What we do

Our Project Managers are recruited from a solid marketing background only – i.e. with a strong and appropriate degree, CIM qualification and/or post-grad’ marketing departmental experience. Why? Because marketing jobs are unique in the recruitment industry insofar as every marketing role can be radically different from the next. You need your recruitment partner to get ‘under the skin’ of your marketing culture and to really understand your requirement. That is our key service point and USP. Candidates we supply will match the qualifications, experience and skills your vacancy requires – every time.

We offer five services, enabling you to choose the one to suit your particular need:

- Contingent search
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We will identify, supply and manage your candidates on a ‘no-placement, no-fee’ basis, either on a multi-agency platform (we are happy to be pitched directly against any of our competitors, for service quality and value) – or exclusively, for which you will enjoy a discounted fee rate.

- Retained search
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If your managerial vacancy requires specialist sector experience and you wish to advertise the role, we can conduct a fully professional advertised search utilising the most appropriate media. Unlike many of our larger competitors we are not tied in to expensive contracts with the marketing journals or job websites. We will only source and negotiate the right advertising media to suit you – not us – and only if we feel it is really necessary, which is increasingly rare nowadays.

Qualified advert respondents are pre-vetted, interviewed and assessed against the job criteria and 'ideal candidate'. A shortlist is prepared and then normally delivered in the form of a presentation, enabling you make an informed selection of candidates for second interview. In addition, we are trained practitioners in Thomas International © work-personality profiling, with over twelve years’ experience of utilising this highly accredited job-suitability framework.

The quality of our retained search service is second to none in northwest England – and we have the client and candidate testimonials to prove it! Because we are a privately-owned, lean and specialist supplier, the saving we will show you can be up to 35% compared to many of our larger competitors. We guarantee you will only have to try us once to feel the difference.

- Our unique service for PR/creative agencies
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We operate a unique and popular ‘preferred supplier’ service with a difference. Not only will you benefit from heavily discounted fee terms but we will contractually commit to represent a maximum of just two organisations in your sector, including you - and you will know who the other company is. Why do we do this?  Because in the modern over-populated recruitment market you need the comfort of knowing that your suppliers are your suppliers and that your business is private and protected. Would you consider using a solicitor who also acts for your competitors? Confidentiality, discretion and professionalism are the cornerstones of our ethos.

Accordingly, we operate a strict marketing agencies client roster, with no more than two PR agencies, two DM, two SP, two event agencies, two ‘full service’, two design agencies etc. It is a model which works well for our clients, our candidates and for us because everyone knows exactly where they stand.  

To enquire if we have a vacancy on our preferred supplier roster in your sector, Contact Us for an instant response.

- Targeted search (headhunt)
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We offer a highly professional, confidential and competitively-priced targeted search (‘headhunt’) service. Using our extensive network of contacts and dedicated full-time researchers, we will identify and target the very best candidates for your senior vacancy. It need not cost the earth – you’d be surprised! Contact us for an initial consultation.

- Interim contracting
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Many organisations are increasingly taking advantage of marketing interim managers and staff for periods of peak activity, seasonal project/campaign management or as cover for maternity leave and other staff shortages.

We have a larger roster of accomplished interim marketers ready to tackle assignments in:

strategy  -  brand/product/category management  -  commercial research  -  CRM copywriting  -  PR  -  corporate communications  -  campaign management agency account handling  -  event management  -  e-commerce/digital marketing

Just consider the practical advantages of utilising a specialist contractor...

Responsive - we will respond immediately and can have skilled contractors in any marketing discipline ready to step in, within 24 hours if required.

Insight and understanding - as the team at PRMS has over 35 years’ accumulated marketing experience in industries as diverse as FMCG, telecoms, engineering, publishing, logistics and professional services, we have the expertise to fully understand and ‘plug into’ your requirement. That’s crucial!

Hitting the ground running - Ok so it’s a cliché. But in this case it’s also a fact! Experienced interims are fully used to jumping from one assignment to another and delivering tangible results from the word go. They can work effectively on their own, so typically don’t require direct supervision, but will also happily work within a team framework if required.

Convenience - The contractor you choose will have the established skill-set to suit your particular need, when you need it. As the interim’s employer, we pay the contractor weekly, thereby relieving you of the burdens of employers’ NI, holiday pay, SSP and payroll costs etc.

Flexibility - Interim managers are geared to flexible working, so you can regulate the days they work to suit your requirement and your budget.

Affordability - We offer not only one of the region’s widest selections of specialist, qualified marketing professionals but also the best value. We are a lean, dedicated, regional company – not a national plc with huge operating overheads and massive advertising spend commitments. That benefits you because our contracting margin is accordingly set lower than many of our competitors’. 

‘Extended trial’ - If you decide to make your role permanent and want to offer our interim contractor the position, we will cut you an attractive deal to make it worth your while (i.e. not seek a permanent fee). In fact we would never stand in the way of our client getting the person they want and the candidate securing the job they desire. We will offer an attractive incentive to take the candidate in-house at any time to suit you, thereby saving you our contracting margin. 

- Personality profiling and assessment centres
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We are trained practitioners of Thomas International © work personality profiling, with over 12 years’ experience, having assessed hundreds of candidates. 

Thomas International is the world’s largest and longest-established HR profiling partner, with operations in over ninety countries and an industry-leading HR analysis model perfected over 80 years. Job analysis /benchmarking is free of charge and the profiling of candidates at shortlist stage is surprisingly inexpensive, providing significant benefits to your organisation and the candidate.

We have also successfully delivered in-house, tailor-made Assessment centres for our clients. If you have an upcoming recruitment intake and would like to take advantage of this professional and cost-effective assessment clinic service, Contact Us for a free consultation.