The top Edinburgh recruitment agency serving employers and candidates within the local and surrounding areas.

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Your Edinburgh recruitment agency

A specialist Edinburgh recruitment agency, working across disciplines including product management, product design & UX, marketing, eCommerce, and commercial leadership.

If you need a permanent or contract/interim leader, or help with Executive Search recruitment in Edinburgh, our team of experienced C-level recruiters are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive support.

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Edinburgh recruitment agency: services for employers

As a Edinburgh recruitment agency for both corporate and scale-up clients, we offer a comprehensive range of services tailored to the Edinburgh market. This includes advising on Executive Searches and headhunting, employer branding, creating candidate profiles, conducting salary benchmarking, developing search and engagement strategies, and managing the entire candidate assessment and selection process, as well as facilitating the onboarding process. We specialise particular in making senior appointments, especially for C-level recruitment within Edinburgh.

Our highly personalised and supportive retained recruitment service is tailored to meet the needs of C-level candidates, while our contingency-based approach provides more flexible options for employers across the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh based roles we hire for


We recruit across all marketing disciplines and provide a personalised marketing recruitment service placing highly talented executive level marketers within reputable brands.

Marketing services


We are a specialist product management recruitment agency. Our consultants understand the employment landscape; salary expectations, lead times, product trends, issues and more

Product management services


As one of the UK’s leading agencies for eCommerce recruitment, we specialise in sourcing the country’s most talented eCommerce professionals for our scale up and enterprise employers.

eCommerce services

Product design & UX roles

We specialise in recruiting for positions including Vice President Product Design, Product Design Director, UX Director, Head of UX and more. We can help advise on salary expectations and the latest trends in the market.View Product Design & UX services

level roles

For over 20 years, we have been building relationships with brands in the UK and beyond. So we are perfectly placed to help you find your next Executive level position and to negotiate the right salary, benefits and package for you.

Executive Search Edinburgh


With a strong candidate network, we can be very responsive and fill roles fast, without ever comprising on quality of candidate. We’ll also help you with all of the legal steps you need to take to protect your business.View contract services

Edinburgh recruitment agency: areas we operate in

Need advice from an Edinburgh executive recruitment expert?

Doug focuses on delivering executive level search campaigns for his clients. He is particularly proud that the business is the market leader in marketing, product and eCommerce – genuinely exciting areas which allow him to learn about innovative technologies every day.

Doug Bates

Doug Bates
Co-founder, Intelligent People

Chris focuses on leading the team to success, working directly with clients that need help in finding experienced, executive level candidates. Chris gets a buzz from the work he does, solving clients’ problems and changing people’s lives by finding the perfect opportunity.

Chris Mason, Executive Recruiter

Chris Mason
Co-founder, Intelligent People

Calling candidates in Edinburgh

We take a unique and ethical approach to recruitment, striving to collaborate closely with our candidates to find the best possible opportunities. Whether you are an experienced C-level Product leader, Marketing Executive, or eCommerce Head looking to relocate to or from the Scottish capital, we are here to help. 

Our commitment to our candidates goes beyond simply finding job placements; we aim to help them achieve their full potential by identifying their individual goals and matching them with a compatible business culture and role in which they can truly thrive. We work tirelessly to ensure that our candidates are placed in positions that align with their vision, setting them up for long-term success.

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Latest employer and candidate resources advice

The latest Edinburgh recruitment news


1 in 8 workers now in employment that offers little or no security, says union body

The number of people in insecure work has reached a record high of 4.1 million, according to new TUC analysis.

The analysis of official statistics shows the number of people in precarious employment – such as zero-hours-contracts, low-paid self-employment and casual/seasonal work – increased by nearly one million between 2011 and 2023.

Over that period insecure work rose nearly three times faster than secure forms of employment. While the numbers in insecure work increased by 31%, those in secure employment increased by just 11%.

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Edinburgh employment stats

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Economic status of Edinburgh residents and employment

The proportion of people in Edinburgh who are economically inactive but want a job is lower than the average of major UK cities. Over four fifths (81.2%) of the population between 16 and 64 years are in employment, which is the highest
percentage of the eight main cities in UK (excluding London). The main reasons for being economically inactive in Edinburgh includes being a student (45.5%) and being long-term sick (22.8%).

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Edinburgh recruitment agency: we're highly recommended

Case study: Ben @ Amber River

Although there are quite a few big recruitment players within the financial services industry, we actively wanted to approach an agency with experience in other fields to give us a fresh perspective and access to a broader range of candidates.

Intelligent People did a brilliant executive search, providing a quality list of very engaged candidates to us extremely quickly. The quality of the shortlist we received is testament to the expertise and service offering within Intelligent People.

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Executive Search Client
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Case study: Product recruitment

We initially approached another recruitment professional, who recommended Chris Mason and Intelligent People to us as product management recruitment specialists. When we got in touch, I found Chris to be open and thoughtful, taking time to understand our business and its vision moving forward.

Chris provided a strong understanding of the product management recruitment market, advising us on what calibre of candidate we could secure against our budget. Chris helped to define salary expectations for the candidates, and we were clear on how we could move forward with the recruitment process.

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We support Tree-Nation

As a business, we pledge to to support Tree-Nation with their mission to reforest the world, planting trees to fight Climate Change.

For every candidate placement that we make, Intelligent People pledge to plant 20 trees to help:

  • protect biodiversity
  • restore forests
  • create jobs
  • support local communities

By working with us as a recruitment agency, you can build high-performance teams for your business and contribute towards Climate Change, reforestation efforts and building a more sustainable future – all at the same time.

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