Barker Graves is a recruitment consultancy specialising in account handlers, creatives, and planners for a range of communications agencies. The company was established in 1998, is based in Soho in London and has three experienced consultants who between them have over 40 years of recruitment experience and 30 years agency experience.
We’ve worked in and with the communications agency industry at senior level for many years. We understand and have a view on the industry and the job market past, present and future and we’re interested in why it is changing and what it needs to grow in the future.
We take time to understand the specific type of talent you want to grow your agency from personality to channel experience. Like all good agency people we sometimes question the brief and take a more lateral approach, gently encouraging you to meet people you may not have considered.
The quality of our client list, depth and longevity of our client relationships is proof of the success of our approach. We get to know our candidates properly, the majority are recommended or have worked with us in the past.
We visit all agencies to familiarise ourselves with your agency's environment and personality.
We interview our candidates face to face for at least an hour and give you a summary that reflects this.
Each candidate will have been briefed fully on your requirements.
You'll have dedicated Partner Consultants working for you
We will only make recommendations we think are right for you in the long term.
Barker Graves have been great trusted partners for us over the years, and I’m sure will continue to be so. This is greatly valued and are all great people to work with.
The team at Barker Graves are true partners to our business. They take the time to fully understand what we as an agency are about and where we are going, about our clients and our people. From finding an entire team to lead a new global account in record time, to identifying the right fit for individuals within a team servicing a multi-disciplined & complex Client on both permanent and fixed term contracts.
Barker Graves are always the first people I turn to when I'm recruiting. Their experience, integrity and can do attitude set them apart from the pack and they are genuinely interested in making the right placements, not the most placements. This speaks volumes about their philosophy and operating style.
I also value their perspective in shaping our longer term recruitment strategy and succession planning which always brings freshness and clarity to our thinking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
I have worked with the team at Barker Graves for over 10 years now. Barker Graves have consistently impressed me with the calibre of the candidates they have introduced me to. The team do not send me candidates for the sake of it – the personnel that they put forward for roles are considered; have relevant experience; are extremely able; but most importantly all have unique character and bring something different and exceptional to our growing account management team. I feel that the diversity and strength of the team that Barker Graves have placed with me, has played a role in the continued success of our client relationships and our fantastic team dynamic.
What I love most about you is that you really get to know your clients and candidates and are the perfect matchmakers. You're totally in-tune with matching my style and ambition with an agency and career path.
What I love about Barker Graves is their personal approach – you don't feel as if you are dealing with an organisation, you are working with Sarah and Jane. They understand that while it is the agencies that pay their bills, it is the quality of the candidates they work with that makes or breaks their reputation. And my experience of dealing with them as a candidate reflects that. They also work with all the good agencies, and know all the right people - that gives you a lot of confidence in them securing you a great role.
I wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your help, support and guidance during my job search. The thing that makes you different from my experience is that you help people carve out careers rather than just place people in jobs or fill gaps.
We are told time and again by our candidates that they have never had a recruiter take so much time and care over getting to know and understand them. We manage you and advise you we don't process you.
We want you to leave us feeling inspired and confident at this important stage of your career and work with many of our candidate for multiple job moves.
We are honest with our career advice and provide a realistic appraisal of your position
We interview you thoroughly and offer tips and guidance on interview technique
You'll have access to a comprehensive client list comprising a wide choice of integrated, direct and digital agencies from large global groups to small privately owned agencies
We will never send you anywhere without checking with you first
We will brief and debrief you before and after each interview. We will also offer constructive feedback and guidance
We'd love to hear from you