We specialise in identifying executive level talent for high-growth firms throughout Manchester. Our primary focus as an executive search firm in Manchester is sourcing exceptional candidates in the areas of product management, product design and UX, marketing, eCommerce, and commercial leadership.

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Intelligent People?

We’re a boutique Manchester recruitment agency and consultancy firm specialising in placing skilled and executive level candidates in product management, product design & UX, marketing, eCommerce, and commercial leadership for scale-up and enterprise brands in Manchester. Our extensive candidate network and talent search capabilities extend beyond the city limits, across the UK and EMEA. Whether you require a permanent or contract/interim leader, our team of specialist executive recruitment consultants in Manchester are ready to help you.

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Manchester executive search recruitment

Intelligent People is an essential partner for Manchester’s scale-up and enterprise companies seeking to recruit the top talent in the job market. Drawing upon our in-depth knowledge of the executive level market, we to ensure that only the most suitable and qualified individuals are presented for consideration and offer consultancy services on a range of recruitment areas:

 – executive search and headhunting 

– employer brand

– CV selection

– industry-knowledge including job descriptions, salary benchmarking,  and engagement strategies

– assessment and selection processes, through to onboarding.

Manchester’s employers can benefit from our highly personal, supportive retained search offering for C-level executive search candidates, or engage with us on a contingency basis as needed. We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke recruitment service to both candidates and clients, providing support and resources throughout the process. 

Helping candidates in Manchester find their next role

Intelligent People is a trusted partner for candidates seeking new opportunities in Product, Marketing, or eCommerce roles, whether in Manchester or across the UK.

Our executive search team in Manchester team takes the time to understand each candidate’s unique goals and career trajectory, providing bespoke advice and guidance to help them navigate the job market with confidence. With our commitment to transparency and communication, we keep candidates informed at every step of the recruitment process, providing valuable support and resources to help them succeed. 

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A Manchester executive search recruitment agency with a unique approach

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Intelligent People was founded in 2002 by co-founders Chris Mason and Doug Bates, and from the outset, our brand mission has been to assist our clients in finding top talent and leaders in the fields of product, product design and UX, marketing, and eCommerce.

At the same time, we strive to provide the most compelling career opportunities to our extensive candidate network. Our success in achieving this goal is a result of our unwavering commitment to understanding the needs of our clients and the aspirations of our candidates. This approach has enabled us to establish ourselves as a highly reputable recruitment agency in Manchester, trusted by many large and scaling businesses to deliver outstanding results.

Case study: Ben @ Amber River

Chris was able to help with the executive search process from end-to-end, including everything from finessing the job description, mapping out salary expectations, putting together the recruitment process, delivering a shortlist, interview preparation and managing the offer negotiations

We found the whole process to be extremely well managed – Chris was able to challenge our thinking where we needed it, but he also listened to our needs and showed flexibility to our existing recruitment processes. The way in which Chris and his team worked was complimentary to us, a real partnership. There was no ‘one size fits all approach’ and that allowed the whole executive search process to run smoothly.

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Case study: Product recruitment

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. 

We would absolutely recommend Intelligent People as a recruitment partner. In fact, we’ve come back to Intelligent People again to help recruit for other positions since.

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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.

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Chris Mason
Co-founder, Intelligent People

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