Professional Services Executive Search Recruitment

Candidates ready to help power and transform your business from day one.


The Professional Services sector is a knowledge-based industry where businesses are made and broken on the calibre of their workforce.

Whether your organisation advises on mergers and acquisitions, business transformation, audits or accounts, or legal and regulatory environments, it’s essential to put in place individuals with the required knowledge and expertise to deliver that advice.

Spencer Riley work with Professional Services clients across the globe to seek out, recruit and retain the highest calibre of clients, and to provide maximum return on investment for executive recruitment campaigns in this competitive and challenging sector.

An example of some of the Professional Services roles we can recruit into:

  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • BPO/Business Transformation
  • Corporate Finance/M&A
  • Risk disciplines
  • Tax
  • Transaction Services
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Valuations

In addition to these, we can recruit into niches throughout the Professional Services industry. We are committed to finding the most capable candidates via our executive search and 'headhunting' services, to fill senior-level vacancies ranging from consultant and managerial roles right up to C-suite and directorships.

Executive Search for Professional Services

More than most disciplines, Professional Services is all about the individual: their experience and expertise, their qualifications and accreditations, and in many cases their enthusiasm and alignment with your company culture.

Get all of these right in your Professional Services recruitment campaign and you can benefit from a new appointment who represents your company and your brand in the most positive light, and whose high job satisfaction means they stay with you for longer.

At the same time, high-quality candidates are even more important in regulated industries, where you need to be able to trust senior-level individuals to do their job with good autonomy, while complying with all of the rules and regulations of your sector.

Find the ideal candidate

Professional Services Recruitment in a Competitive Climate

This relatively heavy focus on the individual, from contract and interim executive roles through to boardroom positions, means there are high levels of competition within Professional Services recruitment, especially for candidates with strong track records.

Spencer Riley recruit globally, allowing us to identify the best people for the job no matter where they are, and to tailor the remuneration package to offer the best return on investment based on current market conditions.

Our data-driven approach to executive search and recruitment means you will always receive a shortlist of pre-screened candidates who are a strong match for the role (or roles) you are trying to fill, complete with details of any background checks required to ensure they are able to work in your industry.

Specialist Roles

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

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Further information on our recruiting process

About Our Clients

Spencer Riley's client base spans the global Professional Services sector, with fast-growing service providers, national and multinational leading brands. We are committed to finding the best talent no matter if you have one vacancy to fill, or an ongoing talent pipeline to supply.

For continuing recruitment demand over time, we would recommend you consider our Recruitment Process Outsourcing service (RPO), which can significantly reduce time to hire and total costs when filling a series of vacancies and meeting ongoing hiring needs.

In either case, we can agree goals upfront with you, so that we know what your recruitment campaign needs to deliver. We will go beyond this, taking sensible additional steps to maximise ROI, such as keeping second-choice candidates in reserve in case they are needed later.

Finding Future Talent

Because Spencer Riley are working with candidates all the time, we are able to identify those with the greatest promise, and will endeavour to ensure that those working in Professional Services offer the precise combination of skills that this knowledge-based sector needs.

Our RPO service is just one example of this, and demonstrates that Spencer Riley consider recruitment a joined-up process. Hiring and talent retention go hand in hand, which is why we will always search for executives who are more likely to stay with your organisation for the future.

At the same time, we understand that when you need talent, you need it immediately. That's why we also work hard to find, screen and shortlist candidates without delay, and can even handle the initial stage of interviews so that by the time you meet an applicant, all that is left is for you to make the final hiring decision.

Why Choose Spencer Riley Recruitment?

With all of the above in mind, why choose to work with Spencer Riley on your Professional Services recruitment campaign?

  • Global executive search in competitive climate
  • Candidates checked, screened and interviewed
  • Focus on knowledge, experience and accreditations
  • Lower hiring costs and reduced time to hire
  • Ongoing cost efficiencies by reducing training

Our candidates do not arrive 'green'; they arrive ready to help power and transform your business from day one, to maximise billable hours and impact management processes and productivity. Your new recruit will start to generate positive ROI without delay.

We understand the business reasons behind recruiting new talent, especially for senior roles and executive-level positions. Spencer Riley will help you to meet and exceed those business goals, for the mutual satisfaction of yourself, your new recruit and your stakeholders.

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How to Get Started with Spencer Riley

We make it easy to embark on your Professional Services recruitment campaign. We can liaise with all relevant parties, whether that's a single hiring manager or multiple meetings with your company president, director, C-suite executives and major shareholders.

By meeting with all key stakeholders, we can ensure that we understand everything your hiring campaign needs to achieve, putting us in the best position to deliver across all of our agreed KPIs.

Our executive search specialists work tirelessly to find the best talent for your vacancy, no matter whether it's on your doorstep or a thousand miles away. We can cast our net as far and wide as you want, with a particular focus on the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America.

We can lead remuneration negotiations to help you secure the best candidate at the best value, while ensuring the candidate is satisfied with their pay and benefits package. Together, this means they are more likely to stay with your business for longer, to deliver compound gains on your recruitment outlay.

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Our team

Meet our specialists in Professional Services.

Ben Hardy-Gillings
Head of Professional Services

Ben has over 17 years’ experience in recruitment across the European, Middle Eastern, US, and Asia Pacific regions.


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Bespoke Services

As well as the core sectors to which we recruit Spencer Riley has a proven track record for helping businesses in a wide variety sectors and getting the results required.

Our meticulous and pro-active approach means we are ideally placed to take on assignments in markets that sit outside of our core business areas. We are also well placed to help with a host of Private Equity Services, Outplacement Services as well with Mergers & Acquisitions

For more information and to discuss your unique situation then please get in touch.

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

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