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Experience with a personal touch

Creating valuable long-term relationships with our clients and candidates based on mutual understanding, flexibility, trust and integrity.

In the fast-paced world of hospitality and private household talent placement, we always take time to understand your priorities, goals and type of person you need for every role.

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Experience with a personal touch

Hospitality talent search executive, Richard Kingue Kouta and private household specialist, Jerome Thomas, are committed to delivering entirely bespoke solutions.

Richard says: “We create valuable long-term relationships with both clients and candidates, based on mutual understanding, flexibility, trust and integrity.

“Our understanding of the challenges of successful talent searches for the hospitality sector and private households is based on our many years of experience.

Jerome says: “For every position we take time to fully understand your requirements, your style and the type of person that will be a perfect match for you.

“When a candidate accepts a position with you, we are confident that it will be the start of a long and rewarding relationship.”

Talent search specialists

We are international talent search specialists with a proven track record in global retained and open searches. We use our expertise to select outstanding candidates for executive and non-executive roles for high-end hospitality businesses and for positions in exclusive private households.

We learn about you

At the beginning of every talent search assignment we invest significant time to understand you, your priorities, needs, and goals. We immerse ourselves in your environment to fully appreciate the challenges you face, as well as the specific skills and experience needed for each appointment.

We want to become your long-term partners, taking away the stress and effort of finding the right people to join your team. Over time we discover exactly what works best for you, which means that we can give you excellent advice and efficiently select excellent candidates for you, every time.

They will not only have the right experience and expertise, they will also be an excellent personal fit for your requirements.

Our mission

Our priority is to match your hospitality or private household needs with the best possible candidates. People are at the heart of this process, so our focus is to understand the personal, professional and organisational requirements for each role. Working in partnership, our clients benefit from entirely bespoke solutions.

Our values

Excellence – understanding unique requirements and providing creative solutions.

Respect – always giving the best possible advice and valuing constructive feedback.

Trust – building long-term trusting partnerships with our clients and candidates.

Integrity – using our knowledge and experience to define each role clearly and realistically.

Satisfaction – meeting our clients wishes and seeing candidates who are happy and valued.

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What our clients say about us

It’s rare to meet a recruiter who you feel confident that they really understands your CV, professional level and doesn’t see you as a Pound sign.

Richard and I met in a professional location and he spent time really understanding my skillset, the result of which meant we found a new role for me that both matched my skill level and would be suitably challenging.

My new role has seen me make substantial changes to the  business I now work for and has substantially enhanced my professional credibility

Peter Boswell Group Learning & Development Manager – NZR Group

“Arvantis is highly professional and efficient. Richard understands our style and profile so we can quickly narrow down the requirements. We have a good working relationship, which really saves us time.”

Nicolas Defremont, Dream International

“It was a great pleasure working with Richard, besides the very professional thoughtful approach is the reliability and clear and precise communication he practices. A truly refreshing change to dealing with. A dedicated pro who stands to his values and mission”

Managing Director, Absheron Hotel Group

Richard has been collaborating with us for various consultancy projects related to Recruitment delivering great results and superlative professionals within our organization. 

I would strongly recommend him for any consultancy related to the HR world.

General Manager at Armani Hotels & Resorts

Having worked with Richard for many years in several organisations, I have utilised his expertise in identifying candidates at all levels. Arvantis has been extremely responsive and resourceful in presenting candidates that match the brief and suit our business needs and without fail, each of the candidates is of the highest calibre. I have not met with a candidate through Arvantis that was not on target with our needs.

Avantis has recently sourced several senior management positions to support the growth of Chotto Matte and we have had a 100% success with these people.

I will continue working with Arvantis in the future and I would wholeheartedly recommend the team.

Paul Sarlas - Managing Director – NZR Group (Chotto Matte - Fucina - Blackroe)

Jerome understands precisely what individuals’ requirements are and he offers great guidance in terms of career progression. Very honest about of the options available, he prepares candidates extremely well for interviews. He is very pro-active and supportive throughout the recruitment process. He is an outstanding professional who consistently goes the extra mile just to make sure the candidate gets the right role and the principals get the right candidates. His excellent working relationship make him stand out from the crowd. I truly believe that he is one of the best recruiters around.

Csaba - Butler for UHNW Family

Richard's very professional and motivational has been truly remarkable. He was able to excite me, extend perfect information and has been a great partner along the way.

I can highly recommend Richard to any hospitality professional, they'll be in good hands!

General Manager & Vice President Operations at LVMH Hotel Management/Cheval Blanc Randheli

I have known Jerome for the past five years and he has proven to be a very reliable, resourceful and passionate recruiter to work with.

I find him to be extremely professional and trustworthy.

Sebastien, House Manager

Having worked with Richard on a number of key positions I can honestly say that Richard is the most helpful, dedicated and professional recruiter I have ever worked with. Richard always does his best to source the best possible candidates and takes pride to match capabilities with values. Richard takes time to understand my expectations and therefore only puts forward the best candidates.

Richard is very passionate and enthusiastic and he is the most engaging and knowledgeable recruitment partner I have worked with.

John Darling, Operations Director, NZR Group (Chotto Matte, Fucina, Blackroe)

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