It is well documented that recruitment is one of the main preoccupations of CEOs and managers. A business may fail as a direct result of the wrong people being in place and key strategies not being implemented. The right people, in the right jobs is one of the prime components in ensuring a business’s success, future and reputation. Steele-Dixon has been at the forefront of finding these people since 1961. The role of the professional recruitment organisation such as Steele-Dixon is to provide an additional specialist resource to ensure that high calibre recruitment is carried out successfully, cost effectively and to realistic time-scales. Steele-Dixon Services covers all levels across the automotive industry as a whole and has offices in Scotland, Birmingham and Oxfordshire covering all of the UK. We pride ourselves on our ability to match the right person to the right role including:
  • General Management
  • Dealer Principals
  • Aftersales Managers
  • Service and Parts
  • Sales
  • Accountants and Finance
  • F&I
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics

We use one of the most advanced recruitment packages on the market and are constantly revising our data to ensure it is relevant and up to date. There are many thousands of automotive industry professionals on our system and by interrogating our files through various criteria we can produce a list of candidates within seconds. We are also constantly updating our use of online resources and make the most of the many tools at our fingertips. Our consultants are kept fully up to speed on how to use them best and continually extend their networks. All of this means we can reach the best people quickly and effectively.

We are passionate about our business, committed to excellence and we will listen to and focus on your requirements.

If you want to find out more please either click on the appropriate link on the left or give us a call on 01235 536 440 and speak to a member of our team.


We have been placing people into international markets since 1968. Our team of specialists are here to guide you, the employer and the candidate, through every step of the recruitment process. In 1968 we were asked to find a candidate for a client in North Africa; we have since placed 100’s of candidates all over the globe. The UK Automotive Industry is widely regarded as one of the most advanced in the world. Best practice from UK retailers, distributors and related companies are in high demand. This is why, over the past 4 decades, we have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for UK Managers from all over the world. Moving Overseas can be a daunting procedure; you need confidence and trust in the people you’re dealing with. Our team of specialists have over 45 years of experience to draw upon and are here to guide you through every step of the process. We specialise in recruiting for the following regions & sectors;
  • Regions - Middle East // North Africa // the Caribbean / Australasia // & the Far East
  • Sectors – Importer // Distributors (Car, Bus, Truck & Equipment) // Fleet // Rental // IT // & Aftermarket

Please do your research; there is an abundance of information on the internet to help you understand all the implications of working overseas.

If you are serious about taking the next steps then please pick up the phone and call Allison Garfield. Allison really knows her stuff; she joined Steele-Dixon in 1996 and has been working exclusively for overseas clients since 2007.

Allison will be able to give you objective, impartial advice and help answer any queries you may have.


We have been conducting Executive and Confidential Search within the motor industry since we started back in 1961.

We work with many premium automotive brands, engaging with them to understand the specific recruitment support required. We fully understand that no two brands are the same and we believe our service must reflect the company we are recruiting for. This could not be more relevant than to Executive Search and our service will always echo a clients’ specific needs; we are in effect an extension of your brand whilst we conduct the search.

We advise this strategy in the following situations:

  • The combination of seniority and skillset is available in relatively few individuals within well-defined areas.
  • Specific technical or specialist expertise is required which is rarely found at any level
  • All other methods have been unsuccessful

Crucially for this process, confidentiality and ethics are fundamental to our business. Many candidates and clients do not want to reveal their identity during the early stages of selection. We pride ourselves on our discretion and the confidentiality of the search process which is applicable to both clients and candidates a like.

In short, we leave no stone left unturned in our search for the right candidate. This requires a close partnership between the client and us. We make use of all our resources but will also go out into the market to locate the best person for the role; someone who may not already be known to us. We will provide full interview reports, career histories and overall assessments for each candidate (including personality profiling if necessary) and all candidates will be evaluated against the brief. We will remain heavily involved right up until the successful candidate starts in their new position.

If you would like to discuss an Executive Search vacancy or simply want to find out more about how we can help, please pick up the phone and speak with Ed or Keri Steele on 01235 536 440.

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