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Howgate Sable takes on new technology partner to propel future growth

Executive search firm Howgate Sable has announced a new partnership with Not Actively Looking (NAL) – the candidate management and executive search software company.

The Not Actively Looking platform allows c-suite executives to self-manage their own profiles, as well as enabling headhunters to add executive private profiles to the platform, benefiting search firms and senior executives.

The enhanced product suite provides senior executives with the ability to share confidential information about career aspirations and requirements with executive search firms of their choice, and allows search firms to manage their clients and assignments confidentially.

Neil Humphreys, partner at Howgate Sable, said: “As part of a significant investment programme, which will prepare Howgate Sable for future growth, we analysed a number of software providers in the recruitment industry. The NAL product aligned closely with the Howgate Sable principle of ‘re-imagining our proposition’. It’s a streamlined and intuitive tool which does exactly what a full service executive search business requires. The team at NAL have the same collegiate, forward-thinking and authentic style as us, and working with them has been a pleasure.”

Alongside the search software, Howgate Sable has also invested in the NAL candidate management tool, Humphreys added: “With the advent of GDPR regulations, it’s essential that Howgate Sable can guarantee adherence to both the policy and intent of the laws utilising the NAL tool assures both our executive candidates and client base of our compliance.”

The NAL platform is fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced in May 2018, which requires the tighter handling of job candidate profiles, providing search firms and senior executives with peace of mind.

Joseph Blass, CEO and co-founder of Not Actively Looking, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Howgate Sable to Not Actively Looking. The platform provides software as a service (SAAS) for search firms, helping them to manage their business cycle from A-Z; however, we also provide an ecosystem for search firms to better manage their relationships with their clients and candidates. Most importantly, migration to Not Actively Looking is made easy and, once on-board, using the platform is intuitive and simple. The interaction with Howgate Sable has been straight forward from the start and we look forward to supporting its growth plans for years to come.”

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The EMI Practice at Howgate Sable really took the time to understand our situation and find exceptional candidates who could fulfil challenging international leadership assignments for a truly global company with a history that spans well over 200 years.

It was a first class experience and positive outcome on many levels.


Barry McDonnell – Director of Manufacturing at De La Rue International

I have worked with the Howgate Sable team on several occasions whilst hiring mission-critical executives. Partnership is the byword for this organisation – they act as an extension of my team and work hard to support me not only in the technical solution, but in the sense of a deep understanding of my specific requirements. Delivery is the key measure of our talent partners and Howgate Sable have always achieved what was asked of them.

Jesper Berg – SVP HR, ABB

Having worked with Howgate Sable as a client and as a candidate I can confidently say their ability to deliver on complex searches is second to none. They not only have a detailed knowledge of the marketplace but also understand the importance of cultural fit. 

Bridget Lea – O2

I was particularly impressed with Howgate Sable’s knowledge and network in the aviation sector, the quality of the candidates provided at shortlist and the availability of Nick and the team to provide us with advice and guidance on candidates when required. Nick was particularly effective in understanding our needs as a Company and being flexible in adapting requirements and plans.

Paul Hutchings – Thomas Cook Group Airlines

I have recently worked with Nick from Howgate Sable to recruit a new Head of Aircraft Operations for Thomson Airways. I was particularly impressed by the wide-reaching search undertaken and the quality of the candidates put forward. The skills match to the brief was excellent and I am delighted with the individual we selected.

Dawn Wilson – Thomson Airways

From their initial call to me the Aviation practice team at Howgate Sable demonstrated a significant difference. Straightforward and to the point, the extent of their network and deep insight into the industry was immediately evident. The added value I have received as a candidate is tangible. An almost instant rapport quickly developed into a focused business relationship which is open, honest, respectful and above all trustworthy.

Carl Gissing