to PRS Executive Search
international search & selection
We, (formerly PRS Selection Ltd) are constantly searching for
exceptionally talented individuals to fill senior management positions
in the construction, utilities, process, energy rental, support
services and equipment manufacturing industries.
Ours is a very specialist service provided by experienced industry
professionals with extensive UK and international, managerial and
technical knowledge of the sectors we support. We enjoy repeat
business from blue chip organisations within our specialised field and
strive to enhance our good reputation by continuously completing
difficult recruitment assignments for them.
Our fine international reputation is the envy of the construction
industry recruitment sector and has been a strong cornerstone of our
success since our original formation in 1989.
PRS - About us
was originally established by David Knowles in September 1989.
David already had 18 years experience in construction recruitment after
serving for 3 years in the Royal Marines and 5 years Royal Air Force
followed by 8 years with Taylor Woodrow International as their
Recruitment Officer based in West London and then as a Director for 10
years with two recruitment firms in Hertfordshire.
Whilst 1989 to 1991 witnessed Britain in recession, PRS survived the UK
downturn in construction demand by having strong overseas links which
helped the Company to expand. In 1997 PRS was nearly acquired by
a major international recruitment Plc. At the last moment, the
Board, still led by David Knowles, decided to stay independent and from
1998 to 2007 PRS continued to successfully conclude confidential
search assignments for medium to large contractors, energy suppliers,
engineering firms and joint venture project consortiums both in the UK
and overseas, particularly where construction activity was buoyant.
In 2007 PRS was finally acquired by a large integrated multi
disciplined recruitment group. The owners, sensing a never ending
boom, wanted to access the construction industry, exploit PRS’
international contacts and offer a group wide management recruitment
capability, all of which PRS was well equipped to provide, especially
in construction. 2008, at least for most of the year,
experienced fast growth, PRS opening a new branch in Dubai with further
offices intended elsewhere overseas. However, by early 2009 the
recession had arrived and whilst PRS remained profitable, the parent
group struggled and in 2010 David Knowles regained majority control
again and demerged PRS.
Since becoming independent again PRS has retained the core team
originally in place before the takeover in 2007 and has continued to
help clients fill their key management positions in the UK and overseas
by, as always, delivering the essentials – an honest, critical
and experience based appraisal of the client’s expectations at the
outset, thorough and robust search methodologies, in depth
interviewing, reference checking and finally, a never say die approach
to successfully filling every vacancy in a timely and cost effective
We have always stayed small allowing strong relationships to build with
our clients on a one to one basis. Done well recruitment is not
easy and trust is essential.