’In my role as an Operations Director I am continually looking for additional senior management resources to facilitate an ever expanding work load throughout the Southwest. There are often a number of recruiters who are keen to offer assistance with this quest however there is a significant difference in the service provided. Time is often of the essence due to the speed in which the construction industry moves and it is important to have the services of someone who has a sound understanding of the Industry and the role that a potential candidate will be required to fulfill. Too often candidates are put forward who are not suitable or experienced which can prove frustrating for both parties. Fiona has always taken a very proactive approach to any role presented to her and her extensive knowledge of both candidates and employers throughout the region is invaluable when pairing a candidate with a vacancy
Having been on both sides of the recruitment process I have found Girling Jones to be insightful, proactive and most importantly human. Taking the time to get to know me and understand what I wanted to achieve when looking for a position and not just putting me forward for any role which might have some vague connection with my profession. We are currently looking to fill a position, Matt took the time to visit the office and over a cuppa we talked in detail about our company, our ethos, challenges and were we want to go and built the candidate profile from this. We weren’t inundated with calls about candidates but when Matt did call it was a candidate worth seeing, definitely quality over quantity. I can phone Girling Jones and ask a question about current salary expectations, current market and available candidates without any sales speak or a blizzard of candidate profiles being emailed over. I never receive unsolicited candidate profiles, if the team think they have a candidate that might be suitable they pick up the phone and we discuss and then send details if appropriate. Head and Shoulders above the competition.
Ed Vereker // Savills // Surveyor
Josh at Girling Jones has provided a great level of service and has supported us with a number of roles. He is always very dedicated in helping us to fill our vacancies and to get the right candidates for the job. Non salesy, quality service and never wastes our time. If he doesn’t have the right candidate then he lets us know in good time rather than sending in anyone. We will be continuing to liaise with Josh and Girling Jones about our recruitment needs going forward.
Rachael Kendall // HR Manager // Bridges Ltd
I just wanted to say that Matt Steggles is consistently helpful, he’s great. Professional approach, understands difficult briefs, fab feedback from candidates and manages the process very well. A credit to your business
Tim Wadsworth / Workplace Consultant / Space
I had the pleasure of working closely with Adele on a recent Engineering vacancy within our Poultry division. Adele showcased true professionalism throughout; from taking the brief and ensuring she completely understood the business’ needs and what the role involved, through to efficiently organising interviews, communicating feedback clearly both to candidate and myself, followed by securing an offer acceptance. Adele is not only a very competent recruiter but a fantastic business partner and I look forward to working together closely again in the future and would not hesitate in recommending her services.
Lauren Towers // Recruitment Partner // 2 Sisters Food Group
I have worked with Girling Jones on a number of occasions over the past few years. On this occasion I was looking to make a key commercial appointment, which was proving difficult due to the nature of the appointment and the skills shortage within the industry. Francesca was very quick to understand the specific criteria which were important to me and did a fantastic job in putting me in contact with a candidate who I appointed straight away. Francesca’s commitment and communication throughout the appointment process were both excellent. This was followed up with a meeting with the candidate and myself to ensure that they had settled in and to see if there were any outstanding issues prior to closing out the process. I would have no hesitation in working with Francesca when sourcing future candidates through Girling Jones.
Richard Towl // SWH // Managing Director
Just wanted to write a brief email of a positive nature, it’s easy to criticise when people don’t perform but a note of praise to Victor who has been providing Integral with solid candidates for quite some time now which has impressed myself and Brett. He doesn’t bombard us with CV’s, which is a real plus, it’s certainly a case of quality not quantity which is refreshing in a world of recruitment where that isn’t always the case with some of your competition. He certainly knows his market and the type of candidate our business requires so well done to Vic. I felt it prudent to pass on our thanks as I feel proud when I’m given praise from people in my team so am sure you’ll feel the same.
Chris Argent // National Projects Director // Integral
Girling Jones have over the years helped to successfully source key individuals for our business both effectively and efficiently. They have been able to achieve this because they have speculated time and resource in understanding what the business is about in terms of quality, culture, growth and direction and we look forward to working together in the future.
Tony Lane // Managing Director // Devonshire Homes
Steve and the Girling Jones team can’t do enough to ensure they source you the right candidates for your business. Having dealt with other agencies, I was particularly impressed by the amount of detail the GJ team wanted to know about our business, culture and the working environment in addition to the brief about the actual job role. This attention to detail means you get candidates who are a better fit for the business. If you have any recruitment needs, I would highly recommend dealing with Steve Clarke at Girling Jones.
Louise Yung // Head of Customer Service // Taylor Wimpey
We have worked with Girling Jones since they started up in 2011 and I have to say they are a breath of fresh air. Recruitment has always been, and will always be, a necessary evil for our business.
Girling Jones are genuinely different to the rest. They take time to understand our business and the type of people that we need. They always flag up people that fit our ethos and help us with recruitment and specialist advice when we work outside our usual geographic area. They do all this with a blend of professionalism and fun, and importantly no sales pressure or flannel, which is refreshing in the recruitment sector.
As stated we have been working with Girling Jones for 6 years now, but in that time we have made conscious shift to only use them for all our permanent, contract and temporary staff. We made this decision because from our experience we felt we weren’t going to get a more open and honest relationship with anyone else in the region.
Simon and Fiona lead a really vibrant team and have created a great atmosphere within the office.
We love working with Girling Jones and even get invited to their social events. Their summer BBQ is legendary
It’s a genuine partnership and I it is the only recruitment company we recommend when asked.
Andy Cook // Director // Ease Development
In my role in the Devon & Cornwall business of Kier Construction, as a result of continued growth, I am often looking for suitable quality commercial candidates at various levels of experience. Due to her understanding of the industry and our company culture, Francesca is the first person I will contact when recruiting. Not only does she know the type of individuals we are looking for, she also knows the type we are not interested in. As a result, a lot of wasted time is avoided and better focus is applied. I would recommend Girling Jones, and Francesca in particular, to anyone who wants quality service and total commitment
Julian Holmes // Commercial Manager // Kier Construction
This is great news and I am most grateful to you for making this linkage. I am seldom easily pleased so you have excelled! Best Regards Emma
Emma Ormundsen // Shadow Director // Exeter City Council
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