Our core areas of expertise is placing Director, C-Suite and Board positions in Myanmar in both international and Myanmar companies. We also offer market mapping, research and training resources to our clients looking to understand the unique characteristics of hiring at senior management level in Myanmar.
Aquila is a specialist search and headhunting firm in Myanmar that is dedicated to finding the most befitting candidates in the market, leaving no stone unturned for your recruitment needs. We find the talent that appears hidden in a complex marketplace by targeted mapping and professional headhunting. Our particular area of focus is Director, C-Suite and Board positions based in Myanmar, whether you are looking for repatriates/returnees, in country Myanmar nationals or expatriates.
Our area of expertise is niche allowing us to forensically focus and dedicate ourselves to understanding our particular market and level of search. We have been based in Myanmar since 2013, and as the first executive search firm in the country, we have the advantage of understanding exactly what it takes for a senior management executive to be successful working in this unique, and sometimes, complex market.
Our close relationship with our clients and candidates allows us to understand unquantifiable factors like culture, individual character and different schools of motivation within their organisation or individual and team profile.
What separates our boutique search firm from other companies is our extensive director level network in Myanmar and abroad. Our candidates are our network, our ambassadors and testament to the service we provide. Maintaining a solid dialogue after placement helps us to understand them further and our clients better.
Aquila focuses purely on Myanmar, our market and cultural knowledge is second to none, we understand from experience, and extensive practical research, what type of profile succeeds working at senior management level in Myanmar. We can access in depth skill level along with most search firms, but we consider this to be only the start of an assessment. More importantly, motivations, cultural understanding, training and mentorship approach, communication, management style and ambitions can mean the difference between succeeding in Myanmar, and leaving within a year frustrated.
We understand the talent pool in this country but we also know where to look further afield for potential repatriate/returnee or expatriate professionals. Our consultants will be able to advise you on the type of profile best suited to your organisation after an in-depth meeting discussing your current structure and ambitions for the firm.
Phone : +95 9 967926171
Founder of Aquila, Chloe has been based in Myanmar since 2013 and is one of the leading search consultants in the country. She has placed some of the most prolific and successful C-Suite positions and BOD structures in the country and has extensive experience moving back Myanmar nationals from overseas. Prior to Aquila, Chloe was based in Hong Kong with a leading recruitment firm focused on investment banking and professional services.
Phone : +95 9 250292074
Nathaniel first visited Myanmar in 2009, after relocating permanently in 2011, he has been involved in structuring various JV structures in the country and co-founding Aquila. Nathaniel has a solid knowledge of the Myanmar business environment, training and structuring of organisations and he currently leads our research department. Prior working experience in London, Australia and Hong Kong.
If you are looking to hire the best possible C-Suite, Board or Director talent in Myanmar, it's our advice that you must go direct.
We take on a fully rounded and diplomatic approach to find the professionals who perhaps aren't actively searching for a new opportunity. We believe that the hidden workforce in Myanmar is larger than most people think due to the lack of online and accessible information, as well as the high amount of repatriates returning to their country with a developed skill set. It therefore takes a strategic and tailored consultancy HR approach to find the right people to help businesses grow exponentially and compete more effectively. This is what Aquila is valued for.
At times, a specific skill set is needed in a senior management role that does not yet exist amongst in-country nationals, for example, actuary skills within the insurance industry. Aquila can assist with advising if hiring a repatriate/returnee is suitable and how we can approach them due to our extensive research and experience hiring from this international talent pool. In other situations, an expatriate may be best suited and we understand the demographic, skill sets and characteristics that enable someone to succeed and stay long term.
Our strength is our ability to deliver a highly customised service, tailored to our clients needs. Importantly, we don’t just use a database or social media, we have in-depth client meetings to truly understand the culture of their business and what kind of candidate they are looking for. We then conduct detailed mapping of companies as well as competitors in the market and overseas and go direct. We never headhunt a candidate with the name of the role, instead we meet with them and understand their true ambitions and motivations to access the best fit for them without any bias towards a job proposed.
Our clients vary from Myanmar conglomerates to MNC's to start ups. Their business matters are completely confidential, as are our candidates. Discretion and professionalism is at our core so our clients can rest assured that their name is protected and recruitment needs are where you want them, not in the hands of a competitor.
Aquila’s consultants go through an extensive training programme, typically starting in our research team before moving into a consultant role working with our clients’ needs. We are internationally trained with a Myanmar focus. Our search consultants are also remarkable judges of character with exceptional intuition. We have native English and native Myanmar speaking consultants in our team, as well as being proficient in Lissu, Kachin, Shan, Spanish, Mandarin and French.
Aquila works across all industries due to the ability to move professionals cross-industry in Myanmar with transferable skills. Instead we are niche in the level of recruitment we focus on due to the smaller size of the talent pool at this level which therefore requires a direct approach:
Our market research, mapping and advisory team assists companies seeking to understand and interpret the location and spread of talent across a market in order to be best prepared when positions need to be filled or replaced in their organisation. This is done through the analysis of a location or industry, especially competitors, and/or key people within an organisation or industry.
Companies who have the following information will reduce time to hire resulting in cost savings, but most importantly putting your business in the best possible position to make the correct hire for a key role within their business:
At Aquila we help clients understand macro and micro market landscapes through detailed analysis of competitor organisations. This helps benchmark how candidates and executives measure up against those in competing organisations and creates practical insights into the actions of other organisations.
Bad hires often stem from an organisation desperate to find someone to fill a gap, settling for the quickest, and often the cheapest available option. This is not the way to develop a sustainable business. Undertaking ‘retrospective due diligence’ on a senior hire which did not deliver the results that were hoped for is another approach, identify and understand the root causes for a hire not being seen as a ‘success’ from an external perspective and helping the client decide what to do next.
" Aquila found us two fantastic candidates that we would not have otherwise been able to find in the active job-seeking workforce. Aquila provided us with retainer-based quality on a contingency basis. I particularly appreciate the constant follow through by Aquila even after we have hired said individual, to ensure that things are proceeding smoothly.
I would highly recommend Aquila’s search to any company looking for an efficient and professional search to find the exact person you are looking to hire in Myanmar."
"Aquila executive search have helped us to find high quality directors in Myanmar that matched our company culture and enabled our team to grow. We have been impressed by the level of professionalism shown by the Aquila team and their acute knowledge of the local market and ability to find Myanmar nationals overseas. I would certainly recommend the use of Aquila’s executive search service"
"Aquila takes the time to genuinely understand the wants and needs of its clients. They offered me avery personal service, which carries on well after placement has taken place. Their support has been invaluable to me. They helped me with my relocation and they still stay in touch several months after arriving in Myanmar."
Telecommunications - Corporate Finance Manager
"They understand the importance of a personal fit for each individual role - something that is paramount when dealing with expatriates and relocation.Their personal approach and support enabled me to take the leap and move to Myanmar for an amazing opportunity."
Oil and Gas - Director
Rangoun Business Centre, 97A West Shwe
Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township,
TEL +95 1 8603042
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We are always pleased to hear from high-calibre individuals, although we would stress that we are executive headhunters and not a high-volume recruitment agency Myanmar.
If you are looking for senior level professionals to join your organisation in Myanmar then please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our specialists can meet with you to discuss your needs in the market.
If you are a senior level executive and you are looking for your next career opportunity in Myanmar then get in contact with us and we can keep you up to date with suitable opportunites.