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About Us


We are Europe’s largest genuinely specialist recruiter in the procurement and supply chain space.  From upward track buyers through to C-Suite executives, many of the world’s largest brands choose to partner with us because of these compelling reasons:   

  • Exclusive relationships with the upper quartile of procurement and supply chain talent - both active and passive -  as well as  a solid track record with top tier international brands 

  • Consultants and researchers who are subject matter experts within procurement and supply chain

  • International reach throughout the UK, EMEA and North America

  • Greenfield single appointments through to strategic hires for large scale  transformation projects

In an increasingly crowded recruitment marketplace – shouldn’t you be dealing with a specialist?



Our values are central to who both who we are – and the way we do business

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    KNOWLEDGE  – we know more than our competitors NETWORKS     – great relationships across the upper quartile
    CONFIDENCE  – we banish subservience

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    PASSIONATE – about what we do
    CHALLENGE  – what customers are thinking
    VALUABLE     – every touch point is outstanding

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    ACCOUNTABILITY  – we take ownership for the result and how we get there
    QUALITY DELIVERY     – we are obsessed with conversions
    OUTPERFORMANCE   – we are the recruiter of choice across our markets

    here's what they say

    • “People look for different things in a recruitment consultant. For me it is having an unlimited source of contacts and industry knowledge, being open and honest in their dealing with me, working for me and ensuring the opportunities they put me forward for are a hand in glove fit to my skills and experiences. Sally has all of the above behaviours and has every time worked hard with her team to source the right opportunities for me. Furthermore I can honestly say that Sally is just, and quite simply a very nice person to work with and has fulfilled my expectations of a trustworthy, honest, knowledgeable recruiter.”

      Interim Procurement Unit Officer – The Home Office

    • “I have enjoyed extremely professional and supportive service from Sheila and I will forever promote her enthusiasm and refreshingly open outlook on recruitment opportunities and trends. She has broadened my career through successfully promoting me for challenging roles in new industries as well as introducing me to opportunities with a wide spectrum of organisations and business environments. Forever pro-active, positive and capable of delivering a good match of candidates for clients challenging requirements, I can thoroughly recommend her recruitment management skills.”

      Procurement Interim Consultant

    • “I have had the privilege of working with Tom in transitioning to a new position that offers the opportunity to grow both soft and hard skills that are marketable in the new economy. He is a consummate professional that communicates frankly, follows up timely and negotiates fairly.”

      Procurement Director – Revlon

    • “I have worked with 1st Executive for a number of years now and have found them to be excellent at their job - both in terms of professionalism, and also how hard they work to find their candidates the right roles. They develop long lasting and high-value relationships which yield results. They are helpful, providing support across every step of the journey between identifying roles and matching them to the right profiles, and also when supporting interview prep, and on boarding candidates, and are always positive even when things get tough. I could not recommend 1st Executive highly enough.”

      Senior Procurement Manager - Nike

    • “Sally is a very experienced and capable director who has a great deal of common sense, integrity and a strong understanding of procurement. It has been a pleasure to work with her.”

      Interim Procurement Consultant HSBC

    • “I would just like to let you know that Samir has been excellent during the whole process of my recruitment phase. He has been very professional and prepared me for my interview with Inmarsat to a high level, which has led me to receiving a job offer in a very short space of time and which I have accepted. He has been thoroughly professional and a joy to work with.”

      Sourcing Specialist – Inmarsat

    • “During my search for a new position, I searched internationally, more specifically in Western Europe. Tom was my key go-to contact in Europe to discuss opportunities I found as well as some he presented to me. He is trustworthy, very positive, and attentive to details, as well as well informed and knowledgeable about the professional areas I was looking for.”

      Head of Procurement – FMC

    • “Kimberley is a recruitment consultant that goes that extra mile. She is a delight to deal with. I met with her in early January 2015. She listened and understood exactly what I wanted for my next role. It seems she also understood the profession, the personalities, and the cultures and therefore the match of the organisations she put me forward for. My success rate (therefore hers) was high and I ended up being in a position to choose. So refreshing for a Recruitment Consultant these days to consider matching the person and the organisation not simply the Buzzwords on the CV.”

      Interim Procurement Consultant

    • “Jim's preparation and attention to the small details were exceptional and he guided me through the different steps which resulted in a very successful outcome, with the company making an offer the same day. I wholeheartedly recommend Jim as a point of contact if you are looking for an interim role.”

      Former Purchasing Specialist – Novartis

    • “Samir was a great help in securing my latest position with Value Retail, from initially recommending the position and employer through to making sure that I was well informed and prepared for interviews throughout. He made a real effort to consider my career aspirations and motivations to make sure he found me a great match. Not only that, but he is a very pleasant chap as well! Highly recommended for great service and great personality!"

      Procurement Operations – Value Retail

    • “All of the things that disappoints people about recruiters - Rebecca was none of these things. Quite the opposite. She managed my hunt with exceptional transparently, always acting, and sharing information with me, in my interests alone. Interview prep was through and the whole process was well-organised. This makes me confident I would get a real, end-to-end recruitment service if I hired 1st Executive, rather than the all-too common stumbling round in the darkness hoping to get lucky approach that many recruiters sadly take. I am so pleased with her approach I would highly recommend both Rebecca and 1st Executive to any colleague or friend.”

      Software Procurement Manager - BT

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