Retail & Consumer

Background to the Role

Attracting and retaining the very best recruitment professionals is critical to our success. Well-networked, our consultants have the tenacity and passion to enable our clients to appoint the very best senior individuals.

The Retail & Consumer practice within Berwick Partners is an established area of expertise. The practice works across multiple industry sectors with an extensive track record of placing senior candidates throughout the UK as well as internationally. We work with organisations across food & drink, consumer electronics, beauty, homeware and sports apparel, through to retail, leisure, hospitality, gaming and gambling. Our clients are across large blue chip PLC groups through to family-owned businesses, SMEs, private equity backed companies and new start-ups.

At Berwick Partners, we have created a mature and “grown-up” culture, one where you are trusted to deliver without weekly KPIs and sales incentives. We provide our consultants with a huge amount of support to enable them to be as effective as possible. Support comes in the form of:

  • Dedicated (shared) PA
  • In-house Research Team
  • Events Manager
  • Marketing Data & Insights Analyst
  • Marketing Manager

We operate a hybrid working environment – we ask all employees to be in the office two days a week, otherwise at client sites or working from home. We also have a flexible approach to start and finish times with a core hours model.


Positions this Practice has placed in the past include:

  • Sales Director – McCain Foods UK
  • Director of Marketing – R Twining & Company
  • Commercial Director – Sony Entertainment Europe
  • Marketing Director – Haribo UK Ltd
  • Operations Director – AGA Rangemaster
  • Head of Product Insights & Data – Ball Beverage Packaging
  • UK General Manager – KP Snacks
  • Head of Digital – Miele UK Ltd
  • Director of Innovation & Development – Glen Dimplex Home Appliances
  • Marketing Director – Marston’s Plc
  • Commercial Director – General Mills
  • General Manager – Merlin Attractions
  • Marketing Director – Fuller, Smith & Turner

The Role

As a Berwick Partners consultant, you will be expected to:

  • Identify & develop relationships with clients (new and existing) through high level marketing and business development calls, running events, and having a social media presence
  • Offer market intelligence, present at pitches and business development meetings, and actively introduce colleagues
  • Listen to and interpret client requirements, developing commercially sound solutions
  • Take ownership of candidate management, recognising that talented people are our lifeblood
  • Professionally manage and deliver all assignments won to successful completion
  • Create, develop and deliver events that offer clients and senior candidates the opportunity to network
  • Develop a personal profile, ensuring that you become a recognised and respected recruiter in your specialism
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and interact at the most senior level
  • Produce well-written documents of excellent quality that add value to an assignment

This role will have a national remit


The Candidate

  • We are suited to those individuals who value a collaborative culture, the opportunity to do important work and deliver a quality service
  • Already a recruiter, you will be looking to handle assignments where you add value through consulting with and advising clients as a trusted partner
  • Intellectually capable, confident and a tenacious self-starter, you should be self-managed
  • You will know what it takes to develop your reputation and position, both internally and externally
  • Able to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally


  • Upper-quartile base salary
  • Transparent commission structure, where total earnings will equal one third of billings, with additional support in the 1st year
  • Private healthcare with BUPA and SimplyHealth
  • Pension contribution 5%:3% (employer:employee)
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements
  • 25 days holiday + 3 days at Christmas + 8 days for Bank Holiday

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact:

Jennie Green

Resourcing Executive

0121 654 5953