From intake to placement

Who is the ideal candidate for your organisation?

With your briefing in mind, I'm able to quickly and efficiently identify and attract interesting candidates with exactly the right knowledge, experience and personality. Using my sound judgement and creativity, based on more than 25 years of marketing and communications expertise, I'm an expert at understanding the culture of an organisation and assessing which candidates fit in with your corporate objectives.

Executive Search

Top executives for a wide range of permanent positions at board, management and (senior) advisory levels in a variety of industries. Welling Search Ltd. not only aligns the job requirements with experience and skills, but also considers the personality, chemistry and culture. After all, it is all about finding the right match for your company.

Interim Search

Experienced interim professionals at management or executive level.
An interim assignment can be critical during times of change or crisis. Welling Search Ltd. recognises the need  to hit the ground running. Throughout the duration of the assignment Welling Search maintains regular contact with the interim professional.

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Executive and interim Search:
how we work

Comprehensive intake

Whether you intend to brief us for a permanent or interim position, before I start any search assignment, I consider a comprehensive intake essential to understanding your company’s objectives. In addition to noting the specifics of the vacancy, I am always interested in finding out your views on the candidates’ required skill set and ideal personality. Understanding the particular challenges your organisation is facing also helps me evaluate the right personality to fit in with your company’s culture, structure and outlook.


After your approval of the search profile, I will assess suitable candidates not only from my exclusive database but also from my extensive network. In order to avoid any late surprises, all CVs are validated, including verification of any degrees or diplomas.


Once I am convinced of a likely successful match, I introduce the candidates to you, supported by an extensive personal assessment. In the final round, I double check professional expertise, personality, achievements, competencies with at least 2 referees.


Permanent positions:
Once a definitive choice for a particular candidate has been made, mediation starts for both salary as well as fringe benefits. Once both parties reach agreement, final placement will be confirmed. An evaluation takes place after one month. If within one month of the start date the candidate proves to not be satisfactory or leaves of his or her own accord, the search will be restarted free of charge.
After starting with the new employer Welling Search offers the permanent candidate a voluntary and free of charge coaching program of three tailor made sessions by the experienced executive coach, Maaike Strack van Schijndel ( When he starts his new job, he will be able to hit the ground running.

Interim assignments:
The hourly rate for candidates for interim assignments is determined during the intake. An evaluation will take place one month after the placement. In addition, I keep regular personal contact with the candidate throughout the placement as a sparring partner for sharing expertise when necessary.

Agency fee:
Welling Search works with a market-based fee structure. The fee is linked to the salary level or the hourly rate of the candidate.

Are you looking for an experienced executive for a permanent position or an interim professional?

Get in touch for an appointment at a time that suits you.

“Since mid-2022 I ‘ve been working with Marion intensively, both as a candidate as well as a client. This has allowed me to gain insight in her valuable expertise on both sides. She manages to surprise me continually by nominating the right candidate for our team and organization.
Her many years of experience as a marketing and communications professional sets her apart as a searcher. For me she’s a great sparring partner, who can give valuable advice with the merest of hints. In addition, she’s a lovely person to work with. Few people make me laugh out loud so much as Marion. I can highly recommend her!”

Marjolein Trok
Manager Marketing & Communication Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE)

"Marion Welling is a professional colleague I’ve known for more than 20 years. From time to time we’d be sparring partners and I always enjoyed her company. But four years ago we found a new connection: Marion as a searcher at her own search agency, Welling Search, and me as an interim professional as part of her network. Marion is uniquely adept at spotting to which organisations my expertise in branding, positioning and innovation is best suited. I’m on my third interim assignment already, currently at Naturalis. Prior assignments for Welling Search were at Carqon (Accell) and RNW Media. On to our next anniversary, Marion!"

Ria van Kempen
Customer journey – CRM marketeer a.i. Naturalis Biodiversity Center

“Although I was not short of assignments as an independent communications consultant, I was triggered when Marion Welling approached me for a permanent position that ‘seemed like a perfect fit’ for me. In addition to the matching capabilities, what struck me most about Welling Search was the professional and personal guidance. This manifested itself in clear agreements, thorough preparation prior to the job interviews and regular feedback. The after placement service was also excellent. All this made this procedure a valuable experience, which resulted in a fantastic job!”

Caroline Jooren
senior communications advisor NautaDutilh

“I got to know Marion as a consummate professional who makes a point of getting to know you as a candidate (and as a person) in order to construct a perfect match. Aside from her matchingmaking skills, her ‘after placement service’ feels really good and personal. I especially appreciate her great ability to empathise. I heartily recomment her.”

Peter C.H. van Leeuwen
Manager Marketing & Communicatie a.i. Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE)

"In my opinion, Marion is far ahead of the competition when it comes to searchers, who often prioritise quick results over the quality of a match. Our briefing was challenging; find two freelance candidates at short notice for two very specific positions for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. From the start, she was honest about the possibilities and kept us closely updated on the developments. Ultimately, we hired three candidates she put forth, because all three fitted in the team and our objectives. With her humour and flair, she is also a very nice person to work with."

Christiane Anell
Senior CRM Campaign Manager a.i. PVH Corp

“Marion Welling is an excellent searcher. Rarely have I encountered someone who searches so persistently and qualitatively for the right candidate with a top result. In addition, a pleasant and very open discussion partner. I can wholeheartedly recommend Marion.”

Wilmar A. Tax
Chief Strategy & Innovation/Partner at HPB (Het PR Bureau)

"I found Marion Welling’s mediation to be very satisfying. During the application process her advice and our conversations were open and honest and I was really aware of her thorough knowledge of the communications profession.
She made sure the entire procedure was handled as well and as quickly as possible, with her attention always focussed on me, the candidate. I took the job and I have to say: it's a very good match!"

Jan Willem van Hofwegen
senior communications advisor/teamlead RTL

"In 2008 I got to know Marion as a very strong and capable interim professional. For her to choose this new direction didn’t surprise me. This job suits her perfectly; the combination of her extensive professional knowledge and expertise, her great affinity with people and her genuine interest in them plus her sense of humour all make her a top Searcher. I ended up having a great time at RNW Media, so she was spot on seeing that. Thank you for the super support Marion!"

Laura Minderop,
senior communications officer a.i. RNW Media

"Marion Marion has an enormous amount of experience and people knowledge and she understood that I would feel at home as interim Manager Station Communications at RTL. I really enjoyed my time there and the feeling was mutual. Should Marion have another assignment for me, I would go in blind!"

Birgit Jansen
Manager Station Communications RTL a.i.

“When (recently) Marion was looking for a Senior Communications Consultant for an international cooperative in the floriculture sector, I got onto her radar. That's one of her strong points; perfect timing and a really good network”

Yolande Meurs
Communication manager/senior communication advisor a.i.

“Marion is conversant with all facets of (Marketing) and Communications and is a great sounding board and coach. With her great sense of humour, she always manages to create really a relaxed atmosphere.”

Loes Romeijnders
Communication advisor Payments Association Netherlands

“Her expertise and her genuine interest in the person behind the professional make Marion unique as a searcher. Her positive attitude is very inspirational."

Peter Hermsen
Senior communications consultant media relations and external communications International Card Services (ICS)

“Marion is extremely precise and committed to the people and organisations she works for. A strategic thinker who needs very little input.”

Marjolein Ruys-Keereweer
Team manager marketing and communication Almere Municipality

“I'm very pleased with our re-acquaintance. When we worked together before, Marion was very committed, involved and direct. An asset for the executive search market, both for clients and professionals!"

Sonja de Wild
Project manager communication a.i. Babboe Bakfietsen