Professional Services

Professional services companies compete on the calibre of their people.

The success of management consultants, strategy boutiques, accountancy and audit firms, IT services businesses and law practices is down to their ability to find and attract the best talent.

We understand how to win this war. That’s because our Chief Executive is an ex-Managing Partner of KPMG, responsible for all consulting services and new businesses. He has over 30 years of real-world experience building major consulting and services businesses. As a result, we are able to provide support in any area of a professional services business, whether you are looking for individuals to win and drive client facing engagements or to operate the business effectively. This experience, combined with our best of breed recruiters, makes us experts at recruiting to senior roles across the full range of professional service disciplines in all key industry sectors.

Our deep experience in this sector means that we are not only adept at finding senior candidates with the right levels of skills and experience but also with the cultural attributes necessary for them to thrive in the complex, networked world of professional services.

Our experience includes:

  • Various senior consulting and advisory roles for all the Big 4 accounting firms
  • BDO – CFO and Financial Controller
  • Cambridge Economic Policy Associates – Finance & Operations Manager, Head of Marketing
  • DAV Management Ltd – Principal Consultants
  • Law Society – Group Finance Director, IT Director
  • A range of private equity and venture capital companies including Oaktree Capital, Centerbridge Partners, Apollo and Unilever Ventures

We offer professional services clients:

  • 99% success on sole agency assignments
  • Success-linked fees
  • Guaranteed time frames
  • Perfectly matched short-list within 2 to 4 weeks for permanent roles
  • Perfectly matched short-list within 2 to 4 days for interim roles

Our services go beyond executive search and senior interim recruitment. For clients who feel their talent management process is under-delivering, our Professional Service team also offers a range of Talent Management services, designed to improve and support the client’s internal processes.

"We have used NJR on more than one occasion and have been impressed by their ability to find excellent candidates both quickly and cost-effectively. We particularly like the fact that throughout the process we have the personal attention of one of NJR’s Directors who knows and understands our business and its culture."

Mark Cockburn, Managing Director Cambridge Economic Policy Associates

"NJR’s SME service took the brief quickly and provided the experience, calibre and personality of candidates we were looking for."

Catherine Senda, Managing Director Curtin&Co

Professional Services 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 professional services 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.