Creating relationships to advance your ambitions

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Since EMEA Recruitment was first established in 2007, we have been building strong relationships and partnerships focused on advancing our network’s career development opportunities.

We work with leading organisations, industry bodies, and charities on regular events, frequent training exercises, and developing market knowledge to help our clients and candidates make meaningful connections and enhance their career aspirations.

Institute of Management Accountants

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Since 2020, we have been the exclusive European recruitment partner of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Through this partnership, we are pleased to offer a free, three-month IMA membership trial, as well as access to a wealth of resources and events for Finance & Accountancy professionals.

IMA has a global network of more than 125,000 members in 150 countries, with 350 professional and student chapters.

Operation Smile

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In 2020, Operation Smile became the official partner of the EMEA Recruitment podcast. Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides free surgery to children and adults suffering from cleft lip and palate.

We’re on a mission to create 100 new smiles through raising vital funds and awareness for Operation Smile – it’s a cause close to our hearts, as our Founder, Paul Toms, was born with a cleft lip and palate.


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In 2023, we became an official sponsor of CSCMP Switzerland Roundtable. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has become a leader in networking, skills development, and education for Supply Chain Management and Logistics professionals.

We have proudly sponsored and spoken at regular annual events alongside CSCMP.

Coco Consulting and Coaching

COCO Consulting & Coaching logoSince 2021, Valentina Coco has been an Ambassador of EMEA Recruitment. As a long-term associate of the business, Valentina set up her own consulting and coaching business in 2019 to help leaders create inclusive teams that make their organisations thrive.

Valentina provides regular in-house training for our Recruitment Consultants on all aspects of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, alongside sharing her experience as a Finance professional at companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and Ecolab.


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In 2022, we joined Zellar’s sustainability platform to help us measure our environmental performance and create a plan to deliver our commitment to becoming a net zero organisation. We also worked with Zellar on local projects to offset 100% of our carbon emissions.

Our public Zellar profile helps us stay accountable for the impact we, as a business, have on the environment – it can be accessed on Zellar’s platform:

The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce

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Following the launch of our recruitment team in the Nordics region and opening of our Stockholm office in 2023, we became a member of the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. 

The organisation has promoted bi-lateral trade and investment between the UK and Sweden since 1954. With around 150 members, the BSCC supports the development of business through its network and knowledge sharing, including events across Sweden. 


If you are interested in partnering with us in the future, please get in touch with our Marketing Manager, Rose Jinks.


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.