Executive Search & Selection Of Specialised Skills

As the competition for competent people in the workplace becomes more intense, we provide a superior service to our clients to select and place top talent. The process starts with an in-depth discussion regarding the client’s current and future challenges to gain an understanding of the recruitment specification. We then apply sophisticated research methodologies to identify potential candidates that we believe meet our client’s unique specifications.

Our mapping exercise targets industries and appropriate companies in accordance with our client’s needs.

The search team then reaches out to potential candidates. When a candidate expresses interest in the opportunity they are invited to meet with a consultant for an exploratory discussion. The purpose of this discussion is to screen the candidate to determine the synergy between the candidate’s suitability for the position and to evaluate their critical core competencies in relation to the client’s requirements.

A long-list of suitable candidates is then presented to the client. This includes a detailed career summary, achievements and an assessment of each candidate by the consultant.

The next step is to facilitate the client and candidate short-list interview process, enabling the client to select the preferred candidates. At this point Signium Africa conducts work performance references and integrity checks (criminal, credit and academic). We also conduct competency assessments if required. Once the client has selected the final candidate we assist in package negotiations and a smooth on-boarding process. We provide regular progress reports throughout the assignment to keep our client up to date. We also value the involvement and input of our client as this forms an integral part of a successful conclusion.

After successful placement regular follow-ups are conducted with clients and candidates to cement our long-term involvement with both parties.

Board Strategy Facilitation

Strategy ranks the second highest function of a Board of Directors after the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer. Boards should not expect “ready-made” strategies as if they are only there to put on a stamp of approval. Board members add value to the process of strategic thinking in successful companies. Executives look up to their Boards as a resource that they tap into to enrich their own strategic thinking.

Implementing a robust strategy requires identification of enablers and an implementation plan to ensure successful delivery of a strategy. Identification of strategic risks ensures that the company’s strategy is balanced and enterprising; it pursues opportunities whilst addressing risks to ensure achievement of superior and sustainable results. Facilitating development of a strategy by Boards is a key component of Signium Africa’s service range.

Our approach to Board Strategy delivers well-thought out strategies; clear articulation and prioritisation of strategic challenges; development of strategic options; engagement of Board members and executives in making appropriate strategic choices that take the company to its next level.

Assessment Of Human Capital

Signium Africa’s assessment techniques assist our clients to make better decisions regarding their human capital and maximise the benefit to their businesses. We assess individuals, teams and organisations.

Each assessment project is designed according to the objective of the assessment. We ensure that participants and clients are thoroughly briefed about each stage of the process to ensure transparency. Feedback on assessments is provided to both the candidate and the client separately.

Our assessment tools are locally and globally appropriate and equip our clients to deal with the challenges of attracting, building and developing talent within a dynamic and competitive work environment.

We use psychometric tools and/or assessment centres to support the following focus areas that fall within the talent management process:

  • Selection
  • Placement
  • Career planning and development
  • Skills audit
  • Coaching Team building
  • Succession planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Organisation and culture surveys

Signium Africa is committed to the ethical standards that govern the use of assessments. This ensures that the tools we use have been scientifically shown to be valid and reliable, that they can be applied fairly to all employees and are not biased against any employee or group, as required by the Employment Equity Act.

Leadership Development & Coaching

Due to the global shortage of talent, it is imperative that organisations prioritise skills development from within their organisations’ existing talent pool as far as possible. We assist clients to identify and build talent at various levels of seniority within their businesses. It is important that personal, team and organsational development receives equal weighting and attention. If one of these components is left out, the sum of the whole is imbalanced and dysfunctional.

Our leadership development tools are distinctive and globally standardised. They are diagnostic in nature, and offer scientifically proven, on-the-job solutions to the competencies that require development either individually or as a team.

Winning organisations develop and sustain effective leadership talent. Coaching is a process that enables the continuous earning and development of professionals to help them reach their personal best and thus contribute actively and optimally towards the success of their business. Coaching therefore plays an important role in an organisation’s overall talent management process and has a strategic impact on the well-being of the business.

Signium Africa works with a network of independent coaches who specialise in various areas including business coaching, executive coaching, performance coaching, skills coaching and integral coaching.

Depending on the scope and size of each coaching project we assemble a team that is best able and appropriately experienced to meet the unique needs of our clients.

In addition, we give special attention to the initial chemistry sessions and paring coaches and professionals in order to meet the individual’s specific needs.