Southgate Consulting

Automotive Executive recruitment

Southgate Consulting, established in 1999 by David Southgate is renowned for the delivery of recruitment solutions to the Automotive Industry, both within the UK and internationally. Our business consistently offers discerning shortlists of high quality candidates to our clients, via our detailed research and expert knowledge. We are passionate about our work and this is endorsed by the recommendations we receive from clients and candidates alike.

We invest our time, research and considerable expertise in understanding the culture and specific recruitment needs of a diverse range of clientele. In a market which is becoming increasingly populated with generic recruitment specialists, we are proud to say that our Automotive Industry understanding is exemplary. As a result we represent some of the most desirable brands in the Industry and pride ourselves in completing challenging and complicated assignments within the UK and around the world.

Predominantly recruiting at Senior Management and Director level, Southgate Consulting has the capability and track record of delivering recruitment services across a range of functions internationally. Additionally, we have a loyal customer base stretching over the period Southgate Consulting has been established. So, if you are looking to fill a vacancy or need advice on your next career move, we can assist.

Executive Search

Executive Search

The Southgate Consulting Executive Search process is extremely focussed and accurate in researching, confidentially approaching and reviewing the exact candidate fit for the brief. Detailed, selective and rigorous in ensuring only a shortlist of the highest calibre is presented to a Client, we will only accept the highest calibre profiles for our Executive Search programmes.

Network Selection

Network Selection

At Southgate Consulting we will only accept CV applications from candidates that display the correct balance of stability and career progression in their profiles to date. Our Network Selection service will, therefore, only shortlist the very best applicants currently available to clients, offering a quick and accurate solution to vacancy fulfilment.

Career Development

Career Development

We take Career Development as a fundamental aspect of ensuring the opportunities we recommend to candidates are progressive for them. If this does not match expectations, then we will be honest and open in our view as to whether it is wise to progress through an interview process or not.

What's New?




We are handling more senior level placements than ever before, all via Executive Search so not advertised openly.


As a result, we have spent a considerable time advising clients and candidates on remuneration, bonus and benefits packages up to £250K level.


So what is the best way to ensure you handle job offer negotiations professionally?  it is probably safer to overview all of the key criteria of why you wish to make a move - emotional, financial, career progression, location, work/life balance etc.  These factors combined will influence you more rationally than finance alone.  You will then be able to negotiate more successfully and ensure that both sides are happy with the final outcome.


So four points to remember;


1.  identify the negotiable and non-neogotiable elements of the whole package on offer, at the very start of your discussion.  Make sure you cover all these elements right at the start, rather than intoducing any of them later in the process.


2.  View the negotiations through the eyes of your new employer as well as your own.  The manner in which you communicate and negotiate should enhance their desire to employ you, not make them feel you are being unreasonable.


3.  Always ask for a further meeting with your potential new boss/HR Partner, to help secure a reasonable and mutually beneficial outcome, if necessary.  This method can be much more powerful than remote communication.


4.  Finally, remember there is no definded percentage increase for a job move.  It's down to your ability as a skilled and reasonable negotiator to find that mutually beneficial compromise that suits both parties.


Good luck with your offer negotiations and turn the prospect of an offer into an exciting new career challenge!


Registering with Southgate Consulting

As all our work is now conducted on a selective Executive Search basis, postions are not openly advertised. Please, therefore, email your CV to us, if you are contemplating a career move, and we would be delighted to offer a recruitment service which is consultative and totally confidental in its approach. Please do connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter too!

Meet The Team

We are a small team who are always happy to respond to your requirements.

David SouthgateDavid Southgate
Email David
07778 159 555

Jo TomlinJoanne Tomlin
Email Joanne
07787 565 526


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