Executive Search  Recruitment Consultants

Placements for Construction & Engineering, Logistics, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Professional Services, Facilities Management,  Environmental & Industrial Services and Safety & Defence sectors

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We are experts at connecting excellence

Spencer Riley is an international Executive Search consultancy, focusing on Mid-Senior, Executive and Board Level placements. Our team of experienced consultants specialise within the Construction & Engineering, Logistics, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Professional Services, Facilities Management,  Environmental & Industrial Services and Safety & Defence sectors. We also have a proven track record of achieving exceptional results on bespoke projects outside of these core industries.

Our unwavering approach is centred around long-term, value-added services, and mutually beneficial relationships. At Spencer Riley, our Executive Search Consultants focus on making the connections that others can’t. We do this by building relationships with people that are nurtured on trust, professional respect, and integrity.

We understand the nuances of working with successful businesses and executive-level talent and have a proven track record of doing everything it takes to connect the right people.

Scott Ellam Managing Director at Spencer Riley
"Spencer Riley was established with the principles of Integrity, Tenacity & People sitting at the very heart of everything we do. These fundamental values haven’t changed and our team of professionals are on hand to ensure the right people are connected with the right businesses at all times."

Scott Ellam

Managing Director

Why Choose Us?

We Are Committed

Our approach is driven by thorough research and an inquisitive mindset. We identify and secure exceptional talent who are motivated by the opportunity.

We Look Beyond The Resume

We want to understand your business in detail and we build a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and successes of each person we recommend for your business. In addition we look at their behaviours and attitudes, ensuring we find someone who is a good fit for your company culture and who has the drive and determination to succeed.

The Specialists In Your Corner

We are highly skilled executive search professionals with the ability to source best-in-class candidates. We focus specifically on your industry to deliver targeted results, offering you the highest security on your investment.

Exceptional Talent From Anywhere In The World

We cater to businesses of all sizes, whether it's upscaling small enterprises or securing CEOs for multinational corporations. We can headhunt anyone from anywhere, and we're confident that we can find the perfect person for your business.

About our team

Executive Search

Spencer Riley’s Leeds Executive Search team consists of highly dedicated and sector specialised consultants.

We take pride in gaining a comprehensive understanding of our clients' business needs, challenges, and objectives to establish long-term, meaningful relationships.

We place the people who accelerate industries. We build Futures.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Adam Dowson has completed a number of assignments for UPS resulting in key appointments that have added real commercial value to our team and had a great cultural fit. The first candidate Spencer Riley placed with UPS involved an international relocation and they managed the process very effectively, maintaining clear communication between the candidate and our business functions.

Trevor Sewell

European Director of Sales, UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Working with Sadie has been a fantastic experience. I found her a professional with great experience and profound knowledge of the business. Besides possessing excellent interpersonal skills, Sadie has great relationship skills and has been able to build an effective partnership with the organisation

Vickie Gilstrap Au

Talent Acquisition Consultant and Leader, Cynosure LLC

Sadie was amazing and made the entire process super easy!! Would highly recommend using her as your recruiter.

Josh Terry

Area Sales Manager, Alma Lasers

Our Approach

We take the time to listen to you and understand your business, the key drivers behind the hire and the importance in relation to your objectives

We will devote time to understand your business goals and role requirements and then develop a search solution that meets your specific needs

We will demonstrate unwavering tenacity, speaking pro-actively and confidentially with every individual with the right experience, in order to be certain we have secured the best person open to your opportunity

‍Executive Search Excellence

At the heart of all our actions is the commitment to achieving excellence through connections. Our relationships with people form the single most important thread of everything we do. Our team of Executive Search Consultants in Leeds are experts at adding value to our partner organisations, our candidates' careers and to the markets we operate in as a direct result of the dedication and attention to detail we commit to our role.

Contact us today

Contact our Executive Search specialists and learn more about our search and executive assessment services, current search mandates, and career opportunities at Spencer Riley.

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Our Leeds Executive Search team was founded in 2014, with the objective of becoming a leading executive recruitment partner with an international reach for our partner clients. We work closely with our clients to develop their leadership and executive teams, helping them achieve their business goals effectively. We help get you to where you want to be.

Our Executive Search services have a proven track record of successfully placing individuals in Mid-Senior, Director, VP, SVP, President, C-Level, Executive Level and Board Level positions across various primary and secondary business sectors. This extensive experience of identifying and securing talent in the UK, Europe, North America, and MENA regions allows us to advise the most effective executive search and recruitment strategies to identify, attract and retain the right talent to deliver the agreed business objectives in the timescales needed.

Although our primary focus is sourcing top talent for our clients, we strive to pro-actively support clients in additional areas such as offering guidance on succession planning, coaching candidates within our network, Outplacement services and supporting clients with M&A aspirations. We are also ideally positioned to support organisations with a range of private equity services.

Our Values


We consistently and uncompromisingly adhere to a core set of professional, moral and ethical principles.


We are enthusiastic and doggedly determined to achieve the right results, every time.


Our relationships with people form the single most important part of everything we do.

We’re International

We identify and secure talent in the UK, Europe, North America, and MENA regions.

Contact us today

Spencer Riley’s team of highly dedicated, specialist consultants pride themselves on gaining a full understanding of our client’s business.