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The PIE Exec Search is a full-service recruitment company, with executive search services, an online jobs board and careers counselling. We are the only recruitment company in the world that specialises in international education with a truly global coverage.

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    The PIE Exec Search is part of The PIE portfolio of services, which delivers news, market intelligence, industry events and recruitment solutions to the international education sector.

     

    We benefit from our unique position within The PIE ecosystem of stakeholders in international education. On the back of The PIE’s widely-read and trusted content, we inhabit a worldwide community of professionals at all levels in international education, and we are informed on the latest news and trends in the sector.

     

    Since 2011, we have worked on over 250 roles in 20 countries.

    Why The PIE Exec Search?

    Our expertise lies at the intersection of education and commercial opportunity. Our clients turn to us to find individuals who know how to apply and operate commercial disciplines in an educational setting. We have a deep understanding of this complex and often delicate nexus, where educational integrity must be respected and maintained, whilst making the most of what it offers to the vast appetite for it around the world.

    We are very proud that over 50% of our work comes from our existing clients who continue to use our services.

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    We Understand International Education

    The PIE Exec Search works exclusively in the international education industry and across the globe. Our database is deep and we benefit from a knowledge of and networking within international education that generalist education recruiters cannot match.

    We Know Our Candidates

    We understand international education candidates’ competencies, what drives them, as well as the experiences that are aligned to roles in the industry.

    Diversity & Inclusion

    We recognise the importance of improving the level of diversity and inclusion within organisations and in our industry. We help our global clients access and attract diverse talent pools and match with company cultures that embrace inclusion to create a collaborative workforce.

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    The PIE Exec Search Approach

    01. Media Reach

    We benefit from our wide media reach via www.thepienews.com, which has reached over 5 million people. We now regularly have more than 400K unique visitors to our website each month.

    02. Reputation

    We have gained a reputation as experts in the international education industry. We can help build diverse teams in different countries and recruit in complex regions. Candidates come to us because they know we can provide them with the best options in the market.

    03. Advertising

    We utilise local job boards if required, with the added value for our clients free of advertising on our own, successful jobs board, The PIE Jobs.

    04. Headhunting

    For all roles we run an extensive search campaign using our vast industry network to approach candidates directly. We are able to access high calibre individuals who are not actively seeking a new position, but who could be interested in learning about a career opportunity.

    05. Social Media

    We have over 65K followers across our social media channels. This reach enables our consultants to connect to a large number of candidates across the sectors we recruit for.

    06. Market Knowledge

    The extensive market knowledge our consultants have is invaluable when sourcing candidates. They have in-depth knowledge of candidate availability and movement within the market, and the skill sets required for success.

    07. Timeframe

    The estimated timeline to deliver a final shortlist for a specified brief is 4-6 weeks.

    08. Guarantee

    An important guarantee of the quality of our work is that if we fail to make an appointment after the first shortlist is presented, which is very rare, we will carry out a repeat of the search at no additional charge.

    09. Psychometric Testing

    Hire with confidence – an increasingly common feature of a hiring process is the use of psychometric testing to help give a better all-round evaluation of a candidate’s suitability and hiring potential. Ensuring the right fit for both a role and the team/company culture will go a long way to reducing ‘bad hires’ and the resulting costs to your business. Psychometric tests are commonly used to support an informed hiring decision, but are not the answer in isolation. We can advise on psychometric test options and how tests can be integrated into an interview process via our trusted third party partner, Thomas International.

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    Meet the Team

    Amy Baker
    CEO

    As Founder and CEO of The PIE, Amy is an international education expert with over 25 years’ experience in the sector. She divides her time between recruitment, editorial oversight and strategic growth of The PIE. Amy set up The PIE’s Jobs Board and Exec Search division at the company’s inception in 2011, because of the extensive network she had acquired in her previous capacity as a news  journalist in international education. That network has grown significantly during The PIE’s development and remains a crucial resource of the Exec Search team. Amy has a BA in Journalism with French from City University.

    Nick Golding
    Business Development Director

    Nick brings extensive experience to the team, having worked in almost every facet of international education – co-founding CATS Colleges, directing Cambridge Education Group’s meteoric growth; working for an international schools group; and, investing in, and working for Edtech innovators as a Cambridge Angel investor. With this wealth of experience, he understands the blend of values that is required for success in international education, and has worked with a spectrum of stakeholders from government departments and private equity ownership to global brands, such as Nike. Passionate about inclusion & diversity, Nick recently worked with Oxford and Cambridge colleges on their widening participation programmes.

    Lisa Phillipps
    Executive Search Director

    Lisa is a chartered accountant by background who moved to education as a finance director. She led the non-academic aspects of a 1,200 pupil school, including building a new primary campus and setting up a new nursery. Lisa spent five years in Abu Dhabi, focusing on bilateral relations and communications. On returning to the UK, she worked in international K-12, developing commercial growth strategies at the International Schools Partnership, and headhunting senior leaders in K-12 and HE at Anthony Millard Consulting. Lisa specialises in commercial appointments, K-12 and senior leadership positions. Her geographic specialisms include the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

    Jessica Glauser Guiver
    Search Director

    Jessica Glauser-Guiver has 20+ years’ experience in international recruitment and admissions, working in university international offices around the world. She graduated from New York University with a Masters in International Education, and has worked at the University of Franklin Switzerland, York St John University, and as Director of International Recruitment & Admissions at University of Texas at San Antonio. Jessica co-hosts the podcast Destiny Benders, focusing on the stories of people who work in international education and she sits on the US Advisory Board of INTO. Jessica specialises in higher education appointments in North America, the UK and Europe.

    Rongrong Walker
    Jobs Board and Search Manager

    Rongrong was educated in China, graduating in Tourism Management before taking a Masters at Beijing International Studies University. She began her career in international education at Kaplan, as a Regional Marketing Manager in the China office. On relocation to the UK, she joined the Kaplan UK office as an operations manager in the International Pathways division. Her experience includes student recruitment, business development, student services and progression management. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Rongrong’s areas of expertise are in-country student recruitment and appointments in China and East Asia. At The PIE, she is also responsible for our Jobs Board, overseeing day-to-day operations.

    Simone Rensch
    Search Director

    Simone is an experienced education journalist and networker. She grew up in Denmark and Thailand, attending an international school, before moving to London for university. With a BA in journalism and an MA in human rights from UCL, she began her career working for B2B magazines. Subsequently, Simone became Deputy Editor at EducationInvestor Global, where she also set up Business Women in Education – a global network of 450 women working at all levels in education. Simone is passionate about diversity and providing everyone with equal opportunities to network and grow in their careers. In addition, her expertise includes private equity backed companies and European appointments.

    Hadil El-Agami
    Global Account Director

    Hadil was born in London to Egyptian parents, and divided her childhood between the UK and Egypt. She graduated in Egypt with a BSc in Business Administration, before embarking upon her career in international higher education and economic development. Hadil joined The PIE in 2014 and has placed 100+ candidates into senior executive positions, globally across the sector. Bilingual in Arabic and English, Hadil heads up The PIE Exec Search team and works on appointments to universities, commercial organisations and service providers, particularly in the UK and MENA. She also works as a career coach providing candidate mentoring at The PIE Careers.

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    Victoria Heron
    Global Education Career Coach

    Victoria’s career in international education spans the public and private sectors, specialising in marketing and recruitment, student mobility, English language, executive management and operations. Her career began in Canada, where she was Director of Marketing for Navitas’ two Canadian pathway colleges. Victoria then returned home to Australia, joining Deakin University to direct its global student mobility programme.  Subsequently, she became General Manager, ANZ, for Kaplan International Languages, with operational oversight of six English language schools. She now consults to the international education sector.  At The PIE Victoria’s works on appointments in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and she is the Senior Careers Coach.

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