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Forward Role

Established in

About us

Forward Role is The UK’s leading specialist marketing, digital and technology search firm for high growth brands, with experience in supporting FTSE, SME and Private Equity backed businesses in making key appointments that have a critical impact on their organisations. With an award-winning team of over 36 consultants based in our Manchester HQ, we offer inclusive and environmentally responsible recruitment solutions and have supported some of the UK’s most prolific brands with services across our leading product suite.
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What employees say

I have been fortunate enough to experience 4 promotions at Forward Role, so the business has 100% supported my professional development. Because we have quarterly PDPs, everyone knows where they’re doing well and also their areas of development.

This has allowed me to plug skills gaps, read up, educate myself and go on training courses to help me be a more rounded asset to the company. Brian has never said “no” to a training course that I wanted to do which would benefit me and ultimately the business. Brian is on a relentless mission to build the best recruitment company in our space so as long as our guys have the right attitude and are motivated to do well, skills can be taught along the way. 

Guy Walker
Associate Director
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Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.

When you join the organisation, you are made to feel welcome.

People are encouraged to balance their work life and their personal life.

People here are treated fairly regardless of their race or ethnic origin.

People look forward to coming to work here.

Management is approachable, easy to talk with.

What defines us

With an award-winning team of over 35 consultants based in our Manchester HQ, we offer inclusive and environmentally responsible recruitment solutions and have supported some of the UK’s most prolific brands with services across our leading product suite.

What makes us different is our high-performing and supportive culture, and our commitment to empowering our consultants to become experts in their industries.

We have a generous budget allocated to training and personal development, and we encourage the Forward Rollers undertake regular professional training sessions, to ensure that we are offering a quality and inclusive approach to recruitment across the whole business. This allows our consultants to be able to go out into their markets with confidence and expertise.

We genuinely care about our employee's long-term career plans and offer tailored personal development planning and career mapping, providing constant one-to-one support through mentoring and training.  

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What inspires us

We are vocal about any business or career goals that are hit, celebrating those that have played a part, supporting, and lifting each other up. We offer market-leading incentives to reward our teams for their effort and commitment. 

Short-term Incentives -  Lead by different members of the leadership team. Prizes such as: extra days off, vouchers and experience days. 

 Long-term Incentives - Promotion goals are clear, each team member has their own individual career progression plan, and there is no limit to what they can achieve. 

 Monthly ‘High Achievers Club’ - Our monthly top performers enjoy an a meal out with with our Directors

 Quarterly Team Bonus - Every team in the business receives a quarterly allowance to spend on social events every Quarter.

6 Month Trip Abroad - High performers have enjoyed trips to Barcelona, Lisbon, Tromso, Reykjavík to name few!

Yearly FR Awards to celebrate individual achievement

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At a glance

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Word from the top

At Forward Role we have a real focus on training and development, it’s a crucial element of our culture. We have a generous budget allocated to providing training opportunities for the Forward Role team to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Because of this there is a feeling of shared growth and success across the business, and we have complete trust in our consultants to go out into their markets and represent Forward Role with confidence as experts in their field.

Brian Johnson
Managing Director
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