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FMCG talent acquisition

With over 20 years experience recruiting in the sector, we will help you find and attract exceptional talent to make a real difference to your business. Our international networks are within Grocery, Retail and Food & Drink - including ingredients, flavours, fragrances and raw material supply chain.

  • Our FMCG sector expertise and deep rooted networks provide our clients with the ability to navigate their way to the very best talent.
  • We have expertise recruiting for talent across the following functional areas:  Business Transformation, Sales / Account Management, Marketing, Finance, HR, Technical & Product Innovation, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Buying and Category.
  • Clients retain our services when they are looking to achieve positive change, growth and competitive advantage. 


  • Clients and candidates are of paramount importance to us, and this is reflected in our integrity and discretion.
  • We strive for innovation and flexibility, focusing on individual requirements in order to deliver effective, bespoke recruitment solutions. 
  • Our approach is thorough and rigorous in our commitment to delivering the highest quality service. 
  • Our extensive recruitment experience within the FMCG sector gives a specialist and authentic proposition to any client looking to make serious investment in talent.  

OUR SERVICES

Targeted Search

Executive search

 

  • Targeted search is a "no compromise" approach and is about gaining access to key individuals. 
  • It is, without question, the methodology of choice for the identification and recruitment of high calibre talent with specific skills. 
  • The ability to make insightful decisions about people is the most enduring source of competitive advantage. 
  • Targeted search concentrates on helping our clients achieve this advantage through the identification, assessment and recruitment of the most talented people. 

Interim Management

 

  • We place Interim Managers across the FMCG sector 
  • Our Interim Managers are industry leading experts who help clients fill critical skills gaps to deliver exceptional results
  • We have developed a readily available portfolio of specialist Interim Managers covering a wide range of functional disciplines 
  • The results achieved often allow businesses to reap benefits long after their departure
  • Our Interim Managers are catalysts for change and will typically be involved in a range of interventions


Network Search

 

  • We are experts in the  Consumer / FMCG sector.
  • We are always able to provide an additional form of talent sourcing through our own extensive networks.
  • Referral and recommendation is often a very useful way of providing exceptional talent that comes highly recommended by respected and trusted contacts of ours. 
  • Validation and verification of your prospective hire is a critical aspect of any talent acquisition process.

Advertised Selection

 

  • Some assignments may need a combination of search and advertised selection. 
  • We will advise a bespoke solution of where to advertise, using only appropriate online and offline media.
  • This ensures we target the correct candidate pool for each assignment. 
  • We will also design and produce all advertising, ensuring that all applicants are treated professionally.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Sandun Dambawinna

After 20 years in the recruitment industry, working for some of the biggest firms, I set up navigate talent to revert to old school levels of service and reliability from a recruitment partner. 

I provide cost-effective and personalised talent acquisition services across most head office and commercial functions with salaries typically ranging from £50- £150k and interim managers from £500 per day. 

I graduated from the University of London with a Law degree and started my recruitment career with a FTSE 250 PLC in 1997. We grew rapidly in the UK and Internationally and I spent 10 years recruiting in the FMCG sector. I climbed up through the ranks and then left my comfort zone to join one of the world's largest human resource businesses as MD in their consulting division. In 2013, I joined a global top 20 executive search firm, delivering on mandates to recruit in the FMCG sector. Navigate Talent was established in January 2018.

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