Watermark Australia

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.
Graham Willis

Managing Partner

Graham Willis

Date founded: 1979

No. of employees: 20

Graham has been in the Executive Search Profession for the past 14 years. He previously worked with one of the premier global search firms, initially as a consultant with a focus on the Technology and Professional Services sectors and he also had the opportunity to work with a number of Chairs in helping fill their board vacancies. Most recently Graham had a role as the Director of Human Capital and Head of Research for Asia-Pacific for that firm, giving him a good understanding of most of the major markets in Asia as well as India.

Managing Partner

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83 Clarence St Sydney,
140 William St Melbourne 3000

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Talent pool 2013: Approx 1000 Interim Executives
Areas of differentation:
We are the largest Interim Practice in Australian servicing all sectors but with an emphasis on Government, Transport, Not for Profit, Utilities, Local Government, Health, Aged Care and Education.