IRG Executive Search & Selection

What Hunted Says

Based in Manchester but very much global, IRG work with 70% of their clients on a retained basis. Employees love the autonomy and KPI free environment they've created which has supercharged their careers within Executive Search. You'll have a say over the direction of your career from Account Management, Delivery or 360. Thoughtful perks include closed between Christmas and New Year and 4pm Friday finish. With 50% of consultants staying with the company 7+ years, IRG have the winning formula for career progression and work life balance.

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors
Banking & FSC-Level & ExecutiveConsultancy & AdvisoryTechnology

About Us

IRG Executive Search has a unique offering; an executive search and headhunting firm operating in Manchester, but working on a global basis. IRG was founded in 2001, by Michael Mcloughlin our Managing Director. The firm’s principle purpose is to focus on the complete satisfaction of the clients that we represent. This is demonstrated by the fact that we have worked in partnership with the vast majority of our clients for multiple years. Having a business model centred on developing long-term relationships, we wish to assist in the successful growth of our clients over many years, meaning the delivery of top performers each and every time a search is undertaken. We are widely recognised as one of the leading executive search providers in Management and Strategic Consulting, Professional Services, Private Equity, and Technology.

Our Clients

Our clients are leaders in their field. We typically work with Top 5 organisations across a variety of industries including: strategy consulting, technology consulting, Private Equity and other boutique organisations. Clients include: - Global leading Strategy Consulting firm - Top 3 Marketing & Communications Group - 'Big 4'Management Consulting Divisions - Billion dollar PE funds - World class technology consulting leader We're fortunate enough to have a global reach with our client base and work in geographies such as North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Jack Winter - Director

Commission Structure

We work mostly on a retained basis with our Clients (>70%). Our fees start at around £20,000 and are uncapped. As such we have a generous commission structure with all Consultants taking home at least 10% of the fee earned for all placements made. Commission increases even further with Mandate and Account Management responsibility. Our commission is paid when the Candidate begins their new role.

Kate Johnstone - Principal

Jack says:

"We have a clear vision as to where we are going and the types of individuals we want to join. We are a hard-working group who work collaboratively to achieve team goals, and the rewards that come with it are outstanding. We don’t limit, nor do we cap individuals' success and you would have a real opportunity to not only progress your own career, but to also have a real impact on the company as a whole. I began my search career with IRG in December 2014 and couldn’t believe both the calibre of the clients we work with, but also the manner in which we do; consultative, retained and often exclusive. I became a Director with the company in December 2017, 3 years after joining having had no experience in search and we give everyone the same platform in order to achieve success."

Kate says:

"I joined IRG in April 2018 as an 'Experienced Hire' having previously spent 7 years in Professional Services as an Accountant. I wanted a complete career change but I was determined to continue to use the skills developed throughout my career to date; this has been possible at IRG. From Day One, I was given the autonomy to independently manage my own workload on a variety of client mandates. I interacted immediately with candidates and within a couple of months worked directly with our clients. I felt empowered to deliver and went on to have a very successful first year within Executive Search. We're not your typical recruitment firm; we don't bang a gong upon a placement or take top performers to Las Vegas, nor do we micromanage and track meaningless KPIs. Instead we work very collaboratively, in the interest of our clients, to place top flight candidates with them globally. We work hard and as a result we're rewarded exceptionally."

Benefits we offer:

Private Healthcare Continuous Training & Development Regular Social Events Generous Bonus Structure Company iPhone Early 4pm Finish on Fridays Christmas & New Year Shutdown "Dress For Your Day" - casual work wear policy Quarterly Celebration & Rewards

The Team

We work collectively and collaboratively in the best interests of our clients. We're a true team and often socialise together outside the workplace. Events include: - Friday drinks & inevitably karaoke... - Aintree Races for Ladies Day - Go-Karting - Team Building (Escape Room, Bowling etc) - Group Dinners in Manchester City Centre - Christmas Party - End of Financial Year Celebrations! Despite the highly professional and corporate nature of our clients, we're a fairly relaxed office; there's no micromanagement and you'll be given the autonomy and independence to manage your own workload to deliver on your mandates. We're KPI free. We're supportive and regularly invest in team-wide training & development.

Mieke Dutton - Consultant

Career Progression

Graduates join the firm on competitive starting salaries of £18,000 and immediately benefit from an uncapped commission structure. Salaries increase with successful completion of the probation period and continue to increase through a combination of annual performance reviews and typical promotion routes. Your career here is what you make it - if you'd prefer an Account Management style role, we have a track for that or if being Delivery Focused is more your thing, we offer this route too. We want to make the most of an individual's skills and capabilities and won't limit their success here.

Mieke says:

"As a graduate, I have found that IRG is a fantastic place to work and I count myself lucky to be a part of the company. The extent and level of training and mentorship I’ve received has enabled me to feel confident in my role far quicker than I expected; everyone is extremely helpful and offers as much advice as you need. Additionally, the culture at IRG is great – everyone is down to earth, up for a laugh and equally professional. We have regular socials which are always great fun – the most recent being Ladies day at Aintree Races. Arguably I couldn’t ask for a better environment to work in. I feel valued and hard work is acknowledged and rewarded - I received a pay rise and was signed off my probation within my first 6 months. I would highly recommend working at IRG!"

Why we're hiring...

... we're growing exceptionally quickly. Our team doubled in size over 2018 and because of our success our clients just keep giving us work. We have active mandates ready to be worked on with billion dollar organisations.

IRG Executive Search & Selection

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters Manchester
Company Size 21-50

Recruitment Sectors
Banking & FS C-Level & Executive Consultancy & Advisory Technology


  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Established 10+ years
  • Private Healthcare
  • Visible Commission Structure
  • KPI Free
  • Dress Down
  • Retained Only
  • Clear Progression Structure
  • Early Friday Finish

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