James Smith


Prior to establishing Vertical Recruitment, James enjoyed 10 years as a successful Recruitment Consultant. In that time, he progressed from a junior position to managing a team of eight, with responsibility for placing permanent and contract candidates across the Structural Engineering and Building Services disciplines.

Having worked with James Adamson previously, and sharing a similar passion for the recruitment industry, the two set up Vertical Recruitment in 2011.

James’ focus was to provide the highest level of service whilst responding very specifically to his client’s needs. He continued to work with clients on Structural Engineering roles whilst also developing Vertical’s Civil Engineering and Highways division. At that time, the industry was experiencing significant cuts in these areas and James’ ability to support his clients in new ways was instrumental in the success of the business. Despite the recession, James found himself working with new clients across multiple disciplines thanks to his professional and efficient approach. He credits that time as his biggest achievement having established and grown the business in a tough economic climate.

Clients established by James during that time remain long-standing clients today largely due to his approach to building lasting relationships.

“Our clients know that we understand them and what they are looking for. When we started working with them we were always in it for the long term and have got to know their business model, their people and their culture – they trust us to find the right candidate and to represent their business.”

Whilst James is responsible for the management of the business, he also continues to work closely with clients to attract and recruit candidates. He recognises the current demand for high quality staff and the competitive market that clients face. By helping them to shape roles and communicate their value as an employer, James is proactively sourcing senior roles for companies of all sizes through his extensive network of industry contacts.

James specialises in recruitment of the following roles:

Building Services
Mechanical Design Engineer
Electrical Design Engineer
M&E Revit Technician
Structural Engineer
Structural Revit Technician

Consulting Engineering
Bridge Engineer
Highway Engineer
Infrastructure Engineer
Transport Planner
Geotechnical Engineer