About Us

The bastion of people-first recruitment

EMEA Recruitment is a professional services recruitment specialist in Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Nordics, and the wider EMEA region.

We specialise in Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Procurement & Supply Chain, and Operations recruitment at the mid to senior level.

Since we were founded by Paul and Kelly Toms in 2007, we have focused on building strong relationships with both our clients and candidates. This people-first approach has enabled us to become a strategic partner to some of the most reputable businesses in the world and a trusted advisor to the most in-demand talent across Europe.

With offices in Zug, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Nottingham, EMEA Recruitment has built an extensive network among some of the largest multi-national companies around the globe. We are also proud to have developed strong partnerships with leading professional bodies and organisations within our core markets, including Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Over the years, our expertise in professional services and connections with top talent have also led to collaborations on industry-leading events with businesses such as Microsoft, Heineken, and Netflix.

Our commitment to people-first recruitment has made us the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) recruiter of choice for our clients. By acting as a neutral third party in the hiring process, we base our candidate searches purely on skills and experience.

In 2022, we celebrated our successes with our 15th anniversary. Having been established in our markets for 15 years, we decided to re-develop our vision and values to reflect the practices that have created such strong relationships.

EMEA Recruitment aims to be the bastion of people-first recruitment. As Paul explained his vision for the business, the team listened to his thoughts, we encouraged everyone to challenge his ideas, and collectively we now champion the message.

This internal process reflected the simple way that we work with all clients and candidates, allowing us to easily identify our updated values.

The team explore how we established a new era for EMEA Recruitment:


Our vision

We create relationships to advance your ambitions, making us the bastion of people-first recruitment in Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Nordics and the wider EMEA region.

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Giving every candidate and client the best recruitment experience.

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Our values

Our values are a foundation for the way we work with both clients and candidates, ensuring we always put people first.

We make it our mission to understand the challenge and provide the solution.
We think creatively to inspire innovation and solve recruitment challenges.
We create relationships to advance your ambitions.
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Our Growth Story


EMEA Recruitment was founded in 2007 by Paul and Kelly Toms, initially focusing on Finance & Accountancy recruitment. Having worked within international recruitment for over 18 combined years, their aim was to build a recruitment company that offered something different to existing recruitment businesses - giving clients and candidates a genuine reason to use EMEA Recruitment ahead of their competition.


Paul Macildowie (ACA) joined EMEA Recruitment as Chairman. Paul has a track record of success in the financial recruitment industry and has demonstrable business acumen. Paul was founder and owner of Macildowie Associates, a financial recruitment company that he founded and later sold in a multi-million pound deal after 15 years of management and ownership.


Swiss Director, Brad Daniel (ACA), was appointed. Brad assists with the commercial development of EMEA Recruitment GmbH in Switzerland and was instrumental in opening the Zug office.


Richard Bailey joined as Managing Director. Richard brought with him many years of Finance and Professional Services recruitment experience. His focus has been to support the highly ambitious growth plans of the business - further developing our offering and strategically developing new complementary markets.


Our Human Resources recruitment division was established, currently managed by Keely Straw in Switzerland and Katie Insley in the Netherlands.


EMEA Recruitment launches Procurement & Supply Chain and Operations divisions, led by John Byrne, now Switzerland Country Director. John takes a lead role in expanding our client base in this discipline.


A dedicated Attraction & Development Consultant, Laura Henderson, was recruited into the business, acting as an internal recruiter to help EMEA attract the best recruiters in our market. Laura also takes responsibility for onboarding and providing each new employee with a consistent training/development program, which aligns with our vision & values.


EMEA Live was introduced, providing an easy-to-use virtual meeting room service for both clients and candidates. Meetings and interviews can be recorded and, with permission of the attendees, the meetings can be shared with clients instantly. Contact us to find out more about how this can improve your recruitment process.


Our Environmental, Social and Governance committee was formed, which helped us offer additional benefits and flexible working to our employees in a post-COVID world.


Michelle Ewing was welcomed to the EMEA Recruitment board of directors. 


Hannah Mallia, Director, launches our Finance Leadership recruitment team in the Netherlands to work with clients on their senior requirements, such as CFOs, Heads of Finance and Finance Directors.

Claire Stone joins us as our first Group Finance Director to drive growth and streamline our recruitment processes.


Paul launches our Nordics division by opening an office in Stockholm.