Top 10 executive Search Firms in Singapore

What is an Executive search firm?

What are the differences compare to employment agencies, recruitment agencies, headhunters or even recruiters? It can be pretty confusing to many as the “Terms” are use by different people from different countries.

In the context of Singapore, generally an Executive Search firm is a company that helps a company (which is the client) to hunt and search for one or more candidates that the clients are looking for.

The requirements are generally very specific and executive search firms will try their best to search for the most suitable candidate and recommend them to the clients.

The executive search firm will also screen and interview the potential candidates before presenting and recommending the candidates to the clients, the higher-end and reputable executive search company will also have a very detailed report regarding the candidate presented to the clients.

In general, if you a candidate, you will not need to pay for the fees of any successful job placement. In the event the executive search firm were to ask for a fee, you can move on to any executive search firm.

Generally, on average, the executive search firm handles about 5-6K salary range per month or above. Then they are “qualified” to be called an executive search firm. Of course, the more prestige firm will said they only handles 10K,20k per month salary or above. It very much depends on the executive search firm themselves on how they want to be positioned.

If you are looking for a Job in Singapore

In Singapore, if you are looking for an executive search consultant to help you find a job, you can always email to them, connect them via Linkedin or even can text them. Given a choice, try not to call them that you are looking for a job as many of them are quite busy and will not have the time to “entertain” you.

Do check what industry they are focusing on or even job junction they are good in doing. Connecting with the wrong search consultant not only waste your time but also irritates them too!

If you are search for a position to be filled for your company

Generally, look through the profile of the executive search company or executive search consultant, see what kind of jobs they are always advertising or good in doing, you should have a good idea whether they are suitable to service you.

Check the online directory and see if the name of the executive search company is listed there in the Ministry of Manpower list. Their company name MUST be there in order to be doing any executive search activities in Singapore.

Take note that ALL agencies related to human resources need to be licensed, any companies who engaged any unlicensed agency will be subjected to be fined.   

Many of the executive search firms in Singapore can charged based on retainer basis or contingency basis.

Anyways, here are the Top 10 executive search firm in Singapore. Listing are not ranked in terms of their ability.

1. Space Executive

Space Executive specialises in recruiting senior management to executive level personnel for listed Multinationals, Financial Services, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, across Strategy and Corporate Development, Change and Transformation, Technology, Finance, Sales and Marketing, General Management, Human Resources and Governance (Legal, Risk and Compliance).

Space Executive has been recognised for its exceptional work and service delivery in recruitment and has received a number of awards including Best Places to Work in 2019, Recruitment International Best Newcomer 2016, Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Gold Award 2016, and was ranked Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agency in both 2016 and 2017 by LinkedIn.

They have offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and London


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2. CxO Executive Search Pte Ltd

CxO, with the passionate Juliet Kasko is a super-connector and is passionate about talented people. Since 2011 she is doing executive search projects globally and is an active member of a tech startup ecosystem.

With her strong belief that the right team and reputation are crucial assets for any company to succeed, Juliet has helped numerous startups and established businesses scale and undergo change by connecting them with the talent, partners, and investors. 

Her focus generally Technology such as cyber security, cloud computing, supply chain,etc.

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Contact: Click here.

3. Signium Singapore

Quality service and success go hand in hand and that is no surprise to Signium Singapore. We are founded on this principle. With a global portfolio of dynamic and growth-oriented clients, our focus on quality and partner relationship provide you with personal service and accountability.

At Signium Singapore, we bridge the gap between Talents and Clients. Our team of Partners and Consultants compliment their strong past professional experiences with exceptional leadership abilities. We understand the critical and specific business needs and how finding and developing the right FIT talent can positively impact the overall business performances of our client.

With over 15 years of executive search & leadership consulting and an international portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, other marquee global organizations, as well as start-up and small/medium cap companies, Signium Singapore deploys high-touch expertise and rigorous processes in providing quality services which consistently deliver the highest quality executive talent that brings growth and success to organizations.


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Contact : +65 6298 2262

Address:152 Beach Road #03-07A Gateway East, Singapore


ANKH is a leading Global Executive Search firm 100% dedicated to FinTech and Banking Technology Products / Services for senior to C level roles. Withover 30 years of global services excellence in meeting their client’s needs.

ANKH is the leading Global Executive Search firm dedicated to Banking and Banking Technology Services for senior to C level roles; uniquely staffed by consultants who have actually worked in the operations of the industry and the role they recruit for. ANKH quality is second to none and recognised as one of the best if not the best by the board levels of its clients who truly partner ANKH for their key and strategic roles.

ANKH carefully chooses its clients based on market reputation, employer of choice status and their growth projections. The respect and recognition shown by ANKH are equal to both clients and candidates.


Address: c/ 30 Cecil Street, #19-08 Prudential Tower,  Singapore 049712


Contact: +65 9115 4935

5. Principle Partners

Principle Partners is an Asia-focused executive search firm specialising in financial services and emerging technologies. Will Tan and Jag Dhaliwall established the company in 2009 with a commitment to be true experts in their product areas and to deliver tailored services with integrity, candour and vigour.Principle Partners is a specialist financial service executive search firm headquartered in Singapore with a presence in Kuala Lumpur, India, Hong Kong and New York. We work with diverse clients including asset management companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital firms and international trading houses.

We are top-ranked Asia specialists in our field and emphasize building and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and candidates.

Our consultants have lived and worked in Asia for most of their careers and are fluent in the local languages. Though we cover all of Asia, we are particularly strong in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India & Malaysia. Working on both retained and contingency searches, we have a strong track record in targeted assignments and team build-outs.

Our turnaround time in delivering candidates is unsurpassed given this strong local connectivity and effective referrals through our networks in New York, London, Tokyo and other major financial hubs.

Client profiles for asset management include international, regional and boutique fund houses and sovereign wealth funds.

For private equity, we serve global, pan-Asian, regional and country-specific funds looking to deploy capital in Asia, with strategies including buy-outs, control investments, growth equity and early-stage investments. Our hedge fund clients range from start-ups to the largest international funds, with strategies including equity long-short, event-driven, convertible bond arbitrage, Asian/global macro, distressed debt/special situations and high-frequency trading.

We also cover middle and back-office roles such as legal, compliance and risk management to support the core front-office investing roles. As a firm, we have been consistently ranked in the top 3 in recent industry polls. Our consultants have also consistently achieved top 3 individual rankings. Customer satisfaction is high with 80% of our business coming from repeat clients.



212A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068645

Tel: +65 6653 1600

6. Search Partners Limited

Search Partners Limited is a boutique executive search firm specializing in Banking, Securities and Asset Management established since 1996 with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Ranked by Asiamoney in private banking and asset management. We are always open-minded to explore business partnerships with experienced head hunters and ex-bankers.

Our key areas of focus are based on our consultants’ prior experience.  All our consultants focus on areas of which they have in-depth prior working knowledge.

As our consultants are all from financial Institutions background, we are extremely familiar with candidate psyche and are especially well equipped to manage expectations, monitor resignations, and in the event there is negative feedback provide counsel to the candidates.

In addition, our consultants have detailed discussions about key requirements of the role with the line managers.  These conversations include market mapping based on both prior work experience and current market conditions.

Our contacts are deep, relevant and substantial leading to long lasting relationships with both candidates and clients.

Our search methodology is comprehensive and insightful, from start to finish is handled by experienced and professional consultants.


Address: 8 Cross street,# 28-01 Manulife Tower, Singapore 048424

Contact: (65) 6850 7770


7. Ignition Global Consulting Pte Ltd

Completing hundreds of searches since 2014 we have learnt from our experiences, refined our process, and continue to develop extensive networks of relationships.

Focusing on senior and specialist hires: business leaders and future leaders. As the market evolves we constantly identify and connect with high potential professionals, so you can recruit the most dynamic and talented people in your field.

Headquartered in Singapore with a multi-national team giving us a global outlook, regional footprint, and unrivalled local market knowledge.


Address: 10 Anson Road #29-05A, International Plaza, Singapore 079903


Specialist: Shipping Jobs, Recruitment, HR Consulting, Executive Search, Shipping, Marine Techology, senior finance, future leaders, commercial shipping, technical shipping, salary surveys, and CFO search

8. Hatch Asia Consulting

 Hatch Asia is an executive search and leadership consulting company that combines talent acquisition and management strategies to help you identify, assess and integrate a most befitting talent into your organization. Specializing in executive search and talent assessment, our unique approach matches talent to your company down to the candidate’s passion, aptitude, and their competency to your company goals and culture.


Contact:+65 68179357

9. Taurus Firm

Taurus Firm is a premier boutique executive search firm with a strong presence and recruitment expertise in Asia Pacific. Our distinguished clientele hire best-fit candidates throu

AURUS FIRM is a boutique executive search firm offering bespoke candidate placement services. Found by a team of seasoned executive search veterans in Singapore, we have successfully recruited senior management candidates in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

We focus on fulfilling talent needs in the Electronics & Semiconductors Manufacturing, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunication and Oil & Gas industries.

We specialize in the sourcing of candidates for senior, executive and specialized positions in organizations, with sensitivity towards urgent executive searches for immediate candidate placements.

As part of our value add to organizations, we also provide sales consultancy and deliver customized training solutions to increase the effectiveness of sales processes and improve the competency of sales & marketing staff.

Address: 10 Anson Road, International Plaza #03-46, Singapore 079903

Contact: +65 6220 3940



10. Raffles International Executive Search

Raffles International Executive Search is a modern, strong and successful Search firm with their Asian Head Quarters in Singapore, working with the best available Consultants and Researchers the market has to offer, partnering with outstanding Associates in the most important countries in Asia Pacific and in Europe; a select group of outstanding companies with high profile, experienced consultants and researchers, to find the most talented and competitive Managers & Directors available anywhere in and for the Asian Region.

Raffles International Executive Search has the most mature, experienced and hands-on, practice-oriented Executive Search Consultants to serve you. Our Founder & CEO has nearly 25 years of experience as Managing Director of manufacturing entities and Executive Search firms in many different countries in the world. Our newly appointed senior consultants all have years of practical experience on the highest corporate levels, so they understand the clients’ goals, challenges and strategic plans. We all understand how people ‘tick’, how to judge their competences and their character.

Address: One Raffles Quay – North Tower #25-00 Singapore 048583

Phone: +65 6622 5489 (Main) +65 9233 1731 (Direct)



Here you go, these are the top 10 executive search companies in Singapore. If you have any good recommendations, do let us know at dc