Retail & FMCG

Your business is changing rapidly – so why is your executive search firm not responding as fast?

We believe consumer and retail brands can’t afford to wait around. They’re facing big challenges – global branding, local differentiation, changing consumer media habits, supply chain management, consolidation – taking months to find much needed talent just isn’t an option!

That’s why our Retail & FMCG practice is proving so popular. At Norrie Johnston Recruitment we fill briefs for permanent and interim positions in weeks if not days.  We can do this because our world-class recruiters are not like recruiters found in a typical agency. All have real-world, senior-level Retail and FMCG experience.

This means they have a peer-to-peer discussion with the client and ensure the recruitment brief really reflects the business’ needs.

Combining this experience and rigour with the speed and reach of the web, we then deliver candidates who truly fit with your culture and long-term needs – fast.  That means:

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

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

"NJR provided EvoShave with a number of excellent candidates for two upper management positions (Global Sales Director and Head of Marketing) which we filled within a relatively short space of time. In any selection offered there were always at least two candidates who fulfilled all the requirements within the budgeted salary requirements. We found NJR easy and fair to work with and I would highly recommend them."

Robert Woolfson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer EvoShave

"Rex at NJR did a fantastic job of turning round a comprehensive short list in a very tight time-frame, quickly sourcing a range of highly relevant and suitable candidates. They were also extremely responsive, helping to manage a smooth and efficient process; I would definitely recommend working with them based on my experience."

Sarah Thompson, VP Finance, HR and Operations International LeapFrog Toys
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"Rex provided Diageo with a cost-effective, punctual and targeted approach which got the right result!"

Kevin Fairburn, Head of HR Western Europe Functions Diageo

"Rex assisted SEGA with recruitment campaigns. I found him to be honest, professional and helpful at all times. It was great dealing with him."

Ben Harrison, Head of HR SEGA Europe

"In my opinion, 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

"Rex has worked on 2 commissions I have been involved with. In both he has managed and conducted thorough searches with a particular diligence. This combined with highly developed levels of perception, an acute awareness and great people skills has led to being presented with proper runners for the top level posts involved. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and will use his services again. "

James Sprint, Group CEO Alternative Flooring and Wilton Carpet Factory

"“Rex comes highly recommended. Undertaking what proved challenging posts to fill, Rex got to grips with culture and fit very quickly. Very professional and an easy approach to work with. Most importantly Rex delivered on all of his assignments.”"

Justin Thomas, Managing Director Bon Bon Buddies Ltd.

Retail & FMCG Team

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director

Rex has over 25 years’ retail and FMCG recruitment experience, working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies, online firms, exciting start-ups and international search and selection specialists. During his career, Rex has helped find the best executive talent for both permanent and interim roles for a host of global consumer brands, including:

Daryl Stickland

Daryl Stickland


Coming from an earlier pre-recruitment career that included Retail and FMCG, Daryl is passionate about product and enjoys supporting businesses in these dynamic sectors. His mandates have included leadership and cross-functional positions including, for example Finance, Commercial and Operations for companies such as:


, John Lewis


, Shiseido






, Veon


, Microsoft


, G4S


, Blevins


, Toyota


, Legal & General


, Direct line