"Birchwood Knight helped us with a difficult and very specific brief and delivered the result we needed, benefiting from strong knowledge and contacts within a tight talent pool. Throughout the process our Account Manager was thoughtful and selective in his approach when recommending candidates, without any sense of suggesting inappropriate individuals. He was tenacious without falling into the sin of pushiness that defines many in his profession. He proved to be a good negotiator in facilitating a mutually suitable result for the company and the candidate. As such Birchwood Knight positively differentiate themselves from many other recruitment consultants and I wouldn't hesitate to work with them again."
HSBC plc, Senior Manager
"We have used Birchwood Knight to recruit a couple of specialist media relations roles into the group communications team and have been very impressed. They go out of their way to get beyond the job description and uncover the perfect "fit" for each role. Their candidate shortlists were very well thought through allowing our time to be best spent meeting and engaging the right people. Working with Birchwood Knight was an absolute joy."
Royal Mail Group, Senior Manager
"Birchwood Knight delivered an exceptional candidate to fill a very demanding senior communications post. What made them stand-out was the time they took to understand the business, its needs and objectives and the type of candidate who would succeed in it. Their client service was also top-drawer."
White & Case LLP, Regional Head of Business Development & Marketing
"Birchwood Knight provides a unique service that goes far beyond that of a traditional recruiter. They seek to get under the skin of the organisation and provide candidates that not only have the specialist skills necessary but that are a perfect team fit."
RSA plc, Director of External Communications
"I have worked with the Birchwood Knight team over the past three years, in which time they have put forward candidates for many communications roles, successfully placing a significant number of them. I’ve been really impressed with the strength of candidates put forward, their fit with the organisation and suitability for work in the not-for-profit sector. Birchwood Knight take time to really understand the charity, its current position and campaigns, and its strategic aims. I was happy to recommend that they be placed on Save the Children’s list of approved recruitment agencies."
Save the Children, Head of Editorial & Design
"Birchwood Knight worked with Eli Lilly on a difficult senior appointment within our Communications team. They demonstrated a clear understanding for our business and the individual that we were looking for, even though this changed throughout the process. The service experienced was one of partnership and we would definately look to Birchwood Knight for the same tenacious and flexible support when we next look to recruit at this level."
Lilly, Recruitment Manager
"Since 2009 we have used Birchwood Knight on an exclusive basis to recruit for our communications team including UK and international media relations, internal communications and digital communications vacancies on both a permanent and freelance basis. Birchwood Knight has developed an excellent understanding of our business, the role our communications team plays in delivering business objectives and what makes a good recruit. They represent our brand professionally, and consistently find us the right people."
Regus plc, Group Communications Director
"Working with the Birchwood Knight team was a real pleasure. Our initial discussions to help them understand the role I was recruiting were focused and insightful - and I genuinely felt that they wanted to build a picture of our business, and not just 'this role'. The approach taken to delivery of candidates was refreshing and their focus on professionals in this field comes through - no being 'swamped' with CVs, just a discussion about potential candidates and an agreement on who to put forward. I was impressed with the quality of candidates, one of whom we recruited, and the service and focused follow-up by Birchwood Knight, who keep in touch with both the successful candidate and you as hiring manager."
Zurich Insurance plc, Head of Corporate Affairs
"Birchwood Knight helped us recruit temporary cover for a publications role at what was a very busy and difficult time for our business. They took care not to swamp us with CVs or candidates but after discussions about our needs put forward a handful of appropriate, qualified and experienced candidates. The successful candidate proved a real asset to the team: she was efficient, capable, showed initiative, was good at handling people, and proactive in coming up with ideas."
Local Government Association, Communications Editor
"At Octopus the process we go through to find the right people is painstaking. It’s not quite like choosing a wife, or a husband, but for every person we hire, we interview more than 20. We do this because we recognise that people are our Number One asset. Birchwood Knight took on a challenging brief, engaged with us so they clearly understood what we were looking for, and professionally managed the process to deliver an exceptional (and successful) candidate."
Octopus Investments, Director of Marketing
"Birchwood Knight produced an excellent result in a high level [Head of Communications] hard to fill post. Their approach was professional, punctual and went "the extra mile". I look forward to working with Birchwood Knight in the future."
Luton Borough Council, Recruitment Manager
"Following a competitive pitch we selected Birchwood Knight to help us recruit a senior communications person. We choose them based on their proactive approach and track record, and they delivered at every stage of the process against an ambitious timeframe. Every candidate shortlisted was credible, and the person we appointed is doing a great job."
The Russell Group, Director General
"Working with Birchwood Knight to recruit a new full-time speechwriter was a great experience. Operating to very tight time schedules they successfully drove the process from outset - scoping and clarifying what we needed - through the shortlisting and interview process to placement of the individual. All the candidates were of a very high standard and well briefed about the position. I had full confidence that Birchwood Knight would be able to help me fill the vacancy - and they did!"
CBI, Chief of Staff
"We used Birchwood Knight for some specialist recruitment last year. We were particularly impressed by the clarity and frequency of their communication, even when sometimes the news was negative rather than positive. Their ‘homework’ on the fit of the candidates with our role and organisation meant everyone they put forward was highly suitable, and this gave us an extremely strong field from which to choose. Thankfully, the experience and skill of the Birchwood Knight team also enabled them to provide expert advice on this difficult choice, so we ended up with an ideal colleague on the team."
Salans LLP, Global Head of Media Relations
"I have used Birchwood Knight since 2009 to recruit a number of specialist digital communications staff on both a permanent and freelance basis. Their determination to get to know the firm and the personalities within the team as thoroughly as the jobs mean that potential candidates are always expertly matched and prepared - saving me considerable time and effort. This, combined with their professionalism, openness and obvious experience, make Birchwood Knight a pleasure to deal with."
Arup, Head of Online
"Birchwood Knight are a breath of fresh air. When we recently needed to fill a vacancy in our press office team, the contact was hands-on and very personal, right from the word go. They asked all the right questions when mastering our brief - and showed flexibility when we changed the brief along the way. The quality of candidates was consistently high. Altogether a very positive experience."
Lloyds Banking Group plc, Head of Media Relations
"Birchwood Knight is one of the best recruiters I have worked with in recent times. They took time to fully understand the brief, the team and the firm, which enabled them to put forward candidates who were technically good, but would also be a good 'fit'."
Hogan Lovells LLP, Senior Communications Manager
"Birchwood Knight helped to fill a contract role in Nomura's government relations team, successfully identifying and placing the candidate at short notice. They showed an instinctive grasp of the qualities we were looking for, and executed the search swiftly and efficiently."
Nomura, VP Public Affairs
"Birchwood Knight took time to understand the culture of the business and the dynamics of the communications team. Great service and excellent attention to detail."
Virgin Atlantic, Director of Communications
"Lloyd’s of London has used Birchwood Knight to recruit a number of specialised b2b corporate communications roles. On each occasion, Birchwood Knight has provided excellent client service, listening carefully to our brief to ensure we only meet candidates with highly relevant experience and who are a good 'fit' with our organisation. I would recommend Birchwood Knight for its commitment to quality and consultative approach."
Lloyd's of London, Deputy Head of Communications
"The team at Birchwood Knight have taken the time to really understand our business and values. This means they find us candidates with the right behaviours and ‘cultural fit’. We aren’t ever just sent a list of candidates who look good on paper; their work is much more sophisticated than that, with real thought applied to their search and selection. Birchwood Knight have found some great talent for us already and I would happily work with them again in the future."
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