DEFENSE & Security
Naval & Land

ABOUT Since 2007, Elzéar Defense accompanies the major actors of many industries essential to our national economy: aeronautics, space, security and naval. Find out more about our recruitment firm for the aeronautics industry


  • France’s aerospace sector is the largest in Europe
  • The operational headquarters of most European programmes are based in France
  • 195,000 employees / EUR 65 billion in annual revenue
  • 85 percent of revenue from exports

Defense & Security

  • The defense (land and airland) and security industry is France’s third-largest industrial sector
  • 165,000 employees/ EUR 18 billion in annual revenue
  • Ten large groups and close to 4,000 SMEs and mid-cap businesses
  • 20,000 highly skilled engineers with rare and widely sought-after technological expertise


  • The French naval industry enjoys international renown and reach
  • France has developed unparalleled know-how in the construction of ships and complex maritime systems
  • 90,000 employees / EUR 27 billion in annual revenue
In each of these highly specialised sectors, for every search it conducts, Elzéar Defense approaches and qualifies the executives, managers and experts with the most skills in their field. We source talent in technical, financial and sales functions as well as executive management.



Elzéar Defense was born of two firm beliefs:

  • Executive Search is a profession with specific methods and expertise.
  • defense sector candidates are the protagonists of an unprecedented talent war.
Elzéar Executive Search has been recognised since 2007 as a key player in direct approach recruiting serving industry and the high-tech sector. Our recruitment agency has successfully completed more than 1,000 candidate searches.

Because today’s employers must cope with fierce competition to find the best talent within often very tight deadlines, the partners at Elzéar decided to create a specialised team exclusively dedicated to candidate searches in the defense sector.

Elzéar Defense belongs to the Elzéar Executive Search group, whose teams are at your service :

Franck Jullié


Catherine du Boisbaudry




  • General management
  • Customer Service & Support
  • Bid Management, Business Development, Export, Contract Management
  • Supply Management
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing, Assembly, Quality, Integration, Testing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Project management
  • Finance


  • Mechanics & Mecatronics
  • Electricity, Electronics, Electromagnetics
  • Optics & Optronics
  • Materials and Processes
  • Software Engineering
  • Fluids, Thermodynamics, Hydromechanics
  • Structure, Design, Systems, Architecture


Elzéar Defense draws on the Elzéar Group’s extensive know-how to identify and qualify talent in France and abroad.
Detailed, consultative analysis of the client’s industry, culture and organisation; desire to gain a deeper understanding of each client by digging beneath the surface.
Complete review of the position to be filled and of the ideal candidate’s profile; creation of search guidelines.
Mapping of the organisations most likely to offer the best candidates.
Methodical – and confidential if necessary – contact with potential candidates or with contacts able to point us to the best candidates.
Assessment interviews with identified candidates that go beyond professional skills to focus on finer details and soft skills
Creation of candidate files based on due diligence and referrals.
Coordination of candidate interviews with the various client representatives; professional references obtained for the finalist(s) and assistance provided during the final negotiation phase.
Contract signing support and follow-up of the newly hired candidate’s integration and development during the first year on the job.
Using this process, we are able to provide a candidate shortlist within four to six weeks on average.
The candidate files we provide to our clients give a detailed view of each individual’s career path coupled with our own analysis of his or her profile. Throughout the search, we send a weekly progress report to our client.


Elzéar Defense has been putting its executive search experience to the service of the defense sector’s movers and shakers since 2007.

defense industry players, whether companies or candidates, are at the core of international financial, technical and political issues. Many life-changing decisions are influenced by companies’ desire to hire the best talent, and by candidates’ desire for mobility.

We naturally draw inspiration from the values championed by Jean Giono in his novella The man who planted trees. These include the transformation of people and organisations, determination, perseverance, results-oriented culture, and long-term relationships. These values enable us to conduct candidate searches targeting rare, highly sought-after profiles in non-transparent, confidential sectors.
Our entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in the responsive, agile and creative methods we employ.

Because each team member has a keen interest in these unique industries, Elzéar Defense has become an essential player in the talent war.