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Our network is unrivalled within procurement, supply chain and risk.  

  • We have exclusive relationships with candidates whose careers we have managed over a number of years

  • We are the biggest advertiser of roles in procurement, supply chain and risk across multiple channels and have access to all relevant online CV portals

  • Proactive headhunting is always part of our service delivery regardless of whether the assignment is on a retained search basis

  • We undertake formal retained executive search for hard to find skill sets or senior roles

  • We work to a structured proven seven step recruitment process with a project management plan delivered by a dedicated account team

  • We track KPI metrics across all accounts and conduct monthly and quarterly performance reviews


The best people are the hardest to find – and that’s where we truly add value to your recruitment process by using a complete range of tools to source and deliver the right individual:

  • Marketing our clients as best in breed – marketing packs for candidates giving detailed insight and knowledge not just about the role – but the employer brand

  • Diversity & Inclusion – providing specific insight into D&I challenges within procurement, supply chain and risk, and supporting clients’ D&I policies

  • Assessment & Evaluation - hosting and managing full client evaluation panel assessment centres at the client site, our offices or throughout the UK through our network of partner serviced offices.

  • Market intelligence – salary data from upper quartile candidate interviews and regular analysis of skill shortages, market trends and benchmarking data

  • Job profiling – assisting with the development of marketable job descriptions

  • Mapping and pipelining for rare skill sets to ensure a consistent flow of candidates

But don’t just take our word for it – read what some of our clients say

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Our values are central to 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

    Our senior leadership team

    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

    who we work with

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    Lloyds Banking Group logo
    Inmarsat logo
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    Gardiner & Theobald logo
    Aggregate Industries logo
    Value Retail Group logo
    Heathrow Airport logo
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