Business Development Director Recruitment – UK & Ireland

Specialist business development director recruitment agency

Nigel Wright Group is one of the leading executive search agencies in the North of England, with a portfolio of clients across the UK and Ireland. Sales and business development form a core part of our multidiscipline proposition. Our experienced consultants have significant experience in hiring business development directors for a broad range of organisations operating in diverse sectors.

To discuss your hiring needs and find out more about our business development director recruitment capabilities, please contact our marketing department directly or use the chat function below to talk with a member of our team. Candidates can find all of the latest business development director jobs on our vacancies page and are encouraged to send us their CVs in advance of a career conversation.


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Our track record in business development director recruitment

We’re proud to help organisations of all sizes identify top talent for business development leadership opportunities. Our clients include private sector start-ups, SMEs, and multinational conglomerates in the consumer, industrial, tech, and services sectors. We also work with charities, housing associations, health and education providers, and local and national government departments.

We’ve recruited business development directors at the following organisations:

Armstrong Watson logoAvery Dennison logoDementia Matters logoDrinkaware logoEconic Technologies logoFormica LogoGodrej logoHarrison Packaging logoSpeedo logoHTL Group logoLionweld Kennedy Group logoPetards LogoNewcastle Building Society logo

Clients praise our business development director recruitment expertise

As a recruitment industry market leader, our customers expect us to deliver consistently high standards of customer service. By regularly gathering feedback from clients and candidates, we’re able to pinpoint what excellent service looks like to them and then use that information to inform ongoing training and development opportunities for consultants working at all levels of our business.

This commitment to continuous improvement is a key reason why our annual Net Promoter Score (NPS) positions us amongst the best companies in the world and ahead of other business development director recruitment firms for customer satisfaction and loyalty. As you can see from the examples below, the feedback that we receive from our clients helps to reinforce the NPS data:

“Nigel Wright Group has helped us to hire several senior-level finance, business development, and marketing roles based at our head office and other sites across the North of England. The service we have received from their consultants has been far superior to that of any other financial services executive search firms we have encountered.” — Partner & Head of Agriculture, Armstrong Watson

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“Excellent service, starting with an effort to understand our company and the business development director role, pragmatic advice on the best approach through to a good shortlist, and finally securing a great candidate. The consultant was professional but approachable; I particularly liked the openness and genuine feeling that the process was driven by my needs.” — CEO, Econic Technologies

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“Thank you for helping us recruit a new business development director. We’re delighted with the professional and diligent approach to the task. Not only did your consultant understand us and the job description, but also provided some great advice. Nigel Wright is a true business partner, and we intend to use them again for future key appointments.” — Managing Director, Harrison Packaging

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“I was recruited into my role at Petards by Nigel Wright Group, and they were the obvious agency to help me hire a sales and business development manager for my team. The consultant who led the assignment was very professional and approachable throughout and provided the right balance of pushing us and the candidates to an agreeable conclusion.” — Business Development Director, Petards

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“The Nigel Wright consultants have built up a close working relationship with our business and clearly understand how we work, our culture, and what makes a successful Speedo person. Through their collaborative working and detailed knowledge of the market, they have successfully placed a number of highly skilled and talented employees into various senior positions.” — VP People, Speedo

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“Newcastle Building Society required a business development director to help develop strategic partnerships and business opportunities as part of our growth strategy. The consultant demonstrated great relationship management skills during the process and found some good candidates. After the interview stage, we made a successful appointment.” — Talent Acquisition, Newcastle Building Society

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International consumer industry executive search agency

One of our first-ever clients back in the late 1980s was Procter & Gamble. They became a springboard to launch our consumer industry executive search practice, which is now a prominent feature of our wider proposition. Today, we are widely regarded as Europe’s number one consumer industry search firm, with teams of over 60 consultants based across our EMEA and North America network of offices. Please visit our Nigel Wright Consumer website to find out more.

Consumer Sectors

Searching for a business development director recruitment agency?

To discuss a business development executive search project, please contact our marketing team via the details below. We bring several fantastic opportunities to the market each year. If you’re currently seeking a business development director role, then please review the latest full-time jobs on our vacancies page.

Email: with details of your search requirements and we will respond on the same working day.

Newcastle Headquarters

Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 0770


Address: Lloyds Court, 78 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6AF, United Kingdom

Leeds Office

Telephone: +44 (0)113 524 1111


Address: 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP, United Kingdom

Teesside Office

Telephone: +44 (0)1740 276 015


Address: Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Billingham, TS22 5TB, United Kingdom

Manchester Office

Telephone: +44 (0)161 552 5027


Address: The Lincoln, Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street, Manchester, M2 5AD

London Consumer Industry Practice

London Office

Telephone: +44 (0)204 551 9582


Address: 9 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP, United Kingdom

Careers at Nigel Wright

We’re always keen to meet potential new colleagues interested in joining our growing business in the UK. We have various consultant, senior consultant and managing consultant jobs available and would like to engage with people with experience working in recruitment, as well as those seeking to join the industry having previously been employed in one of our core disciplines and/or sectors.

Employee benefits

Company benefits include a competitive basic salary and commission structure with uncapped monthly performance-related bonuses, a four-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service, and flexible working options along with homeworking arrangements. You can view the latest Nigel Wright job opportunities on our careers page and enhance your job search by sending us your CV.