Executive Recruitment: Looking for Staff

We do not sell resumes - we deliver candidates

Grant Thornton's executive recruitment team is at the top of the local recruitment market. As a multi-specialist we focus on strategic recruitment for positions where leadership and management skills are required. We do not sell resumes - we deliver candidates. We do not shop on job boards and the Internet - we hunt people. Our approach to client service is therefore different and we do not accept taking short cuts with regards to best hiring practice for the sake of expediency.

The Executive Recruitment division is headed by Partner and long time Thai resident Mr. Tom Sorensen. The Executive Recruitment team is made up of a number of support staff and a group of senior consultants who have all been managers prior to joining Grant Thornton Thailand.

With more than 10 years in the search business, many clients and candidates have praised our service. Their endorsements say it all.

Some Recent Completed Assignments in Thailand

  • Managing Director: Leading producer of self adhesive labels to global brands
  • Country Plant Manager: Greenfield, global manufacturer of components and systems for industrial customers
  • HR General Manager: Global shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers
  • Deputy General Manager, Production Control: Japanese global corporation, manufacturing
  • Financial Controller: World-leading provider of tools and storage
  • VP Production Control & Logistics: Japanese automotive parts manufacturing
  • Maintenance & Service Director: The world's most innovative elevator and escalator company according to Forbes
  • HR Manager and General Affairs: Manufacturing specialist in gold jewellery of all types featuring diamonds and gemstones
  • Personal Assistant / Secretary to Group CEO: Global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, energy, healthcare, industry and Infrastructure
  • Finance Controller: World leader in differentiated solutions against wear to mines, cement, coal power stations
  • Finance Director: Heavy industry / manufacturing
  • Vice President Logistics & Distribution: Thailand's number 1 distribution and logistics network for pharmaceutical companies
  • HR General Manager: Global shipping and logistics solutions provider
  • Country Manager: Multi-national manufacturer and distributor of a range of vitamin, mineral, and nutritional supplements
  • Sales and Marketing Manager: One of Japan's largest companies in furniture manufacturing and distribution

Blog by Tom Sorensen

If you are part of the world of recruitment, as either a user of executive search and recruitment services, or as a candidate who wants to be on the headhunter's radar, don't miss Tom's Executive Recruitment Blog, right here. Subjects you can find on the blog include: boring job descriptions scare away top performers, does your company use a licensed recruiter, candidates think you are doing a miserable job when interviewing, and the recruitment catch 22.

Executive Selection

Grant Thornton's unique brand of Premium Headhunting is a true headhunting endeavour - compared to simply checking names in a database - and involves an A to Z management of the entire recruitment process. Call it Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). We manage the recruiting and hiring process from creating an employee value proposition to the on boarding of the new hire. It consists of a needs analysis, development and implementation of a catchment strategy, the screening and interview process, assessment, personal analysis by a third party, an English test, employment offer presentation, salary negotiation, preparation of a letter of employment, resignation guidance, reference taking and the pre-employment medical check up.

Our service is also very useful to overseas companies who may be unaware of local customs and culture and wish to establish a base in Thailand for the first time.

What We Specialise In

Grant Thornton is a multi-specialist. Look at the pie charts and see in which industries and in which functional areas our successful candidates, who were hired by our clients, were placed in.


Our Process

The recruitment strategy is fivefold:

  • Diagnosis - Objective and critical analysis of recruitment needs to determine a realistic assignment brief and total campaign strategy.
  • Executive Search - To us, search is not about cold, unsolicited approaches (headhunting). In conjunction with our clients, we will identify a target list of companies and individuals and then devise a "path of contacts" using personal referral and networking to gain credible access to these targets.
  • Networking - We invest a great deal of time and energy in ensuring we always have a large pool of talent to quickly dip into.
  • Candidate Tracking System - We contact those candidates known to us who meet the criteria set and who we know to be seeking a new appointment.
  • Assessment - Our meetings with candidates take hours and the face-to-face interview is just one of several steps. We also use psychometric assessments like Work Behavior Inventory and the general intelligence tool, Professional Learning Indicator.

Our approach may at first appear similar to most executive search and selection companies; but what sets us apart is the ability to leverage the knowledge of our contacts in the client's industry to ensure we reach the widest selection of candidates on our clients' behalf, and as a result, deliver the best available choice.

Interview Technique

The hot topic in today's recruiting world is behavioral interviewing, which is a powerful tool. Behavioral interviewing, also called competency-based interviewing, focuses on past behaviour and performance.

The basic idea is that we prompt or press the candidate to recall and describe, sometimes in excruciating detail, real life incidents that provide evidence of a skill or experience relevant to the new job. We also dig deep into motivational factors to determine the candidate's job and company fit. Our interviews typically last around two hours per candidate.

Candidate Background Investigation

Careful screening of potential employees can prevent unpleasant and expensive surprises. Our investigators can assist in that screening process by conducting background checks that your own staff may not have the required expertise to do themselves. More details are available on this web site, continue to this page.

Psychometric Testing

Identifying the work behaviors, or work styles, of individuals is key to effective employee selection and development. Research has shown that for many types of jobs, the work styles of employees are far more important than cognitive ability or even proven successful prior experience. But, how do you determine whether individuals have the right work styles for your jobs? How do you assess general intelligence? More details are available on this web site, continue to this page.

General Intelligence Assessment

For many years a person's cognitive abilities have been considered the best predictor of their pace of learning and, consequently, their potential to perform on the job. Many experts and leading companies regard the assessment of cognitive abilities as equally, or perhaps even more important than the assessment of personality. More details are available on this web site, continue to this page.

Licensed to Recruit?

The recruitment industry in Thailand is regulated by the Ministry of Labour through Ministerial Regulations of the Employment and Job Seeker Protection Act B.E. 2528 (1985). When it was created, the act was made to protect Thai workers who worked overseas through job agencies. Today, any person or company must obtain a license before engaging in the business of brokering employment, recruitment or executive search. Licensed recruiters are monitored by the Ministry's labour inspectors and provide the parties with a protection under the law.

Grant Thornton is duly licensed by the Ministry of Labour and is authorised to provide employment services under the Ministerial Regulations of the Employment and Job Seeker Protection Act B.E. 2528 (1985).

Contact us

If you want to discuss your recruitment needs, please contact Tom Sorensen, Partner
T: +66 2 205 8240