Retail Recruitment

The UK Retail sector has continued to deliver despite the challenges of the past decade in the global economy.  The industry has maintained this passion by providing consistent innovation to ensure we are engaged and interested in product, brand and seeking out the perfect purchase either online or in store.  In such changing and uncertain times this resilience and ability to adapt is reflected in a sector worth an estimated £358 billion in sales terms, employing just under three million people. 

The new focus is on brand power, messaging that engages and the ease at which you can see, interact and access product. The market is polarising into two camps: the realm of essentials and value and the more specialist brands which compete on quality and experience.

An overview of our Northern Retail & Consumer Dinner with Allan Leighton, Chairman of Co-Op Group

Our capability

At Berwick Partners our team have extensive experience and expertise in their area of specialism.  We understand the direction of travel in the market and the demands on those that will deliver these strategies. 

We have significant track record delivering on the new, the difficult and the demanding positions and perhaps most importantly, we have real passion for doing so with energy and determination. 

The senior roles we typically recruit for include:

  • Managing Director
  • Operations Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Head of Retail
  • General Manager
  • Buying Director
  • Trading Director
  • Head of Brand
  • Head of Product
  • Head of Customer Experience
  • Marketing Director

Recent assignments

  • Farrow & Ball - Head of Retail
  • Breitling UK - Operations and Training Manager
  • Carpetright - Head of Customer Experience
  • Go Outdoors - Marketing Director
  • Mole Avon  - Managing Director
  • Carpetright - Head of PR and Communications
  • Carpetright - Senior Buyer
  • Trek Bicycles Ltd - UK Area Manager
  • Halfords - Store Development Director
  • Pets at Home - Distribution Manager


“I recently had the need to fill an Operations Director role for our PLC company responsible for 1350 stores… Berwick Partners impressed me with their knowledge of our sector and clearly knew who all the key players were, and how they would approach the brief and I sensed that this was a firm who could find me the person I was looking for. I interviewed six candidates, all of whom were serious contenders for the role… My experience of dealing with Berwick Partners has been excellent.” Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, Mccolls