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 merges with Stratagem.

Christmas 2019!


We run some really fun incentives whether it's 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; ✅Fat Duck ✅Viajante ✅DSTRKT ✅Clove Club ✅Ledbury ✅Pied à Terre ✅Sushi Samba ✅Sketch ✅Ninth ✅LeGavroche ✅Story ✅BobBob Ricard ✅Sexy Fish ✅L'Atelier ✅Bibendum ✅ Gymkhana ✅Alain Ducasse ✅ Dinner by Heston ✅Gordan Ramsey✅The Square ✅Hide Above ✅Cut at 45 Park Lane


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 from it’s 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 fulfill further business goals.

Christmas 2018

River 1000 Day Challenge Celebration

Q4 Michelin Madness @ The Square


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

River merges with Stratagem, July 2019.

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.

Q3 Restaurant Club @ Dinner by Heston

Q3 Celebrations at Ascot


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

GRC December Competition Winners - Team Lunch

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

Team Drinks

Q2 Restaurant Club @ The Westbury

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


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, Finland, Romania, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, UAE, Qatar and Morocco


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

Incentive trip to Amsterdam

Team Drinks in Amsterdam

Q1 Restaurant Club @ Hide Above


We have some really interesting clients who are all market leaders in their sectors. Some examples are; Oliver Wyman, McKinsey, BlackRock, Apple, Uber, Amazon, ING Bank, PwC, 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.

EOY Celebrations

Rooftop bar in Paris


Incentive trip to Paris

Singapore Team Drinks

By Oct 1st 2019. 1000 Days. 300% Growth. 3 Continents.

Q2 Restaurant Club at Story

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


Our office is centrally located in Covent Garden, just two minutes’ walk from Covent Garden tube station and in the middle of Long Acre road. Perfectly located, close to most of our clients. An added bonus of our office location is all of the bars and restaurants in the surrounding area. Not to mention the convenience of all the nearby shops for some lunch break shopping.


We continuously look to enhance our training programme at all levels of the company. We offer internal and external training on a regular basis with quick fire 30-minute internal training sessions taking place on a fortnightly basis. We also commit to quarterly training sessions with external providers or professional institutions. We recently enrolled all our directors onto courses with the Institute of Directors, enrolled our emerging leaders onto newly appointed manager courses and have provided professional training such as CIPD and PRINCE2 to members of our Operations team.

Jamie Stokes

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

Team Drinks


Incentive trip so far... + Paris + Amsterdam + Singapore

Q4 Restaurrant Club at Sexy Fish

I joined River as I was impressed with their training programme

Singapore Team Lunch

Midnight push up competition


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, Switzerland and France with further trips to Europe, the US and Asia planned in the coming months.

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; Long lunch: Take a 90-minute lunch once a week to go to the gym or see friends etc. 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. Get a change of scenery: Even if just for a short time, a walk round block to the park if you’re feeling stressed. River has partnered with Health Assured who offer employees confidential counselling and advice on a wide range of both work and personal issues.

GRC Celebrating their biggest ever month


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.

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


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.

Q1 Restaurant Club at Le Gavroche


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...


We are continuously investing in our IT software and hardware to improve them. We regularly upgrade our computers, replacing the older computers first, one by one. All 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.

Q3 Restaurant Club at Sketch

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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