Case study

Success Stories: Senior Star

01 Jul 2019

Search: Executive Director

Client: Senior Star

Industry: Senior Living Retirement Communities

Company size: 1,000-1,500 employees


The Company:

Senior Star are a family-owned company with a passion for serving seniors.  Originally a successful real estate services firm who now focus solely on quality senior living communities providing independent, assisted and memory care services. Senior Star engages employees by providing a dynamic, fast paced working environment that embraces challenge and opportunity. The result can be seen in their thirteen vibrant communities in six states providing residents with unique living and care options. Their commitment to providing a thriving work place environment has been recognised nationally having been ranked in the Top 10 Best Workplaces by FORTUNE Magazine for the second year running.

The Challenge

The Executive Director would oversee the operations day to day functions of running a Senior Living community, including providing oversight of service hospitality, service delivery goals, and financial objectives. The Executive Director is a crucial position for Senior Star as not only is it a legal requirement to have someone in this position but they are also a key figure of leadership within each community.  Furthermore, having searched themselves for a successful candidate in this position with no result, a recruitment partner with specialist industry knowledge and a developed network was required.

Gilbert Meher having reached out to Senior Star to assist with their search were asked to provide a competitive shortlist of candidates, to demonstrate their ability to source relevant and talented individuals within a competitive labour market.

The Solution

Gilbert Meher are executive search specialists within the global health and social care sector. At the start of any search process, it is vital for us at Gilbert Meher to take an in-depth brief of the required skills and traits that the client is wanting for a successful candidate. Once given this information Gilbert Meher carry out a detailed search mapping out relevant local talent that meet the client’s requirements. Combining this with our already existing and vast network allows us to reach passive candidates who may not be actively looking. Candidates such as this often have not seen the opportunities which are available to them as they have not been actively looking for a new position. Once we have identified and spoken with these candidates, we often find that the opportunity for at least a percentage of these individuals offers them a number of personal benefits, which make it worthwhile exploring the opportunity further with our assistance. 

Our desire to work effectively and promptly means that we will always look to work around a candidate’s schedule, simplifying the job search is essential for candidate engagement which in turn benefits the client by speeding up their appointment process.

The Result

A number of relevant candidates were identified and put forward for interview with the hiring manager. Within the short period of 2 weeks a candidate was chosen and offered the position thanks to a quick and responsive interview process.

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