Head Office

At McCarthy we appreciate that a strong Head Office function is the backbone to your Customer facing operation and a driving force behind a successful Retail, Hospitality or Leisure business.  As an Award winning recruitment specialist, (being named Best Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality) we are adept at sourcing the right talent for our Clients within their Head Office Functions.

Recent Roles Filled

  • Buyer, Flooring Retailer
  • Junior Buyer, Homeware/DIY Retailer
  • Senior Buyer, Niche Food Retailer
  • Category Manager, Footwear Retailer
  • Assistant Merchandiser, Fashion Retailer
  • Regional Visual Merchandiser, Iconic Sportswear Brand
  • Brand Communications Manager, Healthcare
  • Head of Category, Electrical Wholesaler
  • Merchandise Director, Clothing Fashion Retailer
  • Retail Director, UK Based Fashion Retailer
  • Area Manager, National Food Retailer
  • Regional Manager, Stationery Supplier
  • Area Manager, DIY/Trade Retailer
  • Area Manager, International Entertainment/Leisure Brand
  • Regional Project Manager, International Food Retailer
  • Category Manager, International Supermarket Brand
  • New Stores Property Manager, Outdoors Retailer
  • Head of Property, Home Furnishings Retailer
  • Marketing Manager, Fragrance Retailer
  • Online Marketing Manager, Gift Retailer
  • National Sales Manager, Telecoms Retailer
  • Strategic Customer Manager, White Goods Retailer
  • After Sales Manager, Electrical Retailer
  • Product Manager, White Goods Brand
  • Sales Director, Home/DIY Retailer
  • Finance Manager, Stationery/Gift Retailer
  • Management Accountant, Furniture Specialist
  • IT Helpdesk Manager, Fragrance Retailer
  • Senior E-Commerce Manager, Footwear Retailer
  • Head of E-Commerce, Online Retailer  
  • Digital Graphic Designer, Catalogue Retailer
  • Logistics Manager, Trade Merchant Retailer
  • Head of Procurement, High Street Fashion Retailer
  • Procurement Manager, International Sportswear Brand
  • Planner, Food Retailer


At McCarthy we work with a number of well-known and highly respected Retailers both on the High Street and in Out of Town locations.  The Sectors we assist with their Head Office Recruitment include:


Food Multiple are the mainstay of British retailing locally, and increasingly, the same can be said of the Sector across the globe. More recently, Food Retailers and Supermarkets have diversified into selling clothing, homewares, non-food, banking and many other service based offerings which has resulted in the increased impact of Food Multiples/Supermarkets on the retail landscape.

On the convenience side, discount, niche and big brand small-store formats have changed the way we shop and continue to pop up on our high streets creating numerous growth opportunities.


Our Fashion clients range from luxury designer stores to value brands as well as small independent boutiques and emerging brands.  At McCarthy we understand that regardless of the size of the Fashion brand that we are working with, the Sector requires candidates who are not only capable, driven and experienced, but also the right ‘fit’ for their brand.

Within Fashion, there are a number of areas that we specialise in:


  • Clothing

At McCarthy, we work with a wide range of well-known High Street clothing brands in Head Office, predominantly in Buying and Merchandising.



  • Footwear

We work with a range of well-known high street footwear brands as well as niche retailers and boutique independent specialists.



  • Jewellery and Accessories 

At McCarthy we work with a wide range of high-street jewellery retailers as well as well-known accessory brands in addition to smaller, boutique providers.



  • Luxury

Our Luxury brand clients seek to hire the very best talent with relevant specialist Head Office experience and product knowledge/alignment.



  • Sportswear

We work with a number of International and UK based Sportwear brands, recruiting for adhoc Management roles as well as full Store complements.  We understand that our Sportswear clients are looking for people that are passionate about sport and keeping fit, we therefore drive our Clients’ recruitment campaigns accordingly.



  • Specialist Fashion

At McCarthy we work with many specialist retailers within the Fashion Sector such as Wedding Dress, Business Wear, Plus Size Clothing and Lingerie Retailers etc.


  • Department Stores

McCarthy work with a number of Department Stores and concessions within them to hire the best talent for their businesses.





The DIY/Garden and Trade Sectors are a wide ranging and diverse Sector including Big Box DIY brands, out of town trade and merchant stores as well as design-led retailers.


The Sectors of Telecoms and Electrical are constantly evolving with the consistent introduction of new products and cutting edge advancements in technology meaning that these Sectors have to remain competitive, keeping abreast of the rapid changes in the market. When our Clients recruit to their Head Office roles they require experienced candidates who are equally on par with advancements in technology.


The Homeware and Furniture Retailers across the UK include specialist furniture providers, large household brands, smaller boutique stores and newer value based concepts. 


As the consumer population have latterly become more fitness conscious, adventurous and keen to holiday closer to home (partly due to Social Media) there has been an increased uptake in customer spending within the Leisure/Outdoors markets.

Multi Product

The diverse ‘Multi Product’ Sector consists of clients including toy and games retailers, charity shops, stationers and the ever growing value sector.

Within Multi Product there are a number of areas that we specialise in:


  • Value

The value market within Retail has seen its biggest increase in sales in recent years and Retailers across a variety of Sectors are moving towards a more ‘value’ based proposition.  McCarthy work with a variety of clients within this Sector and appreciate the need for hard working, driven individuals who can work with passion and pace for their brands.


  • Pet Care

With an increasing number of consumers looking for quality, specialist goods in the Pet Care arena, McCarthy aim to source talent for our Clients within this Sector who have a passion for customer care combined with a genuine interest in animals and pets.


  • Parenting and Early Years

At McCarthy we support our clients within the parenting and early years Retail Sector to recruit customer service driven Retailers with specialist expertise in this arena.


  • Stationery

As the traditional stationery provider has diversified into selling toys, gifts and cards in recent years, the stationery market is now fast paced and increasingly competitive.


  • Toys

At McCarthy we work with a number of Clients who specialise in supplying their customers with high quality Children’s Toys, Games and Gifts.


The Consultants in our Head Office team have considerable experience of sourcing talent for Head Office Functions in businesses throughout the UK.  At McCarthy Head Office we understand the markets you operate in as well their pressure points because we have extensive experience of recruiting within the field and moreover, we all have a background within the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality Industry ourselves.  In fact, our in depth knowledge of the Retail and Leisure markets and their operations 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 Head Office Recruitment team will provide you with a dedicated approach. We have a team of experienced Retail Head Office recruiters, who work with a broad range of clients including both larger and smaller Retail Brands as well as their Suppliers.  We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our Head Office 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
  • Property
    • 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
    • Finance Director
    • Finance Manager
  • Information Technology
    • IT Director
    • Head of IT
    • E-Commerce Manager
    • Head of E-Commerce
    • E-Commerce Director
  • Logistics
    • Head of Logistics
    • Logistics Manager
  • Procurement
    • Head of Procurement
    • Procurement Manager


The Team at McCarthy understand that professionals working within Head Office functions are looking for a professional and consultative service from a Recruitment Consultancy.  At McCarthy Head Office we are able to not only provide you advice on your career prospects and opportunities available to you but we are also on hand to support you with your job search, offering you valuable yet constructive feedback on how to make your next career move.

If we are currently recruiting for a suitable role for you within a Head Office Function (B&M, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Procurement, IT, Logistics, Property and Retail Operations) then we will take you through a comprehensive screening and interview process, followed by giving you a full brief on the role for which you're being considered.  On the other hand, if we do not have anything available that suits what you are looking for we will market your profile out to our network of relevant Clients within Retail, Leisure or Hospitality in order to find you your perfect Head Office job.

We are an award winning recruitment specialist, being named Best Retail Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality. We are well connected across the Retail and Leisure Industries and have well established partner relationships built up since our inception in 2005.  Our Head Office Recruitment Team truly know the market, they are well networked, have their ear to the ground and are able to provide you with a range of advice including: Interview skills, CV Writing and assisting you with working out what you really want from your next role. As we work with candidates at all Levels and Specialisms within Head Office we will seek to help you find the very best role for you within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure Industry that will match with your skills, experience and desires in order that your next job move truly enhances your career.

Contact Us

To find out more about our in-depth specialist service, call our Head Office Recruitment Team on 0161 828 8726 for a confidential conversation. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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