Many of the World’s largest corporations, Public sector organisations and fast growth SME’s entrust 1st Executive with their Procurement and Supply Chain requirements.

Why do they trust 1st Executive to deliver?
Why do they stay loyal to 1st Executive?
Why do our relationships develop as a result of recommendation and referral?

Simply, we do what we say we will; source the absolute upper quartile of candidates who meet and exceed our client’s expectations.  This is why year on year 78% of our work comes from repeat business.
We build platforms for long lasting relationships, gaining a thorough understanding of our clients, partnering them and adding value to the selection process. Above all our service is based on a qualitative approach to delivery, a service and process methodology which is more akin to that of a traditional search agency whilst at the same time remaining highly competitive financially and ensuring speed and efficiency in delivery.

The heart of everything we stand for is driven by the fact that the owner Directors of the business remain hands on in overseeing our client delivery, ensuring absolute consistency in our delivery.


Understanding our client’s needs in attracting top talent has always been the bedrock of our commercial strategy.

Our top tier network has grown to become one of the most extensive in our sectors. Maintaining and growing our network is key to our success; the fact that all of our candidates are pre -screened to exacting standards gives us the ability to deliver fast response times in short-listing for our clients.

Being part of 1st Executives network gives you access to opportunities with some of the most prestigious organisations in the world.  By meeting our Consultants we build long term mutually  beneficial relationships, hence why a large proportion of our network is derived from recommendation and referral.  Whilst its not just about numbers, our wider network of contacts is even more far reaching with access to databases across the UK and Globally running into millions.

Executive Search

Proactive Headhunting is incorporated into virtually every search we undertake, even if not on a retained basis.  This is then backed up by advertising and our own search network, ensuring absolute market coverage for the best talent.  Formal Executive Search or Headhunting tends to deliver results when targeting very specific skill sets or senior appointments, with the added  advantage of accessing candidates whom are not necessarily ‘on the market’.

Our headhunting activity takes a two pronged approach – as well as identifying target organisations and researching suitable individuals within these, we also target suitable individuals from our existing and historic network who may not necessarily be ‘on the market’. Therefore our own database and our extended network also provide extensive avenues for approach.


1st Executive is regularly noted for being the largest advertiser of roles across the Procurement and Supply Chain space, with our Accountancy and Finance practice growing rapidly. Volume E-Advertising campaigns are advantageous for being able to select from a wider pool of available candidates across multiple industries, ensuring depth of market coverage for top talent.

For this very reason, the majority of our search campaigns are backed up by a comprehensive E-Advertising campaign across all major UK and European job boards We utilize the latest technology to ensure e-advertising campaigns are managed effectively ensuring opportunities have the maximum visibility from a candidate perspective to drive relevant candidate applications.

Marketing our Clients as ‘Best in Breed’

Professionally representing and marketing our clients in a credible and consultative manner is key to ensuring candidate attraction.  We are passionate about ‘selling’ our client holistically to potential candidates, rather than just a job description. For all recruitment campaigns and key clients we produce a ‘marketing pack’, giving candidates a detailed insight and knowledge.  This an opportunity to sell our client’s business and future prospects whilst still outlining the remit of the role – proven to be key to success in attracting the upper quartile of talent.

Project management

Following commission of assignment, 1st Executive delivers a structured and proven 7-step recruitment process methodology. Detailed project management plans outline dedicated resource and anticipated timescales.

We provide our client with regular updates throughout the process with regular communication and meetings throughout.  A list of names of every individual targeted, as well as target companies will be available to our clients in order that there is total transparency throughout the lifecycle of the campaign.

Account Management

An account team is assembled for every partner client or project assignment, ensuring a team approach is utilised which focuses on qualitative assessment of candidate skill sets and suitability. Ensuring consistency is core to 1st Executives ethos and success - our 3 stage multi-assessment and search approach to short-listing delivers this, involving the research team, account manager and account director in assessing candidates competency and suitability at every stage, from long-listing through to shortlist interviews and presentation to the client.

Assessment Centres and Evaluation

We have vast experience of hosting and managing full client evaluation panel assessment centres. These are usually conducted at 1st Executive offices or client site, whilst we also offer access to facilities across the whole of the UK and Europe through a partner network of serviced offices.

As part of any evaluation or assessment centre we also delivery competency based testing and psychometrics utilizing the Worlds most widely used assessment tools.

Salary and Competitor Benchmarking

1st Executive conducts comprehensive salary reviews which take into account all candidates interviewed in the 6 months, as well as pay scales across the UK’s largest companies.  This is far more relevant than the traditionally published surveys, where we target the upper quartile across FTSE 100 / Global 500, indicative also of our candidate database.

Skills shortages are analysed monthly to be collated into quarterly and annual reports, which are circulated internally within 1st Executive and amongst key clients who have requested market monitoring information.

Job profiling

We regularly assist organisations in profiling marketable job descriptions, especially in periods of growth or up-skilling, for Greenfield sites and SME’s. Many industry standard JD’s tend to be generic; by utilizing our wealth of knowledge across such a diverse range of industries, we work with our clients ensuring the JD adds value in maximizing candidate attraction, in many cases used alongside the candidate marketing packs we create.