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Our business started as niche retail recruiter, it is probably what we are most known for, we are experts in the field. Everyone in our retail team has worked within retail and are all passionate about the sector.  We are able to not only provide you advice on your career prospects and opportunities available to you, but we are also on hand to support you with your job search, offering you valuable yet constructive feedback on how to make the most of your skills.

We pride ourselves on the in-depth process we take our candidates through and if we are currently recruiting for a suitable role for you within Retail Operations or Retail Management we will take you through a comprehensive screening and interview process, followed by giving you a full brief on the role for which you’re being considered. It is critical for us to understand what your objectives are for this career move and ensure that we are honest and realistic with you but that we also ensure that any role we have matches those.

Please read our candidate pledge to learn more about how we work closely with our candidates to assist you with your job search.

We are very well connected in the Retail Industry and have well-established partner relationships built up since our inception in 2005. Our Retail & New Stores Recruitment team truly knows the industry and will share their knowledge with you, ensuring you have the best advice at all times.

We are proud that we are an award-winning recruitment specialist, being named Best Retail Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality. As we work with candidates at all levels within Retail we will seek to help you find the very best role for you that will match your skills, experience, and desires in order that your next job move truly enhances your career.

At McCarthy, we work with a number of well-known and highly respected Retailers both on the High Street and in Out of Town locations.

sectors we
operate in


Food Multiple is the mainstay of British retailing locally, and increasingly, the same can be said of the Sector across the globe. More recently, Food Retailers and Supermarkets have diversified into selling clothing, homewares, non-food, banking and many other service-based offerings which has resulted in the increased impact of Food Multiples/Supermarkets on the retail landscape.

On the convenience side, discount, niche and big brand small-store formats have changed the way we shop and continue to pop up on our high streets creating numerous growth opportunities.

Recent roles filled:

  • Area Manager, North, Large Value Food Retailer
  • Store Manager, Aberdeen, Specialist Food Supermarket
  • Deputy Store Manager, Birmingham, Convenience Store
  • New Store Manager, London, Boutique Food Brand
  • Senior Leadership Managers, South Region, Big Four Supermarket
  • Store Manager, Sheffield, Specialist Drinks Retailer

Our Fashion clients range from luxury designer stores to value brands as well as small independent boutiques and emerging brands.  At McCarthy, we understand that regardless of the size of the Fashion brand that we are working with, the Sector requires candidates who are not only capable, driven and experienced, but also the right ‘fit’ for their brand.

Within Fashion, there are a number of areas that we specialise in:


At McCarthy, we work with a wide range of well-known High Street clothing brands, Fashion Outlets and those specialising in Men and Womenswear.

Recent roles filled:

  • Womenswear Department Manager, Cambridge, Iconic UK Brand
  • Area Manager, North, UK Clothing Brand
  • Assistant Manager, Gloucester, Menswear and Womenswear UK Brand
  • Store Manager, Cheltenham, Menswear UK Brand



We work with a range of well-known high street footwear brands as well as niche retailers and boutique independent specialists.

Recent roles filled:

  • Assistant Store Manager, Canterbury, Specialist Footwear Retailer
  • Store Manager, Harrogate, Iconic British Footwear retailer
  • Footwear Department Manager, London, Sportswear Retailer
  • Area Manager, South, Specialist Footwear Retailer


Jewellery and Accessories

At McCarthy, we work with a wide range of high-street jewellery retailers as well as well-known accessory brands in addition to smaller, boutique providers.

Recent roles filled:

  • Flagship Store Manager, London, UK Accessories Brand
  • Store Manager, North East, High Street Jewellery Retailer
  • Jewellery Concession Manager, York, Department Store



Our Luxury brand clients seek to hire the very best talent with relevant specialist experience, sales ability, and excellent customer engagement techniques.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Shrewsbury, Luxury Women’s Lifestyle Brand
  • Assistant Store Manager, Braintree, Luxury Accessories Brand
  • Area Manager, South, Luxury Lifestyle Brand



We work with a number of international and UK based Sportswear brands, recruiting for Adhoc Management roles as well as full Store complements.  We understand that our Sportswear clients are looking for people that are passionate about sport and keeping fit, therefore, we drive our Clients’ recruitment campaigns accordingly.

Recent roles filled:

  • Flagship Store Manager, London, International Sportswear brand
  • Department Manager, London, Sports Retailer
  • Supervisor, Kildare, Sportswear Brand
  • Visual Merchandising Manager, UK Wide, International Sportswear brand
  • Full Store Compliment, Oxford Street, London, International Sportswear brand


Specialist Fashion

At McCarthy we work with many specialist retailers within the Fashion Sector such as  Wedding Dress, Business Wear, Plus Size Clothing and Lingerie Retailers etc.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Bromley, Wedding Dress Supplier
  • Assistant Manager, Lingerie Brand, Manchester
  • Store Manager, Liverpool, Plus Size Clothing Brand
  • Department Manager, London, Suit Hire Company


Department Stores

McCarthy work with a number of Department Stores and concessions within them to hire the best talent for their businesses.

Recent roles filled:

  • Concession Manager, Manchester, UK based Department Store
  • Home Furnishings Department Manager, Birmingham, UK Department Store
  • Food Hall Manager, London, UK based Department Store

The DIY/Garden and Trade Sectors are a wide-ranging and diverse Sector including Big Box DIY brands, out of town trade and merchant stores as well as design-led retailers.

Recent roles filled:

  • Deputy Manager, London, UK DIY/Home Retailer
  • Area Manager, Scotland, Trade Merchant Retailer
  • Store Manager, London, International DIY Retailer
  • Area Manager, North East, International DIY Retailer

The Sectors of Telecoms and Electrical are constantly evolving with the consistent introduction of new products and cutting edge advancements in technology meaning that these Sectors have to remain competitive, keeping abreast of the rapid changes in the market.  Due to the increased focus on KPI’s and assisted selling in this arena, customer service is key, resulting in the need for target focussed leaders who can drive sales through service.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Leeds, Mobile phone Provider
  • Electrical Department Manager, Birmingham, Department Store
  • Assistant Manager, Sheffield, Electrical/White Goods Retailer

The Homeware and Furniture Retailers across the UK include specialist furniture providers, large household brands, smaller boutique stores, and newer value-based concepts.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Wallasey, Homewares Retailer
  • Store Manager, Exmouth, Home Floorings Brand
  • Area Manager, North West, Furniture Retailer

As the consumer population has latterly become more fitness conscious, adventurous and keen to holiday closer to home (partly due to Social Media) there has been an increased uptake in customer spending within the Leisure/Outdoors markets.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, London, Leisurewear Brand
  • Camping Department Manager, Milton Keynes, Leading Outdoors Retailer
  • Store Manager, Swindon, UK Outdoors Retailer
  • Full Store Complement, Bristol, Leading Outdoors Brand

The diverse ‘Multi-Product’ Sector consists of clients including toy and game retailers, charity shops, stationers, and the ever-growing value sector.

Within Multi-Product there are a number of areas that we specialise in:



The value market within Retail has seen its biggest increase in sales in recent years and Retailers across a variety of Sectors are moving towards a more ‘value’ based proposition.  McCarthy works with a variety of clients within this Sector and appreciates the need for hard-working, driven individuals who can work with passion and pace for their brands.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, North Wales, Value Stationery and Gift Provider
  • Deputy Manager, Maidstone, Value Food Multiple Retailer
  • Head of Sales, South, Value Food Retailer
  • Area Manager, Midlands, International Value Food Multiple Retailer


Pet Care

With an increasing number of consumers looking for quality, specialist goods in the Pet Care arena, McCarthy aims to source talent for our Clients within this Sector who have a passion for customer care combined with a genuine interest in animals and pets.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Hertfordshire, Leading UK Pet Care Retailer
  • Assistant Store Manager, Glasgow, Pet Care Retailer
  • Department Manager, Derbyshire, Leading Pet Care Brand


Parenting and Early Years

At McCarthy, we support our clients within the parenting and early years Retail Sector to recruit customer service driven Retailers with specialist expertise in this arena.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, North West, Maternity Retail Outlet
  • Assistant Manager, Brighton, Parenting and Early Years Retailer
  • Department Manager, Manchester, UK Specialist Early Years Retailer



As the traditional stationary provider has diversified into selling toys, gifts, and cards in recent years, the stationary market is now fast-paced and increasingly competitive.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, Southend, UK based Card/Gifts Retailer
  • Store Manager, Bradford, Card and Stationery Brand
  • Assistant Store Manager, Carlisle, Iconic Card and Stationery Retailer



At McCarthy, we work with a number of Clients who specialise in supplying their customers with high-quality Children’s Toys, Games and Gifts.

Recent roles filled:

  • Store Manager, High Wycombe, Iconic Early Years Retailer
  • Deputy Manager, Lincoln, High Street Toy Retailer
  • Department Manager, Slough, Gaming Retailer



Historically service-led, the Health Sector requires staff with specialist expertise, customer service based approach and high ethical standards.  Our Clients within this market include Beauty, Optical, Hearing and Pharmacy specialists.

Recent roles filled:

  • Assistant Store Manager, Bristol, Leading Optical Provider
  • Store Manager, Cheshire, Leading Optical and Hearing Aid Retailer
  • Pharmacy Manager, Cheltenham, Independent Pharmacy Retailer
  • Beauty Concession Manager, London, Leading Department Store

The Entertainment and Leisure Sectors include boutique local and national cinema houses, large fitness clubs as well as leisure complexes and tourist attractions.

Recent roles filled:

  • General Manager, Norfolk, National Cinema House
  • Concession Coffee Shop Manager, Aberdeen, National Cinema Brand
  • Operations Manager, North West, Leisure and Hospitality Concept
  • Assistant Manager, Manchester, Leisure Sector
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