Chief Operating Officer (COO) Recruitment – UK & Ireland

Specialist chief operating officer and operations director recruitment agency

Nigel Wright Group is one of the leading executive search firms in the North of England, with a portfolio of clients that spans the entire UK. With over 35 years of experience in executive leadership talent acquisition, clients trust us to fulfil key senior-level search mandates across multiple discipline areas, including head of operations, operations director, and chief operating officer appointments.

An operations director/COO is a key member of the executive team responsible for overseeing and managing day-to-day business operations. They play a crucial role in aligning operational activities with strategic goals and ensuring the efficient use of resources to drive organisational success. Specific duties include strategic planning, process improvement, and cross-functional leadership.

To discuss a COO, operations director, or head of operations recruitment project, please contact us directly. You can also use the chat function below to talk with a member of our team. Candidates can find all of the latest operations director jobs and chief operating officer jobs on our vacancies page and are encouraged to send us their CVs and follow us on social media.


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Our track record in operations director and COO executive search

As a specialist operations director and COO recruitment agency, we’re proud to represent a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Our clients include start-ups, SMEs and multinational consumer, industrial, tech, and services businesses. We also partner with charities, housing associations, health and education providers, and local and national government bodies.

We’ve completed COO, operations director, and head of operations recruitment projects at some of the following organisations:

Clients praise our operations director and chief operating officer recruitment capabilities

Service Excellence is one of our core values and we work hard to embed this in our culture and ways of working. By regularly surveying clients and candidates and gathering their opinions about service quality, we’re able to pinpoint what ‘excellent’ looks like to them and then use that information to inform ongoing training and development initiatives for consultants at all levels of our business.

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

“We couldn't be happier with the services provided when hiring a new operations director for our factory in Cumbria. The selection process was straightforward, and I was impressed by the consultant’s professionalism and attention to detail. They were extremely personable and worked closely with us to understand our requirements.”
Vice President & General Manager, ACCO Brands

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“I would just like to thank you for recruiting our new chief operating officer. We were very impressed with the range of candidates found during the recruitment process and, as always, we made an excellent appointment. This is at least the fifth senior executive appointment you have helped us with, and it is why we keep using you.”
Chief Executive, The Percy Hedley Foundation

“We engaged Nigel Wright to help us find a chief operating officer, a new role responsible for operations management of the day-to-day activities of the housing/care team, including supervision of the staffing structure and allocation of workload. Nigel Wright provided a robust and professional recruitment service, which resulted in a brilliant appointment.”
Chief Executive, Sherburn House

“Nigel Wright Group helped us to recruit a new operations director. The service we received was professional and prompt and we were pleased with the attentiveness of our consultant, as well as the calibre of shortlisted candidates. Based on this experience, I would have no hesitation recommending their services and using Nigel Wright in the future.”
Director of HR, Connect Health

“The consultant was fantastic in our search for both an Operations Director and Head of Marketing. They really understood the brief, spent time in the business to get a feel for company culture and worked hard to find candidates with the right skills and experience. It genuinely felt like Nigel Wright Group was an extension of The Inn Collection brand.”
People Director, The Inn Collection Group

"Our consultant was knowledgeable (in terms of market, skills etc), operated efficiently and was a consummate professional throughout the search. Finding good senior candidates during a global pandemic was never going to be easy but they tackled the process with vigour, pace and applied a range of creative methods to help us secure the right talent.”
HR Director, Walker Filtration


Searching for COO or operations director recruitment agencies?

If you’re recruiting a COO or director of operations, please contact a member of our team via the details below. We bring several exciting opportunities to the market each year. Candidates can view all of the latest part-time and full-time operations jobs on our vacancies page.

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

Manchester Office

Telephone: +44 (0)161 552 5027


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

Teesside Office

Telephone: +44 (0)1740 276 015


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

London Office

Telephone: +44 (0)204 551 9582


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