What makes us a little different is that we're former software engineers, system architects and technical consultants who now help build technical teams. With more than 20 years' experience doing the roles we now recruit for, we've been right in the trenches ourselves. So we truly understand the nuances of what our candidates do and what our clients are looking for.
Having been on the other side of the table we're also only too aware of some of the frustrations and pressure points that can be a typical part of the recruitment process.
Frankly, job hunting and hiring can be brutal. It’s not lost on us that we have people’s careers in our hands, nor that the direction a company takes can be heavily impacted by who it recruits. We take that seriously. It’s people first, all the way.
Whether we're talking to clients or to candidates, our starting point is to pay close attention. We’re not afraid to push back, challenge, ask the difficult questions and even say no if we believe that is in the best interests of who we’re talking to.
We work extremely hard to ensure the people we put forward for roles are absolutely right for them. That’s not just about technical ability. It’s also about cultural fit. As a rule, we send our clients only two or three CVs, honing in advance to identify candidates who stand every chance of being offered the role and where the choice comes down to the best personality match. Everyone’s busy. We don't believe in wasting anybody's time or creating potential for disappointment.
Some roles take real tenacity to fill. It may take weeks, but we will find a multilingual, Fintech-savvy big data engineer with risk modelling exposure and a passion for green causes to build a cloud-centric analytics platform.
We present our clients with a shortlist of only high-calibre, precisely-matched, fully-briefed candidates. We don’t believe in wasting anyone’s time.
We drill down into the detail and understand the context behind technical specifications, because we’ve spent many years performing those same roles.
We act as your eyes and ears in the market, keep watch for outstanding talent, and serve as brand ambassadors, always promoting your business in the best possible light.
We’re not afraid to challenge the status quo or ask the difficult questions. We are candid, transparent and principled.
We’re laser-focused, with an obsession for ticking all the boxes on your wish list, technical or otherwise. We genuinely care and take on the burden of responsibility to get things right.
Most of our mandates come through personal recommendation. We are steadfastly determined to protect our hard-earned reputation and that simple fact guarantees you outstanding service and due diligence.
We deal in conversations not blind keyword matching. We won't try to shoehorn you into your next role. We’ll try and match your ideal trinity of tech stack, product and culture.
You can expect timely, honest and constructive feedback every step of the way, regardless of where you happen to be in the process. We recognise that nothing-to-report is still a valuable update.
We are more interested in building long-term career partnerships than one-off transactional relationships. It’s your career journey. We will be there to help you take each step of it.
We know you are a real person with real aspirations, not some digitised commodity to be traded at will. You can rely on us to champion your best interests ahead of any commercial considerations.
We don’t do spin.
Generally working at a mid to senior level, we recruit permanent, temp-to-perm, interim (fixed-term contract) and daily rate contractors.
We cover any role with a technical focus, from Country Heads to NASA-level developers and everything in between, including:
Application Support Analysts | Business Analysts | Customer Success Directors | Cybersecurity Leads | Data Scientists | Departmental Heads | Front and Back End Developers | Mobile Developers | Operational Excellence Leads | Programme Managers | Senior Technical Consultants | Service Delivery Managers | Solution Architects
What we’re particularly skilled at is filling roles that can’t be pigeon-holed, keyword-searched or even easily defined. How, for instance, do you find that rare individual who not only has deep technical skills but can also communicate fluently with senior business stakeholders? What would that job even be called? There’s a unique challenge this kind of recruitment presents that we find fascinating.
We specialise in helping high-growth, investor-backed startups, scale-ups, boutiques and SMEs build up their technical teams. Generally our clients are organisations with a strong cultural focus who don’t necessarily have the bandwidth to handle hiring internally.
Whoever we work for (both client and candidate-wise), we always strive to build long-term relationships based on honesty and trust. Trust is critical.
We’ve supported clients across the UK, US, Europe, India, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. We have a passion for adapting to cultural nuances and understanding how to reposition roles according to geography.
Artificial Intelligence | Business Intelligence | CyberSecurity | Digital Marketing and Advertising | Entertainment, Music and Gaming | Hosted IT & Cloud Services | Law | Machine Learning | Management Consulting | Medical Communications | Retail & Investment Banking
After graduating in Computer Engineering I spent the next 20 years working in IT as a software developer, solution architect and project manager, gaining a wealth of experience through tenures in management consultancy and the financial sector. In 2013 I changed sides, and established Mongoose Gray. Since then I’ve worked extensively with fast-growing investor-backed businesses, building up strong trusted relationships with clients and candidates alike.
I have lived and breathed recruitment for over 25 years. Alongside a mix of in-house, RPO and recruitment consultancy experience, I have knowledge and insight of assessment and selection methodology, attraction channels and company employee value propositions. Tenacious and determined, I was responsible for building the HR Recruitment function for the Robert Walters group from scratch.
We post our latest vacancies on our LinkedIn page (let's face it, we figure you'll be using LinkedIn anyway). So for latest vacancies, please do visit us there.
If you’re looking for a new role yourself, we would love to hear from you. A CV is always welcome, a covering letter even more so.
And of course if you would like to talk to us about growing your team, we would be delighted to have the opportunity to help.