Fee Structure 

Contingency. Retainer. Engagement. Custom.

Search Options

At Elite Search Group, we offer a variety of search approaches that can be customized to your needs. Because we understand no search is alike in pharmaceutical research and development, we can connect you with the right person – from entry level to top executive. If you’re not sure which search option is best for you, we can work it out together in our first meeting before we initiate your search.

Contingency Search

An Elite Search Group account executive will be assigned to your search. The fee is assessed as a percentage of a hired candidate’s first-year compensation at standard market rates. There is no up-front fee, and you owe nothing unless you hire a candidate we present. You will be invoiced the day the candidate accepts your offer of employment. The fee is due within 30 days of the candidate’s hire.

Retainer/Executive Search

This approach includes a project team focused on your critical needs to be filled within a specific period. Filling your position will be this team’s top priority. We provide a guarantee giving you exclusivity to the candidates we provide. We request one-third of the estimated fee be paid upon signing the contract; the second third is upon presentation of the initial group of qualified candidates, and the last third upon completion of the search or at the end of a specified period.

Engagement Fee or Priority Search

With this option, an account executive and project coordinator jointly focus on your recruiting needs. Your advantage is our full and exclusive attention to your project. Our top priority is finding the best candidates for your positions. This approach offers a reduced service fee over contingency service. The agreed-upon engagement fee or deposit towards the final fee is due prior to commencement of the search. Final payment is due upon completion of the search.

Custom Search

If you have a requirement that doesn’t fit neatly within the structure of our currently defined processes, we will work with you to create a custom process unique to your circumstances. 

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