San Diego HR Executive Search & Consulting

Historically the military, defense, and manufacturing stronghold of the west, San Diego and its beautiful beaches have now leapfrogged South San Francisco to become the second largest biotechnology and healthcare research hub in the United States, behind only Boston. A designated free trade zone, San Diego’s strategic geography has given rise to a robust international economy, with trade via Mexico and the sea, telecommunications, and software all seeing growth in recent years.

The San Diego metropolitan area, which encompasses most notably La Jolla and Carlsbad, stretches from the southern border of Orange and Riverside counties through border control and into the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. These days, San Diego’s greatest challenge is in solving their negative net migration, which has led much of the talent pool to move to Riverside and beyond due to skyrocketing real estate prices. Some have chosen to brave the daily commute. Others have left the area completely.

As a byproduct of the negative migration, many companies have opened additional offices in other biotech hubs like South San Francisco and Rancho Cordova. Those still in the area are focused on talent retention, which range from compensation hikes to tenure bonuses to more robust work-from-home and flex hour programs. Investment in learning and development is also seeing a formidable spike, with executive coaching, leadership development, high-potential programs, and performance management programs all getting a refreshing scrub.

Having weathered the ups and downs of multiple boom and bust cycles in California, our HR experts have mastered the fine art of helping San Diego companies proactively manage their Human Resources issues and have done so successfully for over 20 years. Whether you’re looking for fresh eyes on your compensation philosophy and programs, executive coaching for hi-po senior executives who are readying themselves for a seat at the table, due diligence for a merger or acquisition, or a new Senior Vice President of HR or Chief HR Officer to bring new energy to your HR organization, we know the HR market here better than every other firm.

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HR Executive Search & Consulting Clients

Annai Systems

BD Biosciences



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Maxwell Technologies


Thermo Fisher Scientific

Major San Diego Employers

General Atomics

Northrup Grumman


Scripps Health

Sharp Healthcare