Finlay Gardener has extensive experience across the Consumer & Retail sector providing bespoke talent solutions across FMCG, CPG, Retail, Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism, Luxury and Consumer Durables.

The economic backdrop for our clients remains uncertain and complex, and the key to growth lies in recruiting the right leadership team – not only in terms of skills and experience, but attitudes, behaviours, and culture fit. Aided by the supercomputers in their pockets, consumers themselves are becoming more demanding in terms of the brand relationships they are engaging with, the retail experience they are actively choosing to take part in, and their ability to share their experience. These factors are universally changing the face of the Consumer Goods Industry.

The Consumer market remains one of the most highly competitive in terms of talent acquisition and it is essential we work with each client to understand their commercial strategy and align the best approach in terms of a recruitment plan. We recognise that every business varies and flexibility and agility are key to successful recruitment. Whilst we can provide clients with exceptional talent for C-Suite appointments, we also work hard to ensure the Senior Leadership team has a strong talent pipeline and succession ‘planning’ is indeed planned rather than a moment of panic.  In instances where an interim solution is the right answer, we are also able to look at providing extremely swift assistance at a senior level and will work closely to ensure permanent hires are found if required.

Our work with clients ranges from traditional Executive Search through to talent campaigning and the provision of RPO services. We can provide true partnership and consultancy advice to our clients and we offer expertise across Sales, Marketing, Operations, HR, Supply Chain and Procurement, ensuring that we are seen as trusted advisors in all functions and at all levels of the organisation.

We are experienced recruiters – engaging with senior candidates and clients on a day to day basis for many years.  Having worked in blue chip multinationals both in the UK and across Europe, we not only understand the commercial challenges but we also have the balance of IQ/EQ to represent our clients’ brands sensitively and be supportive to both clients and candidates throughout a recruitment process. Our experience spans large multinational through to SMEs and Start-ups and we have worked with private, family owned business through to PLCs and PE backed organisations. Each requires a slightly different approach but with sufficient openness to find solutions to unusual problems.