Walter James Solutions

About us

Who we are

We believe that by driving an expertly structured, strategic, yet agile approach for volume-based mid to senior positions, our service offers a higher calibre of talent for our clients. In the short-term, we fulfil our client’s needs for recruitment. Over the long-term, we equip our clients with talent that possesses the skills to become leaders of tomorrow.

We help empower our clients with the ability to implement organic succession pipelines that are diverse, futureproof, and progress strategic initiatives. All clients are then able to retain and enhance their talent throughout their business over time.

After conducting significant research with talent at this level, it's clear future leaders want a working environment where they can enact real change, that makes a positive impact and leaves a lasting legacy. Therefore, we want to transition from the phrase “middle-managers” and offer a more representative title for these positions, “future leaders”.

Our core values


Our consultants work hard to understand the specifications and cultural fit for each project. We are flexible and react quickly to our clients' changing needs


Our 97% project completion rate speaks for itself. Our objective is to solve problems for our clients and deliver on our promises, taking full process ownership. 


We dedicate our time and resources to every project we work on and always act with our clients' best interest in mind. Loyalty breeds loyalty - 92% of our clients say they would work with us again. 


We find the balance between sharing our expertise and point of view whilst also listening to our clients. We believe that taking a step back and listening is key to finding the perfect fit long-term. 


A standard process yields standard results. We go above and beyond, offering fresh perspectives and creative problem-solving strategies.


We're not afraid to challenge the status quo. We pride ourselves on our multicultural team and our reputation for finding and attracting diverse talent for niche and hard to fill roles.

Riko Arends

Group Commercial Director

Riko successfully navigates the European and Asian Life Science recruitment markets through securing an established network of contingent, permanent, and contract professionals. Equipped with expert knowledge working across a range of assignments, including MSP and senior retained appointments, Riko assists businesses with scaling their workforce at pace through a dedicated approach and customised recruitment solutions.

Adopting a leadership approach, Riko coaches and trains recruiters to ensure talent grows to achieve their own success and we very much welcome him to the team.

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Hayley Manning

Executive Assistant

Hayley has over 10 years of extensive experience in providing executive assistant support to CEOs and Board Members. In addition to supporting interim and market mapping assignments, she has also played a key role in Operations and HR.

Hayley works closely with Riko Arends at Walter James Solutions as his Executive Assistant. Additionally, she manages the company operations and the well-being of the office, supporting the senior leadership team.


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Daniel Bull

Senior Consultant - Supply Chain & Procurement

Daniel has worked with Walter James for over four years within the commercial supply chain and procurement functions, placing professionals globally from New York, and across the US, to Tokyo and Japan.

His approach and network are focused on executive talent across the FMCG, food & beverages, and B2B industries, completing mandates ranging from Director to C-Suite level.

As Head of Research, Daniel partners with consultants internally by identifying high calibre candidates and building Walter James Solutions global talent network.

BSc Chemical Engineering - University of Birmingham

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James Absalom

CEO & Managing Partner

James is a commercial executive search leader with a focus on global strategic growth, and the value and performance of the Group. He personally manages mandates from VP level through to board across US, EMEA & APAC.

James has spent his entire career within global executive search and has developed an extensive network of talent within the life sciences, retail & consumer sectors worldwide. His network has specific experience of working within highly complex global organisations in senior leadership positions where change and transformation are required.

His functional areas of expertise include general management, commercial, finance, and supply chain.


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Hervé De Klerck


Hervé’s expertise is in leading international mandates and strategic talent sourcing senior managers within the supply chain; particularly focusing on manufacturing and technical operations across consumer, life sciences, and chemicals.

Hervé has developed a strong network across this space, partnering with Heads and HRBP’s to ensure successful delivery of projects and specific mandates.

MSc Intercultural Communication with International Business - University of Surrey


Rob Smith

Senior Consultant - Consumer Supply Chain

Robert specialises in senior-level supply chain mandates across consumer goods. He has demonstrated a track record of partnering with global and regional organisations to deliver top talent across EMEA, APAC, and the US. His network has a focus on driving end to end supply chain solutions, innovation, transformation, and customer collaboration.

Robert has spent most of his career in recruitment always with a focus on technical positions in supply chain and manufacturing. His core focus of expertise at Walter James Solutions includes regional/global end to end supply chain, planning, customer service, and logistics.

BA (Hons) Business Management – Cardiff Metropolitan University


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Careers at Walter James Solutions

Do you want to help recruit the leaders of tomorrow? If you have a keen interest in global business, and working in partnership with some of the world's most iconic and recognised brands, you're in the right place. 

We're passionate about driving innovation through positive change, and helping shape and evolve the leadership teams of some of the most influential and innovative companies. We want to employ and develop people who share our same interests and drive to make a transformational impact on senior management teams. 

If this sounds like something you'd lie to do and you already have a successful background in recruitment, then a career with Walter James Solutions could be for you.

Corporate Social Responsibility

As a company, we believe it's important to give back to the environment and community that we're a part of. Our approach toward Corporate Social Responsibility is integral to how we do business, how we treat the people who work for us, as well as our clients, and our candidates. 

See our CSR policy

Diversity & Inclusion

At Walter James Solutions, we appreciate the value of diversity, especially when hiring the leaders of tomorrow. 

We know that talent acquisition professionals make a considerable contribution to the future of what companies look like. If a consultant provides a client with a diverse shortlist, then companies naturally become aware of broader talent pools. This opens the door for minority groups that have previously been underrepresented, whether due to gender, race, sexuality, disability, or socioeconomic background. As recruitment professionals, we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of inclusivity in business.

We also offer other solutions that help our clients attract more diverse talent, such as a better understanding of the career ambitions and drivers of these target pools. 

Charitable contributions

As part of creating a rewarding working environment it's important we allow everyone in our business the opportunity to support and promote charitable causes. We assist our people with fundraising, offering volunteer days, and making corporate donations.

Our current chosen charity is Children with Cancer UK. 

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