Commodity Appointments

What Hunted Says

A traded energy and commodity search business, Commodity Appointments were one of the first firms to service this market, way back in the late 70's. Their CEO is a LinkedIn influencer and the most well known headhunter in the industry. They're based in the leafy town of Petersfield on the Hampshire/Sussex border, but with direct train links to London. If your next career step is into search, look no further than these guys...

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors
AgricultureBanking & FSC-Level & ExecutiveMining & ResourcesPower, Nuclear & Renewables

Who are we?

Thought leader in talent analytics - our CEO had 1.7m views on his articles and videos in 2019. We are close advisers to leaders across the industries we serve. We collaborate with a tight small client base and we have an impact. Oh, and the business? A global professional search firm operating within the commodity, energy and natural resources sectors. Been around for ages (1977) and during the last 20 years accountable for many of the significant appointments across the sectors, headline-grabbing team moves and impressive start ups.

Welcoming our newest addition to the Commodity family, Catherine Chrismas.

Our 2019 interns, Cecilia & David. 2020 interns to be shortlisted soon!

Many congratulations to Andy and Cece for completing The Vitality Big Half 2020!

Raised £100K+ for charity

We have been partnered with Dreams Come True, a national charity that fulfils dreams for children and young adults with serious and life-limiting conditions. Since our partnership began in 2016, we have hosted two Gala dinners for our commodity network and gained sponsorship for two 'Marathon des Sables' events. If you didn't know, that's 250km of running across the Sahara and Peruvian desert!

I am involved in all sorts of interesting projects, internal and external, and I genuinely feel that my experience is valued and put to good use! Vanda Buck - AVP, Europe

Our Niche...

Predominantly commercial hires, and mainly senior ones. Most of the hires we conclude are of serious impact to our clients. Call it strategic or game-changing. - Global Natural Gas and Power - Renewable, Green Energy and Environmental products - World of Shipping and Transportation - New Food Markets, such as plant based proteins - Traditional markets that are undergoing disruption such as coffee, ags, metals.. - Emerging areas such as data science, battery storage and the like.

Client case study

Our Head of Academy: Annabel Long

Join our Ultra race team?

Positive stress. Challenge Mind and Body. Add to that a business trip? Perfect cocktail. So, here's a stocking filler for you. Join the Commodity Ultra Race team on our inaugural challenge. We have teamed up with the Founders of Ultra X to enrol a team for the 2020 edition of the awesome Azores 125. To add more awesomeness we have gathered further support from endurance nutrition experts Xendurance. We are harvesting financial and media noise goodness for our charity partners Dreams Come True Children's Charity. Initial interest from folks at Axpo Group, Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners, EZPADA AG and ENGIE to name but a few.

What we look for in our colleagues

Communication skills Empathy Natural curiosity A solid moral compass Passion & appetite

"...4 complex leadership hires in 2018 across Australasia, Middle East and Europe. The efficiency of the process delivery by Commodity has allowed us to accelerate our growth plans considerably" Lelia Konyn - Head of HR at Shu Shing Group

Welcoming back our former colleague, Matthew Atkins (left).

One of our Gala dinners for charity partner, Dreams Come True

Our AVP Andrew Lucas smashed it at the 2019 Surrey Half marathon.

Commuting can be stressful...

If you prefer the comfort of your own vehicle rather than relying on public transport, there's nothing worse than spending your morning searching for a parking space. Not a problem, we have onsite parking. One less stress to worry about!

There's holiday, then there's holiday...

Want to go travelling? Take the school holidays to be with the children? Do some further studies and learn for an exam? We encourage a life outside work and can provide you with a top-up of unpaid leave besides your paid holiday to fulfil the things you want to do. All you have to do is tell us all about it when you come back!

Quality over quantity...

For the most part, we work on a payment schedule that sees a part of our fees paid upfront. Our partner clients trust in us to find the talent that is a cultural fit for their businesses, businesses that we understand deeply after years of helping them build and grow.

Our talent analytics widely used at industry events

Claire Best - COO

Comments from an old friend...

"Couldn’t have found a nicer team to work alongside during my placement year as part of my university course. The small yet experienced and professional team made me feel welcome from day one and I had a varied and challenging experience as an intern. Located in rural Hampshire, but a unique and modern office."

Client case study

50K+ readership of our talent insights. That's thought leadership

The kids love a charity bake sale at our office HQ!

Christmas party - 2019

February Edition of Inform.

Comments from an old friend...

"I worked at Commodity Appointments full-time for more than 5 years Pros Freedom to explore a wide range of avenues/clients No ridiculous mind-numbing large-agency KPIs Good company track-record (internationally) to fall back on during origination. Good solid client base. Well coded large international database. Up-to-date technology/systems. Strong marketing/branding presence. Cons If you can't motivate yourself and blindly rely on hitting corporate KPI's to justify your existence then this is not the place for you."

Our CEO has since 2016 completed 25+ ultra marathons on 6 continents with a number of podium finishes. He has received support from a number of leading brands, been ambassador runner on several races

A word from our COO, Claire Best...

“Empathy and humility: if I had to pick two qualities that I think would make someone a success at Commodity, these would be the ones. People are entrusting us to accompany them on one of the biggest decisions they are going to make in their lives – a job change, a career change, maybe a country change, too. We have to live up to that trust, every single day.”

Vanda Buck, AVP Europe at LME week

Say goodbye to pointless KPIs

The nature of our market is often there's only a handful of candidates who can do the job we're hunting for. Executive Search ‘the Commodity way’ is a people business, not a numbers game. You won't be hounded to get your phone times up or badgered to get 50 CVs out a day.

Our end of year team meeting, chocolate included

[Commodity] … has personally played a key role in identifying and securing some of the best commercial and entrepreneurial talent for our international businesses over the last 15 years, most recently successfully assembling our US start up team. Domenico Franceschino, Head of Origination at Axpo Group

We're flexible...

Flexibility goes both ways – you’ll want to speak to candidates out of hours sometimes, and sometimes you may need to get the car in for an MOT or watch your son’s assembly. It’s a give and take that works at Commodity.

Escape the city...

Our offices are located in a beautiful market town, with Ofsted outstanding rated schools and a fast train into Waterloo (1 hour 10) for meetings or visits to the theatre. While others do the daily commute, you can enjoy a 10 minute walk to work in the morning, enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes/restaurants in the town and then run it off afterwards in the Southdowns National Park of which Petersfield forms a part.

Free food!

From team breakfasts to shared lunches and afterwork cocktails, from birthday cakes to pizza delivery or protein shakes. The tastes may be diverse, but the Commodity family takes any opportunity to come together.

Andrew Lucas, AVP joins our CEO Jakob Bloch at the Flame conference in Amsterdam

Dress like you're going somewhere better later...

Our offices wouldn’t look out of place in the best parts of London, so we like to come to work looking the part too!

We speak our client's language...

Search is about establishing rapport and communication is a huge part of that. We’re a multi-cultural bunch with speakers of Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Danish, Bulgarian, Mandarin, oh and English on the team.

Commodity Appointments

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters Guildford
Company Size 11-20

Recruitment Sectors
Agriculture Banking & FS C-Level & Executive Mining & Resources Power, Nuclear & Renewables


  • Clear Progression Structure
  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Escape The City
  • Established 20+ Years
  • Female Leadership
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Free Food
  • Gym Membership
  • International Travel for Meetings
  • KPI Free
  • Linguistics
  • Parking
  • Retained Only
  • Sabbatical
  • Suited and Booted
  • WeWork

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