HR Recruitment | Sales Recruitment

About Us

We are an independent, family run specialist recruitment agency.

We recruit into two specialist areas: Sales and HR. As passionate advocates of a consultative approach to recruitment, we are proud to work with some of the biggest blue chip companies in our territory. As well as working with major corporates, we also enjoy working with smaller businesses.

We have developed a recruitment partnership model that brings you recruitment vacancy management, talent profiling, talent pipelining and resource planning.

Our significant experience in blue chip and boutique recruitment agencies, combined with HR and coaching insight and qualifications, makes us uniquely qualified to meet your resourcing needs.

Our approachable, on-hand team cover areas in and around South London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. We pride ourselves on a local approach – we’re here, we’re visible, we’re around when you need us. The varied expertise of Andy, Paul and Pippa help us to offer a tailored and boutique specialist recruitment service.

In terms of HR recruitment, we bring experience, insight and understanding to the recruitment process. Overall, we want to get to know you, be your trusted advisor and save you time.

We are proud to build great sales teams and make career dreams come true. We can help you find the right sales hire, or land your dream job.

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Andy

Managing Director

Professional highlights: 11 years with a blue chip recruiter, consultant through to Director. 5 years with a boutique recruiter as Director. Founder of Andrew James.

Other professional considerations: HR Degree. Experience in HR departments before recruitment. ILM level 5 in Executive Coaching.

Outside of work interests: Family, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellbeing and Transformation (part-time PT when my wife allows me the time). Politics, football, people.

Things I love to do: Obstacle course racing. Reading. Cooking. Training. Playing superheroes with my kids.

Things I can’t stand: Sitting still!

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Paul

Resourcing and Project Manager

Professional highlights: 4 years of recruitment agency experience. 3 years inside sales experience. 2 years in-house recruitment co-ordination experience.

Other professional considerations: A creative and design expert, animation graduate.

Outside interests: Film, football, animation.

Things I love to do: creative projects in the design and animation space, film reviews.

Things I cant stand: Tea and coffee

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Pippa

Director

Professional highlights: 5 years with a blue chip recruiter, consultant through to Team Leader. 4 years with a leading global engineering and technology services company, working within recruitment. 4 years and currently employed as HR/Recruitment Manager for an iconic sports manufacturing brand (2 days per week). Alongside this, Director of Andrew James Recruitment.

Other professional considerations: 1st Class Marketing Degree. Significant experience of both agency recruitment and in-house HR and recruitment.

Things I love to do: Play and learn with my kids. Listen to music. Shop, much to my husbands’ disapproval! Read and learn about wellbeing, nutrition, how to be the best version of ourselves.

Things I can’t stand: Lack of attention to detail and being without challenge!

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Our Beliefs

  • Treat people as you want to be treated.
  • Honesty is always the best policy.
  • Make decisions for the long term.
  • If you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.
  • There is no failure, only attempts and learning opportunities.
  • Always try to improve.
  • Healthy body, healthy mind.
  • Work in a way that is the most productive, both to your performance and to your happiness.
  • If you don’t love what you do, be brave, take time to understand what you love and go get it.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Invest in people and invest in yourself.

What they say about us

Andy has been a superb support for SHL’s Commercial recruitment needs over the past few years, placing some really strong candidates and working diligently and tirelessly to understand our requirements and match them! It is always a pleasure working with Andy, his professional service but also personable nature is second to none. I look forward to continue to work with him in the future and would highly recommend!

Emma Banyard Assoc CIPD – Recruiter at SHL

What they say about us

Like most people in sales management roles you end up with a lot of connections from the recruitment industry as you never know when you’ll need one. For a couple of years I didn’t need to actually recruit anyone, but I did have contacts who were looking for work and I shared Andy’s details with them. The feedback from them was very positive, with relevant roles, interviews, great communication and finally new roles. So when it was my time to add to my team I met with Andy and two other agencies and gave them the same brief. Two failed miserably, guess who succeeded. The next time I needed a role filled I repeated the process, same results. Next time I need someone for my team, Andy will be top of my list.

Simon Kitto – Head of Sales at Gilchrist & Soames

What they say about us

Andy stands out from the crowd! He is honest, hard working and very personable. I have known Andy for several years and would recommend Andy as a business partner to any HR professional looking to start a long-term relationship with a dedicated HR consultancy/agency. Andy gave me solid professional advice and helped me make better decisions for my long term HR career.

Richard Sliwinski (FCIPD) – HR Director at Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems Ltd.

What they say about us

I’ve experienced both sides of the coin working with Andy; as a candidate seeking a new challenge and as a recruiting manager seeking a new addition to our growing L&D team. On both occassions, to work with Andy is to have a truly reliable partner on board. He takes time to fully understand the scope of the search and works with you in a flexible and responsive way as the recruitment process evolves. When speaking to Andy, you always feel as though you’re the first person he has spoken to that day. He genuinely seeks to add value to his clients at every turn. I highly recommend Andy and HR Heads for your search, especially if you are looking for a unique L&D professional that doesn’t fit the standard profile.

Adam Cartledge – Global Head of Sales Talent at Reed Exhibitions

What they say about us

I found Andrew to be one of the best consultants I have ever worked with. He tried hard to understand what I was looking for and clearly explained the opportunities and how they fitted my skill set. Communication was great and I got feedback at every stage if the process. He found me a great role that so far I am really enjoying.
I have since recommended him to several contacts.

Ray Worrell – Senior Employer Solutions Manager at CIPD

What they say about us

I worked with Andrew as a candidate and found him to be relentless in his support and guidance. He made me feel as though he truly was working for and with me. An insightful judge of capability and character, he is a savvy recruitment industry professional. Andrew’s openness and integrity make it easy to work with him on a long term basis. I have no hesitation in commending and recommending Andrew in the fields of high level professional recruitment / headhunting.

Paula Martins – Learning and Organisational Development Manager, International at Royal Carribean Cruises Ltd

What they say about us

Andy assisted me in finding a new role. After having many calls with others in recruiting, Andy was a breath of fresh air! His professional manner was noticed instantly from the first call and throughout the recruitment process. He spent a great amount of time focussing on my requirements, listening to my concerns and locating the right fit for me.

Andy kept me updated throughout the process; he was very supportive and personable which I greatly appreciated. I have recommended Andy to others and will do so in the future. I would happily work with Andy again.

Alanna Harris – Business Development Manager at SHL

What they say about us

As a hiring manager, Andy is one of those recruiters who doesn’t just fill jobs but looks to find candidates who will be an asset to a team/business. He takes time to understand the type of candidate you’re looking for and when presenting a candidate gives real insight. He gives information quickly, isn’t afraid to challenge convention and above all is great to deal with. I’ve used Andy to recruit for sales roles that are different in terms of skills/behaviours, background requirements and salaries.

Rob Thomas UK Sales Director – Enterprise at Botify

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