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    The ethos and thinking behind Coleman James

Our story

Coleman James Ltd is a specialist independent recruitment firm focused exclusively on Construction, Rail and the Built Environment industries.

Founded by Andrew Mackay, a professional recruiter with over sixteen years’ experience of working in senior roles and in directorships for national and international recruitment firms, our vision is to raise the bar in terms of recruitment service provision for your sector.

A passionate and focused MD with the ambition of being the market leader within this sector, his brand has a personal meaning and he has an ethical approach to business. The company takes its name from an inspirational lady in Andrew’s life, his late Grandma Audrey ‘Coleman’ and ‘James’ is his middle name. Within the last four years, Andrew has established solid foundations for the firm and due to his enviable reputation, has been able to attract key talent to join him on this exciting journey. After all, you are only as successful as the team you employ.

The firm is underpinned by strong core values; Integrity, Knowledge, Relationships and Excellence and our aim is to out shine our competitors on every level.

Audrey Coleman & Andrew James Mackay

The term ‘specialist’ is commonly used; however drawing on our extensive recruitment experience, vast sector knowledge and highly successful track record, we are proof that by investing the time to build strong relationships, our strategic approach to recruitment adds value and ultimately ensures Coleman James becomes your recruitment partner of choice.

You have very specific recruitment requirements, our capabilities and market knowledge within the Building, Civil Engineering, Rail, Facilities Management (FM), Housing and Technical sectors and ability to recruit for the full range of industry roles from white collar directors to non-executives in temporary and permanent positions makes us the ideal partner to fulfil your recruitment objectives.

With focused resources tailored to your specific discipline, we add value through our market insight, the sourcing and successful placement of high-calibre industry experts and our ability to deliver tangible results ahead of our competitors.

Whether you’re a client looking for a specialist recruiter to work with you and achieve your commercial objectives, or a candidate seeking expert advice regarding your next move. Coleman James Recruitment is the partner of choice.

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Expertise that gives you the edge

At Coleman James, our specialist expertise and proven track record help give you the edge, whether you’re a client or a candidate.

We focus exclusively on the built environment and rail sectors. This encompasses architecture, building services, civil engineering, construction, housing, facilities management, interior design and rail.

Our specialist knowledge, built over 100 collective years of practice, means we have a rich database of high calibre candidates and an extensive network of contacts, and a track record of successfully recruiting for your sector, securing only the best talent for businesses.

We offer a consultative, tailored approach. Our clients don’t simply transact with us; instead, we build long-term, collaborative partnerships.

Trusted relationships are at the heart of our bespoke approach. We pay attention to the details, from pre-screening to psychometric testing, we will match the right people to the right roles. We actively headhunt ‘passive’ candidates – off the books in terms of standardised search, but open to us. We’ll bring you market intelligence, salary insights, and introductions to our broad network of complementary businesses and people.

Operating with absolute integrity, we deliver customer excellence at every step and tangible results you can rely on.

We work with contractors of all sizes from the largest international, multi-national and regional organisations, through to specialist, niche outfits and sub-contractors. Our recruitment services including permanent and temporary recruitment and retained/executive search.


Why Coleman James?

  • Your needs are at the heart of our bespoke, partnership approach

  • People matter to us. We build relationships, establish trust and deliver tangible results

  • We are experienced specialists who understand your sector and can leverage our knowledge to help candidates and clients grow and prosper

  • Our robust search and screen process means we find the right fit for clients and candidates

  • Service excellence is part of our DNA, from the moment we meet to our premium aftercare

  • Your people function will be supported by us or we can act as an extension of your team with our fully outsourced offering

  • Your employer brand is safe in our hands. We take the time to understand your organisation and represent you in the right way.