James Adamson


James’ displayed an early interest in business, setting up his first company at 17. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Business & Marketing, James took his first role in Construction Recruitment with AndersElite. His drive and focus saw him excel in the role in a very short time. Predominately working on Surveying and Project Management roles, James grew the relatively new division, bringing in multiple new clients and candidates; and was credited with achieving the most successful period for permanent placements.

James enjoyed promotion to senior and principal recruitment positions before establishing Vertical Recruitment with friend and former colleague, James Smith, in 2011.

As a Director, James is responsible for day-to-day business operations, however, he also manages the Property division; including Construction Consultancy and Architecture & Surveying. Whilst James leads his team to deliver the highest quality recruitment service, he also continues to spend much of his time fulfilling the recruitment needs of his own clients and candidates.

This is no accident, as James believes in practicing what he preaches and enjoys maintaining the long-standing relationships he has developed over the years. These include small independent companies through to national multi-disciplinary consultancies, many of which choose Vertical as a preferred recruitment partner,

The recent growth of James’ team is testament to these relationships, particularly during recent years, which has seen a changeable time for recruitment. James attributes Vertical’s success to an unwavering commitment to its candidates and clients.

“The recession and its impact on Construction and Engineering presented a number of challenges to our relatively young company and to our clients and candidates. Whilst it tested us, we remained true to what we are and to our core industries. Through resilience, smarter working and a willingness to adapt we remained strong and continued to help our clients and candidates succeed.

As the industry recovers and enter a period of growth, we look forward to bringing new and existing clients and candidates together.”

James specialises in recruitment of the following Quantity Surveying & Project Management roles:

Quantity Surveyor (PQS)
Project Manager
CDM / Principal Designer