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James heads up our international search practice and was recently recruited for his specialist experience working at director, management, board and C-level, as well as for his diverse knowledge across markets and different functions. His engaging style and drive set him apart from others, and this made him an excellent fit for heading up one of our divisions. 


He has a global remit and has a track record of working with a myriad of new clients from start up’s and SME’s, through to multi-national corporations and FTSE 100 organisations. The main services he offers are around helping companies to grow by finding, attracting, retaining, and developing the best talent, as well as ensuring that clients have the right support, processes, organisation, and structure in place to enable operational growth. 


James has been successful at, and boasts some very impressive references for, recruiting some internationally recognised hires at board and leadership level. He also has a very diverse track record of recruiting management and leadership roles across different functions too, notably; business development, operational, financial, legal, information and technology, science, engineering, QHSE, and others. 


For us he will be focussing on developing and growing our presence on a global level, as well as helping to cultivate new relationships on our doorstep. He has notable experience within Science, Engineering, Compliance, particularly within the TIC, CRO, and CDMO markets. His remit is to develop several key new markets and to double our number of repeat clients, as well as to lead on our hires at management, board level, and C-level.


Email: james.smethurst@kevinedward.co.uk

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