Practice Areas

SkyWater’s practice areas are each led by highly-experienced executive recruiters who constantly screen, interview and network with top professionals and executives within their specialty.

Executive Retained Search

Business moves fast, so do we. As Minnesota-based executive recruiters, we have access to the most highly qualified, fully vetted, local candidates. We’re very persistent in our search for performers in the executive space. Our rigorous sourcing and evaluation process can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to hire the right talent.

Typically, the retained search is ideal when focusing on C-suite, officer-level positions, and other roles that are expected to deliver immediate lift and long-term value to the organization. Here is our advice on how to choose the right recruiter contract. Finding, vetting, and securing the perfect candidate at the executive level

Benefits Of A Retained Executive Recruiting Contract

With a retained recruiting agreement in place, you unleash the full force of your recruiter to assess and rank all potential candidates, including your own internal staff. At SkyWater, we use a “Short List” process to rapidly and successfully identify the true finalists for a position. We look at organizational vision and workplace culture as well as job requirements. That allows us to sift through our vast networks of top talent, bringing in only those individuals who can hit the ground running and make a long-term, positive impact within your organization.

When you enter into a retained contract with a reputable headhunter, you’ve hired a recruiting expert who will not only put their all into finding you the best candidate, they’ll be committed to making your team strong. You’re the priority, above any contingent searches. Keep in mind: reputable retained recruiters are invested in building a long-term partnership with you that will, in turn, result in your glowing endorsements of them to others.

What We Hear From Our Clients

  • We’re growing, and that means bringing in new leadership. As we do, we need to make sure we’ve structured our organization in a way that can sustain our growth rate.
  • It’s difficult to source talent based on non-competes and valued relationships within our space.
  • We are looking for an experienced leader who is familiar with the industry and customer type that we sell to.
  • We’re having trouble finding someone who has the right experience for the role but is also a good fit for our company culture.

Why SkyWater?

  • If your company is based in Minnesota, chances are you’re looking for a Minnesota executive search firm like us, to present the best local talent first. We have long-standing relationships with clients and candidates in Minnesota, with a proven track record of placing the best talent with companies just like yours.
  • We know how to highlight the strengths of your organization. Our process is quick and efficient, which reduces the chances that another offer will get to a great candidate before yours.
  • Often times as your recruiter, we also serve as your consultant for how your teams could be structured. We truly act as an extension of your organization.
  • The leader who has the experience you need as well as the personality to fit your team could be currently employed, or not looking for new opportunities. We have access to those leaders.
  • Our extensive screening process keeps our client’s best interests at heart. We understand that technical skills are important, but we also screen heavily for soft skills and work with our clients to understand the company culture and growth goals.
  • We offer Candidate Assessments through our partnership with a team of highly experienced, nationally respected industrial-organizational psychologists, we provide in-depth assessments of your final candidates. This service can be added to a Retained or Engaged search agreement.

We’ll find, vet, and secure executive talent with the skill set you’re looking for – but we won’t overwhelm you with a multitude of candidates. You’ll only see your best choices based on your specific requirements and company culture. Our goal is to make the recruiting and hiring process more focused, efficient, and effective. We help you start with your Short List ™.

To talk more about the roles within your organization that need filling, give us a call at 952-767-9000 or submit your information right on this page.


Here are the positions that were filled by SkyWater recruiters with a specialty in executive search in Minnesota.
Chief Officers
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Director & Above
  • Vice President of Sales
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • Vice President of Technology
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Digital Marketing
  • Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sales Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Operations Director
  • Accounting Director
  • Finance Director
  • Communications Director
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Maintenance
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