SME Services

SMEs are the engine-room of the economy. Yet many fail to achieve their full potential because they can’t affordably recruit the senior talent they need.

Traditional executive search firms and head hunters aren’t much help; geared-up to support major corporates, they move too slowly and cost too much for a typical SME.

That’s why we have developed our SME recruitment service. Designed for companies with a turnover of up to £50m and up to 250 employees. We offer all the tools and techniques which the biggest employer brands enjoy…but in a flexible package which SMEs can afford.

The key to the service is its scalability.  Companies can have as much or as little support as they can afford. We offer a range of flexible and highly cost effective pricing options specifically designed and tailored for SMEs. This includes the option of a fixed fee.

This means ambitious smaller organisations can pursue the highest possible calibre person, confident that our fee for finding them won’t increase as the salary level rises. There are many other aspects to the service, which clients can ratchet up or down depending on their budget and internal resources.

SME Service

For the entry-level service we:

  • Create the job description
  • Create an external advert using NJR branding
  • Run a comprehensive search of relevant candidates on NJR’s own private database
  • Advertise the role on a specialist executive level job board for 28 days
  • Advertise the position on NJR’s website jobs page
  • Advertise the position via NJR’s company page on LinkedIn and twitter
  • Manage all candidate applications and responses, declining unsuitable candidates
  • Pre-screen all applications, forwarding the most suitable candidates

At this point the client takes over and engages directly with the shortlisted candidates.

SME Plus +

For clients who do not want to take over the process at the shortlisted candidate stage, there are additional paid-for services:

  • Interview scheduling and a candidate management which includes providing feedback to both candidate and client
  • Online personality assessment and candidate referencing
  • Offer negotiation and offer management

There are also extra, upfront services which can be added to the recruitment process:

  • Research (salary benchmarking, market mapping, competitor analysis, candidate search)
  • Developing the client’s employer brand. From examining the SME’s entire value proposition and how it can be positioned as a more exciting place to work than a big corporate, through to branded advertising.

SME Managed

Want an ongoing, highly personalised, full recruitment service but not the overhead of in-house recruiters? We’ve also a very competitively priced SME managed recruitment service. This includes company profile, branding and messaging, plus an on-call service for all management recruiting.

The NJR Promise

Whatever level of service you go for comes with the NJR promise of:

  • 99% success on sole agency assignments
  • 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
  • Ability to support any senior role, anywhere in the world

Smaller companies no longer need to be outgunned by their larger competitors when it comes to finding and attracting senior talent. Call us now to discuss your specific recruitment issues and needs.

"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
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"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

"NJR have been outstanding. They truly went the extra mile to assemble a shortlist at short notice, working weekends to interview candidates speedily and arrange meetings on a Sunday. The resultant shortlist was of exceptional quality, any one of the five would have been appointable into the role. I would use NJR again without hesitation."

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive Applegate Marketplace Ltd

SME Services Team

Graham Oates

Graham Oates

Director 0207 118 0540

Graham understands what it takes for ambitious SMEs to maximise and manage their people, especially during times of great business change and growth. Before joining NJR, Graham was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years. During this time 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 Compaq, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Graham has successfully found talent for the likes of:

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director 0207 118 0540

Rex has over 25 years’ recruitment experience and has a history of launching and rapidly building major new businesses. Rex has also enjoyed considerable success as a senior executive search specialist, recruiting numerous managers, directors and board level staff for SMEs across the UK, including:

curtin & coWilton Carpets


, John Lewis


, Shiseido






, Veon


, Microsoft


, G4S


, Blevins


, Toyota


, Legal & General


, Direct Line