Client Testimonials for  Global Retail Recruitment

“It is an absolute pleasure doing business with Global Retail Recruitment! He has a great network, is very responsive, flexible and ‘gets’ client needs. Working with him feels like working with an immediate extension of the recruiting department.”
Vice President – HR – Global Luxury fashion

“I’ve worked with many Recruiters over the years to fill many positions but Neil is head and shoulders above any.
Not only did he find me candidates for Canada and USA while being based in the UK they were both spot on compared to agencies based in North America!
He came to me via recommendation and I have no hesitation in recommending Neil to understand your brief and deliver candidates that match it.
Far too many agencies play the numbers game: send you 20 candidates who ‘Google match ‘ the brief and you do the work, Neil does the work so you can focus on the Candidates
Carl Deering. Senior Vice President Americas March 9, 2018,

“Neil has a knack for matching the right person with the right company and culture. Neil’s networking skills keep him connected globally and he can be counted on to make placements all over the world. His expertise and understanding of the retail space make him a valued asset when hired to source for retail roles in all the functional speciality areas (Operations, HR, Marketing, etc.). I look forward to a continued partnership with Neil
Vice President – HR – Lifestyle Retail

We have worked with Neil Oviatt on several challenging director and senior executive level searches on a contingency and retained basis over many years. He has an excellent network of senior management in the global retail sector and has the ability to ensure that candidates introduced are fully aware of the nuances and the demanding nature of the positions in the SPAR International business. Our requirements are quite unusual due to the truly global nature of the business and the pool of candidates often very small that are able and willing to fulfil these types of role, Neil has always succeeded in sourcing these few.Neil is professional, resilient and reliable.
Dr Gordon R. Campbell
Managing Director
SPAR International

“We have worked with Neil Oviatt on several challenging director level searches. His deep knowledge of the retail space coupled with an understanding of our company’s culture and business needs enables him to provide us with high calibre candidates. Neil is professional, honest and reliable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.”
Julie Robb – HR MEC

“We have had the pleasure to work with Neil on many assignments for many Amwal portfolio companies within several industries. Neil was very resourceful in sourcing us many C-level positions as well as some mid-senior managers whether it was Finance, HR, IT or other operational areas within our organisations.  Our needs can range from very strategic functional C roles to operational managers with hands-on experience and Neil was able to deliver on both sides of this relatively wide spectrum.  Considering our presence in the gulf, Neil was also able to source culturally savvy candidates with the right linguistic skills”
Fadi Arbid – CEO 
Amwal Al Khaleej

“I manage the Global Recruiting Team for the adidas Group at the World of Sports in Germany. I contacted Neil Oviatt in early 2010 to discuss using his Recruiting services as a “precaution” in the event the growth in our Retail business required support outside of the adidas Search Team’s capacity. After speaking with Neil about his approach and process to recruiting top level talent in the Retail industry, I was convinced he would be an excellent “extension” to the adidas organisation. His communication style is clear and authentic. He has a “can do” attitude coupled with a candidate-centric mentality which is imperative as a brand ambassador for the adidas Group. In addition, I’ve learned that one of Neil’s key strengths is navigating the many layers and complexities of the adidas organisation. He has quickly and successfully adapted to the various styles of key stakeholders and has managed to be highly effectively throughout the Recruitment process.

Neil has proven himself as a valuable resource to the adidas brand and we look forward to continuing our partnership with him in the future.”
Manager-Strategic Search / Group Recruiting – Adidas Group

“Global Retail Recruitment has achieved a level of consistency unmatched by other agencies. They regularly issue the right candidate first time and have achieved at least two candidates, one placement on all occasions across a variety of supporting functions in retail, sales, contact centre and distribution. This has been achieved not purely through their personal management experience but taking the time to listen and understand the brand specifically. The service delivered has shown strong commitment to sourcing great candidates in a tough environment, professional and honest with strong communication, they have provided the highest level of support.”
HR Controller – Retail / Manufacturing / Sales

“Finally a recruitment consultant that you would actually have a beer with! Its always a difficult balance in the recruitment industry as the client is paying you and the candidate is mostly incidental and there you are, as the agent, stuck in the middle between the unrealistic expectations of both parties, however Neil managed to do this. Highly communicative, supportive and with a great deal of integrity. For Neil, it seems to be about relationship building and matching…quality versus quantity or the perfect candidate for the perfect opportunity. I’ve been a candidate and in the future I will definitely be a client as well as soon as the first opportunity arises.”
Chief Operating Officer – Food Retail – India

“Several recruitment assignments in Saudi were handled by Neil Oviatt. He is very professional and hard working and invariably produces a good shortlist of candidates. His speed of response to urgent assignments is exceptional and he will happily work weekends and evenings to get the job done.”
CEO – Cosmetics – Saudi Arabian Retailer

“With Global Retail Recruitment, if an ‘on-demand’ recruiting service is what you’re looking for…you’ve found it.”
Head of Recruitment & Organisational Development – Large fashion retail in 10+ countries

“Global Retail Recruitment has delivered exceptional service at a reduced cost. This is an agency with service, communication and honesty at the core. They produce excellent results through productive methodology whilst ensuring all parties are consistently updated. They will always be my first port of call.”
Consumer Electronics – Middle East 

“Neil is clear and concise and honest in his approach. He is a total professional and ensures that he takes the time to listen and understand the client’s requirements in order to deliver just the right candidates for their business. Neil manages the delicate balance of keeping abreast of current activities whilst not being overly intrusive. Neil’s support from initial contact to placement is exemplary and it is a pleasure to do business with him.”
 HRBP – Food / Foodservice – Germany

“Neil is, quite simply the best recruiter I have worked with. He is diligent, reliable, works 24/7, doesn’t give up, and invariably delivers. He is a rare gem in his industry”
CEO – Saudi Arabia

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