Job role: Director
Specialism: Architectural Practices, House Builders, Developers & Multi-Disciplinary Consultancies - Yorkshire
My recruitment career commenced in 2007 where I was given my breakthrough opportunity within a large PLC Recruiter specialising in the Built Environment and Public Sector markets, I quickly progressed through all stages of the consultant ranks and latterly established a very successful Leeds Technical division which I proudly managed alongside running my lucrative Architecture desk.
2015 marked the Year of my Conrad inauguration, I was tasked as Divisional Manager to set up our Leeds office, establish our brand in the North and increase market share across our core markets focussing initially on our Architecture offering which now extends considerably across the UK.
I am privileged to have recently been made a Director within the business and, alongside our Managing Director and fellow Director, it is our intention to considerably grow the business, whilst retaining our niche feel as one of a select few truly dedicated Built Environment Recruitment consultancies.
Outside of my operational duties as a Director my focus is to retain a selection of established Architectural clients and continue to offer my services as a Recruiter typically securing placements for the very best Architects and Architectural Technologists across the Yorkshire region.
My inch wide mile deep approach over the years has allowed me to build historical client relationships which critically allows me to appropriately represent them in a crowded market, my candidate philosophy is to be credible and transparent, securing someone a new job is momentous and is a process I take very incredibly seriously.
Outside of work I am very fortunate to live in beautiful part of rural East Lancashire, I live adjacent to a working dairy farm which my young son Teddy and I spend many happy hours getting our hands dirty. When I am not playing at being a farmer, I am either walking my best mate Dave who is my adorable West Highland White terroir or I am busy annoying my other half who apparently is always cleaning up after me!
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After a competitive vetting and selection process, we partnered with Conrad Consulting to provide assistance with selecting and appointing an Associate Architect, as a new member of our Senior Management Team. This was a senior appointment within our practice and we were extremely keen to ensure we were being given the very best advice and support.Jonathan Hunter, Partner - GSS Architecture (Client)
Conrad provided an exceptional level of service and assembled an impressive shortlist of potential candidates, all of whom were highly qualified and suitably experienced. They used innovative social media techniques and carefully considered opportunity literature to reach such a wide pool of candidates, which ultimately led to us successfully appointing our new Associate.
We value our continuing relationship with Conrad and are still working with them as our preferred partner when trying to find suitably qualified candidates to complement our growing team.
We have been working with Conrad Consulting for over 10 years, and have found this to be a very useful relationship in the complicated and ever changing recruitment market.Michael Feather, Director - Bowman Riley Architects (Client)
In recent years we have used Conrad Consulting exclusively to target many positions for our organisations from Graduate level to Associate Level. Their ability to understand our business and cultural needs enables the right candidates to be identified, and we are able to robustly and efficiently find the right people.
Compared to a lot of other recruiters we have used we find that Conrad Consulting are not overly aggressive in their approach, and are very friendly whilst retaining their professional integrity. So much so that we see them as an integral part of our business to be able to attract the best talent in our sector.
We have tried many ways of recruiting and whilst a standard advertisement and interview process would be economically efficient it is also very time consuming, therefore we find that by using Conrad Consulting it can save us time and money to find the exact talent for us.
Over the last three years we have been steadily building an exceptional team of professional Architects in our Leeds Studio. Box Architects have an ambitious programme of growth ahead of us and ensuring we only attract the very best talent in the region is an essential ingredient to our business success.Graham Place, Director - Box Architects (Client)
Ensuring we get the best support and advice available as we make these strategic growth decisions is incredibly important for us and we are therefore particularly careful about who we trust to support our business in this critical area.
James at Conrad Consulting has worked with us on the appointment of numerous new positions across all levels of experience. He has taken the time to comprehensively understand our business, our culture and our requirements and this detailed knowledge allows him to strategically place candidates with us whom we can be confident will easily integrate into our culture and our practice.
James has proven over the years to be honest and fair and we consider him an integral part of our ongoing business success. For any Architectural practice seeking a similar path of growth to the one we continue to pursue, I would highly recommend you partner with James at Conrad Consulting to support you in your endeavours as we have done.
I have recently been placed by James Jackson at Conrad Consulting at Darnton B3 in the position of Associate. I have registered with a few agencies in the past, but upon re-entering the jobs market was impressed by the attention to detail and understanding of my requirements that Conrad Consulting and James Jackson in particular had brought to my employment search. James had been careful to select only those opportunities that were a good fit with my skills and future aspirations, thereby eliminating the potential of mismatch and wasted time for both Employer and Candidate. I have settled quickly in my new position and am excited about the potential for future career development here. This is a testament to the skills required in making a good match and reflects well on James. On the basis of my personal experience of the professional service I have received I have no hesitation in recommending James Jackson of Conrad Consulting to former colleagues looking for work or an Employer seeking to use professional recruitment services.Paul Cockerill - Associate at Darnton B3 (Candidate)
James' support was invaluable in my recent success, securing a Director position with a new architectural practice. Helpful and friendly from the start, James provided exactly the right balance of professional advice, encouragement and feedback on my preparations for first and second interview, CV and business plan I had to prepare. Always making time to discuss the recruitment process, providing interview feedback, timely updates and giving advice regarding the important decisions I would need to make for this significant career next step. I would recommend James without hesitation!Alistair Branch - Director (Candidate)