Our Expertise


Functional Practices

Advertising & creative

Mandrake | Montreal launched our creative recruiting practice as a means of offering comprehensive service to our clients. Declaring this rather unique specialty was a progressive initiative that placed us at the forefront of a burgeoning sector. It enabled us to gain exceptional insight into the corporate profiles of creative organizations and the individuals who best fulfill their staffing requirements. Today, our candidate and client contacts are unparalleled and we excel at finding qualified individuals with the creative eye and strategic ability to develop and execute effective business solutions.

Board services

At Mandrake | Montreal, we provide recruitment expertise to help organizations bolster their boards with the right people while providing counsel on how to improve board performance and make them more efficient. We work with governance bodies, nominating committees and organizational leaders including chairs and executives to ensure the right fit for incoming directors. Our Board Services consultants are experienced executives with extensive Board experience. They are well-versed in board governance and keep current on board best practices.

Executive office

Recruiting for positions at the executive level are among the most challenging and critical hires for any organization. Our Executive Office services focus on finding leadership talent for diverse private and public sector organizations, including fast moving consumer goods, advertising & communications, business to business, industrial manufacturing, financial services, retail, hospitality, not-for-profit, education, crown corporations and agencies. Typical search assignments conducted at the executive level include general management, strategy, finance, sales, marketing, supply chain, technology and human resources.

Finance & accounting

Traditionally regarded as conservative professions, Finance and Accounting functions are rapidly shedding their 'bean counter' image. Consolidations and globalization have shifted organizations from being overly process-oriented to embracing a more holistic, 'big picture' approach in these areas. As the industry evolves, so too have the skills and background for those employed within it. The requirement for accounting and analytical skills is being augmented with a need for forward-thinking individuals who have a broad business perspective and understanding.

General management

A General Manager (GM) is an individual who has significant cross-functional expertise and P&L responsibility for an organization or a division. Typically, this means that they oversee the sales, marketing and operations functions of the organization or division that they manage. They may also be responsible for other functional areas such as human resources and finance. Whether they run a private small-medium enterprise or a subsidiary of a larger, perhaps even multi-national corporation, they require a broad range of business skills, understanding and experience as they are called on to make significant organizational decisions. This profile of responsibilities may also be found in the titles of President or CEO, depending on the organization.

Mandrake | Montreal consultants are well-connected to top general management talent in diverse industries. They are highly experienced in identifying and recruiting exceptional GMs with the objective of making an impact in their clients’ organizations.

Human resources

Recruiting, retaining, developing and motivating quality employees continue to be essential for the success of any organization. Increased competition for top talent have made it more challenging for HR executives to attract and retain the best and brightest.

At Mandrake | Montreal, we understand these challenges and work closely with clients to engage exceptional HR leaders in their organizations.

Information technology

The role of IT professionals has become increasingly significant as information technology becomes more and more critical to successful business management. The speed at which business activity is conducted requires IT executives who are connected, agile and forward thinking.


The increasingly complex regulatory landscape of business today means that companies and organizations across all sectors must be prepared to approach and address legal issues with confidence. Experienced attorneys who understand the impact of legal and regulatory issues and who proactively manage the risks at hand are essential members of a management team.

Marketing & consumer insights

Marketing is a pivotal function in any organization. It allows for the creation of mutual value between companies and consumers. Marketing encompasses a wide range of activities and specializations, including market research, product development, branding, promotions, advertising, loyalty marketing, mobile marketing, public relations and much more.  As such, marketing executives require a broad based skill-set combined with a real ability to work cross-functionally with internal and external partners to achieve organizational objectives.

Operation & supply chain

Operations and supply chain management involves the coordination of a complex system comprised of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and other providers. Global economies have significantly impacted operations and supply chain management. Executives are required to be more lateral in their thinking, with the ability to impose greater operational efficiencies in a highly competitive global landscape.

Public relations

Public relations has become an increasingly specialized field with many different practice areas including corporate communications, financial and investor relations, government relations, marketing communications, public affairs, media relations, mergers & acquisitions, crisis management and more. PR executives are responsible for managing a company’s external messaging. With its reputation at stake, it’s critical for organizations to find individuals with exceptional PR experience and capability.

Retail operations

The retail landscape is ever changing and increasingly competitive. With a tremendous shift towards e-marketing and e-commerce, retails executives are required to embrace new technology in their business operations. They also continue to require broad business knowledge in traditional aspects of retail marketing, sales, finance and operations.

Sales & category management

Sales leadership in an organization is responsible for its yearly sales plan and performance. The sales process takes its direction from the marketing strategy, and develops a "go to market" plan that will deliver against an organization’s top and bottom line goals. Organizations today are expecting more from their sales team than just industry knowledge; they require tactical sales management skills and leadership ability. Effective sales executives are also required to have well-rounded general management abilities to ensure that top-line growth is both sustained and profitable.

Shopper marketing

The understanding of how consumers behave as shoppers in different channels and formats has become much more complex. “Shopper Marketing” is brand marketing in the retail environment. Shopper Marketing focuses on the evolving path to purchase and recognizes that each shopper is unique.

Mandrake | Montreal consultants know that Shopper Marketing must be part of an overall integrated marketing approach that challenges the boundaries of in-store marketing, customer marketing and consumer marketing. For fast moving consumer goods companies to flourish and evolve, the demand for experienced Shopper Marketing professionals continues to increase.

Mandrake | Montreal has decades-long knowledge of the most respected consumer goods companies, which remain excellent training grounds for the marketers and business leaders of tomorrow.