I have recently retained MLC Partners to recruit my VSM CFO post (£135,000) for South East London Commissioning Alliance, having failed to find the right candidates through NHS Jobs and all other routes. MLC Partners were not a firm I was previously aware of but they came across with passion and enthusiasm when we met them, took a thorough and challenging brief, and we felt that if we awarded them the business it really mattered to them. In the event, I have been more than satisfied with the process and their candidate reach in the market, and the thorough and professional approach they have undertaken for us.
MLC, has led on the recruitment process and has been honest, thorough and relentless in their pursuit of providing a longlist, from which a shortlist of previously unapproached candidates was produced, the shortlist was approved and we were successful at appointing to this hugely important role. David is a driven and personable individual, who has been able to assess our requirements of the role correctly and has been able to sell our organisation and role both passionately and effectively to relevant senior executives. He has made himself available at all times, and has kept the team at SELCA fully updated throughout the recruitment process. I can thoroughly recommend MLC Partners for any Band 9/VSM retained recruitment.
Accountable Officer - South East London Commissioning Alliance
I have worked as an executive interim spanning some 8 years now. As you can imagine, I have worked with many recruitment consultancies during that time, and there are only a few recruitment consultants I have remained in touch with whom I trust, and which provide an exemplary professional recruitment service. In terms of an entire organisation though, I have to say that in my experience one recruitment consultancy stands out, in terms of being an extremely organised and supportive recruitment organisation, and one that provides sound advice, and that is MLC Partners.
I am very impressed by MLC Partners. It has felt like working for a team who are on your side, and they have worked effectively in terms of the administration and recruitment requirements that I have asked for on behalf of Homerton University Hospital. As such, I thoroughly recommend MLC Partners to NHS colleagues as a serious professional recruitment consultancy, who provide good quality candidates and readily understand NHS requirements.
NHS Interim Head of Information Services
MLC Partners was a pleasure to deal with, particularly when flexibility and an innovative approach was required. They were friendly, approachable and acted with both integrity as well seeking an evidence base to place me into a VSM director level position that had been difficult to fill, despite other agencies trying. There was a level of openness and honesty in their approach which made David Godfrey in particular a valued and trusted partner going forward. This was because of an approach which introduces candidates and clients across sectors. While in contact with David I made productive contact with colleagues from my own area as well education, central and local government. He helped not just in the placement itself but setup future contacts. I would recommend MLC Partners not least because they operate by forming strong, productive and professional relationships.
NHS Interim Director of Finance
Mark led the search for the Director of Finance & Operations at Youth Business International, which has ambitions to grow and diversify our funding, including exploring commercial income streams. We are an international charity working through a network of partner organisations to support young entrepreneurs, but our team here in London is fairly small, which places greater emphasis on our senior management to work at all levels.
Mark took time to understand our needs and presented a diverse shortlist of senior finance professionals to us, which we ended up appointing from. Mark was honest and transparent throughout the process and despite getting married during the process, ensured that our schedule was stuck to!
We are delighted to have our new Director of Finance & Operations join us to take us into the next phase of our journey and I would not hesitate to recommend Mark.
Chief Executive Officer - Youth Business International (YBI)
Working with MLC partners has been great for us because they really took the time to get to know our organisation and only put candidates forward for jobs with the right skills and personality. Unlike other recruitment agencies, MLC place people according to their ability and potential helping us with some of our hard to fill vacancies. Since working with us on some initial contracts, they regularly call just to catch up and check on how their candidates are getting on; dealing with any concerns I have immediately.
It is brilliant to work with an agency that genuinely wants candidates to progress and succeed in their careers and work with organisations to find the right candidate, not just any candidate. Steve and Pete have always been professional, honest and reliable. As an NMNC framework agency, with a high understanding of the NHS and commissioning environment I would not hesitate in recommending MLC to anyone.
Head of HR Operations - NEL Commissioning Support Unit