Justin Carpenter

Senior Consultant, Medical Technology & Healthcare

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About me

Justin joined Collingwood Search in January 2020 as Senior Executive Search Consultant, recruiting within the Medical Technology & Healthcare Industries.

I have a degree in Systems Modelling which is maths, stats and operational research. 

I started working in recruitment in March 1995. At that time there were 2 Apple Mac computers in the organisation that serviced 35 recruiters. The phone, fax and post were our main methods of communication!

Prior to my recruitment career I worked at British Airways in operational research within the Marketing Decision Support Division. It was really interesting work, calculating the capacity for the then unbuilt T4 arrival lounge, but I wanted a career that really rewarded my efforts beyond financially. Recruitment wasn’t such a well-known career path so in a sense I fell into it, but it has certainly provided a lot of challenges through learning new technologies, industry sectors and roles. I get to meet new people every day across the world. I have an impact on people’s careers, make many friends and solve problems that our customers need solving. It is hard work but it’s worth it when you find someone their perfect role, find a great new employee for a customer and get a recognition internally for a job well done.

At Collingwood I work as an executive Search Consultant guiding companies to high performing new employees across technology, commercial (sales, product, marketing) for organisations globally. I have a particular interest in the use of emerging technologies particularly in the healthcare sector, but there are many interesting applications of technology in other industries. I still love learning about data related roles in AI and data science.

Outside of work I enjoy

My main interests revolve around outdoor activities particularly paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing and running. This year I took part in a running challenge where I ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours…..which I somehow completed. You can read more on the website.

I am also a very proud Father and Grandfather.

I read quite a lot of books to help me with work which could range from mindset, coaching through to sales.

What do you like most about your job?

The most enjoyable aspects are the challenge of the job itself and that no one search is the same. The main enjoyment is that when we successfully complete a search, we have a happy Client, and a happy Candidate that recognise the hard work, as well as internal recognition from the team here at Collingwood.

Fun Facts

Favourite Band: I own all the Madness records and every derivative eg 7inch, 12-inch, picture disks etc.

Favourite Food: I like most types of food, particularly Spanish having spent a lot of time in Spain.

Favourite Film: I’m a big fan of James Bond so happy to re-watch all the Bond films.

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Collingwood provided professional and personalised support and advice throughout the recruitment process combined with regular and open communication leading to my successful appointment. Collingwood are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend their executive search and recruitment services to other individuals or organisations.

Director of Operations,
Look Ahead Care, Learning Disability Services
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I was not really actively seeking a change in employment; however when Justin called me, his drive and enthusiasm drew me in. Clearly passionate about the organisation he was representing, he made me keen to learn more. He personally met with me in order to learn more about my skills, experience and behavioural traits. He was therefore in a position to evaluate that not only was I the right person for the position, the organisation was the right one for me. He clearly fully understood all aspects of client’s business in order to answer all my questions – of which there were many.

Placed Candidate, Care Operations Director
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
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We have used Collingwood on a number of occasions over the years and have always been impressed with their understanding of our business and our needs. The outcome of that understanding is high quality candidates and ultimately, some excellent, long-term, employees. I can fully recommend them and would not hesitate to use them in the future.

Business Development Director - Respiratory
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I have worked with Justin for several years - initially when he placed me with my current organisation. The attention to detail during that period was second to none and the personal service incredible. Since then we have worked closely in the search and placement of roles within my teams. Working across multiple disciplines within the broadcast business, he is very well connected and knows the business inside out. If you are looking for a recommendation - Justin is most likely your man!

Client and Candidate,
Director of Tech, Healthcare Charity
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The quality and professionalism of engagement adopted by Justin was extremely surprising to me since the first connection. His confidence and guidance truly help me to perform at my best in every step of my interview process. Now I am really happy of the job I am doing and the company I am working for and it's thanks to him!

Candidate, Solutions Account Manager
Technology, Engineering & Industrial Automation
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Justin Carpenter was the consultant involved in my recruitment to a director level health and social care post with a charity during 2021. During the whole recruitment process Justin showed an in-depth understanding of the skills and knowledge required for the new role, empathy with how complex these decisions are for applicants, and a great ability to listen to questions and provide clear, concise information in response. Justin was always available to contact and took a genuine interest in making sure the post was a good fit for my skills and knowledge. Throughout the whole process Justin conveyed professionalism and a sense that he had applicants' interest at heart, whilst simultaneously ensuring organisations were provided with a shortlist of candidates whom might be a good fit to the roles they advertised.

Placed Candidate, Clinical Director
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I had the chance to collaborate with Justin, who placed me in my new role. I really appreciated his profesionalism and pro-activity to make it a success. It is the first time in my life that I actually feel at the right place. It really shows Justin's capabilities to find the right matching profiles for specific job opportunities. I also appreciated all the input and advice provided prior to interviews to place me in the best position as possible to move forward in the process.

Solutions Account Manager, France, Candidate
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Justin Carpenter is a great asset to not only his organization but even more so, to the companies and professionals he helps with career recommendations and placement. He’s a true professional who’s very personable.

Justin takes the time to feel you out, making sure you as a client will be happy and that any job he recommends will indeed be a great fit.

If your ever contacted by Justin, know you’re in good hands.

Candidate, Director – Global Solution Accounts