Whether you’re looking to hire a finance director, audit manager, HR business partner, marketing assistant, CIO or tax specialist, our multi-disciplinary team has the experience, specialist expertise and established network to help you find the perfect hire for your team. Because we only operate across Essex, East Anglia and London, we are true local recruitment experts, so you can be assured we know our markets inside out. Many clients use us because we offer a different and fresh approach to the bigger recruitment firms…are you ready to see for yourself?

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finding you the perfect hire

When you decide to make a new hire for your team, it's a big investment and one that you want to get right. Hiring the right person can make a huge difference to your business (and costly if not done right!). It's vital that they not only have the right skills, but the right attitude and cultural fit. We understand that, and it's why we take the time to look beyond the job description to find you the best person. We’re consultative in our approach, with value-add as standard. We also understand that you’re busy, so you’ll only ever see CVs of people we truly believe are worth seeing.

our specialisms

We work with accountancy practices, blue-chip corporations and SMEs across multiple sectors, to deliver exceptional customer service and recruitment expertise in the following specialisms: 

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long-term relationships

The very foundation of our business: strong relationships built over the long-term, with many of our clients returning to us again and again for their recruitment needs.


We act as true partners and trusted advisors - you'll come to see us an extension of your own team. We take the time to understand your business needs and culture, offering meaningful advice and doing all we can to succeed.

shared success

You are more than a recruitment fee to us - our relationships with our clients go far deeper than that. We share in your success, and your pain. We strive to always deliver above and beyond - we're genuinely passionate about finding you the perfect hire.

client testimonials

After struggling to fill a vacancy with several recruitment agencies, I reached out to Melanie to see if she could assist in our search. From the outset, Melanie was friendly, professional, and eager to do the best possible job she could. Where other recruiters had failed to find good applicants and fallen back on sending us candidates who were very clearly wrong for the role, Melanie was astute enough to realise the counter-productive nature of doing so. Instead, Melanie focused on searching diligently to find viable candidates, keeping us informed throughout the process, regardless of the le...
Cormac Scanlon, CTO, Fleximize
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Sam set himself apart from other recruiters. We met to discuss the job brief, he took the time to ask additional questions to ensure he fully understood the requirements of the role, the dynamics of the team and the values of the business. We trusted Sam to book in initial interviews with candidates and were not disappointed with the calibre. It was clear Sam explained the business and role well, as all candidates were fully prepared and able to articulate their research and spoke highly of Sam’s process. I have no doubt we will reach out to Sam again, he was professional but personable and I ...
Hannah Reddan, Waymade Capital
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James and Rutherford Briant have worked with me on a number of roles over the years in my position as Finance Director at Nash Tackle and before. He is my first call when I have a position to fill or am seeking advice on the job market. Great communicator, honest and tenacious!
Daniel Perkins, Nash Corporation
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I recently started working with Kelly on a new role. She really took time to understand what we were looking for. Kelly presented some great candidates that fitted both the needs of the role and our culture. We are absolutely delighted with our new Financial Accountant and really enjoyed working with Kelly.
Jo Bethwaite, UK HR Manager, Cobb Europe
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Mel’s support and guidance was extremely valuable when helping us with a recent Director level hire. We were looking to fill a brand new role within the business and, from a very rough initial outline, Mel was able to help us flesh out the position and identify exactly we required. Her approach was always measured, patient and consultative, and she demonstrated great resilience to ensure we got to the right outcome in spite of challenging market conditions. Worth also noting that every candidate we met through Mel spoke highly of the service they had received from her also, which is further te...
Ryan Ellis, Haines Watts
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executive search

We find and deliver the best executive talent with exceptional speed, quality, reliability, and personalised services all across Essex, East Anglia and London. Our Executive Search team takes pride in using their exclusive network of candidates, many years of recruitment experience and a headhunting approach to consistently deliver talent to our clients that other recruitment firms cannot. Due to the confidential nature of many roles at this level, we operate with absolute discretion when it comes to your executive hire. Talk to us about our track record and how we can help. 

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insights & news

All the latest blogs, news, downloads and advice from Rutherford Briant.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Rutherford Briant

15 years since we started Rutherford Briant, the time has flown by, and yet so much has happened. There are so many amazing people and achievements to reflect on and be very proud of.

The Power of Face-to-Face Interviewing

Many people value the importance of face-to-face interviews when navigating the hiring process. My recent poll on LinkedIn revealed that 58% of people require a face-to-face interview when recruiting, whilst only 7% would completely go without this interaction. Although technology has undoubtedly facilitated remote communication, especially during the Covid years, it cannot fully replicate the dynamics of in-person meetings. Here are 4 benefits of meeting your candidates face-to-face during the recruitment process:

Navigating Counteroffers

In a world where counteroffers are becoming increasingly more common, we have received a lot of questions regarding the management of counteroffers and the importance around receiving the correct support throughout this process.

Crafting your Christmas Career Wishlist for 2024

As the festive lights twinkle and the aroma of Christmas meals fill the air, the Christmas season not only offers opportunity for togetherness, family spirit and joy but also a unique time to self-reflect on the past year, the achievements of the year and the personal goals for 2024. We’ll explore the question “what is on the career wish list?” and how you can best secure this in your next role.

Audit Market Update

The audit market is evolving, shaped by economic shifts, technological advancements and regulatory changes. In this blog, we'll explore the current state of the audit market, highlighting key trends, challenges and opportunities that professionals, job seekers and businesses need to navigate.

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