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?

help for hire

There is no doubt that the whole employment market is going through as much change as automotive retailing.  The traditional model of taking on senior and middle management hires for periods which usually last a maximum of two to three years, before Boardroom re-organisatin and alignment dictates change, is the norm rather than the exception.  As we wade (slowly) through Brexit negotiations, more and more individuals will feel the concern and pressure of uncertainly, higher employment costs and a future which is no longer as clear cut or secure as it used to be.


However, there is an alternative which we ought to fully embrace, much more prevalent and successful operating in other industry sectors.  Viewing your career on a less permanent footing, may be beneficial.  Just as car ownership has changed, and PCP & PCH is now the norm, view yourself as "experience for hire!" Take a new approach to what you are a "real" expert in, rather than marketing yourself as a generalist with transferable skill.  Eliminate all the generic management quotes you have on your CV, (just like many others trying to get onto the interview shortlist), and aim for the bullseye with your real skillset.  Ask if someone has a problem in their business, which requires your particular skill for a set period.


We are looking at this possibility very seriously.  Some of you may already be full time interim executives, on contract to companies for defined periods, but rest assured, if the market becomes uncertain and you are made surplus to requirements, put your "help for hire" hat on with confidence.  It may be the best thing that comes out of redundancy from full time employment.


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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