Executive Search and Selection Recruitment in Manchester

Brian Search and Selection

 Brian Matthews has 15 years recruitment experience across all sectors. Having managed and developed recruitment consultants and managers alike for 13 years, he takes pride in his long standing relationships with candidates and clients. This has let him develop his tried and perfected technique with Search and Selection.

With an unprecedented growth in digital, media & ecommerce over the last few years, talent creation is becoming increasingly more pressing for candidates at Director level. It's no longer only required in the middle management and executive market.

The growing demand for senior executives and business leaders from our clients has been down to the unstoppable growth of online businesses.

Given the nature of a senior management structure there tends to be a much smaller pool of active candidates in the marketplace.

We at The Candidate realise that it cannot be a contingency approach when recruiting these types of candidates as the roles tend be very specialised with likely only two or three candidates suitable for any one role at a time.  

With this new demand for high calibre candidates in leading North West businesses, The Candidate has turned its experienced hand to Search and Selection recruitment for a number of clients in the region.

Search and Selection


The Search

The search and selection approach is naturally methodical, focused and structured based on skillset and that 3rd dimension - personality. Working via networks and headhunting this is a sensitive and tailored approach. This requires and experienced approach and with over 30 years combined experience in Digital and recruitment we at The Candidate are perfectly placed to match any digital brief.

The Selection 

This stage of the recruitment process is were we at The Candidate will really make a difference. By interviewing each candidate face to face on the long list we can comprehensively delve into the executive's skillset and in turn we will match the core competencies of their skillset to the job brief. 

This interview can almost be deemed as a first interview on behalf of the client. It will mean that the candidate will know what the brief is and ultimately whether they will be right for the client long term.

The Engagement

It's important that as a client and a senior candidate that when you come to engage with a recruiter they understand the brief and company as well as any potential pitfalls on the vacancy. The key factors in a successful engagement are the following;

  1. Culture - Will you/they fit and/or be right to lead in the environment
  2. Skillset - Do you/they have tangible successes to measure up with
  3. Network - Does the recruiter have the network to attract the right talent
  4. Motivation - What is the key motivators for the person to move? Money, responsibility, location or business.

Following a number of successful engagements The Candidate are striving to deliver an unparalleled service in the upper echelons of digital marketing recruitment.

If you are looking for a senior hire or as a senior executive looking for that next challenge please do not hesitate to contact Brian Matthews - Managing Partner at The Candidate. 

Check out Brian's LinkedIn, Twitter, email brianm@thecandidate.co.uk or give Brian a call on 07718190721.


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I couldn't recommend Stevie and also Jack at the candidate enough during the process of acquiring my new position. His friendly, relaxed, but very professional approach really helped in preparing for the interview process and put any nerves I had to bed. I really appreciated the regular updates of progression from start to finish and never felt out of the loop or in the dark. I would definitely approach Stevie again if I seek further employment he and The Candidate provide an excellent service.

Stephen, February 2017