How we make a difference

With over a decade of experience in founder-led businesses, Rowan is one of the top Executive Search firms in the Northwest. And with an office in London, alongside plans for expansion throughout the UK, now could be your opportunity to transition to a career in executive search with Rowan. 

We’re so much more than just an Executive Search business, though. Our ability to produce data-driven Value Creation Plans for our clients sets us apart from the competition. And our proprietary ‘Leadership Dynamics’ platform gives us capabilities that executive recruitment agencies simply do not possess.

We support founder led, private capital businesses through every stage of their growth journey. We also work closely with private equity, supporting them as they invest in founder led SMEs.

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining Rowan get in touch with us today at and a member of the team will be in touch.

Why Executive Search with Rowan?

Careers in Executive Search allow you to build long-lasting relationships with both Clients and Candidates. And, because we work with our clients over many months and years, you get the satisfaction of seeing their business thrive with the support of the people you place.

Wondering why Rowan is known as a top executive search firm?

50% of our current team have been here for more than three years – a lifetime in recruitment!

In our last employee survey, 95% of our staff would reapply for their current position

£1.5billion generated in exit values for clients in the last three years

6 practice areas offer the opportunity to develop expertise: Finance, Sales & Marketing, People & Ops, NED & Chair, IT & Technology

Over 35 staff across 3 offices – Manchester, Lancashire and London

Professional development including training on the proprietary PACE behavioural evaluation tool and ‘Leadership Dynamics’ platform to enable you to support the creation of Value Creation Plans for clients.

Who Are We Looking for?

Our people all align with our values:

Integrity – We believe in honesty at every stage of our processes and act with integrity no matter what. We nurture our relationships and ‘do the right thing’ even if no one is watching.

Positivity – We are passionate about the work we do in supporting others, and tackle everything we do with a positive attitude.

Curiousity – Our natural inquisitiveness means we love to get to know and understand people, businesses and client briefs. 

Collaboration – We believe in the power of the team and People-Powered Growth. Valuing our relationships above all else, we listen and we share ideas, working together as partners towards a common goal.

Rigour – We are driven by the desire to get it right first time – we are thorough, hard-working, and apply attention to detail in everything we do.   

Our people-centred approach to internal recruitment means we have team members with experience and backgrounds as diverse as retail, HR, accountancy, professional services, in-house recruitment and even law.

When we look around the office at every one on our team, we find they share some common traits. We are all…

  • Authentic
  • Tenacious
  • Consultative

…and if you genuinely think that you possess these traits and can demonstrate an aptitude for the role and willingness to learn, don’t worry if you haven’t worked in Executive Search or recruitment before.

Why be an Associate Director?

As an Associate Director, you’ll be working directly with driven, creative,  entrepreneurial SME owners, helping them to drive business growth and shareholder value, and being rewarded for doing so.

As an executive search consultant, you’ll be supported by our Executive Researchers, experienced in identifying the highest calibre candidates, right for the ambitious value creation plans of our clients.

Rowan’s reputation precedes itself, and our black-book of North-West clients includes some household names; Music Magpie, Social Chain, Beauty Bay, Clubhouse Golf and the AIM-listed Made Tech, to name a few.

If you’re a true people-person with a genuine interest in business growth a career in executive search could be for you.

Our Associate Directors have come to us from senior positions as diverse as Corporate Finance, Accountancy, Law, Marketing and Search and Recruitment. If you’ve got the knowledge of the marketplace, drive to succeed and truly believe in ‘People-Powered Growth’, we want to here from you.

If you’re interested in joining Rowan as an Associate Director get in touch with us today at and a member of the team will be in touch.

Why be an Executive Researcher?

If you love getting under the skin of people and finding out what makes them tick, then the role of Executive Researcher might be the position for you.

Our team of researchers are at the cutting edge of what’s happening in the marketplace, forming long-term relationships with senior candidates over a number of years and career moves, and creating the best possible shortlists in collaboration with our Associate Directors.

Our Executive Researchers are detail-oriented, meticulous, and enjoy creating compelling approaches to grab candidates’ attention.

Supporting our Associate Directors on the senior appointments they’ve been mandated on, you will act as their ‘eyes and ears’ in the marketplace: conducting research and reporting back on market trends, competitor activity, candidate movements and more. And whilst our ground-breaking ‘Leadership Dynamics’ platform can support in your research, the job is still very much people-centric.

In collaboration with your Associate Director, you’ll help to create candidate shortlists, conduct competency-based interviews and support in identifying which candidates are right for the role. You’ll have contact with our clients; assist in the development of Candidate briefs, and support throughout the entire executive search process.

This is a business-critical role, where you will support ambitious business owners and stakeholders in placing the right people in the right seats, whilst being rewarded for the appointments you help our Associate Directors to make.

If you’re interested in joining Rowan as an Executive Researcher get in touch with us today at and a member of the team will be in touch.

Why join us?

If you’re ambitious and looking for a new challenge, we want to hear from you.

If you’re a part of our team, you’ll be involved with so much more than simply making senior appointments – you’ll be an integral part of your client’s strategic direction and growth journey.

We give you the opportunity to develop your skills, stretch yourself, enhance your knowledge of multiple sectors and become an invaluable part of our clients’ growth journeys.

We’re an inspiring, positive and optimistic company where energy and enthusiasm are put to great use. When you join the Rowan team, you’re guaranteed high levels of support to achieve your professional goals.

We also have a sharp focus on team cohesion, harmony and well-being and take real pride in our ongoing ESG efforts. We offer a range of market-leading benefits, flexible working and more. 

If you’re interested in joining Rowan, get in touch with us today at 

Who We Work With


Our main focus has always been on SME growth, and we usually work directly with founders and stakeholders.

As a founder led, high-growth business ourselves, we understand the challenges that SME founders can face, and what’s needed to achieve the desired business growth. Often, it’s a case of helping a founder to recognise that a senior leadership team, made up of individuals experienced in the growth journey they are targeting, can be the change they need to accelerate that desired growth. These senior leaders are often within Finance, Sales & Marketing, People & Operations and IT & Technology functions.

With over a decade of experience in the regional SME market, we’re uniquely placed to address and advise on these challenges.

We also regularly work with PE-backed SMEs too, and understand the significant changes that often need to be implemented. We are experts at identifying the skills, traits and credentials of candidates required to succeed in the PE world


Private Equity

As a business on the investment cycle ourselves, everything we do, from Executive Search to value creation plans and more, is of PE standard.

50% of the appointment we make are to support primary transactions, and we have close ties with most of the main PE outfits in the regions, meaning we can easily introduce SME founders to the right people in the right PE houses when they’re thinking about taking their business on the next phase of its growth journey.