Penguin Recruitment: Mumbles

With Jim Richardson

For the past fifteen years Penguin Recruitment Ltd has been quietly growing amongst the shops and bars of Mumbles, Swansea. Now employing just over 30 people across four offices dotted around the village, Penguin has become the largest Engineering and Environmental specialist recruiter of its kind across Wales and the UK.

Jim Richardson of Penguin explains: “My wife Mi and I are both from Mumbles and although we had studied and worked away, we always knew we would return when we had children as there is simply no better place to live!

    “Penguin started trading in 2004 and I opened the Mumbles office in 2008 with the help of then trainee, Steven Hill who also made the move from Birmingham. We soon recruited Swansea locals Matt Thompson and Mikaela Rabaiotti, all three have now risen through the ranks to become our team of Associate Directors running the Mumbles Offices.

    “Since opening we have built a reputation not just for offering a highly professional recruitment service, but also one as an employer who strives to provide the most financially rewarding and lifestyle fulfilling career opportunities in Swansea

    “Everything that has happened in Britain over the past few years plus, has resulted in a huge demand for our recruitment services. The engineering recruitment market is currently booming with huge confidence and optimism for growth for the foreseeable future.

    “As a result, our consultants are achieving record levels of commission and new trainees getting up to speed faster than ever before. We find ourselves in the situation that we have more clients than we are able to service and therefore we urgently need like-minded, ambitious sales people.

    “I’d like to think we have a unique, work-hard, enjoy-your-life culture. The work of a Recruitment Consultant is undeniably challenging, it requires determination, perseverance and great communication skills however the returns at Penguin are – an excellent salary and commission package plus all the fun that goes with it. We have regular team-based activities, from yoga and golf through to Penguin Boot Camp and 5k Running Club. We have company surfboards and SUPs for staff to borrow and we even give you time off to go and play with them.

    “Career wise, there is little we can’t offer. We have a merit based promotional ladder allowing each employee to have clearly defined targets to move from one level to the next, plus we offer ongoing, internal and external training.

    “Our clients are the UK’s leading design consultancies; our specialisms are Structural Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Civil Engineering and all things Environmental and Sustainable. Our candidates are predominantly graduates from the UK’s top Engineering and Environmental University Courses and as a company we are committed to professional, ethical and sustain-able recruitment practices.”

Jim says, “If you currently work in sales whether it is car sales, estate agency, call centre or customer service, or simply feel you might be suited to sales then please send through your CV. We offer full training, and who knows you might be our next Associate Director running your own office.”

If you feel you might be suitable, or if you simply would like to know more, please send your CV to



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