We find and nuture executive level talent for Leeds’ high-growth firms, in the areas of product management, product design & UX, marketing, eCommerce and commerical leadership.

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Who are
Intelligent People?

As a boutique recruitment agency and consultancy firm based in Leeds, we specialise in identifying and placing experienced and executive-level candidates in the fields of product management, product design & UX, marketing, eCommerce, and commercial leadership. Our extensive talent search and candidate network extends beyond Leeds to encompass the rest of the UK and EMEA regions. Whether you require a permanent or contract/interim leader, our team of specialised executive search recruitment agents are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive support.

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Providing executive search recruitment for Leeds

As a executive search recruitment agency for both corporate and scale-up clients in Leeds, we offer a comprehensive range of services. This includes advising on 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. 

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 Leeds region.

The leading recruitment agency for candidates in Leeds

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 executive in Product Mangement, Marketing Executive, or eCommerce Head looking to relocate to or from Leeds, we are here to help. 

With offices located in the south, we are also actively seeking Northern talent to fill roles with our many London-based employers.

Check out our dedicated section on the help available to candidates.

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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New employment laws from April 2024 – including wage increase and tax cut

The first week of April will see a number of new employment laws come into force that will affect workers’ wages and rights to certain types of leave.

Read this article to discover the changes to:

– National Insurance

– Minimum wage increase

– Flexible working

– Protection for carers and expectant mums

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A different kind of executive search recruitment agency in Leeds

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Intelligent People was founded by Chris Mason and Doug Bates in 2002, and our brand mission has always been focused on providing expert talent and leadership solutions across the fields of product, marketing, and eCommerce, while simultaneously connecting our candidate network with the most exciting career opportunities.

We achieve this mission by taking a personalised approach to each of our clients and candidates, taking the time to fully understand their individual needs and aspirations. Our commitment to building strong relationships has allowed us to become a trusted partner to many large and scaling businesses in the Leeds region. As a result, we have established a reputation for being a highly successful and different kind of recruitment agency.


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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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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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

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