Engineering a different approach to Executive Search and Recruitment

Imagine working with an Executive Search and Recruitment Company where those doing the recruiting actually had experience of the roles they were recruiting for? Imagine working with someone that could actually add value to the process, using their own real-world experience? Imagine being able to craft the perfect candidate out of clay?

That’s exactly what The Clay Partnership has bought to the sector, in a fresh and inspiring approach to help Manufacturing and Engineering Companies to find and secure the best Engineering, Operational and Commercial talent in the market.  After years of frustrating experiences both as an employing manager and as a candidate, Dan Martin – The Clay Partnership’s founder often dreamed of being able to find a recruitment partner that had done the jobs he had done, in the belief that they would have the experience and understanding to be able to not just appreciate the granular details of the role he was trying to fill, but also to add value to the process.

Dan explained: “During my career, having being in various leadership positions myself in Manufacturing Organisations that delivered premium, high tolerance and very technical solutions, I had found it could be challenging trying to explain the nuances of a job specification to someone that had no real-world experience in a Manufacturing and Engineering environment, or who hadn’t themselves worked at a senior level.”

Being a qualified Engineer who transitioned over his 25-year career into global commercial roles, in 2020, Dan decided to provide a service which addressed this gap, and The Clay Partnership was born. 

Dan further explained: “My own 25 years of sector relevant experience allows us to speak with Companies on their level and truly understand their succession and growth challenges, actually translating the real requirements of the roles, using my knowledge to help shape the job specification.  

Dans real-world experience also means he has the first hand understanding of how to work with Candidates to ensure a smooth and “no surprises” experience, having himself being placed multiple times by Executive Search Companies.

The Clay Partnership typically provides Executive Search services for roles in the £50k - £150k salary range, meaning they offer a true search and selection process, aiming to uncover the best passive candidates in the market. 

Come and visit us at Engineering Live next week on stand 28 for a chat, and to see why we are breaking the mould for recruiters in the manufacturing and engineering space.

If you aren’t attending the show, get in touch with Dan to see how he can help you find the best individuals at or on 01785 450154, or visit our website