We’re experts at Talent Attraction to the Global Food & Drink Industry.

Underpinned by our partnership with The McQuaig Institute we dramatically reduce the risk of hiring the wrong person plus we guarantee our work.

Our scientific and insight-led approach removes the toxic ‘bad hire’ risk saving you time & money to invest elsewhere in your business.

Why is this important:
  • 74% say they’ve hired the wrong person for a position
  • 27% of companies said a bad hiring decision cost them over £50,000
  • CIPD quote x3.5 salary is the true cost attributed to a bad hire
  • The UK has, on average, a 35% failure rate when hiring externally

Research shows that poor recruitment processes can lead to 1 in 3 new hires leaving within the first 12 months.

This is costing not just tens of thousands, but potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to organisations.


Assignments Completed

We have the experience, proven track record and extensive network of Food & Drink professionals to deliver on even the hardest to fill assignments.


% Success Rate

Our evidence-based approach with multiple layers of scientific and objective assessment combined with leading edge technology helps you make more informed and predictable hiring decisions.


Month FOC Replacement Guarantee

Because good talent attraction has never been about simply filling a vacancy. A successful hire is someone who stays mid-long term, creating a great ROI - guaranteed!


Day Average Delivery

We deliver a quality first approach, leaving no stone unturned, combined with the speed to help you achieve your strategic and commercial business goals.

Leader 360° will help you:

  • Find the right talent for your business-critical roles
  • Save time by reducing your commercial downtime
  • Save money by reducing your overall costs to hire
  • Hire better by increasing your new employee retention rate

Simply put we help you hire more predictably, removing unconscious bias and avoid the hugely costly bad hire factor – and we guarantee it!

6 reasons why we’re a trusted partner

Our 97% Success Rate

We deliver a 97% new hire success rate through our unique search methodology Leader 360°, we help you avoid the toxic bad hire factor which is so costly to many organisations.

The McQuaig Institute

Our partnership with The McQuaig Institute allows us to focus on hiring for behaviours, attitudes and culture fit not just skills and experience dramatically increasing the chances of long term success.

Our Double Guarantee

We provide a 12 month replacement FOC guarantee on our placements meaning the focus is on long term partnerships and creating genuine ROI. Plus, in the unlikely event that we fail to find suitable candidates 100% of your retainer is returned, no quibble.

Our Track Record & Network

We've successfully delivered on over 1,650+ assignments since 2011 exclusively within the Food & Drink Industry helping recruit Board level, C-Suite and Leadership talent to the best in the industry.

Two Free Onboarding Mentoring Sessions

As part of our quality first approach, we provide you with two free onboard coaching sessions for each placement by a ICF qualified coach. This speeds up orientation & mitigates flight risk.

Our 42 Day Delivery Average

From the Brief to Offer stage, our 42 day delivery average means we can deliver the quality first approach, leaving no stone unturned, combined with speed to help you meet strategic and commercial business goals.

First class in every element

“I’ve used Jon for recruitment and found him to be first class in every element of his delivery. He organised a great talent pool, advised on structure and process from his learnings and converted me to a new fresh approach which in turn made both myself and the candidates more at ease and gave us all a better insight of each other before progressing. He managed the entire process and once the fantastic candidate was selected even helped them with a leavers pack to make the exit of their current role smooth and easier to manage. Attention to detail, communication, listening to our needs are simple things to do but so many don’t get it right, well I can assure Jon does and that makes him really easy to do business with. 10/10 Jon thank you!”

Joby Mortimer, Sales Director
/ Budweiser Budvar

I can't recommend Jonathan enough

“I met Jonathan during lockdown on various group meetings and he is extremely professional and personable. Earlier in 2020 we had worked with a “traditional” recruitment business and this had proved to be unsuccessful. When we wanted to start the recruitment process again to recruit a new Head of Food into Leathams there was no question in my mind to use Jonathan.

The whole process was managed by Jonathan from start to finish and it went extremely smoothly. He kept both the candidates and myself fully up to speed and the feedback from everyone involved in the process was very positive. We have found a super talented individual and are very excited about the future. I can’t recommend Jonathan enough. If you want a different approach to the normal CV merry go round, then he is definitely your man!!

Clive Moxham, Group Commercial Director
/ Leathams Plc

Personable nature and clear and deep understanding of our business

“Jonathan has worked closely with us for a number of years. He brings his skill and knowledge of the recruitment marketplace and the foodservice arena to help with all our recruitment needs. Jonathan’s personable nature and clear and deep understanding of our business and the needs of those candidates he puts forward has lead to number of excellent appointments. He clearly spends time vetting and matching those people he reaches out to, resulting in a great deal of time saved for our business. From time to time we have put Jonathan to the test in terms of tight deadlines and he has always come through. If you are looking for a recruiter who can offer you that truly personal one on one service I can not recommend Jonathan highly enough”

Andrew Tucker, Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland
/ Barry Callebaut

Refreshingly brilliant!

“I worked with Jonathan as a potential recruitment candidate and it was – to be honest – refreshingly brilliant! I found him to be highly conscientious and informative but, above all, a genuinely nice person that cares about getting a great, long-term fit for both his client and candidate. I am confident that any business that uses his services will be getting a highly skilled candidate and a pain-free process along the way”

Lucy Rowlands, Head of Marketing
/ Borough Broth Company

A fantastic matchmaker

“Jon is a fantastic matchmaker with a great eye for fit between client and candidate and has supported my career moves successfully. He brings an attentive, genuine warmth to ‘recruitment’ which many others fail to achieve and is well both respected and connected within the industry”

Tracy Southwell, Sales Director
/ Barry Callebaut Beverages UK

Great knowledge of the industry

“Having dealt with many recruitment professionals over the years it was a real delight to work with Jonathan. He has great knowledge of the industry and really takes the time to understand the short, medium and long term goals of his clients. Jon is extremely measured and calm in his approach, but also realistic and direct when appropriate. I would have no hesitation calling on him again when I am looking to recruit, and would trust him to find me a good selection of candidates”

David Barnett, Head of International
/ Jordan's Ryvita (part of ABF)

Jonathan impressed from start to finish

“Jonathan impressed from start to finish. He demonstrated a deep understanding of the food sector, took time to ensure he completely got our brief and then moved at pace.  A strong final panel of candidates also reflected his engaging style and care within the process. A good result for all”

Nick Hastilow, Group Managing Director
/ Leathams Plc

Reliable and professional

“Jonathan is without a doubt the best recruiter I have worked with to secure a position. He would be the first person I would recommend if anyone were to ask for a reliable and professional recruiter in the food/drinks industry. As the candidate I felt supported and well guided throughout the process. Jonathan is a great communicator who kept me in the loop and I felt gave me honest advice. He was a great representative of the company I was looking to work for as he was very knowledgeable and clearly makes it his priority to learn about his clients business and potential candidates to ensure a good fit for both parties”

Sarah Stockdale, National Account Manager
/ Barry Callebaut

Extremely positive and dynamic

“Jonathan provides an exceptional service and is very unique with his selection process for recruitment, which makes the whole experience extremely positive and dynamic when recruiting. He has the ability to find the ideal candidates for your business and is extremely supportive in all aspects of recruitment and also networking opportunities”

Tracey Hughes, Managing Director
/ HB Ingredients

Incredibly helpful and informative

“I would highly recommend working with Jonathan O’Hagan and Leader Executive Search. Jonathan is an incredibly helpful and informative person to work with, and his client care is second to none. Jonathan helped and offered me advice all the way through the process of changing roles including interview tips, negotiating notice and preparation for starting my new role. As well as being a great professional Jonathan is also a really nice guy, who genuinely cares about his clients and customers”

James Drury, National Account Manager
/ Barry Callebaut

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