River Partnership

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Executive Search firm River Partnership works on senior mandates up to £500k and is headquartered in London. Promoters of an even work life balance they plan to grow 300% in the next 3 years and offer company equity to employees. International in reach and with a cohesive culture, if you're a linguist or work in international Search and want to work for a hugely successful brand then look no further.

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors
Banking & FSConsultancy & AdvisoryPharma & Life ScienceTelecommunications


River Partnership is a Global Executive Search Firm whose mission is to assist leading firms and corporations to significantly improve performance by attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing the most talented people in the market. The Firm specialises in executive search and associated recruitment services across Financial Services, Corporates, Utilities, the Professional Services, Advisory Sector and the Renewables Sector. The Firm operates frm its London HQ and have recently opened an office in Singapore, following a successful merger with Stratagem Global Recruitment. River recently successfully attained their goal of achieving over 300% growth in 1000 days, and now look forward to continuing to grow and fulfil further business goals.   

River 1000 Day Challenge Celebration

I work for River as I feel I am a real component to building a successful firm.


We run some fun incentives whether it is meals out at nice restaurants, team sporting events or trips overseas. We also run an individual quarterly incentive to be part of our restaurant club 'Michelin Madness' which have included restaurants such as; The Fat Duck, The Ledbury, Sushi Samba, Sketch, Le Gavroche, Story, BobBob Ricard, Sexy Fish, Bibendum, Gymkhana, Alain Ducasse, Dinner by Heston, Gordan Ramsey and Hide Above.

Christmas 2019!


+ Earn up to 50% commission on billings          
+ 1 month paid sabbatical for 5 years' service 
+ 3 months paid sabbatical for 8 years' service 
+ Direct equity offered to employees whom the Directors feel add to the company’s growth and adhere to the company's values 
+ 25 days holiday, plus an additional day for each full years’ service (capped at 30) 
+ Duvet Day
+ Hit quarterly objectives and earn a half days holiday
+ The opportunity to win additional time off work
+ Access to Employee Assistance Programme
+ Quarterly Restaurant Club ‘Michelin Madness'
+ Incentive holidays
+ Air-travel vouchers
+ 90-minute lunch break 1 day per week
+ Dress down Fridays
+ iPhone and laptop for remote working
+ Cycle2Work scheme
+ Professional training courses such as at the IoD and Prince2
+ 1-2-1 coaching (external providers)
+ Recruiter Licence

River merges with Stratagem

We are very pleased to announce our merger with Singapore-based boutique search consultancy firm Stratagem. With a focus on business development in Singapore, we will be working together to expand our reach in the Asian market and further strengthening our global offering in the Finance, Strategy and Risk Recruitment sectors - July 2019 


“We work for each other” “We nurture leaders” “We do the small things right” “We find a way” "Resilience"

Q3 Celebrations at Ascot

Q4 Michelin Madness @ The Square

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

Health & Well-being ❤️

The health and well-being of our employees is at the forefront of our minds. We have focused on our H&WB initiative this year and encourage the following;

Utilising our Employee Assitance Programme (EAP) where employees have access to professional advise for all sorts of work and personal related issues including
access to crisis Councillors.

Sabbaticals: After 5 years of service benefit from an additional month of paid annual leave. Pursue a dream trip, take up a hobby, recharge your batteries. We offer a 3-month sabbatical after 8 years.

Take a break: Benefit from a Duvet Day one day per year to call in on the day.

Team Drinks in Paris

Christmas 2018

Team Drinks in Amsterdam

Singapore Team Drinks


- Risk Management - Regulation - Corporate Governance - Strategy & Corporate Finance - Economics & Forensic - Digital - Technology & Change - Legal


As a small company we want to create a culture of ownership, continuous development, teamwork, fun and integrity where people want to stay longer term and build their career with us. We think one of the main reasons people stay with a company is down to its culture. Culture eats strategy for breakfast as someone once said! We keep things sociable by frequently going out as a company for lunch for each other’s birthday (or any celebration we can get away with), having beers in the office on a Friday, ordering in pizza on ‘BD days’, afternoons out of the office doing activities such as crazy golf, darts, bowling, rounders in the park, fun runs and charity bike races. That's without mentioning the quarterly incentives we run for lunches at Michelin starred restaurants, days out at the horse racing and trips oversees.

GRC December Competition Winners - Team Lunch

Q3 Restaurant Club @ Dinner by Heston

Q1 Restaurant Club @ Hide Above

EOY Celebrations

Incentive trip to Amsterdam


We have an international network of clients and have placed candidates globally. Some of the countries we have placed in are listed below and we plan to grow this list year on year...

UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Slovakia, Finland, Romania, Poland, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, UAE, Qatar and Morocco.


We have some interesting clients who are all market leaders in their sectors. Some examples are; Oliver Wyman, McKinsey & Company, BlackRock, Apple, Uber, Amazon, ING Bank, PwC, Athora, ghd, Purplebricks, The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, EY, FTI Consulting and Prudential.

We have placed with these clients in multiple geographies and are continuously looking to broaden our reach and client base.


Rooftop bar in Paris

Jamie Stokes

Founder. Jamie has 18 years executive search experience including building and selling two firms.

Some of the team after completing the Ironman Mallorca


Being an international business, it is integral to us that we have linguists working at River. If you speak any of the following languages fluently then this would be very much of interest to us; - German - French - Dutch - Spanish - Mandarin


River started in a box room in a leased office which had no windows. Following our first successful placement, we upgraded to a room with windows and a little more space. River has been slowly upgrading the office space year on year until 2015 when we finally moved into our own office in central Covent Garden which can facilitate our growth plans until 2020...


Being an Executive Search firm based in London with such a wide global reach with our clients, international travel becomes an integral part of our business.

The team here at River have recently travelled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and France with further trips to Europe, the US and Asia planned in the coming months.

Singapore Team Lunch

Q2 Restaurant Club at Story

Working for River has given me a true entrepreneurial opportunity to build my career in Executive Search


Our software licenses are updated monthly to the newest versions available, along with updates on our database and database email integration system. Our current environment utilises the very latest enterprise grade CRM systems and databases making them accessible and editable from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. We have created a cloud set up for our employees where it’s possible for consultants to work remotely, particularly during international travel as we have consultants working in different time zones so if it suits for them to do early morning calls at home and come in when appropriate, they can do.  


We encourage our employees to contribute to our communities and are passionate about supporting a number of charities through numerous internal events. This year we’re proud to be supporting Macmillan and Age UK.

River Partnership

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters London
Company Size 21-50

Recruitment Sectors
Banking & FS Consultancy & Advisory Pharma & Life Science Telecommunications


  • Business Equity
  • CSR
  • Friday Drinks
  • Linguistics
  • Retained Only
  • Sabbatical
  • Beer Fridge
  • Duvet Day
  • International Travel for Meetings
  • Company Wide Trips
  • Personal Wellbeing Budget
  • Recruiter Licence
  • Established 10+ Years
  • Clear Progression Structure

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