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    Alex Lewis

    Consultant, Dubai

    Alex has a Bachelor of the Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has been in Dubai for almost 3 years and started his recruitment career in Oil & Gas and Construction with Sthree. Since the oil & gas market took a turn for the worse Alex turned to Digital & IT Recruitment. Since doing so Alex has specialised in 360 recruitment as well as Business Development in a management role. Alex was brought on to digitize the existing revenue streams that Quest Search & Selection specialize in .

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    Andrew Walker

    Consultant, London

    Andrew joined Quest’s UK office in January 2015 as a Recruitment Consultant, focusing primarily on roles based in the north of England and Scotland for Retail Recruitment positions within Stores, Operations and Head Office.  Andrew worked at EE as Retail Manager for 7 years prior to joining Quest, so has a strong sales background.  Andrew has a BA in Business and Marketing from the University Of Lincoln, UK.​

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    Barry Hopkins

    Managing Consultant, London

    Barry Hopkins joined Quest Search in 2016 to lead the digital business across consumer markets. He began his career working for TGI Friday’s, Game Group and O2 Telefonica before moving into recruitment. Barry has 12 years’ recruitment experience specialising within the retail, hospitality & leisure sectors.

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    Emma Hutchinson

    Consultant, London

    Emma is part of the Fashion Team at Quest, and specialises in stores, merchandising and logistics roles for premium brands across the UK. After completing a BA Geography Degree at the University of Nottingham, she travelled South America before joining the Boots Graduate Scheme. She spent a year in various retail management positions in London, and joined Quest as a Consultant in 2016.

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    Gavin Morris

    Managing Consultant, London

    Gavin heads up our commercial division focusing on senior level sales and marketing appointments across the UK. With over 6 years recruitment experience he has developed a breadth of knowledge and network in the UK and Internationally having spent 3 years in our Dubai office. Gavin personally specializes in the appointments of Commercial Directors and Senior Management across both FMCG & Retail but can facilitate the support for more volume led projects through his wider team.  

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    James MacNab

    Supply Chain & Logistics Consultant, Dubai

    James joined Quest Search & Selection towards the end of 2016, specialising within Supply Chain & Logistics, across the MENA region. He started his career working within the Banking industry, working his way to a Deputy Manager level, before moving into recruitment, where he has gained 5 years of experience across Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, and FMCG.  

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    Karolina Plaskaty

    Consultant, London

    Karolina joined Quest in March 2016 after having a successful career in retail management. Having previously worked at Vodafone and Lloyds Bank she gained management and sales experience . Specialising in Retail Operations and Head office roles in the Luxury  Boutique, Jewellery and accessories sectors.

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    Marcel Chahine

    Divisional Manager, London

    Marcel Chahine heads up the UK-based International Team. He has a degree in Business Management and worked in property and leasing for several years before joining Quest in 2007.  Marcel has an exceptional level of industry knowledge and an unparalleled network of contacts.  He and his team focus predominantly on opportunities across Europe, Middle East and Africa although they have also worked on assignments across the Caribbean and Asia – never one to disappoint a client! 

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    Olivia Roberts

    Head of Retail, Dubai

    Olivia is the Head of Retail for Quest Search & Selection focusing on senior recruitment across the Gulf region. Olivia has nearly 5 years recruitment experience from Michael Page UK & Middle East specializing solely in the Retail Sector. Previous to that Olivia has a Fashion & Textiles Degree from Leeds University, and a strong background in Business Development from a leading global mobile provider. Olivia specialises in placements of C Level Executives, Directors, Managers and Executives within Operations, Commercial, Buying & Merchandising , Design across MENA region & Asia Pacific.

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    Rainer Iveson

    Consultant - International FMCG, Dubai

    Rainer joined Quest in January 2016. He has a Law Degree from Queen Mary University London and previous experience as a Marketing Manager for a  retention marketing company based out of London. Rainer now specialises in FMCG recruitment across multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.

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    Renu Dalani

    Senior Consultant, Dubai

    Renu has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Gujarat. Renu’s expertise is clearly reflected in the assignments she has successfully completed for multinational companies in Asia Pacific, GCC and MENA regions. Executive roles she has filled in the top tier international fashion and consumer brands include country-level General Managers, Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing & Digital, E-commerce, Wholesale Management, Retail & Store Development, Visual Merchandising Professionals along with Finance and HR Professionals across the regions.

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    Richard Ashcroft

    Managing Consultant, London

    Richard Ashcroft joined Quest in 2010. He has a degree in Business Studies and began his career in retail and hospitality management before becoming a recruitment consultant. Richard was initially tasked with developing Quest’s hospitality desk and now works across all retail roles, covering assignments ranging from £30-£150k both in-store and head office.

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    Rubee Variava

    Consultant, London

    Rubee recently joined the fashion team at Quest with 7 years’ experience in Fashion Buying within high profile brands including Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren and Timberland. Rubee completed a Fashion Design and Technology degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, prior to pursuing her career within Retail. With her invaluable understanding of the retail industry, her specialist areas are recruiting for head office roles including Buying, Merchandising, Design and Production/Technical roles.

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    Samantha Silva

    Divisional Manager, London

    Samantha Silva heads up the UK Retail team from Quest’s London office.  Her specialist areas include nationwide Retail Operations recruitment across all sectors and also Head Office recruitment across the South and Midlands. Samantha joined Quest as a graduate and has worked her way up during ten years’ recruitment experience. She has managed the retail team over the last six years, including a one-year secondment in Manchester. Samantha has won a number of internal accolades and awards and has become the most successful consultant in Quest history.

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    Thea Kearse

    Consultant – Hospitality and Food & Beverage Sector, Dubai

    Thea Joined Quest’s Dubai office after having a successful international career in Hospitality management spanning 10 years. Her experience has proven to give her a niche understanding of the luxury Hospitality & Leisure market.  She specialises in roles within internationally renowned 5 star hotel groups, luxury independent restaurants and QSR.  

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    Vanessa Jakubowski

    International FMCG, Dubai

    Vanessa joined Quest in August 2016. She has a degree in Law and started her career as a Crime and Tax Paralegal before training as a Recruitment Consultant. Vanessa was initially tasked with expanding the Dubai office’s FMCG desk and now focuses on sales and marketing role in tobacco, alcohol, confectionary and soft drinks ranging from AED 15K – 65K per month in the MENA region.  

Why Quest?

  • Unrivalled knowledge of the Retail and Consumer Goods sectors
  • Over 20 years’ experience in finding top talent
  • A database of over 700,000 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

Allocator
£20,000 - £25,000 - North London, London Ref: Q102652_1487957721 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

This internationally-renowned luxury fashion and lifestyle brand is looking for an analytical Allocator to join their Merchandising team at their North London head off...

Regional Director
£120,000 - Dubai Ref: Q82441_1487953043 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

Leading fashion retailer currently looking to appoint a Regional Director across the GCC to help expand their current retailing portfolio. The remit: - Maximise sales ...

Payroll Assistant - London
£16,000 - £18,000 - City of London, London Ref: Q102585_1487951177 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

PAYROLL ASSISTANT - LONDON A fast-paced high-street fashion retailer is looking for a payroll assistant to join their London based Head Office. This is an exciting opp...

Product Technologist- Lighting & Accessories
£45,000 - £50,000 - London Ref: Q102661_1487950991 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

Homewares Product Technologist- Lighting & Accessories Great new role for an extremely successful business! A well-established high-end specialist furniture and home w...

HR Assistant - London
£15,000 - £17,000 - City of London, London Ref: Q102658_1487950924 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

HR ASSISTANT - LONDON My client, a creative and fun high-street fashion brand is looking for a HR assistant to join their team in London! This is an amazing opportunit...

Department Manager
£25,000 - £30,000 - Oxfordshire Ref: Q102660_1487949765 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

A leading premium fashion and lifestyle brand is seeking a commercial retail manager to join their exception store team in the Oxfordshire area. This role requires an ...

Regional Manager
£50,000 - City of London, London Ref: Q82441_1487941428 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

Leading restaurant chain currently looking to appoint a Regional Manager to help expand their current retailing portfolio. The remit: - Maximise sales and profit - Abi...

Head of Merchandising
£100,000 - Dubai Ref: Q80190_1487938345 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

This leading global retailer is searching for an ambitious and highly capable Head of Merchandising to join its successful Merchandising team in the retail division. A...

Head of Operations
£90,000 - London Ref: Q75371_1487936303 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

Head of Operations required to spearhead domestic developments. Head of Ops will be responsible for: Overall responsibility for the implementation and launch of the bu...

Retail HR Manager
£75,000 - Belgium Ref: Q77173_1487935645 | Published: 24th Feb 2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a leading fashion brand with major expansion plans In order to continue their successful growth plans, this company is looki...

Intern - HR
£1 - £1 - Dubai Ref: Q102651_1487848595 | Published: 23th Feb 2017

Quest is a boutique specialist retail and consumer recruitment consultancy with an international presence. From their first office in London in 1994, they have expande...

Buying & Merchandising Manager
£55,000 - £75,000 - United Arab Emirates Ref: Q102546_1487831137 | Published: 23th Feb 2017

Job Title: Buying & Merchandising Manager Job Ref: 102546 Job Location: UAE Salary: 28000-30000 AED per month Job Description: Our client, a fast-growing Retail compan...

Quest Insights

Quest UK Retail Salary Survey
2017-02-21 11:00:00 +0000

In January 2017 Quest, in partnership with Retail Gazette, launched the most comprehensive salary review of retail professionals in the UK. Over 500 UK retail professionals were surveyed and their opinions and answers form the basis of the report alongside insights from our experienced consultants. We would like to thank everyone that took part in the survey and made this report possible. Initial findings show that despite all the uncertainty in the past year most retail professionals are sat... Read more.