I have been an Interim Procurement Manager with Edwards for over 6 years. The department I work within is a key part of the business. Non-performance would stop inbound supply of products so when we have any staffing requirements they are urgent and very important we have the right person hired.
Historically I have found it very difficult to recruit for my team. I have used agencies in the past but my experience has been awful. I have found a lot of recruiters do not understand the positions or our business and are unable to act fast to my needs when the arise. As a result no suitable candidates being submitted has left important gaps in my team.
I have only been working with Kingston Barnes for the last 6 months, but I must say working with them has been a breath of fresh air!
Kingston Barnes have successfully recruited 3 excellent people in my team all of which are still here. Every vacancy I have needed to fulfil they understood the role and the type of person I was looking for. But what has impressed me the most is their speed of finding quality candidates. Within 24-48 hours of my requirements being identified I had a selection of perfectly suited candidates which had been carefully selected, consulted in detail and sent to me. All of which were an exact match to what I was looking for. This has saved me an awful lot of time and hassle, ensuring my team can succeed.
Kingston Barnes is now my recruiter of choice. They get my needs, understand the business, communicate well but most importantly deliver. I would certainly recommend for companies looking for an easy, enjoyable and effective recruitment process.
Having had some very mixed experiences with a variety of similar firms in the past, it was an absolute pleasure working with Kate Hallett at Kingston Barnes.
After an initial introduction with Kate, she wasted no time at all in contacting various prospective employers, which she felt suited my skill set and requirements. Within a few days she had meetings set up, and very quickly I was employed by a fantastic firm.
I know that it was Kate’s professionalism and persistence that opened the door for me, and without her I would not be in the position that I am in now. Even after my employment, it was reassuring to receive follow up calls and emails enquiring how things were going, which is a great touch.
I really cannot rate Kingston Barnes highly enough, and I would recommend them to anybody who feels they need the services offered.
It was a pleasure to deal with Kate at Kingston Barnes. They have fantastic contacts within the development industry and unlike many other recruitment agencies made me feel like an important individual and took my search seriously and kept in regular contact. They were quick to understand the type of role I was looking for and more specifically the type of company I was seeking and each time put me forward for exactly the right position. I found Kate professional and approachable and always there to help through the process.
During my career as a Quantity Surveyor over the last 12 years I can honestly say I have not come across a recruitment consultancy that prioritize the applicants needs over their own finding fees, until I met up with Kingston Barnes. My position was a particularly difficult one at the time but KB managed to take my requirements on board and introduce me to a company that could fully accommodate them as opposed to trying to tempt me into alternative opportunities that most of us would have considered anyway. In addition to the excellent service provided during the negotiation process KB have continued to impress with their aftercare, with regular feedback on progress and sincere willingness for the candidate to succeed within their new role (something that a lot of recruitment companies tend to forget about). I would recommend KB to any aspiring QS that wants to improve their career.
“I am pleased to provide this statement to highlight the exceptional service Kingston Barnes offered me from initial contact to successfully being placed with an employer. I would like to give a special thanks to Charles Orr, you have been a pleasure to contact, very helpful and friendly. Thank you for your encouraging words and support from my application to interview and after to see how I’m getting on, I will never forget this!
I would highly recommend Kingston Barnes you have been fantastic to work with”.
“PGP have used Kingston Barnes to source various new members of our Quantity Surveying team over the past few years in what is a challenging marketplace for new recruits. Kingston Barnes have taken the time to understand our business and have provided some excellent candidates taking the time and stress involved with advertising away and allowing us to continue to concentrate on our business. We would strongly recommend Kingston Barnes to assist anyone with their recruitment needs”