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Our Services

At Quest Search and Selection we work in partnership with our clients, providing strategic advice and specialist knowledge as well as operational recruitment services.

Our aim is to build long-lasting and effective relationships in order to develop a detailed understanding of each client’s business, culture and recruitment requirements. Our very high repeat business rate is a testament to our commitment to meeting our clients’ needs.

Retained Search

Board and Director level roles, and those which are time- and business-critical, require a focused and highly proactive recruitment approach.  Quest has a proven track record of finding senior candidates who add lasting value to their organisations.

A dedicated team led by a senior consultant is assigned to each role. We carefully research the market and role and develop a tailored search strategy to identify candidates internationally and across all consumer sectors and functions, including people not currently active in the job market. Suitable contacts will be screened and pre-interviewed before we present clients with a shortlist of fully qualified and vetted candidates, all of whom will be suitable for appointment.  We then arrange all aspects of the formal interview process and provide continual two-way feedback throughout, as well as assisting with the offer stage and providing ongoing follow-up after the appointment.

Contingency Search

At Quest we have an extensive network of contacts spanning the international Retail and Consumer sectors, including a proprietary database of over 700,000 vetted candidates which is constantly being developed and updated.  Thanks to these contacts, the experience of our consultants, and our continued investment in advertising and social media we can guarantee to reach the widest possible pool of candidates for each role, and can provide a quick turnaround of candidates already known to us.

Interim and Contract Roles

We know that clients sometimes require interim staff or contract support for project-based work which calls for particular skills on a short-term basis. At Quest we have a large pool of excellent candidates who prefer to work on an interim basis and are often available to start work immediately.

Market Information

Our consultants and researchers have unrivalled knowledge and insight into trends and developments across the Retail and Consumer Goods sectors.

We are able to provide clients with detailed and up to date information on the Consumer Goods and Retail job markets: where the best people are working, market mapping, recent senior moves in the sector, job profiling, salary surveys and much more.

Employee and Candidate Assessment

We offer a range of tools to complement and strengthen the interview process including assessment centre design and facilitation, candidate testing (including SHL, behavioural profiling, aptitude testing and bespoke tests) and one-to-one biographical or competency assessments.

Training and Outplacement Services

We provide career assistance and practical job search guidance, particularly to businesses which are downsizing and require support for staff to find new roles. These outplacement services are carefully tailored to suit the needs of individual clients but may include workshops, mentoring services or one-to-one consultations. Typical packages may include:

  • Reviewing your knowledge and skills
  • Transferable skills
  • Realistic career choices
  • Curriculum Vitae and cover letter writing
  • Researching the market
  • Using social media
  • International relocation: advice and pitfalls
  • Interview skills
  • Negotiating a job offer

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

Assistant Merchandiser
£19,000 - £25,000 - Lancashire Ref: Q101921 | Published: 18th Jan 2017

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...

Wine Sales Executive
£30,000 - £40,000 - Dubai Ref: Q100998 | Published: 18th Jan 2017

A highly successful alcohol vendor is currently looking to hire a dynamic and highly driven Wine Sales Executive to join their Sales team. Your role as the Sales Execu...

Head of Merchandising
£45,000 - £45,000 - Norfolk Ref: Q102167 | Published: 17th Jan 2017

A market leading retailer, known for its trailblazing initiatives in their industry, is looking for an experienced merchandiser to lead their growing merch team. This ...

Marketing Analyst
£24,000 - £25,000 - Lancashire Ref: Q102128 | Published: 17th Jan 2017

This established British fashion and lifestyle retailer is looking for a Marketing Analyst to join their growing business. The successful candidate will ideally have e...

Merchandiser - FTC
£33,000 - £35,000 - Lancashire Ref: Q102110 | Published: 17th Jan 2017

This established British fashion retailer is looking for a Merchandiser to join their Merchandising team. This is a contract position for 10-12 months, and you will be...

Flagship General Manager (Central London)
£65,000 - £75,000 - London Ref: 102121 | Published: 17th Jan 2017

An iconic luxury clothing retailer is looking for an exceptional store manager to lead its most high profile and high turnover flagship stores in Central London. This ...

Store Manager - West Sussex
£17,500 - £20,000 - Worthing, West Sussex Ref: Q102092 | Published: 16th Jan 2017

This industry leading supplier & wholesaler dealing with reputable trade customers and businesses is looking for a Flagship Store Manager. This national business has o...

Sales Advisor - Stockport
£16,440 - £16,440 - Stockport, Greater Manchester Ref: Q102107 | Published: 16th Jan 2017

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 an experienced Sales...

Assistant Store Manager - Kingston
£19,500 - £22,000 - Kingston upon Thames, Surrey Ref: Q102108 | Published: 16th Jan 2017

A new opportunity has arisen with a well known self-storage provider that is now looking for an Assistant Store Manager for their site in Kingston. You will be respons...

Senior Marketing Manager
£50,000 - £70,000 - Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Ref: 102091 | Published: 13th Jan 2017

An exciting Senior Marketing Manager opportunity has arisen to join a renowned brand that has exciting future-plans. This position will be well suited to someone who i...

Store Manager - North London
£27,000 - £32,000 - North West London, London Ref: Q101906 | Published: 13th Jan 2017

A new opportunity has arisen with a well known self-storage provider that is now looking for an Store Manager for their site in North West London. You will be responsi...

Store Manager - East London
£22,000 - £25,000 - East London, London Ref: Q102094 | Published: 13th Jan 2017

This industry leading supplier & wholesaler dealing with reputable trade customers and businesses is looking for a Flagship Store Manager. This national business has o...

Quest Insights

Christmas Shopping?
2016-12-16 10:00:00 +0000

Over a third of shoppers plan to increase their spending over Christmas, despite Brexit anxieties. New research from shopper marketing agency Savvy has found that UK consumers are less affected by looming inflation than many predicted, with over a quarter expecting to shop online on Christmas day. Change to consumer confidence appears to have remained minimal since the referendum, and Christmas sales are expected to continue a trend of growth in light of new Office for National Statistics fig... Read more.