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

"NJR has supported IMI Critical Engineering with a number of senior interim roles spanning various locations across Europe and the UK."

NJR, International Recruitment Experts

International Team

Graham Oates

Graham Oates


Graham was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years. During this period he launched the firm’s internet operation, Metrius Europe, oversaw the growth of the business in the Asia Pacific market and spearheaded joint ventures with major technology firms. This wealth of experience gives Graham a clear understanding of the challenges faced by international clients and the standard of service they require. Graham has successfully found talent for the likes of:

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director

Rex has over 25 years’ international recruitment experience, working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies as well as search and selection specialists. During his career, Rex has provided permanent and interim executives and directors for global blue-chip clients, including:

Phil Hagen

Phil Hagen


Phil knows what international clients looking for senior executives really need and has helped companies across the globe with their recruitment requirements. Before his career in recruitment, Phil worked for many years as a senior and director-level executive working in international businesses within the telecoms, IT and ICT sectors, including:

Christian Rolke

Christian Rolke

Associate Director

Christian has 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry. With expertise in international recruitment, Christian has delivered complex international briefs for high-profile clients across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, including: