Your South West Executive Search Partner

Selecting High Performance Leaders For Forward-Thinking Businesses.

We place business leaders into leading businesses so that they can achieve a high-performance culture and superior results. Covering the whole South West region King Executive was found in January 2021 as the executive search and headhunting arm of King Recruit.

King Executive is already leading the way across the region and key to our success is our own bespoke 4-step leadership assessment programme, The King Executive Method.

We provide a premium level of service across the board, from mid to senior level professionals, working with Owner-Managed Businesses, through to Private Equity backed growth firms and large PLC’s. We build transparent partnerships and our overriding objective is to select leaders of the future to effect high performance and growth for your business.

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Your Future Leaders

Introducing the King Executive Method. Our bespoke 4-stage leadership assessment programme is designed to attract high-level specialists who are at the top of their field.

King Executive works with successful and high growth businesses of all sizes across the South West.

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Drive your career

Representing your candidacy effectively and confidentially.

We make 30% of our hires ‘happen’ via targeted and proactive introductions. Meaning, the role previously didn’t exist.

Whether your next strategic career move is now or in the future, we work in partnership with you.

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Executive Women

King Executive Women is our brand new female only community!

Championing change and helping to position the very best female leaders for success. Our pledge is to present an even ratio split of women to men on all of our shortlists – where humanly possible!

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Future Talent Today

Check out the rest of the King Recruit Group.

This is our specialised recruitment proposition.

We work across a broad range of commercial positions, whether it’s business development, technical & IT, business services, finance and digital.

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Knowledge and Insights

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How to win your next Executive Career Move

How to stand out from the crowd and win your next Executive job opportunity in the South West - An alternative view. Following a recent survey by King Executive of over 100 executive professionals who have looked for a career move in the last 2 years in the South West; over 80% of our respondents felt that it was 'challenging' to…

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Hiring for Growth: In conversation with James Caan

Following on from our first video in the series, in conversation with James Caan, this week’s video shows Helen and James discussing hiring for growth, specifically for SMEs. In 2017, serial entrepreneur James Caan CBE was named as LinkedIn’s second most influential voice. Helen took the opportunity to draw on his wisdom and asked James what his biggest piece…

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In conversation with James Caan CBE – the new partnership

______________________________________________ Earlier this year we were thrilled to go into partnership with James Caan CBE’s award-winning investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur, one of the most successful private equity investors in start-up to scale-up recruitment businesses. King Recruit works with high-growth SME businesses in the South West helping them to build teams and drive success, so the partnership was an ideal opportunity.…

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King Recruit partner with James Caan CBE

PRESS RELEASE Recruitment Entrepreneur and James Caan CBE invest in Exeter-based high growth SME recruitment specialists, King Recruit. James Caan CBE’s award-winning investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur is pleased to announce the partnership of its newest joint venture, King Recruit. Based in Exeter, King Recruit work with high-growth SME businesses in the South West helping them to build teams and drive…

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7 Top Reasons To Use Retained Search

7 Top Reasons To Use Retained Search In a disrupted world of business with ever-increasing layers of complexity and rapid change, a well-executed executive-level appointment can mean the difference between success or failure. Prior to the pandemic, your business may have kept this vital search in-house, leveraged its own network, or hired a contingency recruiter. However, the process perhaps wasn't…

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King Executive Community

Join our vibrant talent community of over 2000 members. Whether you are South West based or are part of the ‘very active’ relocation market, we’ll keep you updated with all the latest thinking, events, insights and news from around the region.

By supporting you as a leader, we aim to operate as your trusted search partner throughout the whole of your career and this positively influences the impact in the wider South West business community.

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