James Elston - Head of Planning , WPP Global Team Synthesis
I joined DNA a couple of months in and worked with Ali and the team to set up business processes and the early days of creating the brand. As a fresh graduate, everything was new to me and from invoicing to copywriting I learned it all. The main skills I developed at DNA were in self-discipline, to be curious and absolutely ruthlessly persistent. I also learned a heck of a lot about relationship building and that chatting endlessly on the phone could be a genuine career path! Ali's ability to piece together seemingly abstract pieces of information to create a new bond was and continues to be, an inspiration to me as my career has progressed. I'm grateful to DNA for teaching me really valuable working skills and look back on my years there very fondly. I would really recommend the opportunity to any other new graduates out there finding their way. Alice Thomas - Digital Manager , Lush, Australia
I've had the pleasure of working with DNA, both as a hiring manager, and as a candidate. I can testify that they are great at understanding your requirements and equally are diligent at providing relevant candidates when filling roles. They provide interesting opportunities when you want to find a new challenge. More than that they are great team and a pleasure to work with. Tom Crossley
In my career I’ve had many dealings with different recruitment agencies for my own career or for team hiring based on my experience with DNA recruit I would put them in the top end of the market. Ali made my journey from interviewee to full time employee at Realise seamless in providing clear, concise and timely updates. I would use them again and would also recommend DNA recruit to my peers for help in their only personal development or looking to add quality people to their teams. Neil Clayton
When I decided to search for a job in Europe, I got in contact with Natasha. Natasha demonstrated great psychological and human skills in understanding what I was really looking for. Clearly she is quick to profile candidates and assess their capacities to match the demands of a hiring company. She was also very efficient in organising interviews quickly. During the whole process she kept me informed and was always informative about the practical side of what I needed to do and when. If you are looking for someone who goes beyond the usual quick check of a candidate, someone who knows a thing or two about the human psychology of a candidate and at the same time someone who listens to the brief and brings you a tailor-made solution, look no further, just call Natasha. Tenguy ly - Business Director, Leo Burnett Frankfurt
I worked with Natasha when I was searching for a new creative copywriting position and she made the entire process such a dream. Always at the end of the phone for expert advice, guiding me through all my available choices and making sure that the process was all about me and where I would be happiest. She took time to get to know me in order to choose roles that would suit my personality and ethos and never made it seem like I was there to fill a gap. Her guidance through the interview and selection process was supportive, knowledgeable and objective. I never felt pushed or pulled. She found the perfect creative agency for me and and I'm delighted with her work. I would highly recommend her, and if I were ever to leave - though I have absolutely no plans to go anywhere - then I would definitely use her services again. Michelle Connolly - Creative Copywriter, Geometry Global
Natasha is very personable, trustworthy and proactive, setting me up with lots of great interviews in a very short space of time. She was extremely helpful and especially efficient in finding me the ideal position that I had spent so long looking for! Jo Goldberg
Ali and the team consistently step-up with quality candidates. They have a refreshingly honest and professional approach based on a deep understanding of our needs. They provide genuine quality and are a joy to work with. A compelling mix! Jeremy Baldwin
Unlike a lot of recruiters, DNA Recruit go the extra mile to truly understand the needs of both candidate & agency. Where many measure their success on monthly commission, DNA Recruit take real pride in fostering long-term partnerships to ensure a great candidate/agency fit. As a candidate looking for new challenge after 5 years at my previous agency & a 6 month career break in South America, I found DNA Recruit's had an unrivalled knowledge of agency land (from the big networks to the small independents) & invested a lot of time in giving me an honest insight into each vs my brief. Another massive pull with the guys at DNA Recruit is that they cut the spin and always give it to you straight down the line. Needless to say, I'd definitely recommend DNA Recruit highly. Sam Sheterline - Client Services Director, ODD
My brief was quite challenging, I was looking for a senior digital marketing role in the South West, I had been looking for around 4 months (by myself and with other recruiters) and jobs at that level were few and far between. Ali's approach was brilliant, he asked me for a wishlist and made me prioritise my demands and called me after a couple of weeks with a potential opportunity. What was really clear when he presented me with this opportunity was that he had really listened to me, and had worked really hard to find the right thing. But his efforts didn't stop there, both Ali and Poppy were proactive and helpful the whole way through the process. Without DNA Recruit I would never have landed my new role, which also happens to be my dream job. Lucy Downing - Senior Account Director, Zone
I have known Ali for many years now and the good thing about him is he understands our business and what we are looking for, I have come to trust his judgement and he works hard to make things happen Nick True - Chairman & Founder, TLC
Having worked with DNA Recruit for over 5 years, I’ve been continually impressed with their tireless efforts to put both candidate aspirations and client needs first. Smart tuition clearly sits at the heart of the business – consistently placing the right people in the right home. An absolute pleasure to work with. Nick Stickland - ECD and Founder, ODDLONDON
I have worked with DNA over the last 12 months. We had two critical business development hires that we had struggled to fill. They nailed them from the start. Really understood the type of individual that would fit us in terms of values, culture, behaviours and skills. A swift and successful process from start to finish. Fiona Proudler - Managing Director, Realise and Amaze
“Natasha is a rare breed of headhunter who has worked hard to totally understand the culture of our agency and seeks out outstanding candidates who are not only right but who flourish with us. The candidates she has placed have helped define what makes St Luke’s a unique place to work and have played a critical role in our business success. We don’t employ from conventional agencies because we want a diverse range of experience and backgrounds. Natasha is brilliant at finding gems in some unlikely places.” Neil Henderson - CEO, St Lukes
Fearlessly Frank have been working with Ali and the DNA team for several years. We are a small business so every hire we make impacts the overall culture and our ability to deliver best in class work for our clients. We seek to hire extraordinary individuals who have the ability to think in a different way – after all, we are in the innovation business. We require a lot from the people who work here at Fearlessly Frank and the DNA team have always been able to introduce us to the right candidates. They take the brief seriously and only provide candidates that meet or exceed the brief. They spend time thinking about who would be the best candidate for the role while also considering our unique environment and culture.Zoe D. Kretzschmar - Chief Operating Officer, Fearlessly Frank
On one occasion, the DNA team had provided us with several qualified candidates for a Consulting Director role, but I only needed to meet their top recommendation. I knew immediately he was the right guy for the job and he’s still with us today. On a separate occasion, we were very close to making a hire through DNA, but they felt that there was a last-minute candidate we should see as this individual could add something extra to our overall team offering. We ended up hiring the last-minute candidate 3 years ago and it was the best decision. DNA could have taken the easy road and let us hire the first candidate – instead, they risked their fee to deliver us the best candidate and ultimately the best service.Zoe D. Kretzschmar - Chief Operating Officer, Fearlessly Frank
Working with Ali at DNA was a pleasure.Cordell Burke - Creative Managing Partner, bigdog Agency
He’s dedicated, energetic and has an approach to consultancy that combines creativity and commercialism to great effect.
I would highly recommend him to all senior creatives looking for roles and all agencies looking for senior hires.
DNA recruit has placed me twice over the past six years. On both occasions Ali went out of his way to listen and really understand what I was looking for and to make sure that the roles he put me forward for would make me happy. I am a busy mum with two small children so finding an agency and a team that would be flexible and fit the stage of life I was at was crucial. For the first role at Cheil, I found out shortly before my interview that I had to present my strategy and bring a prop. I chose to take my Jack Russell, Daisy but the only issue was that the discussion about ‘my prop’ would be at the end of the interview. One of Ali’s team came across London and took Daisy for a walk until I was ready; Needless to say DNA bent over backwards to accommodate my rather odd favour… probably one of the oddest things they’ve had to do for a candidate! I got the job so it paid off and Ali helped me negotiate a four day week at a company where this wasn’t the norm at board level and no mean feat! I loved the role and stayed there for a few years. More recently I’d been freelancing for four years on and off in new business development, mainly in London and I wanted to find something local. Quite challenging to find a role near home (Cambridge) that was as good as some of the roles in London without being too provincial and without too much of a pay cut. Ali placed me at Blackdog as Business Development Director where I’m loving it; Being outside London is quite literally a breath of fresh air, I can drive to work, I manage to juggle my life and also he has found me the nicest and most talented crew to work with just 25 minutes from my front door – legend!Jules Ridley - New Business Director, Blackdog Agency
London is a very competitive market, with an abundance of amazing companies to work for and high calibre candidates. It is not always easy to reach the right people in the right company, with all the “noise”, and that is why working with a professional recruitment agency makes a huge difference from a candidate perspective.
DNA Recruit approached me through the lovely Sarah Wallace who differentiated herself right from the start by communicating openly to me and installing trust early on in our relationship. She immediately assessed the compatibility between myself and my career goals and matched that with the positions she had available at the time.
To my good luck, she identified a great fit with Outform.
The recruitment process took about 5-6 weeks and it consisted of 4 stages altogether, but DNA focused on keeping everyone informed, connected and motivated. In the last stage of the interviewing process I added an unexpected and well-received presentation, which sprouted from my passion that has grown in me towards OUTFORM, interest that was fuelled by the professional attitude of all the representatives that interviewed me from the company’s side.
I could not have asked for better representation by Sarah and Ali from DNA Recruit, who navigated this process with such professionalism and dedication, being able to match my talent with Outform - an amazing fast-growing company in which I see myself evolving long-term.Sorana Duca - Marketing & Communications Manager EMEA , Outform
"In true LinkedIn fashion, I became connected with a fellow marketer one day. We had a fair few connections in common and started what you could describe as an online friendship which included the occasional natter about anything from IR35 to Podcasts and catch ups over coffee. On the day I decided it was time for a change she insisted I spoke to Ali at DNA and as a former Marketing Manager of a Recruitment Company, I was hesitant but put simply, it was the best decision I could have made. Ali and Sarah are quite the double-act, they’re personable, funny, caring and keep a constant stream of communication so you don’t have to worry at any step of the way. Within a couple of weeks, they had two interviews lined up for me, one offer and the job which I think will completely transform my career. You never feel like you’re talking to a recruiter with Ali but a mentor who is your biggest advocate and I would not hesitate to recommend any of my Marketing network to reach out to them and let them take care of your career. Thanks again Ali and Sarah, I can’t thank you enough.”Jacqueline Gordon - Marketing Manager at XYZ Reality
When we as a family decided to make the move to the UK from South Africa starting to look for work in a foreign market was a very daunting thing. Until I met Ali and the crew at DNA Recruit. Far from being a recruitment agency they took the time to understand the person first and the need second and with that helped build a solution for me. They organised the initial calls, the follow ups the trip over and the final negotiations and helped make what could have been a very stressful process and lot easier! A pleasure to work with and - without doubt – the best agency I have ever worked with. Period!Chris Wildish - Operations Director, Geometry Global
The key word that I would use to describe DNA Recruit is proactive. Ali was fantastic at going out to approach the type of organisation that would make a perfect fit with my aspiration. He did so from a point of real understanding. He spent time to really understand my experience and what I could bring to an organisation and what I was looking for from my next appointment. Ali understands the business and the role and I found him to be really insightful as we discussed my next move.Ashley Patterson - Executive Planning Director, WDMP
Ali and the team at DNA Recruit are a force of nature. They are passionate, driven and highly professional. Their energy and dedication sets them apart from the crowd – and it’s all backed up by genuine market expertise and contacts. A pleasure to deal with.Richard Glasson - CEO, Hogarth
Working with DNA Recruit has really opened our eyes on the importance of working with a trusted headhunter - Ali and his team provide a combination of in-depth sector knowledge and long-term vision. And they’re genuinely decent people to work with. They’ve given Geometry Global a real value and insight into determining what we really need in a candidate - and found us the right people, quickly and without fuss. Without hesitation I would recommend DNA Recruit as a key strategic partner to any agency needing to invest in new talent from senior through to grads.Simon Heath - Global HRD Geometry Global
I approached DNA because they were recommended by a friend. They have a relaxed but informative approach which puts you at ease before the interview process. I could also easily reach out with any questions or issues that I had thought of before my next interview. My DNA recruiter Natasha clearly knew the process and what to expect next; I found the whole experience very engaging and actuallyy enjoyable. I would recommend DNA to my friends and professionals looking to further their careers within the advertising space. DNA can provide the advice and contacts to make the step up.Chris Sheward - Account Manager, Crispin Porter & Bogusky
DNA is different from other agencies I've worked with because of their ability to react quickly with what I need. They are experienced and passionate resulting in 4 client service employees in the last 12 months. DNA really get to know a business - they didn't just send me CVs to hit a quota/target, they only sent me CVs of potential candidates who accurately fit my brief. I found the whole experience professional from start to finish and we will keep using DNA as our preferred recruitment agency.Stuart Bradbury - Managing Director, Avantgarde
Fearlessly Frank have been working with Ali and the DNA team for several years. We are a small business so every hire we make impacts the overall culture and our ability to deliver best in class work for our clients. We seek to hire extraordinary individuals who have the ability to think in a different way – after all, we are in the innovation business. We require a lot from the people who work here at Fearlessly Frank and the DNA team have always been able to introduce us to the right candidates. They take the brief seriously and only provide candidates that meet or exceed the brief. They spend time thinking about who would be the best candidate for the role while also considering our unique environment and culture. On one occasion, the DNA team had provided us with several qualified candidates for a Consulting Director role, but I only needed to meet their top recommendation. I knew immediately he was the right guy for the job and he’s still with us today. On a separate occasion, we were very close to making a hire through DNA, but they felt that there was a last-minute candidate we should see as this individual could add something extra to our overall team offering. We ended up hiring the last-minute candidate 3 years ago and it was the best decision. DNA could have taken the easy road and let us hire the first candidate – instead they risked their fee to deliver us the best candidate and ultimately the best service.Zoe D. Kretzschmar, Chief Operating Officer, Fearlessly Frank
“It has always been a pleasure to work with DNA Recruit both as a client and a peer. DNA Recruit is considerably more than an average recruiting consultancy.
They are headhunters with a distinctive ability to spot opportunities and connect the right talent with the business. Ali and his team are incredible judges of character, highly committed, insightful, considerate and knowledgeable. DNA Recruit will put you forward if you are the right fit for the role and will guide you through the recruiting process from A-Z.”
“When I signed up with DNA Recruit 5-6 years ago, I was expecting to receive the same mediocre treatment that is a common practise within the recruitment sector. However Ali and the rest of the team @DNA Recruit went to huge lengths to meet my specific requirements for my new role. From the initial meeting, to the interviews, they provided every aspect of support, interview tips & encouragement, to quick follow up with the employer and feedback to me. Thanks to DNA Recruit I got my job @Mercieca Ltd nearly 5 years ago and I never looked back.
And needless to say, DNA Recruit have been supporting Mercieca Ltd recruitment needs for many years now. They have provided us with sound and consistent recruitment solutions for our Advertising and PR Personnel. Their approach has always been to understand the exact needs of our business to ensure the calibre of candidates presented reflects their professional yet flexible service. I highly recommend the services of DNA Recruit.”