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Quest Search and Selection – Our Story

We are a specialist retail and consumer recruitment consultancy with an international presence and a global reach.

From our first office in London in 1994, we have expanded out to the Middle East with an office in Dubai.

Within our niche, we are as well known as the brands we serve.

We recruit for senior and specialist roles around the world. Our services include Executive Search, Permanent, Interim and Contract Recruitment as well as Market Research and Insight. Our clients range from famous international consumer brands to niche online retailers. 

We are a private company, owned by the employees of Quest, and this allows us to have a long-term strategy with an absolute focus on service and relationships. The driving force behind our agency is a drive to deliver quality recruitment. Quality can be hard to define, but for us, it is the execution of flawless recruitment, matching the best talent to brands and creating long-term value for all parties.

Our reputation is built on our in-depth understanding of the industry and our consultants’ skill, knowledge and passion. All of our senior staff have at least five years’ recruitment experience or have previously worked in the industry for which they recruit. This experience and insight elevate our advice and service from mere job-fulfilment to strategic consultancy, which gives our clients the edge – invaluable in a fiercely competitive market.​

You can judge a recruitment agency by the quality of its network. At Quest, we have relationships with decision makers at most retail and consumer brands across the globe. The combination of our database of over 700,000 professionals along with our on-going investments, CRM technology and social media, guarantees us access to the best talent for each role. 

In fact, our reach is so broad we regularly manage assignments that involve the relocation of specialist talent and managers around the globe.

Most of all, we are proud of our repeat business ratio: 90%. We believe this is a potent symbol of the trust and respect we've earned from our clients.  For a more in-depth look at our client success stories visit our testimonials page.


Why Quest?

  • Unrivalled knowledge of the Retail and Consumer sectors
  • Over 20 years’ experience in finding top talent
  • A database of over 700,000 retail candidates
  • A strong team of experienced account managers
  • International offices in the UK and Middle East
  • Recommended by the world’s leading retail businesses
  • 90% repeat business

Latest Jobs

Regional Manager (South East)
£40,000 - £45,000 - Kent, Kent Ref: Q101936 | Published: 07th Dec 2016

A British premium fashion brand with impressive growth plans for 2016 is looking for an exceptional general or area manager to lead their high turnover stores in the S...

Store Manager - Cambridge
£25,000 - £30,000 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Ref: Q101937 | Published: 07th Dec 2016

My client, one of the biggest brands on the high street is looking for a Store Manager in Cambridge Area. The successful candidate must have excellent coaching and lea...

Head of Strategy
£90,000 - £110,000 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: Q101914 | Published: 07th Dec 2016

Head of Strategy - Digital Agency Our client is a globally based agency with offices worldwide and they are looking for a Head of Strategy to work with current clients...

Assistant Merchandiser
£19,000 - £23,000 - Lancashire, Lancashire Ref: Q101921 | Published: 06th Dec 2016

This is a great opportunity for an Assistant Merchandiser to progress their career with an established British fashion retailer. You will be based at the Lancashire He...

Senior Buyer - Beauty Accessories
£50,000 - £60,000 - South London, London Ref: Q101049 | Published: 05th Dec 2016

This leading high-street retailer renowned for their everyday household offering is looking for a Senior Buyer to manage one of their categories within their Branded B...

Regional Manager - Midlands
£50,000 - £60,000 - West Midlands, West Midlands Ref: Q100682 | Published: 05th Dec 2016

An exceptional Regional Manager/Area Manager is needed for a market leading and Award Winning retail brand. Reporting to the Head of Operations you will be charged wit...

Sales Advisor
£17,000 - £20,000 - London, London Ref: Q101807 | Published: 05th Dec 2016

My client, a market leading and well known British self-storage provider, consistently in The Sunday Top 100 companies to work for, is looking for experienced Sales Ad...

Customer Service Leader - Gatwick
£22,000 - £26,000 - Gatwick, West Sussex Ref: Q101502 | Published: 05th Dec 2016

Do you love working in a fast-paced retail environment, which provides an amazing shopping experience to your customers?! This role is a unique opportunity to work in ...

Master Baker
£30,000 - £50,000 - Jeddah, Ref: Q98808 | Published: 04th Dec 2016

One of the largest food manufacturing companies in the Middle East, who due to unprecedented market interest, is currently looking for a Master Baker. As a Master Bake...

Fashion Category Manager
£70,000 - £85,000 - Dubai, Dubai Ref: 101905 | Published: 04th Dec 2016

This role is a brand new role which has opened up in this team where the candidate wil be responsible for developing and implementing the category strategy with the fo...

Womenswear Senior Designer- Jersey
£35,000 - £40,000 - London, London Ref: Q101911 | Published: 03th Dec 2016

This beautiful contemporary Womenswear premium brand is looking for a Senior Designer with Jersey experience. The brand has an emphasis on providing its customers with...

Ecommerce Marketing Officer
£25,000 - £35,000 - London, London Ref: 101907 | Published: 02th Dec 2016

Ecommerce Marketing Officer An exciting Ecommerce Marketing Officer opportunity has arisen to join a global organisation dedicated to wellness, who runs international ...

Quest Insights

Retail offers most lucrative pay increase of any job
2016-11-17 11:00:00 +0000

Working as a retail representative offers the best pay increase opportunity of any job, according to a new study by Glassdoor. Retail ranked the second highest in terms of workers on minimum wage last year, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), with over 50 per cent of retail jobs paying below the Living Wage. Yet new data has found those who stick with their job for a significant period stand to cash in on their loyalty. A retail representative who stays in their role for eig... Read more.