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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.

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What makes you so brilliant?

I vividly remember a friend and client once telling me that he applied for a senior level role within the telecoms industry, a role advertised at Director level paying in excess of £200K salary.  He had driven for over two hours each way for the interview with the Managing Director and Human Resources Director, and arrived at the impressive corporate HQ and waited in reception.  After a few minutes he was directed to an office where the two Directors were sitting.  As soon as my friend sat down, he was asked by the Managing Director "What makes you so ......... brilliant?"  There was an expletive between so and brilliant, which I obviously won't print!


When he relayed this introduction to me after his meeting, it got me thinking.  Many applicants may believe their CV has all the correct experience neatly and succinctly documented, and this gives them a rite of passage to a "podium postion" on the shortlist.  However, it's not only what you have done but explaining how you did it that makes the difference in an interview.  Don't be afraid to state "I achieved" rather than "the team achieved" if asked about specific successes. Be proud, though not arrogant, of what you have done and how you achieved brilliant results.  Always remember to make sure your interviewer knows what makes you so good, to stand out from other shortlisted candidates.


My friend didn't get the job, even though I know he conducted himself professionally and courteously throughout the interview.  But he has never forgotten the experience.


So what makes you so brilliant?

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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