Specialising in Finance & Accountancy, Human Resources, Procurement & Supply Chain, and Operations recruitment at the mid to senior level.


Meet our team

With our people-first approach to recruitment, we listen to your needs, challenge you to advance your ambitions, and champion the right fit.

Our specialisms

We work with organisations across Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the Nordics on their professional services requirements. Our teams specialise in mid to senior appointments within the following disciplines:

Executive Interviews

EMEA podcasts

The EMEA Recruitment podcast welcomes guests from across our network and beyond to share their career journeys, advice, and inspirational stories. 

We’re delighted to welcome Kathy Magee, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Operation Smile, to the EMEA Recruitment podcast. “You're changing a child's life, but you're also changing this world t

10 May 2024

We were delighted to welcome Terhi Nori, Global Lead for Project Workstream at ABB, onto the EMEA Recruitment podcast. “We create our own journey and our own story… it’s just a

30 Oct 2023

To celebrate World Menopause Day, we were honoured to welcome back Sally Higham, Director – Head of Talent Attraction at Lonza and Executive Menopause Coach, to the EMEA Recruitment podcast.

18 Oct 2023

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AI in Recruitment: Enhancing Efficiency, Not Replacing Humans

As the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence increases, businesses are aiming to automate processes and improve efficiency, with the Recruitment industry beginning to tap into this. From talent identification to candidate updates, could AI significantly impact the future of recruitment specialists? We argue that AI is best considered a supporting tool and should not replace the role of specialist recruitment consultants.

HR and Talent divisions are already exploring AI tools to streamline administrative aspects of recruitment processes, such as writing job adverts and automating key processes. One potential benefit is that the introduction of AI frees up valuable time to be better invested in the end-to-end candidate, ensuring a more personalised approach from the recruiter or hiring manager. And, as AI continues to develop, it has the potential to eliminate human bias in the hiring process, ensuring greater diversity in the workforce.

However, talent attraction and hiring managers should not rely solely on AI during recruitment processes.

Impersonal approaches leave a negative impression on prospective employees and can lead to top talent being inadvertently rejected during the screening process. Whilst AI has huge potential, it's unable to currently replicate human understanding of cultural and 'soft-skill' compatibility that an experienced recruiter brings. The importance of a people-first approach will remain significant over time.

At EMEA Recruitment, we use AI-enabled tools to maximise reach in early-stage candidate search and, in doing so, spend a greater proportion of time focussed on delivering best-in-class candidate and client experience throughout the process. There’s no doubt that AI will continue to play a supporting role in our mission to be ‘the bastion of people-first recruitment’ - but it will never take centre stage.

To learn more about how we can leverage AI to support your talent needs, get in touch: [email protected]

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Ghosting in Recruitment: Gen Z’s Impact on Communication

A recent survey by the job search site Indeed, involving 1,500 companies and an equal number of employees, unveiled surprising statistics about "ghosting".

Ghosting: The practice of suddenly ending all communication without warning or explanation and avoiding further attempts to communicate.

The survey revealed that 75% of workers have disregarded communication from potential employers over the past year, with Gen Z candidates at the forefront. A staggering 93% of these younger employees have missed interviews, and 87% have accepted job offers only to disappear on what should have been their first day.

This trend highlights a deeper issue within the recruitment sector - a broad dissatisfaction among job seekers, especially younger ones, with the level of communication from potential employers.

The findings from Indeed suggest that for many Gen Zers, ghosting is a means to assert control over their career paths, reacting to the frequent lack of feedback after submitting job applications or participating in interviews.

Against this backdrop, our commitment to a people-first recruitment strategy is not just a principle but a proactive solution to a significant industry problem. By ensuring clear and consistent communication with candidates, we address one of their major grievances, thereby promoting greater engagement and respect in the hiring process. This strategy meets the expectations of modern job seekers, who demand openness and dialogue.

The ghosting phenomenon, as the survey shows, is a reaction against traditional, often impersonal recruitment methods, highlighting the need to cultivate authentic relationships with candidates. By striving to respond to every candidate, whether after an application, an interview, or a job offer, employers can not only improve their image as thoughtful and dependable recruiters but also contribute to a more respectful and efficient hiring environment.

In a time when ghosting has become a widespread reaction to dissatisfaction, our people-first philosophy is not just a policy - it's a commitment to transform the recruitment experience.

If you are a candidate seeking a more respectful and engaging job search experience or a company eager to transform its recruitment approach into a people-first strategy, contact our team for a confidential discussion: [email protected] 

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The Impact of AI in HR: Challenges & Opportunities

Each quarter, we ask our HR-specialist network which topics are front-of-mind and will be of value to explore. At present, unsurprisingly, the No.1 topic cited is AI; more specifically how it is likely to impact HR departments and the wider organisations they are part of.

Implementing AI may mean that fewer people will be required to complete the same volume of work, of that organisations need to redesign disrupted roles – a potential positive where the roles created encompass a broader range of tasks, offering more stimulating work and a more compelling employee value proposition. New, highly specialised jobs will emerge, requiring a blend of business and technological acumen. Additionally, performance expectations will increase and organisations that are slow to adopt this approach risk losing out to the competition.

As AI impacts how employees interact with HR teams and the technologies they use, a shift in the structure of HR departments and roles becomes likely.

It is expected that generative AI will improve efficiency in HR and, in turn, employee experience, though in parallel HR teams will need to consider potential pitfalls relating to data accuracy and privacy.

Most businesses we engage with are taking the first tentative steps in leveraging AI at an organisational level and are still looking to understand what impacts will result, for their workforce, their talent strategy and the HR function generally. Whilst there’s no need for alarm, the field is evolving rapidly so it’s worth considering the implications sooner rather than later.

If you’re considering the future skills landscape for your HR team or wider business in response to recent developments in AI, do drop us a line to discuss further: [email protected]


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Master Finance Recruitment: A Guide for Candidates and Hiring Managers

As a candidate seeking development through a new assignment, it is helpful to streamline your job search and establish your professional desires and requirements upfront.

Instead of diving straight into evaluating potential roles based on location, salary, and company type, we suggest candidates first reflect on their current standpoint: Are you seeking a new challenge or aiming for a lateral move?

Clarifying your motivation for change is crucial in achieving your objectives, especially when seeking relevant opportunities. Vaguely defined motivations can result in a bad career move, forcing you to re-enter the job market again when not in the right position, and this can be to the detriment of an otherwise strong CV.

EMEA Recruitment can add value to your job search as our consultants and research team are Finance recruitment experts and we can offer you highly tailored career advice on how to achieve your goals. To discuss how we can support you in further detail, please do get in touch: [email protected] 

Our Advice for Aspiring Hiring Managers: 

A streamlined hiring process helps ensure you identify candidates with the right cultural fit and eliminate wasted time to the greatest possible extent.

Firstly, branch out to your network to understand the profiles currently available in the market and any prevalent skills shortages. Modifications to the role resulting from market trends may have wider implications, such as who needs to meet this prospective individual before deciding whether to offer them the role.

Two or three interviews is considered the ideal range, as an overly drawn-out hiring process with too many stakeholders can create delays and subsequently a negative candidate experience, particularly in high-demand role categories.

Combining hard and soft skill assessments can add value if used correctly. In Finance, this might mean a test to accurately assess proficiency with certain software. Always align with the candidate on a deadline for completion; this not only ensures the process remains on track, but gives a gauge on how ‘bought-in’ they are to the opportunity.

At EMEA, our people-first approach makes us the ideal strategic business partner across Finance, Human Resources, and Procurement and Supply Chain. By listening, collaborating and championing your business we’re able to overcome even the most challenging of search scenarios. To learn more, please contact: [email protected] 

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HR Recruitment 2024: Organisational Culture and Transformations

In Keely Straw's previous article, she delved into Organisational Culture & Recruitment Excellence, including the importance of fostering a strong and positive organisational culture. Such approaches not only contribute to employee satisfaction and retention but also serve as a crucial factor in attracting top-tier talent. This notion remains at the forefront of HR recruitment discussions looking ahead into the year.

Building on this theme, in March 2024 we hosted a successful networking event in Basel, bringing together local HR professionals to discuss and address current challenges within the current landscape.

The event served as a platform for meaningful conversations on both a professional and personal level, with guests exchanging insights and experiences, many of which further emphasised the importance of nurturing a positive working environment to attract and retain talent. It became evident that the predominant topics of discussion revolved around Organisational Culture & Transformations, as attendees delved into the nuances of shifting mindsets towards novel work methodologies, particularly emphasising the significance of hybrid working.

We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from guests. If this mail was forwarded to you, do please get in touch, as we will inevitably hold more events in key cities and would be happy to have you join us to network with your peers.

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As champions of workplace ED&I, we’re proud to #InspireInclusion

To mark this year’s IWD, we asked a handful of colleagues to share what it is about our workplace and culture that makes them feel seen, supported and valued. It’s fair to say that we were delighted by the responses, including this heartfelt testimonial from our Swiss HR division Manager Keely Straw

"Joining EMEA Recruitment was a pivotal moment in my professional journey, but shortly after settling into my role, life took an unexpected turn. A diagnosis of chronic illness cast a shadow over my future, introducing uncertainty and challenges I had never anticipated. The prospect of disclosing this deeply personal matter to my manager, especially one of a different gender, filled me with apprehension. Yet, my fears were unfounded. 

EMEA Recruitment's culture provided to be a sanctuary where every voice is heard and every individual is valued. When I finally mustered the courage to confide in my manager, I was not met with judgment or discomfort, but with empathy and unwavering support. The genuine concern and understanding demonstrated by my manager and the broader team created a safe space where I could openly discuss my health concerns without fear of stigma or repercussion. 

In navigating the complexities of my illness, EMEA Recruitment extended a lifeline, providing me with flexibility to adapt my work schedule to accommodate my health needs. This invaluable support not only alleviated the burden of the work-related stress but also reaffirmed my sense of worth within the organisation. Knowing that my well-being was priortisied allowed me to focus on managing my condition without the added pressure of work-related worries. 

Even on the most challenging days, I am reminded of the profound impact of EMEA Recruitment's unwavering support. Their commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment has not only eased the burden of my illness but has also instilled in me a sense of gratitude and loyalty. As I continue to navigate the ebb and flow of my health journey, I am filled with optimism for the future, knowing that I am part of a community where I am truly valued and supported." 

Today and everyday we strive to bring the values encapsulated in our ED&I policy to life, providing an equitable, flexible and supportive environment. 

If you are interested in joining the team, reach out to Laura Henderson or find out more at: https://www.emearecruitment.com/pages/work-for-us


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