Since our launch in 2003 our highly successful delivery and loyal client base has propelled 1st Executive to the forefront of Procurement and Supply Chain recruitment.

So why do the biggest and most attractive organisations to work for trust 1st Executive to deliver?

Established by Gary Noble and James Tucker, in just 10 years 1st Executive has carried out successful permanent and interim recruitment campaigns and established long term relationships with the procurement and finance functions of a significant number of large corporates, public sector organisations and fast growing SME’s. Clients include Shell, BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Surrey County Council, Balfour Beatty, Interserve, Royal Mail, RBS, GSK and British American Tobacco to name a few.

Our reach is global - clients are spread across multiple industries including Oil Gas & Utilities, Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, FMCG, Engineering & Manufacturing, Public Sector, Retail, Technology, Construction and FM, Charitable Trusts and Consultancy amongst others. 

Our Ethos is defined in sourcing the absolute ‘upper quartile’ of candidates in any given sector, following our commitment and understanding of our clients need to resource ‘top talent’.

Our focus is defined by creating long term, successful partnerships with our clients, delivering a highly professional service, which is why a large proportion of our work has derived from referrals and recommendations. 

  • MA (Hons) Architecture, University of Brighton 
  • Approaching 20 years Recruitment, Exec search and global account management experience placing over 1000 senior professionals
  • 12 years in director capacity leading the development of niche recruitment consultancies
  • Member of CIPS, REC, IRP and AER
  • MA (Hons) Architecture, University of Sussex 1994
  • 16 years executive recruitment and key global account management experience, having personally appointed over 1000 senior professionals
  • 10 years of managing high performing recruitment teams

As an owner managed business, both the Directors remain hands on and close to client relationships and delivery, ensuring a qualitative service methodology more akin to executive search.  We cover the entire spectrum of appointments, both permanent and interim, from bright upward track graduates through to Director level individuals.

Top Talent is about networks and relationships as opposed to simply the size and capacity of a database.  Whilst our own network of pre screened top tier candidates is one of the most extensive in the industry, our wider network is far more reaching on an international scale. In fact many candidates in our network are both exclusive to 1st Executive and as such have been placed several times over throughout their career.

Successful delivery is based on a rigorous approach and methodology, ensuring full market coverage. All of our consultants have experience across Executive Search / Headhunting, Advertised Selection and ‘Contingency’ database search, managing large scale campaigns and key account management.  Our Consultants add further value and knowledge through their specialization and ownership of vertical industry markets.

We have the capacity and experience to hold full assessment centres, combining psychometric and verbal / numerical reasoning testing, competency profiling and analysis, job profiling, salary and competitor benchmarking.

1st Executive are a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Association of Executive Recruiters (AER), and the two Directors are Fellows of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP) along with individual memberships to CIPS.  We abide by the recruitment code of conducts, and play an active part in quality initiatives, to provide a higher level of service to our clients. This is testament to 1st Executives focus on successful delivery bucking the economic trend with significant growth whilst out performing our most established competitors.