Thomas Cole Kinder is a specialist executive search firm for the real estate industry that looks beyond the obvious, to find the exceptional.
To do so, we don’t limit our search to the far and wide. We look deeply too, drawing on our knowledge and insight to create a fuller picture and find a better fit.
Founded in 1992 and with over 1,300 successful assignments to our name, our network and experience spans the entire real estate sector and covers roles ranging from executive main board directors and non-executive directors to divisional and functional leaders.
“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
“The team with the best players wins.”
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.”
Our advice on appointments within the real estate sector is not just well-informed, but better-informed.
With the breadth of our experience and depth of insight into all areas of the industry, we know how crucial the right appointment will be to the future success of all concerned, and so build relationships that last. It’s a commitment that’s earned the confidence of our clients, with over two thirds of our assignments being for people we’ve worked with already.
Our diligent research allows us to identify transferable skill sets, with a reach that covers a range of roles and sectors, from property companies and investment managers to banks and retailers.
It’s this ability and desire to go further and look deeper that gives us our competitive edge, as well as a sharper one.
“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”
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We advise a diverse group of organisations across all channels of the real estate sector on appointments that are crucial to their future success. Clients include:
Our knowledge and access extends to experienced professionals investing in, developing, financing and managing all key property asset classes:
From Finance Directors to Fund Managers, Capital Markets to Construction, we provide our clients with broad international coverage across all functions of the real estate industry, including:
Finding talent that excels, is a talent in itself, with every search as unique as the role it seeks to fill.
At Thomas Cole Kinder, we don’t just focus on present and past performance, but on potential too, using an extensive and exhaustive process that combines research, legwork and inspiration in equal measure.
It’s an approach that leads us to the stars of the future as well as the talent of today.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
“Knowledge is the process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”
“The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.”
Initial briefing to fully understand the role, required competencies and ideal profile. Challenge client assumptions and advise on alternative strategies. Develop a detailed assignment brief for client review and agree the appropriate search strategy and timetable.
Lateral coverage is vitally important to every search in the real estate market as key industry knowledge, contact base, technical, transactional and leadership skills are all highly transferable. Analyse client’s business and corporate culture and structure as well as define target markets and geographies.
Conduct discreet market sourcing and targeted research to develop a long list of the most relevant prospects. Present and discuss profiles and agree on a set of ‘high-potentials’ to approach. Develop bespoke approach strategies and engage candidate interest.
Combine rigorous competency-based interviews and confidential third party referencing to accurately gauge suitability. Present a final short list of candidates, providing balanced candidate reports covering fit against the brief, market insights and guidance on any aspects to explore further at client interview.
Oversee and support client interview schedule and negotiations. Manage the offer process, take formal references and advise candidate through the resignation process.
Follow up with both parties once the search is closed, to check the progress of transition. Maintain partnership and support growth and success of both the client and candidate.
Thomas Cole Kinder has ties to the real estate market the world over and identifies talented candidates nationally and internationally for roles in the UK, continental Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
If you would like to learn more please contact us at:
Thomas Cole Kinder
24 Old Bond Street
London, W1S 4QA
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“Thinking is the hardest work there is, that is why so few people engage in it.”
"It’s not bragging if you can back it up."
“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”
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