About Us

Founded in 1979, we are one of the longest established Australian executive search firms. Despite the fact that we are, above all else, an Australian based firm we have an established track record in attracting, and then securing, candidates from overseas. We guarantee the quality of our work and are extremely proud of our candidate retention rate of 91.2% after two years.

We have considerable expertise in senior executive appointments across a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Our practice has been built on a substantial body of work undertaken for publicly listed companies, private senior managers, with the experience to bring stability to and provide guardianship for a company during a period companies, state-owned corporations, and government agencies, departments and advisory Boards.

We provide immediate and high level specialist executives, including of change, executive absence or performance turnaround. We also assist with providing executives who deliver on projects, programmes or specialist reviews. When clients are ready to appoint an executive we normally complete the assignment in two to three weeks. Those executives then remain in place for an average of 4.6 months.

Case Study

A long-standing interim Executive of Watermark’s recently re-located to the UK to be part of the executive team of that country’s largest infrastructure project. This person has identified the need to augment her current team with the required skill sets and experience to ensure the success of the enterprise.

Watermark has brokered and introduction with our UK Wil Partner, the Russam Group, who will potentially assist in resourcing their requirements. Watermark has also recently contacted our US Wil member to assist in resourcing a requirement from our Australian client for a US based interim Executive.

<p>Paul Lyons</p>

Paul Lyons

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Paul is an experienced recruitment leader with more than 25 years as Chief Executive with two international recruitment companies.

After ten years as Australian and then Asia Pacific Managing Director of Michael Page Group, based in Hong Kong, he left to form Ambition in 1999 with Nick Waterworth. He left the group in 2013 and currently acts an adviser to a portfolio of recruitment consulting firms, one of which is Watermark Search International, an Ambition Group Company, where he is currently Managing Partner.

He is also a qualified accountant, C-Suite Coach and a leading authority on developing mental toughness in leaders and organisations.

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Level 10,
83 Clarence St Sydney,
140 William St Melbourne 3000

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