Have overseas recruitment needs but don’t want to be yet another client of a big, impersonal, international agency?

You’re not alone. That’s why Norrie Johnston Recruitment has developed a capability to support our clients anywhere in the world.

Inbound & Outbound

We provide inbound recruitment services; helping overseas companies that are setting up or expanding an operation in the UK find the permanent and interim senior executives they need.

We also support UK companies with their overseas expansion plans – sourcing highly specialist talent with exactly the right mix of skills, experience and language capabilities – no matter where in the world they are needed.

Our Talent Management Service team also works on a global basis, helping international clients who feel their wider talent management process is under-delivering.

International Track Record

Companies often come to us because they are looking for permanent senior managers to provide much needed experience for international joint ventures and collaborations. Some are looking for specialists to drive forwards international change/improvement programmes. Others need an senior interim to plug a gap in a major overseas territory.

Here is a flavour of the briefs the team has worked on

  • Director Internal Audit – Pakistan
  • CEO – Ghana
  • Interim SME Banking Director – Ghana
  • MD – Spain
  • IT Audit Director – Amsterdam
  • Lead Digital Channel Analytics Manager – Amsterdam
  • Head of Procurement – Dubai
  • Operations Director – Abu Dhabi
  • Finance Director – UK / New York
  • Internal Audit Director – Russia
  • Russian speaking Financial Controller – Russia
  • Internal Audit Managers / Senior Auditors – South Africa / Florida / Peru / Europe
  • European CFO – France / UK
  • Finance Director – Philippines
  • Interim Ops Director – Germany
  • MD – Germany
  • Russian speaking Project Manager – Kazakhstan
  • HR Manager – Kuwait
  • German speaking Interim HR Director – Germany
  • Finance Director – Nigeria
  • Chinese speaking Procurement Director – China
  • Chief Executive – Finland
  • VP USA – USA
  • Senior Manager Financial Control & Analysis – Ukraine
  • Director Internal Audit – Algeria

"NJR are an outstanding company to work with since they understand the need to deliver high quality people but also at speed and with unrivalled client service. What's more NJR have outstanding people who not only understand recruitment but who have fulfilled senior executive roles in all their key sectors on a global basis. So they can instantly understand a client's needs and its culture and use this to source top quality candidates who will be effective on a long term basis."

Rene Schuster, Former Group COO, Veon and CEO Telefonica Germany
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"Rex is a hugely talented, proactive individual who takes time to understand his client’s needs and provides a first class service."

Atul Sharma, Finance Director GSK Export

International Team

Graham Oates

Chief Executive

Graham was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years and managing partner and member of the UK Board. During this period he launched the firm’s internet operation, Metrius Europe, oversaw the growth of the KPMG business in the Asia Pacific market and spearheaded joint ventures with Compaq, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. This wealth of experience means international clients are assured a recruitment service developed by someone who completely understands the challenges they face and the standards of service they need.

Rex Cridland


Rex has over 25 years international recruitment experience gained working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies, major online recruitment firms, exciting start-ups and with global search & selection specialists. During this time he has helped blue-chips such as Apple, Sega, Network Rail, Royal Mail, G4S, Dalkia, TATA, Diageo, XL Insurance and Premier Foods. He has provided permanent and interim executives and Directors for clients on a global basis.

Phil Hagen


Phil knows what international clients looking for a senior executive really need.  After all he spent many years as a senior and director-level executive working in international businesses within the telecoms, IT and ICT sectors. This included being CEO for the Amcat Group as well as important senior roles with NTL and British Energy plus 11 years with Cable & Wireless plc, where he achieved the CEO award for exceptional services to the company.

Christian Rolke

Associate Director

Christian has 20 years experience in the recruitment industry. He has expertise in international recruitment, with extensive experience of conducting searches for clients across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Christian has delivered against complex international briefs, for companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Lotus.