Red Diamond Recruitment marks growth with key appointment

Daniel Wilczynski

Recruitment specialists Red Diamond Recruitment has appointed a fourth recruiter in just nine months since its inception.

Daniel Wilczynski has left his eight year-long career in football development to join Red Diamond as a recruitment consultant, with a particular focus on industry-specific recruitment, including aviation.

Emma Robinson, who founded Red Diamond Executive Headhunters in 2009, launched sister company Red Diamond Recruitment in September 2021, after seeing demand for more traditional recruitment services among her existing headhunting client base.

“At Red Diamond, we specialise in headhunting,” Emma said. “There is a lot of misconception about what that involves, but we are typically seen as the ‘bounty hunters’ of recruitment, working at C-suite-level and helping our clients to figure out where to strategically turn next.

“We find people who are not actively looking for a new role and convince them to take on a new challenge, whether that’s growing a private equity owned business from £20m to £100m or saving a struggling family business, for example.

“Recruitment, on the other hand, can look after roles in any seniority level of a business, from apprentices upwards and adopts more traditional methods of candidate sourcing. During the pandemic, we found that more and more headhunting clients, who trusted us and didn’t want to work with anyone else, were asking us to take care of their recruitment – and so Red Diamond Recruitment was born.”

Emma has specialised in the aviation industry for 20 years – and is trusted by some of the aerospace sector’s most well-known, multibillion-pound firms, to attract their best talent.

“The time was right to recruit someone who can support our clients – where we already look after their headhunting requirements – with their recruitment needs. Dan hasn’t come from the traditional recruitment route, and that’s because we practice what we preach.

“We always tell clients that the right person for the job isn’t necessarily someone who has years of sector experience, and so we followed our own advice.

“We mapped the market and looked for specific qualities such as leadership, team management, communication, and creativity, and Dan was one of a handful of people who hit the requirements and had the right motivations. Upon interview process, we knew that he was the right fit. We will be closely training Dan to use his wide range of skills and apply it to his new role.”

Emma and Dan will be attending Farnborough Airshow from July 19 to 21, where Emma will be delivering a keynote speech on the topic of recruiting in the aerospace sector.

Dan said: “I see the role as a way of developing my career in a forward thinking and well-established company such as Red Diamond. I look forward to learning in depth about the industry, understanding the organisation’s culture and being an integral part of its growth – we have some strong growth plans over the next 12 months.

“Emma and her team are incredibly impressive. They’ve blown me away with the level of support they show clients – and have shown myself in my first couple of weeks.”

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