Relationships

For us, partnership is about people working effectively together - a simple principle easily forgotten.

Through true collaboration and genuine openness, we are able to create and deliver the most appropriate solution to your situation. We focus on the 'situation' - because no matter how long we might have been working with a client or candidate, their needs develop and market conditions change.

Positive interrogation is at the heart of our service offering, encouraging a fresh perspective by asking challenging questions. We are thorough in our approach without being intrusive. We do demand access to the key decision makers and we will ask questions that others may shy away from. But this is what makes us different. This is what helps us deliver better results every time.

  • For me it's about the lifetime of experience and relationship building combined with Steve's long term approach to recruitment that counts. We’ve known each other and worked together for over 20 years and every time recruitment is mentioned Steve is top of mind as one of the UK’s prominent FMCG recruiters and trusted advisors when it comes to judging people. He is very well networked with the best candidates and his business is without doubt a serious player in recruitment.

    Paul Monk, Partner & Founder, Inventabrand Consulting

  • Steve and his team are incredibly thorough, rigorous and precise in all they do, ensuring that the candidate brief is accurate and detailed. This ensures that at all stages the recruitment process is methodical and efficient for both client and candidate as ultimately his reputation is at stake at all times. From the detail and accuracy in the reports he produces on the candidates, through to the feedback that is provided, Steve and his team ensure that we will find the right candidate each time and not have to make compromises or second guess suitability for the role.

    Aidan Wilday, UK Sales Director

  • In my capacity as Chairman in the start-up venture of Cannaray it was apparent our growth model was going to need exceptional people to support the launch and rapid expansion of the business. I turned to the team at The Simmance Partnership who I have known, and worked with, on several occasions over the past 20 years. Led by Steve, the team always bring tried and tested methods, creative thinking, and a seamless execution to complement our needs around attracting and securing truly brilliant people. Steve is a fixer; give him a people challenge, and he’ll present the right solution. He will deliver time and again at pace. I have always enjoyed the result of his thorough work, but also Steve’s profound knowledge of the FMCG marketplace. He especially knows where to find the best people, to woo and wow them to our doorstep. There are many enthusiastic amateurs in recruitment, only a few are experts like The Simmance Partnership. The team always delight me with their results.

    Clive Sharpe, Chairman & Co-founder

Successful Relationships

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    Nomad Foods

    Working with The Simmance Partnership is a pleasure. Their understanding of the FMCG market is outstanding meaning time and again they have found us strong senior talent for challenging international briefs. We expect high standards; they have presented exceptional shortlists and delivered and executed with 100% success. I would not hesitate to recommend Steve and his team.

    Brian Murray, Group HR Director, Nomad Foods Europe.

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    Manuka Health

    It was clear from my first interaction with Steve and his team that we had chosen the right partner for our recruitment needs. Their rigorous approach and responsiveness to our feedback allowed us to accelerate with pace through the recruitment process. Steve’s brings a wealth of valuable experience to the table and helped greatly in screening and selecting suitable candidates for interview stage. This was evidenced by the time he took to understand our business, category and job spec.  We look forward to working with The Simmance Partnership for our future Sales and Marketing needs.

    John Mason, General Manager Europe

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    Promise Gluten Free

    I work with private equity backed businesses as Non Executive Chairman. It is often part of my remit to strengthen the Sales and Marketing teams at which point I turn to Steve (The Simmance Partnership) for advice on the best structure, whether to look to full time employees or professional interim support, and then proceed to recruitment ... usually under time pressure. Steve has consistently delivered for me.

    Robert Leechman, Non Executive Chairman

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    Mizkan

    The Simmance Partnership have been fantastic partners in helping to build our Commercial talent. They spent time to really understand our vision, needs and culture, which helped pull together a strong candidate list, meant the process was really efficient, and ultimately brought in the right talent. We look forward to continuing our partnership, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others. 

    Bryan Carroll, Sales & Marketing Director

    Steve and his team at The Simmance Partnership have helped me enormously in several recruitment projects, whilst building my team across different profiles and seniority levels.  Their knowledge of UK Talent is really strong across all grades of a marketing structure.  Steve comprehensively and clearly understood  the challenge and the candidate profiles I needed to recruit around me.  His approach was very thorough from the initial screening to presentation of  strong candidates for every role.  This made the overall process very efficient.  

    Vanni Cataldi, Head of Marketing

     

So, you can be sure that we will delve deeper than most, get to know you better, ask searching questions and challenge the status quo. But crucially, our approach will never hold things up. We know that recruitment can sometimes be one of the most frustrating experiences for a business and sometimes one of the most painful.

We always act quickly, we always strive to make the experience enjoyable and we always deliver results.

Above all, we are proud of what we do.

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    Little Dish

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    Cannaray

    In my capacity as Chairman in the start-up venture of Cannaray it was apparent our growth model was going to need exceptional people to support the launch and rapid expansion of the business. I turned to the team at The Simmance Partnership who I have known, and worked with, on several occasions over the past 20 years. Led by Steve, the team always bring tried and tested methods, creative thinking, and a seamless execution to complement our needs around attracting and securing truly brilliant people.

    Steve is a fixer; give him a people challenge, and he’ll present the right solution. He will deliver time and again at pace. I have always enjoyed the result of his thorough work, but also Steve’s profound knowledge of the FMCG marketplace. He especially knows where to find the best people, to woo and wow them to our doorstep.

    There are many enthusiastic amateurs in recruitment, only a few are experts like The Simmance Partnership. The team always delight me with their results.

    Clive Sharpe, Chairman & Co-founder

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    Petfood UK

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    Friesland Campina

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    Emmi Desserts

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    CHA Ltd

    I have appointed The Simmance Partnership as my ‘go to’ recruitment partner over many years, in both the context of Executive Selection and as business adviser. The thoroughness of their research methods combined with a close attention to detail on all candidate matters has enabled excellent briefs to be put together, which in turn has led to great people appointments for my businesses. My recommendation for them is unconditional

    John Cahill, CEO

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    Jägermeister

    Steve and his team are incredibly thorough, rigorous and precise in all they do, ensuring that the candidate brief is accurate and detailed. This ensures that at all stages the recruitment process is methodical and efficient for both client and candidate as ultimately his reputation is at stake at all times.

    From the detail and accuracy in the reports he produces on the candidates, through to the feedback that is provided, Steve and his team ensure that we will find the right candidate each time and not have to make compromises or second guess suitability for the role.

     

    Aidan Wilday, UK Sales Director

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    SlimFast

    We acquired SlimFast from Unilever without any human capital. We quickly needed to engage the services of a reputable UK FMCG Executive recruitment organisation and during our search The Simmance Partnership was the name repeatedly recommended to us.

    No sooner had we met Steve we realised we were in capable and experienced hands. From the very outset, Steve demonstrated he knows the UK Talent Pool, like no other. He engaged with us quickly, showed us an energy and agility to make things happen at pace – all of which we needed to create an entire team from scratch. Steve is refreshingly different to his counterparts within the recruitment community. He is not afraid to challenge preconceptions, and we have been singularly impressed by his profound knowledge as he has pioneered our recruitment journey and attracted and landed a top Executive Leadership Team and their reports, those who may not have ordinarily considered our start up opportunity in the UK as a leading US Private Equity enterprise.

    Thanks to Steve and his team, their profound knowledge of the FMCG market, and a relentless determination to succeed as a ‘Founding Partner’ we have been up and running in record time.

    Thank you Steve and your team . . . a great job, perfectly executed!

    Bob Sperry, Partner, Kainos Capital

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    Sacla Italia

    The Simmance Partnership has guided us through recruitment projects offering a cocktail of insight, inspiration and motivation. Steve is, of course, successful in managing the fundamentals of recruitment and when that is combined with his wide knowledge of our world and his great contacts, it gives him an edge

    Clare Blampied, Managing Director, Sacla

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    Upfield Foods

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    Freixenet

    The Simmance Partnership has become a valued and long term recruitment partner to Freixenet UK. They consistently provide candidates who are the right fit. Steve and his team are able to achieve this through their understanding of our business and people combined with their own recruitment intuition.

    The Simmance Partnership don’t just take a brief, they are able and willing to challenge our thinking with the intention of ensuring we get what we really want. Everyone who has joined Freixenet via The Simmance Partnership has both performed and integrated well.

    Damian Clarke, Managing Director UK, Ireland and MEA, Freixenet

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    RH Amar

    We have worked with The Simmance Partnership for three years on a number of assignments across a range of functions, and different levels of seniority. Steve has taken the time to understand our business and each specific brief to provide a good selection of candidates through his extensive network and industry knowledge, with many of these successful hires still part of our team.

    Rob Amar, Managing Director, RH Amar

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    San Miguel

    Steve and the team at The Simmance Partnership have a deep and detailed knowledge of the drinks industry in the UK and this provided us with a significant advantage in finding the right candidates. From the very first moment we started the search process to completing and agreeing for the new person to join - Steve and his team were always offering value and insight that helped us make the correct decisions.

    Santiago Fernando, International Area Director, San Miguel

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    Good Food Wines Ltd

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    TCC

    The Simmance Partnership and I have worked together on and off for over 20 years and I will always have them on my preferred supplier list no matter which company I am working for.

    The fact that they are small means that you basically get Steve running every search himself and that’s great as Steve is a fantastic recruiter. Over the years Steve has recruited roles for me in various functions and sectors and always delivers.

    Important for me is that Steve and the team are always fun to work with and I treat them as part of my extended HR team.

    Andy Jones, HR Director Europe & Americas, TCC

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    Westmill Foods

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    Everleaf

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    Coconut Collaborative

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    Nandos

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    Independent Vet Care Group

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    Performance Health

    Steve and the team at The Simmance Partnership have been a great partner to us in our resourcing needs. They bring a high level of market knowledge, a passion for helping finding exactly the right candidate for the brief and are always reliable, professional and focussed in the service they offer.

    Gavin Blair, UK General Manager

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    Good Life Foods

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    Inventabrand Consulting

    For me it's about the lifetime of experience and relationship building combined with Steve's long term approach to recruitment that counts.


    We’ve known each other and worked together for over 20 years and every time recruitment is mentioned Steve is top of mind as one of the UK’s prominent FMCG recruiters and trusted advisors when it comes to judging people. He is very well networked with the best candidates and his business is without doubt a serious player in recruitment.

    Paul Monk, Partner & Founder, Inventabrand Consulting

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    Plenish

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    CHA Ltd

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    Cuts Ice E-Liquid

    I work with private equity backed businesses as Non Executive Chairman. It is often part of my remit to strengthen the Sales and Marketing teams at which point I turn to Steve (The Simmance Partnership) for advice on the best structure, whether to look to full time employees or professional interim support, and then proceed to recruitment ... usually under time pressure. Steve has consistently delivered for me.

    Robert Leechman

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    Total Negotiation Group

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    Philips

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    What our candidates say about us

    I have been fortunate enough to work with The Simmance Partnership as a candidate on two occasions and I can’t recommend Steve, and his team, highly enough! Steve’s knowledge, guidance and professional integrity is unparalleled. As a candidate, you receive an individual service that makes you feel like you’re part of a collaborative and high-performing team. There is constant communication, prompt follow-ups, the sharing of industry knowledge and insight, and support throughout the entire recruitment process. On a personal note, it is clear that The Simmance Partnership is built on human connection. Steve, Catherine and Debbie are an absolute pleasure to work with and orchestrated a smooth and enjoyable recruitment experience in both instances. A refreshing and liberating recruitment experience!

    D.M.Carr

     

    Steve is THE man when it comes to a human approach to recruiting in the FMCG world. He seems to have the trust & the ear of recruiters in the most prestigious companies and knows about so many relevant Sr. Management roles that suited my interests. I think it comes from the fact that he cares & has a genuine interest in people's careers and understand companies’ true expectations. Thus, I strongly recommend him to candidates, employers and future employees. 

    A. Domange

     

    I’m delighted to recommend Steve and The Simmance Partnership. Absolutely trustworthy, reliable and responsive, I’ve found the team a pleasure to deal with. Steve’s expert advice has been invaluable in guiding the recent part of my career, counselling me through difficult decisions, whilst also offering honest and pragmatic support. 

    J. Mulvey

     

    Steve is excellent at securing opportunities and connecting people to the right team. I was impressed that Steve made the effort to understand the needs properly and then very quickly had some great proposals on the table. I find him and his team very professional and highly efficient.

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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Steve. Throughout my recruitment process he was helpful and honest and the role was a perfect fit. Highly recommend!

    J. Enright 

     

    I’d highly recommend The Simmance Partnership. Steve and his team are highly personable and incredibly professional. Steve took the time to understand me as an individual. He quickly ascertained what my key skills were, my ambitions and what work environment I would thrive in. He made useful suggestions with regards to my CV. I felt suitably prepared and ready and excited for my first interview. Post interview I felt well looked after, I was provided with helpful feedback and felt supported throughout the entire process. I was really nervous about reaching out to a ‘recruiter’ but The Simmance Partnership is more than that. By having honest conversations I actually learnt a lot about myself throughout the process.   

    D. McDonald

     

    It was an absolute pleasure working with Steve and his team. He's professional and charming, quick to respond, extremely thorough and focused on the task in hand. I'm very happy in the role he approached me for and am very grateful for the support. 

    A Ferrer

     

    Fast result is the phrase that comes to mind with Steve. In less than 2 months from my first call with Steve & The Simmance Partnership, we had secured a role, in line with my career path in a new industry and country. Steve takes his time to understand his clients' current and future career and/or hiring requirements while sharing concrete industry knowledge and advice. He looks for a win-win position between prospective employees and employers and stays in touch with clients even after services are rendered to ensure they are happy with their choices. It was a pleasure working with Steve and The Simmance Partnership, and I would highly recommend for recruitment needs.

    B. Akintewe

     

    I had the pleasure of dealing with Steve & The Simmance Partnership recently to secure me a new role. Steve is very experienced so understood the next role and company I was looking for from the start . We had numerous conversations and face to face meetings to be able to connect on a personal level. Steve knows his clients business in depth and is in direct contact with the hiring manager and HR so is able to get to timely decisions during interview and contract negotiations. Connecting on a personal level in terms of being realistic, programmatic, straight talking and letting me make the decisions on next steps made the whole process of finding a new role seamless and actually quite enjoyable. Thanks Steve and the team. 

    R. Green

     

    Steve and his team are excellent to work with. We have worked on several projects together and each time it was approached with great professionalism, drive and detail. Steve has great industry knowledge, boundless energy, sound integrity and an engaging style. He has a real skill for putting round pegs in round

    A. Dixon

     

    Steve Simmance and The Simmance Partnership worked tirelessly to help me get my career going in the right direction. Recognising the skills and abilities that I had gained from outside the Food and Drink Industry, Steve and the team were able to recommend me and coach me for the right job and guided me diligently.  

    N. Metcalfe

     

    I have known Steve for over 15 years and his knowledge, pragmatism and honesty have supported me to make several career changing moves. His communication, follow up and advice as both a candidate and a client have been invaluable.  

    J. Burbage

     

    Highly professional and really efficient! Thanks Steve- would definitely recommend!

    C. Collingwood

     

     

     

     

Sooner or later, you’ll want to talk to us.

Guided by the candid approach of Steve Simmance, who has been an FMCG recruiter for over 25 years, we provide a true counterbalance to the norm, encouraging transparency and reality, factors so often missing in our industry today.

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