Mark Goldsmith

Senior Consultant, Building Products and Construction

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About me

With 22 years of recruitment experience under his belt, Mark has spent the last 18 focused on Building Products & Construction


Having finished Sports Exercise Science, I commenced a degree in Human Biology.  However, my first son came along, which curtailed this!  I later chose a career in Executive Search as I wanted to help people.  I still get a satisfactory buzz when I receive great feedback from a client and believe this is why I’m able to build strong understandings with them.  I care! I also have a mini MBA and certificate in Prince project management.

I have been with Collingwood since 2012 and manage the Building Products & Construction business unit. I also get involved in operationally led, manufacturing clients.

Outside of work

I coach my sons under 11’s cricket team which I thoroughly enjoy. I love to read, with a broad interest across business books, biographies and fiction (currently reading Something wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury.  It’s certainly up there with one of my favourites). Both fitness and music take up any additional spare time I have.

What do you like most about your job?

The satisfaction attached to gaining maximum return for a client. I also enjoy interviewing diverse, technical people. There’re some fascinating jobs out there.

Fun Facts

Favourite Band: I’m a music snob (something I dislike about myself).  Favourite bands range from White Denim, Thee Oh Sees, to The Who and St Vincent.

Favourite Film: Again, a rich array - Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy and anything with Daniel Day-Lewis in.

Favourite Food: Mexican food or anything with a generous dollop of spice! 😊

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I've used the services of Collingwood on several occasions over a period of more than 10 years and have found in every case them to be exemplary in all aspects. Their attention to finding the right fit in search and selection is excellent as is their expertise in the provision of development tools in team development. I would have no hesitation in recommending them both professionally and personal.

Managing Director,
Leading Window Systems Provider
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Since placing the candidates, I have gained feedback from all involved.  The result has not only been successful in terms of their individual performances but the three appointees regularly meet up to share best practice and guide each other.

It was not only a very rewarding set of assignments but I obtained added satisfaction from the fact that this new contact from Germany completely understood the importance of partnership in order to gain maximum return.  I cannot wait to work with her and, what is, a great client again.

Mark Goldsmith,
Senior Executive Search Consultant at Collingwood headhunting for German based Construction Products Group
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From start to finish, the approach Mark used to introduce his client and the job role, was excellent. His knowledge of the client, the job requirements and skills set and personality they were looking for was expressed effectively to ensure a suitable fit. Mark had intricate knowledge of the client, including its future ambition and how the role would be an important area for the organisation. His approach was efficient and honest. He managed the whole process with integrity and I felt I was kept informed during all stages of the recruitment process. I would happily recommend Mark as an exemplary recruiter for senior positions.

SHEQ Director, Candidate
Utilities
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Mark is a professional, friendly and intelligent recruitment professional. He has excellent communication skills and the ability to identify talent and find the right person for the identified role.

Candidate,
Head of Sales - Aggregates, Rail Freight
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From start to finish, the approach Mark used to introduce his client and the job role, was excellent. His knowledge of the client, the job requirements and skills set and personality they were looking for was expressed effectively to ensure a suitable fit. Mark had intricate knowledge of the client, including its future ambition and how the role would be an important area for the organisation. His approach was efficient and honest. He managed the whole process with integrity and I felt I was kept informed during all stages of the recruitment process. I would happily recommend Mark as a exemplary recruiter for senior positions.

Candidate,
Group HSE Director at Leading Industrial Building Materials Group
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We have worked with Collingwood on several occasions over the past five years, having had meaningful conversations about what we were looking for, they were always ultra-professional in their dealings with us and they found some fabulous candidates which were all certainly credible. We would not hesitate to recommend them to other businesses

Managing Director,
Building Products & Construction
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In my opinion Mark has the x-factor that most recruiters are missing. He isn't just looking for a professional fit to meet the brief that most professional recruiters do. He truly understands the immeasurable value of personal fit and future relationships, and the potential impact on the culture of a business. He placed considerable emphasis on this throughout the process, and his understanding and recollection of the detail was seriously impressive. The level of service Mark provided, combined with his engaging personality, gave me the best recruitment experience I've had in over 30 years of both recruiting and being recruited. I could not recommend Mark and the level of service he provides highly enough. I will certainly be working with him again in the future.

Candidate,
Sales Director, Matrix Networks
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We are very happy with our new MD for the UK. Mark monitored the process towards us as well as towards the candidates very carefully and made adjustments where necessary. We have never seen a process running so smoothly. As a group, we operate in various European countries, as well as the USA, Canada and South Africa. Fortunately for us, Collingwood also perform their activities outside the UK. A reliable, effective and pleasant recruitment partner, which we truly can recommend.

HR Director,
International Packaging Company
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Mark is a highly professional and knowledgeable industry professional. From the first time we met Mark created a positive and welcoming environment. Throughout the recruitment process Mark provided information and insight to enable me to consider the opportunity and make the important next step in my career journey. The support at each stage ensured that the recruitment and onboarding process were seamless. Mark's industry, organisational and assignment knowledge were first class and I couldn't have asked for more in terms of a candidate's experience. I would be very happy to recommend Mark to others in the industry.

Placed Candidate, Commercial Director
Building Products & Construction