confirm they have brought the right person on board.

Selected markets:

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

We have worked on roles ranging from Project Architect-Project Engineer to Project Manager, Leader of Business Development and senior level roles such as Vice President and COO.

Industrial and Corporate

Work completed in this market range from Corporate Controller-business unit CFO roles to Director of Human Resources. Other roles have included marketing, business development and sales leadership.


Our work with healthcare firms includes roles ranging from Clinical Leadership to CEO. Headquartered in one of the leading areas for healthcare service delivery, the firm has connections ranging from the largest healthcare providers in the country down to emerging firms working to provide innovative solutions in the growing healthcare technology space.

Get Started

Our Process

Our Talent Acquisition process is one that we have refined and improved over the past 7 years and involves a number of key steps:

Understanding the Client

Prior to the launch of our search process, we spend significant time with each client in order to gain a greater understanding of the needs of the role, the culture of the firm, and the long-term potential of the role.  By gaining these insights, we have a great understanding of not only the role to be filled, but we can also speak clearly and confidently with potential candidates about the environment they would be working in.


We utilize a number of methods to identify and communicate with potential candidates in each search engagement.  We see our research as being “high tech” and “high touch” as we use effective internet based tools to seek out candidates, and we also utilized our network and the ability to gain referrals from those we speak with.  Gaining the confidence of a contact that leads to a referral is a key differentiator we focus on during each search.

Finalist Identification

We utilize a multi-step interview process in order to learn about each finalist we present.  In addition, we also use the Predictive Index as a way to provide our clients with a more comprehensive view of each finalist they consider.  The PI is a well-recognized and respected tool to help describe our clients gain the best insight into each candidate and how they would fit their organization.

Interview Process

While we are identifying finalists in each search, we also work with our client to gain a clear understanding of what their internal vetting process will be.  This allows us to know who will be involved, what the timing of the interview process will be and it also enables us to plug finalists into the schedule immediately when we review them with the client.

Our Guarantee

Each finalist hired through our work comes with a one year guarantee.  This guarantee provides a level of comfort for the client in the rare instance where a new hire does not work out.  We stake our reputation on each search and each finalist we provide to our client.