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  1. ​​ How do you want to be represented?​​ ​​

    ​​Whether you are a client or a candidate, it is vital that you are portrayed within the market place in the best way possible. We work with integrity and care to deliver only the uppermost level of representation. ​​
  2. ​​ We act as your brand guardians.​​ ​​

    ​​All our candidates are met face to face to ensure that we truly understand each individual and can represent them effectively. ​​
    We take our brand guardianship role for businesses seriously and engage with professionalism and expertise when we act as the face of your company.   
Client Testimonials
Candidate Testimonials

Candidate Testimonials

  1. Brilliant support from start to finish - unlike any other recruitment company I've experienced before.
    CWK Company Secretarial Policy Advisor
  2. I recently had the help and guidance from James who found me a superb job. James not only prepared me for each interview and assessment he actually kept in touch once I had started the new role to make sure that I was happy and had everything that I needed. First class support and service from Spencer Edwards. I'd definitely recommend using them.
    CB Development Manager
  3. Right from the initial contact with Louise via LinkedIn the whole experience was positive and different from the usual recruiters. James challenged me on my career and made me think seriously about my next steps, he provided me with great feedback on my CV and guided me through the interview process. You can tell that James is passionate about his job and will only put you forward if you are the right fit as opposed to just submitting your CV in the hope of you getting an interview. I am very much looking forward to starting my new role and will recommend Spencer Edwards to my colleagues.
    AP Operational Risk Assurance Manager
  4. In today's world of 'cut-throat' Head Hunters it has been an enlightening experience to deal with Spencer Edwards. Their service has been 'second to none', starting with James who is a very tenacious professional, who was really considerate in addressing my wishes / needs and not just those of the business which meant trust was quickly established. The whole team has been very efficient, professional and openly honest in their dealings with me.
    TE Head of Corporate Tax
  5. I was surprised at the amount of contact, you made me feel valued, which gave me confidence to go after a role I might have otherwise overlooked A professional and personal service, which goes above and beyond most other recruitment agencies I have encountered, I would definitely recommend Spencer Edwards.
    CN Company Secretarial Manager
  6. Spencer Edwards contacted me with a potential role, perfect to further my career. They were professional throughout and provided a personal touch I have not had with any other recruiters. They provided expert advice on my CV and on interview techniques. I was successful in my placement for which I am very grateful, however even if I was not, I would have still been very happy with the service I received. I would recommend them to colleagues and employers alike.
    CP Head of Compliance Monitoring
  7. James' professionalism and advice has been first class throughout the whole recruitment process. He really went the extra mile by meeting me face to face, calling me out of hours to suit my work commitments and helping me to revamp my to CV to a really professional standard. I can't praise James enough. He's even kept in contact with me now that I'm into the new role just to make sure that I'm happy.
    CB Managment Consultant
  8. Everything was done exceptionally well, the whole experience was professional and personal. Spencer Edwards would definitely be my first choice for the future.
    KR Internal Audit Manager
  9. I dealt with James Johnson and his refreshing approach to actually meet the person behind the cv was key in building a great relationship between me as the candidate and James as the recruiter. I felt like an actual person and was matched appropriately to potential opportunities not just having my cv passed to all and sundry as I had done in the past. The professionalism, knowledge and genuine care taken by James in finding me the correct opportunity was second to none. I would not use any other recruiter.
    JC T&C Manager
  10. James' approach to recruitment is very refreshing and you certainly feel as though you are a person and not just another number on the books. James takes the time to get to know his clients and what their needs and objectives are and will only put you forward for a position that he knows fits. Not once was my CV sent over to numerous Companies hoping one of those would interview like other recruiters, every time my CV went over to a prospective employer I got an interview. That's because James KNOWS his clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending James to anyone as he is very professional, knowledgeable and his refreshing attitude to recruitment for me puts him head and shoulders above the rest.
    JC Compliance Consultant
  11. Excellent communications, great prep before interview and clearly strong relationship with recruiting company.
    KG Senior Manager Conduct Risk & Regulatory Liason
  12. I was very impressed with the service Spencer Edwards and in particular, James Johnson, offered. Professional, friendly and down to earth. I received useful help and advice that I have never been given by a recruitment agency before. As a result, I have successfully secured the right role for me and the future of my career. Thank you.
    DS Compliance Assurance Manager
  13. Professional recruitment advice which was tailored to individual requirements. Good understanding of balance between individual and company needs I would just like to thank James for his help, support and advice Throughout my job search. Most of all for believing in me and my career.
    DB Compliance Monitoring Officer
  14. Louise is a true professional. From the initial contact, the interview, through to job offer and even a month after starting, she has kept in contact, kept her promises and I cant thank her enough for providing my new opportunity. Nothing was too much trouble and she was always on hand to answer any questions. She even made sure someone else in the office was available should she be away. Louise is trustworthy, honest, and a pleasure to talk to. I always felt she had my best interests at heart. Thank you for everything you have done.
    LD T&C Manager
  15. First class all the time.
    IT Operations Director
  16. Louise got me my first role over 10 years ago, I still remember all her support and coaching now. 10 years on she still remembers me, so when I was looking to make a leap from one industry to another, Louise was the only person I could trust to introduce me to the right opportunities. This is what makes Louise different from any other recruitment search specialist I've ever worked with. You can rely on Louise faithfully to give honest advice in finding the right fit. It's her tenacity to make these connections happen that makes her so memorable and enjoyable to work with. Truly original in her industry - her integrity means she's probably got the strongest little black book in Yorkshire. She'll find a needle in a haystack.
    JP FS Marketing Consultant
  17. Applying for a new job opportunity can be quite a daunting experience. I have been in contact with many recruitment agencies, however, none match up to the assiduousness and professionalism of the team at Spencer Edwards. They went over and beyond what would be expected from a recruiter; by providing extensive interview advice and instilling me with confidence for my impending interview. James particularly, was consistently in contact with me (night and day) offering invaluable advice pre and post interview. The team at Spencer Edwards are clearly passionate about their jobs and make a true effort in getting to know their candidates and clients I can't thank them enough and would highly recommend them.
    MA Compliance Monitoring Officer
  18. Working with James at Spencer Edwards was very different to any other recruitment agent. James provided in depth information, guidance and support to me from the outset and throughout the recruitment process including expert advice on my CV and interview techniques. James was willing to help and support me any time, night or day, to ensure I was prepared and ready for each stage of the interview process which I believe helped me be successful in my role. I would recommend James services.
    KC Senior Manager Compliance Policy & Advice
  19. Refreshing to actually speak to a recruiter who understands the client organisation they're recruiting for and the challenges they face.
    SD Operational Risk Manager - IT & Change
  20. Both Louise and James were brilliant to work with. The CV advice provided was really good. I would definitely recommend them to anybody seeking employment.
    RR Compliance Monitoring Manager
  21. You persuaded me to go for an interview and I'm so glad I did as the role and company were exactly how you described them. I really appreciated the honesty feedback and time taken to give advice.
    KJ Group Financial Accountant
  22. James provided an excellent no-nonsense approach to the brief. He understood the requirements precisely and was able to give an honest assessment of the marketplace. At all times during the process, James was readily available and always provided excellent advice. His determination to strive to provide the best possible service is exemplary, and, as such, I would always recommend him without hesitation.
    FF Finance Director
  23. I have had many dealings with recruitment people. They range from poor to good, with very few being exceptional. James is one of those few who are exceptional.
    MM Finance Controller
  24. I felt very comfortable dealing with Louise which makes a pleasant change from the usual feel of dealing with recruitment agencies. Louise took into account that I wouldn't always be able to spend time talking on the phone and was helpful either calling me out of working hours or communicating by text message/email. She was extremely friendly and I felt like I was being looked after by a friend rather than a stranger.
    GS Compliance Assurance Manager
  25. My personal experience with Spencer Edwards has been really positive. In terms of interacting with the staff, they are very friendly and welcoming; James Johnson, in particular, is a real credit to Spencer Edwards. The effort taken to ensure that I was fully informed of my chosen role, and the quality of advice given in relation to my CV, demonstrates Spencer Edwards' success in not treating its candidates as mere statistics but as candidates with true potential. The fact that it took one initial meeting to land me my first Graduate role in a respectable Financial Firm, is proof alone of Spencer Edwards' success rate. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Spencer Edwards as a company that sets itself apart from others on the basis of merit!.
    LPK Compliance Policy Officer
  26. Spencer Edwards and in particular James Johnson are the best I have dealt with in the market place when in come to recruitment. Communication and support are excellent and I was very happy with the dedication, passion and professionalism demonstrated through my successful journey to new employment. Thank you.
    SW IT Risk Manager
  27. Great communication, was kept up to date at all times. The c.v advice was fantastic along with the information provided about the role prior to the interview.
    SS Operational Risk Manager
  28. A great service was provided by James, I would be delighted to use Spencer Edwards again both as a job seeker and recruiter.
    PW Company Secretary
  29. Very good communication in terms of the content and the frequency. Couldn't have done anything better.
    SC Training & Competence Manager
  30. James found an initial contract for me to the spec I requested, as this contract came to a close, he found another role to challenge & develop me. Both these roles were grounded upon my core skills. James's proactive, intelligent and insightful approach sets a challenging standard.
    SD Senior Actuarial Change Consultant
  31. Spencer Edwards are the best recruiters I have had the pleasure of working with and I wouldn't hesitate to contact them again in the future.
    RP Compliance Monitoring Officer
  32. Excellent support throughout the process. The differentiating factor is your strategy to really understand the candidate in terms of their personality, experience and aspirations. I would definitely recommend Spencer Edwards as a refreshing option to the large volume of recruitment agencies in the market.
    JC Senior Operational Risk Framework Manager
  33. I have used many recruitment consultants over the years but James is one of a select few I have come back to use time and time again. He is excellent at doing the right things really well, namely: he is honest, open, an excellent communicator and concentrates on finding the best match for his clients and those seeking a role. In addition to being very good at his job he is also very enthusiastic, highly personable and always willing to buy you a pint / curry now and again!
    TH Solvency II Project Manager
  34. I have work with James for a number of years. I have never doubted his integrity in our business relationship. This is coupled with a rarely found interest in the well being of his candidates, a great sense of humour and the personal touch not often found in today's business world.
    KT Finance Controller
  35. Great service, would definitely recommend and use again.
    DF Compliance Advice Manager
  36. I have worked with James on a number of occasions and I have been impressed throughout with his market knowledge and the depth and breadth of his contacts, and his ability to focus this resource on providing a first class service. He has a unique approach that is both professional and personal and I look forward to continuing to work with James in the future.
    JS Commercial Finance Manager
  37. Excellent support before, during and after the recruitment process.
    AR Partner Support Adviser
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Client Testimonials

  1. Spencer Edwards didn’t over promise as many others in the recruitment industry do. Simply put they did everything they said they would do, they met all the timescales they had committed to and established a strong momentum to our recruitment project. During our 2nd meeting with James Johnson, a strong selection of candidates were presented, he had fully understood our requirements and from this we ended up recruiting a great candidate. I’m happy to recommend the team and services provided by Spencer Edwards.
    CEO Topaz Finance Ltd
  2. The service and quality of candidates we have received from Spencer Edwards has been excellent. James has been successful in placing numerous candidates into roles across the risk teams. I like how honest James is and if they cannot fill a role or do not have capacity he will tell you, which I like. James meets all candidates and has an exceptional understanding of the market and what the roles require. I could not have received a better service and I intend to continue working with Spencer Edwards for the future.
    Recruitment Manager Yorkshire Buiuldings Society
  3. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with James and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. His knowledge and dedication ensure that both the candidate and employer get the best out of the recruiting process - I would definitely use Spencer Edwards and James again. All of the candidates interviewed reflected the time taken to prepare them. Overall, the candidates were well prepared and informed. James was really integrated in our decision making process. We discussed offers and the best way to present these to candidates. I think Spencer Edwards did a great job and gave me everything I needed.
    Interim Head of Compliance Policy Provident Financial Ltd
  4. Due to the in depth knowledge of their candidates we were instantly matched with a single CV perfectly meeting our requirements, this led to a successful interview, offer and appointment. An extremely quick and positive process.
    Managing Director FISC
  5. Working with the SE team was a pleasure. James was able to listen to my requirements which adapted and changed throughout the course of the process; but he was able to respond to these changes quickly and efficiently. James was very supportive throughout the processes, offering insight and opinion as well as talking through various options. This external perspective was definitely helpful in bringing other factors to consider during the decision process. We managed to place the ideal candidate who I'm pleased to say has hit the ground running. Thank you
    Risk Reporting Manager Yorkshire Building Society
  6. I worked with Louise and Spencer Edwards on a key recruitment process in 2015. I found their approach much more collaborative and thoughtful than many recruiters and they certainly did not bombard me with CV's and names. Instead they provided constructive challenges on the skills and personality that would be suitable for the role, ultimately resulting in an excellent shortlist of suitable candidates. From that list we could have appointed any one of the superb candidates, but were able to increase our expectations of what the role could be owing to the excellent talent presented to us. I would thoroughly recommend Louise and the firm as a Financial Services recruitment specialists and look forward to working together again.
    Operations & Compliance Director Sandringham Financial
  7. In the two years I worked with James as a Resourcing Team Leader I have nothing but praise for him and Spencer Edwards. He is by the far the most knowledgeable Consultant in his field and is always on hand to offer guidance and advice, regardless of whether this is in his best interest or not. The feedback I have received from candidates he has represented is always excellent. James has high standards of himself, is extremely professional as well as being friendly, honest and trustworthy.
    Internal Resourcing Provident Financial Ltd
  8. Having tried and failed with the financial services national recruiters, I was introduced to Spencer Edwards as a regional recruitment specialist in the North. Not only were the team at Spencer Edwards able to offer a greater insight into their candidates - knowing the people they represented personally, but the additional information provided on their CV’s, thoughtful customer service and ability to make the whole process simple, made them stand apart. Time is precious in my working day, James at Spencer Edwards got the job done efficiently and effectively. I look forward to partnering with them again.
    Regional Manager (North) Old Mutual Wealth
  9. Spencer Edwards, specifically James, took the the time to fully understand and challenge me on my requirements for the roles and his understanding of the role went far beyond the profile advertised. James met all potential candidates prior to interview, gaining insights into their character, aspirations and cultural fit and was always available as a sounding board to discuss the merits of candidates and ensure expectations were aligned to mine. This made selecting candidates for interview easier and resulted in a really effective interview process, as the candidates came fully prepared. Spencer Edwards, specifically James, took the the time to fully understand and challenge me on my requirements for the roles and his understanding of the role went far beyond the profile advertised. James met all potential candidates prior to interview, gaining insights into their character, aspirations and cultural fit and was always available as a sounding board to discuss the merits of candidates and ensure expectations were aligned to mine. This made selecting candidates for interview easier and resulted in a really effective interview process, as the candidates came fully prepared.
    Senior Manager Operational Risk Framework & Assurance Yorkshire Building Society
  10. James demonstrated excellent market knowledge and understanding of the challenges we were facing whilst recruiting. He briefed potential candidates on roles and the business and really spent time with them to understand their needs and wants to align them with ours. James worked on a very challenging Senior Internal Tax role for us. These candidates are few and far between, however, James very quickly sourced 2 candidates for us who both secured Interviews and one of them secured the role. What makes this an even better example of James’s capability is that we had supposedly engaged the best Internal Tax agency in Europe to help us fill the role.
    Head of Internal Recruitment Tech Data
  11. Spencer Edwards placed me in my role, and then helped me to recruit my new team. I worked primarily with James, whom I’ve found to be professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all matters risk and compliance. During my placement he was invaluable in his advice, particularly on my CV, but it was the service I received as a recruiting manager that really set him aside from the rest. The level of candidates put forward for interview was really high, and tailored to my requests. Every person I have been told “I have to meet” I have offered a role to!
    Head of Compliance Monitoring Provident Financial Ltd
  12. James Johnson has recently recruited a compliance officer for our business. As I have known and worked with James for a number of years on various assignments he understands me and the business and what will culturally fit. He took on board feedback on candidates on an ongoing basis – not pushing us down what he thought was the best route as so many recruitment consultants do! The whole process was dealt with in a professional and timely way and ended with a great result for us. We will definitely use James and Spencer Edwards again when the need arises.
    Finance Director Punter Southall
  13. As an ex HR professional prior to my role as Head of Compliance and having used various other agencies in the past, we have found that the services provided by Spencer Edwards are unique in the quality of service offered. James Johnson and his team have demonstrated utmost professionalism in their approach to our recruitment needs. These searches were carried out both promptly and professionally with thorough communication and feedback at all times. Out of the 7 candidates shortlisted, 6 of them met our requirements not only technically but also as perfect cultural fits for our business. I will be using Spencer Edwards solely for our forthcoming requirements.
    Head of Compliance Provident Financial Ltd
  14. I enjoy both knowing and working with James - his professionalism, energy and 'Can I do more for you?' are exceptional skills in the recruitment field and I would heartily recommend him.
    Finance Director BW Legal
  15. Having known James for a number of years, we engaged Spencer Edwards on a key piece of recruitment that ultimately formed part of our succession planning. James subsequently introduced us to Ian who led this piece of recruitment given that it was his area of expertise. Throughout Ian was communicative, supportive and provided a high quality shortlist of CVs. The management team also felt that Spencer Edwards really understood our business and ethos. We will be working with them again!
    CRO Bank On Dave
  16. We instructed Spencer Edwards to recruit a new Chief Risk Officer. Due to strong competition for suitably experienced candidates and the sensitivity of the project this was a particularly onerous brief. Spencer Edwards undertook the assignment with energy and commitment. Demonstrating a clear understanding of our requirements, they set about the task in a methodical manner and kept us closely informed of progress. Within 3 weeks they had identified suitable candidates and were actively involved with and assisted us in agreeing terms and concluding a successful appointment. In view of the above I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the services of Spencer Edwards, except of course to our competitors!
    CEO Anonymous
  17. James works hard to understand you as an individual and your specific requirements. He then deliveries the right calibre of candidates in order to avoid wasting time. He is straight forward to deal with and very personable.
    CFO Outwood Grange Academies Trust
  18. James has both recruited staff for me, and placed me in roles. In both circumstances James has consistently shown the professionalism, courtesy and consultative approach that one always seeks from a recruiter but (all too often) fails to obtain. Whilst James clearly knows his market and has the technical skills one might expect from a senior recruiter with his experience, it is James's approach that I value most. Without doubt James first and foremost takes the time to build a true relationship with his clients and his candidates. Overall James "get's" that the relationship part of recruitment is as important (if not more important) than the technical side - and is happy to invest his time accordingly.
    Interim FD Keepmoat
  19. When looking for a compliance manager I was told to contact James at Spencer Edwards. We spoke and the following day I interviewed a candidate who is now a key member of our team. When looking to add to the team again I was introduced to another candidate who again joined our team shortly after. Two important roles filled with only two CV's seen. It is the background work that James and his team carry out on both candidates and employers that ensures you meet people with both the required skills and culture fit for your roles. We wont look anywhere else in the future.
    Managing Director FISC