Managing director and director recruitment.

If hiring a senior manager or director is on your agenda right now please call us. As one of the leading managing director recruitment agencies in Bristol, we can discuss a recruitment strategy that will give you a result be that through targeted search, advertising, or a combination of the two.

Managing Director David Pottier has this message for prospective clients:

"We know we will never be given the opportunity to get a second chance to make a first impression, as such we are driven by success from the outset.

With over 50 years of experience recruiting managing directors, we know that what we do has an impact on the future business prospects of our clients as well as the lives of the people we recruit. Having worked with clients from a broad range of industry sectors, including local Bristol-based businesses and organisations across the UK, we are proud of our successful track record as an agency specialising in recruiting senior managers through to board-level appointments. We have to perform, we are the business. You, the client, are dealing with its principals. Contact us to discuss your managing director recruitment requirements – the team in Bristol is here to help.

In choosing Nevard Roland you are investing in us as individuals to find you the people who will help you succeed in achieving your business objectives. We take this responsibility very seriously indeed."

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What Our Clients Say


We have worked with Nevard Roland on a number of challenging assignments over the years. Their approach is thorough, professional and their point of differentiation is an ability to think beyond the brief.”

VP Human Resources – Europe, Pharmaceutical Services


If it was not for the speed of action shown by Nevard Roland in finding the right Chief Executive for this company then the implications for the stakeholders were dire. The business is now on the right track and they have further helped us in securing the services of new Finance & Sales Directors."

Chairman [representative of Private Equity group], Hi-tech Equipment


I have worked with Nevard Roland for over 10 years. They recruited for me in a number of business functions and displayed an innate awareness of identifying people who could not only do the job but fitted in with the culture of the business. When I later became redundant they found me my next position so I know how good they are from both sides of the fence!”

Human Resources Director, FMCG / now Materials Handling Equipment


I had never heard of Nevard Roland until they were recommended to me by a fellow HR Director. Their approach was energetic and professional. They delivered what they promised and I felt they were genuine consultants in the way they put forward an alternative approach to satisfying a resourcing requirement which had arisen unexpectedly. We bought into their proposal and an appointment was made more suited to our long term intentions."

Administration Director, Consumer Electronics


I was in desperate need of a new MD for my business and Nevard Roland were recommended to me by one of our customers. Their commitment and attention to detail exceeded my expectations and I was particularly appreciative of them attending the shortlist interviews to help me arrive at the right selection decision."

Chairman, Laboratory Equipment


Following promotion my HR team suggested I use Nevard Roland to find my replacement. On paper it was not an easy task but their innovative use of proactive search and creative advertising led to them finding not one but three individuals who joined our team."

Head of European Business Development, Outsourced Manufacturing Services


I had to assemble a high calibre commercial finance team at a critical time of our company’s development. Nevard Roland were on target in every respect in terms of timing, cost and quality of individual.”

Finance Director – Commercial Operations, Telecommunications Network


You know what you are getting when you work with Nevard Roland – honest endeavour, integrity, professionalism and a commitment to see a task through to the end. Allied to this a refreshing sense of humour and openness rather than the arrogance or hard sell displayed by so many in their industry."

Group Managing Director, Precision Equipment


We needed a speedy, covert recruitment exercise to deliver an MD into a poorly performing division. The brief was tight yet Nevard Roland came up with an individual who met the requisite criteria to the letter. This was the first time I had used them and it won’t be the last."

Chief Executive, Business Services


We gelled with the people at Nevard Roland. Whilst it was perhaps a risk working with someone who had limited experience in our sector they dispelled any fears by demonstrating their intellect in quickly grasping the essentials of the role and their perceptiveness of character in terms of who would fit with the style of our business."

HR Director, Engineering Consultancy


By working with Nevard Roland for a number of years we believe it when they say that protecting the relationship is more important than anything else. On one occasion they had worked very hard only to be let down when an offer was rejected. They went ‘to the market’ on our behalf and found an alternative candidate after effecting a deal with another consultancy."

Group Finance Director, Consumer Goods – Mail Order

Client FAQs

Senior manager to board level appointments typically in the salary range £70k – £200K.

No, our business is founded upon relationships and our track record shows we are capable of backing this claim up with hard evidence. Perhaps more importantly we know what we can’t do and when to walk away. Our independence allows us to give practical, impartial advice on who to work with if it is not ourselves.

On the contrary, we believe it works for us. By recruiting cross functionally we are able to build a relationship over time. In so doing we are able to develop a better understanding of company values and culture than the intermittent involvement of, say, a specialist financial recruiter.

As a result of not focusing on just one industry sector, in a market where search is increasingly forming part of the quest for talent we have few (if any) off limits issues.

We deliver what we promise with an assignment completion rate that ranks with the best in our industry. We work at a commercial pace, agreeing to a timetable at the commencement of each project. Our process is thorough – we have an in-house research function rather than contracting out this sensitive function unlike most small and, indeed, some larger consultancies which do. We shortlist interview with the client if requested – consultant input is becoming highly valued with this approach. We play a critical “broking” role between offer and acceptance stage. We work on a retained basis but thereafter our fees are very much determined upon delivery rather than “time based”. We will often agree a fixed fee upon commencement of a project if we feel a higher salary than anticipated by the client is necessary to attract the right individual.

We ‘buy in’ to the people we place by offering a credible indemnity period – 6 months in the case of main board appointments. Protecting the relationship by putting client interest first sees us ‘second source’ candidates where the process breaks down and time is of the essence.

As an independent consultancy, the founding directors are actively involved in the business and accountable solely to their clients and themselves. Each new assignment is as important as the last.

If you would like to discuss a current or future recruitment need for your business, please contact us now.