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Our approach is determined by you, the client. We listen to your needs and then, together create the perfect approach.

We know that the ability to deliver knowledgeable and professional services to you is essential. We are proud of our track record and the fact that we are known as strategic partners who provide consultative services to our clients, supporting them across the many challenges in the area of talent management. Our experience in our sectors is extensive, we understand your challenges and we ensure that with our support you will have access to the very best support and talent to make sure your business is able to perform at its best.

Whether you are looking for a fully-retained exclusive recruitment partner, a volume requirement or someone to handle a one-off role that’s urgent for you, we can tailor our approach to fit your needs and budget. Our perfect packages provide a great showcase of the types of recruitment products we offer and how we can make a significant difference to your recruitment efficiencies. You will be surprised at the broad range of services we offer, from training and consultancy, marketing services and volume campaign management we are so much more than a recruitment agency who fills vacancies!

Our approach is determined by you, the client. We listen to your needs and then, together create the perfect approach. Our experience is extensive and our 94% client retention year on year demonstrates our ability to deliver what we say we will.

We have a team that understands your needs as 100% of them have worked in their sector specialism. We are proud of candidate and client service and the knowledgeable and professional service we offer; we really are different; we have a pragmatic customer centric approach that we would love to share with you.

We are renowned for delivering behaviourally led recruitment, new clients immediately notice our difference, our approach is unique, critically we spend time understanding your business, so we don’t just recruit for skills we recruit the right cultural and behavioral fit to deliver a candidate that fits your business on all levels.

Established in 2005, we work with Global FTSE 100 Companies and small SMEs and our experience spans all sectors within our divisions.

We recruit in all sectors including the following:


At McCarthy, we appreciate that a strong Head Office function is the backbone of your operation and a driving force behind a successful business. As an award-winning recruitment specialist, we are adept at sourcing the right talent for our clients within their Head Office functions.

Our difference is that we get to know your business and your culture. We don’t simply apply a generic approach to finding talent for you, we operate in all head office functions and the feedback from our clients is that we find the talent that specific functional recruiters just don’t find.

That is because we are looking for a candidate’s technical skills whilst ensuring that the candidates match your culture as well as your expectations of them as a leader. We are specialists in behavioral recruitment and part of this is due to our consultative and competency led approach to recruitment. All of our candidates are taken through a rigorous and robust assessment process including video interviewing to ensure that they match our client’s detailed brief. We support you in finding the best talent on the market.

The McCarthy Head Office Recruitment Team will provide you with a dedicated approach. We have a team of experienced Head Office recruiters, who work with a broad range of clients including both larger and smaller brands as well as their Suppliers. We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our Head Office Recruitment Team recruit for include:


Buying and Merchandising

  • Buyer
  • Senior Buyer
  • Head of Buying
  • Buying Director
  • Merchandiser
  • Senior Merchandiser
  • Head of Merchandising
  • Merchandise Director


Retail Operations

  • Head of Retail
  • Retail Director
  • Regional/Area Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Allocator



  • Head of Property
  • Estates Manager


Sales and Marketing

  • Head of Marketing
  • Marketing Manager
  • Head of/Director
  • Online Marketing Manager
  • Demand Planner
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Director



  • Finance Director
  • Finance Manager


Information Technology

  • IT Director
  • Head of IT
  • E-Commerce Manager
  • Head of E-Commerce
  • E-Commerce Director



  • Head of Logistics
  • Logistics Manager



  • Head of Procurement
  • Procurement Manager

We know that the HR function in any business is critical to delivering the overall people agenda and business objectives. We are a people business that works closely with our clients and their HR teams so know first hand how critical it is to fill your HR vacancy with the right talent.

We deliver solutions that immerse us in your culture in order that we will provide you not only an excellent HR professional but a candidate that also critically matches your business culture and can deliver your business agenda through your values.

We believe in rewarding relationships and that’s why spending time understanding your business is essential, we become an extension of you, supplying the best candidates on the market that match your expectations.

The consultants in our HR Recruitment Team have considerable experience of sourcing talent for HR, Resourcing, Organisational Design, and Learning & Development teams in businesses throughout the UK.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our HR Recruitment Team recruit for include:

  • HR Director
  • Head of HR
  • HR Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Advisor/HR Officer
  • Head of Learning & Development
  • Learning & Development Partner
  • Trainers
  • Learning & Development Co-ordinator
  • Head of Talent Acquisition
  • Head of Recruitment/Head of Resourcing
  • Recruitment/Resourcing Managers
  • Recruitment Partner
  • Recruitment Advisor/Co-ordinator
  • Reward Specialist
  • OD Professionals
  • Employee Relations Consultant

At McCarthy, we appreciate that great people are the true driving force behind every successful retail business.  We work with a wide range of both large Plc’s as well as smaller, independent and niche retailers supporting their store operations and head office networks to grow and prosper by providing the talent they need.

Regardless of the size and sector of our retail clients, we work closely with you so that we can truly understand your company vision, values and structure as well as the subtle differences that make you unique.  It is crucial that we understand all about you so we can truly partner with you, our focus is always on quality and delivering time efficiencies for you. Our quality ratio from CV to placement is never more than 1:3 and often less, why? Because we take the time to know our clients and we spend the time to hunt the market to find the best match and the best talent.

The McCarthy Retail Team recruit for retail Managers at all levels, ranging from junior, middle management to more senior roles as well as full store complements.  Furthermore, because all of our Retail Recruitment Team are ex-retailers themselves, they understand the challenges retailers face on a day to day basis, whether it be the late-night shifts, remerchandising, seasonal launches or the busy sales periods!

The Consultants in our Retail Recruitment Team have extensive experience of sourcing talent for operational and management roles within retail organisations throughout the UK.

In fact, our in-depth knowledge of the retail market and its operation, in turn, ensures that we nurture strong relationships and broad networks and we are passionate about not only accessing the best talent but also staying connected to them!

Our approach at McCarthy is not just about being reactive to the market, we are proud of our proactive and innovative approaches, which, combined with robust account management and a clear customer focus ultimately means consistent delivery of the right candidate for each assignment.

The McCarthy Retail Recruitment Team is award winning and we are currently working with several leading retailers of varying sizes and in different markets, providing them with their leadership teams of the future.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles we recruit for are:

  • Regional Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Multisite Manager
  • Area Manager
  • Deputy Store Manager
  • Floor Manager
  • General Manager
  • Branch Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Flagship Store Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Visual Merchandising Manager
  • Deputy Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Department Manager
  • Profit Protection Manager
  • Design Consultant
  • Sales Manager
  • Showroom Manager
  • Section Manager

At McCarthy, we appreciate that great people are the true driving force behind every successful Retail business.  As an award-winning recruitment specialist, (being named Best Retail Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality) we excel at finding the right talent for our clients when you are opening a new store or have a volume need.

We know when you are experiencing a time of growth, expansion or change this can be when you need a partner you can trust to deliver the most. We have been delivering volume projects for over 15 years, highly experienced in project management we have never failed to deliver a new store opening without a full staff compliment.

We have developed a highly cost-effective method to deliver volume recruitment requirements including new store openings. Our Runner package detailed in the perfect package represents a great low-cost option for our clients as it is priced differently from our other packages.  Our video below provides more information and testimonials

Our experience in this field is extensive and we have many projects we can showcase to demonstrate our knowledge. One of the largest projects we have completed below shows that even when delivering volume roles under pressure our quality ratio of candidates is not affected, and we still deliver less than a 1:3 ratio from CV to Placement – a very unique skill in our market place.

With The Runner – you really do pass over the challenge to us and we will deliver what you need, working as closely with you or your in house team as you want or indeed operating almost as an outsource during that project. Like all of our approaches, The Runner is designed by us together to meet whatever needs you have. The Runner package has opened Go Outdoor stores, Hotter Shoes stores, Seasalt stores, New Balance on Oxford Street, volume leadership vacancies for hospitality businesses, KFC and Starbucks sites to name a few……


Our Leisure & Hospitality Recruitment Team is highly experienced in sourcing talent for operational, leadership and management roles within hotels, restaurants and leisure businesses throughout the UK.

We understand that within every business but particularly in the leisure and hospitality industries great people and great leaders are essential to delivering high standards of customer service and people management. To ensure the operational excellence of your business we would ensure that we pro-actively sourced the best candidates in the market. We do that by not only marketing for talent but going out and delivering a traditional headhunt approach as well. All of our candidates are taken through a rigorous assessment and we will always shortlist to a maximum of 3 candidates. We value your time and don’t waste it on candidates that are not right for your role or business.

When we work with our clients, we are passionate about delivery, our proactive and innovative approaches, combined with robust account management and a clear focus on your as our customer, ultimately means consistent delivery of the right candidate for each assignment.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our Leisure & Hospitality Recruitment Team recruit for include:

  • General Manager
  • Regional/Area Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Unit Manager
  • Café Manager
  • Conference and Banqueting Manager
  • Bar Manager
  • Assistant Bar Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Front of House Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Assistant Restaurant Manager

McCarthy’s Manufacturing Recruitment Team work with a wide range of manufacturing businesses throughout the UK including those within the appliances, food, drink, plastics, clothing and healthcare sectors. Our specialist consultants are experts in sourcing talent for a variety of management and leadership roles within the manufacturing industry and we pride ourselves on sourcing candidates for a wide range of clients across many locations throughout the UK.

The consultants in our Manufacturing Recruitment Team have considerable experience of sourcing talent for Managers within this sector throughout the UK they will provide you with a unique approach.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our Manufacturing Recruitment Team recruit for include:

  • Customer Service Manager
  • After-sales Manager
  • Account Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Technical Managers at all levels
  • Product Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Contracts Managers
  • Procurement Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Procurement Manager

We understand that roles at this level are critical and can transform a business, securing the right person at a senior level has never been more essential.

Our executive search team provides a logical, thorough and confidential service to our clients and candidates. Through our innovative tools and network, we search for the best talent and support our clients in ensuring the candidates have the right experience and culture fit to deliver in role.

Our team is highly experienced, professional and have discretion in all of their communication. We are professional in our approach and know how to engage passive candidates who are excelling in their current role.

We will surpass your expectations.

Typical roles our Executive team recruit for include:

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Operations Director
  • Retail Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Sales Director
  • Brand Director
  • Director Level positions across Head Office Functions including:
  • Finance Director
  • HR Director
  • Marketing Director
  • IT Director
  • Head of Procurement
  • Head of Buying
  • Head of Merchandising
  • Head of Digital
  • Regional, District and Area Managers
  • Divisional Manager


Our Recruitment Methodology

At McCarthy Exec, our Executive Team thrives on identifying, assessing, developing and recruiting the very best talent for our clients via a thorough process that can be flexed and adapted according to our client’s needs.

Never has it been more crucial to not only attract but also retain the very best talent at a Senior Level, therefore at McCarthy Exec we ensure that only the finest and most appropriate candidates are hired through our comprehensive, fair and meticulous search and assessment methodologies. We believe that a truly successful partnership between us and our clients depends upon a relationship built on empathy, open communication, trust, and honesty. These are the hallmarks of the McCarthy approach.


The Consultants in our Sales team have considerable experience of sourcing talent in this sector and we understand the challenges you face. People are your greatest asset and that is why when working with us we take our role in delivering your talent very seriously.

Despite a competitive market, our proactive approach ensures that we will find you the best talent. Our extensive network in your sector means that we will provide you with talent that can hit the ground running and deliver what your business needs.  We are different and after a short time with us, you will very quickly realise that we will provide you a much more comprehensive and detailed service than other recruiters in your sector. We have vigorous candidate assessments to ensure that we only provide you with the most suitable candidates and our aim is always to become your trusted partner.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles in our sales team recruit for include:

  • Sales Director
  • Head of Sales
  • Channel Manager
  • National Account Manager
  • Key Account Manager
  • Regional Account Manager
  • Business Development
  • Field Sales Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Area Sales Manager
  • National Sales Manager
  • Business Unit Manager
  • Commercial Director
  • Account Director
  • Sales Manager
  • Account Manager

Our Warehousing & Distributuin Recruitment Team will work closely with you to deliver to your needs. Transport, warehousing, and logistics are becoming more and more critical to the UK economy and we recruit for a broad range of roles from warehouse, distribution, procurement to supply chain.

The consultants in our Warehousing & Distribution team are passionate about sourcing talent within this sector throughout the UK and we understand the need for delivering quickly and providing a quality service.

At McCarthy, it is not just about being reactive to the market, we are proud of our proactive and innovative approaches, we will work with you to establish your needs and deliver to your brief.

We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our Logistics Recruitment Team recruit for include:

  • Head of Distribution
  • Distribution Business Development Executive
  • Logistics Manager
  • Head of Fulfillment
  • Fulfillment Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Distribution Development Manager
  • Distribution Operations Manager
  • Area Distribution Manager
  • Distribution Warehouse Manager
  • Depot Operations Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Site Manager
  • General Manager
  • Shift Manager
We are committed to listening to and meeting your individual needs.


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We truly believe in working in partnership with our clients.

Partnering you in selecting the right people for your business, and focusing on existing talent,We can help develop teams that will be the key to unlocking success.

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