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At Hunter Dunning we believe in doing a job properly

As property recruitment specialists we pride ourselves on providing a service that is focused on quality rather than quantity,  building relationships with our clients to become their  long term recruitment partner.

Since 2004 we have successfully recruited candidates of every level within the property sector, both on a contract and permanent basis.

As genuine specialists in the field of property recruitment, our service can go way beyond the search for your next team member. We can provide advice and guidance throughout the entire recruitment process, from creating a job description to conducting interviews. We offer the level of assistance that suits you.

We recruit across the full life cycle of a property, including disciplines such as:

  • Architecture
  • CDM /Health & Safety
  • Customer Care and Sales
  • Engineering
  • Fire Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Land, Planning and Development
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
  • Property Management/ Facilities Management 
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Site Inspection / Quality Management
  • Site Management
  • Surveying / Project Management
  • Technical and Design Management

Four simple reasons to put your trust in Hunter Dunning

  • 1

    Specialist Knowledge

    Over a decades experience focusing property sector recruitment ensures that we have a full and complete understanding of our candidates and employers needs.

  • 2

    A truly tailored service

    As our testimonials describe, our time and effort is directed towards ensuring that we know each employer’s specific needs and requirements.

  • 3

    Advice and Guidance

    Whether you have questions about salary levels, market conditions or anything else, we are here to assist with every aspect of your recruitment process.

  • 4

    No success = no fee

    Unless we are successful in finding you the perfect candidate, there is no cost to our service.

Our Partners can't help saying nice things about us

  • Hunter Dunning have recently become a recruitment partner of Chestnut Homes. They have a very people-centric approach that goes beyond just matching skills and experience to a job spec. I am confident when we interview a Hunter Dunning candidate they will have already been vetted as a suitable fit for our company from a partner who understands us as a business. Chad distinguishes himself from others in similar positions by being genuinely passionate, caring, and professional. He has a detailed understanding of the market and is dedicated to sourcing quality candidates for our needs.

    FIONA VIVAN ( HR MANAGER) - CHESTNUT HOMES
  • John takes his time to understand the requirements of the role and puts forward suitable candidates. He is timely and professional with a great customer and client focus. It’s been a pleasure working with him and Hunter Dunning on one of our most challenging roles.

    KELITA WOOD (RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR) - PURCELL
  • Gaby Montero is always on the ball when recruiting for us; she finds the best of the best. Hunter Dunning are consistent with their professionalism and communication, we love working with them!

    FRANCESCA .S (OFFICE & HR MANAGER) - TAYLOR HOWES
  • Charlotte has been instrumental in finding some really great candidates for different roles we have advertised. She really took the time to understand our requirements, and that translated in the quality of the people she put forward. She is always very responsive, proactive, and a pleasure to deal with.

    ROSSANA MILES (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR) - ADAM ARCHITECTURE
  • Having worked with several architectural recruiters, both as a candidate and supporting in-house recruitment drives, I have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer and Hunter Dunning.

    It is too often the case that recruiters don’t listen to candidates and clients, leading to mismatched expectations and short-term employment. From my first conversation with Jennifer – herself recommended by a former colleague – I could tell this would not be the case.

    Jennifer and the team listened intently, asking all the right questions about the long-term employment I was looking for. As a result, I’ve started the role I’d been looking for.

    I found Jennifer and the team professional, easy to contact and honest. I would strongly recommend her and her colleagues to any practice or architectural professionals looking to recruit.

    Thanks again Jennifer, and Hunter Dunning.

    VICTORIA SIMPSON (PARTNER) - DLG ARCHITECTS
  • In the world of recruitment Joe has been a breath of fresh air to work with. He listens, analyses, assists, works to the brief and leaves you in no doubt he will do everything he can to find the right person for the available role. He is reliable, available and methodical.

    I know from our recruits that he also takes a genuine interest in their progression and wants to be assured of their complete satisfaction with their placement. Joe’s stamp is also to be found on his team, all of whom are unfailingly courteous and efficient. I extend my thanks to Joe and recommend instructing him and Hunter Dunning without reservation.

    ALEX FREELAND (FOUNDER) - POSH PADS AND LIVING LONDON
  • Having been directly recruited by Joe I was really impressed by the level of detail he went into and amount of time he spent getting to know me to ensure it was the right fit. He was in constant contact throughout and always available to assist during the process.

    This understanding of me, then us as a company, has led to using Joe and the team to recruit for several roles since and we are really pleased with the results.

    It’s refreshing for a recruiter to actually listen to exactly what you require and take the time to find the right person.

    GARETH MOODY (MANAGING DIRECTOR) - TILA COMMERCIAL
  • Kelly totally understood our needs and met some difficult deadlines to help find and place a particular candidate.

    She is extremely approachable, helpful and understanding, and she demonstrates professionalism and passion in her work.

    I really appreciated her efficiency and prompt follow-up to queries, and I look forward to working with her again.

    MARK OSMAN-BARTER (OPERATIONS DIRECTOR) - RUSSELL SAGE STUDIO
  • John was good to work with. He found a good candidate and managed the process well throughout from both ours and the candidates point of view.

    TIM BARTON (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR) - MACE
  • Hunter Dunning have been very effective, a good listener, and has wasted no time at all. It is good to know that Hunter Dunning has kept up its standard over the last few years of working with them.

    JAN HAUGER (DIRECTOR) - STANHOPE GATE ARCHITECTURE
  • Charlotte was very professional, proactive, and showed a great understanding of our recruitment needs. No time wasting, spot on selection of candidates for the particular niche job vacancy. l am looking forward to working with her in the future.

    ELIZA JEDRUSZAK (DIRECTOR) - BPR ARCHITECTS
  • I worked with Hunter Dunning during my time at Places for People from 2017 to my leaving the organisation in 2022. They provided recruitment services covering white collar property and built environment professionals across the different businesses within the PFP Group, primarily our developments business. Whilst with Places for People, Hunter Dunning have shown an in-depth understanding of the sectors in which they recruit and the ability to provide consultative advice on recruitment within the built environment, such as salary/remuneration benchmarking in a rapidly changing market through the covid pandemic and the post jobs market bounce.

    Places for People as a business has an in-house recruitment team, access to wide range of recruitment tools and will always look to fill roles internally before engaging with recruitment partners. We did not operate a PSL but used an approved supplier list, which Hunter Dunning was part, this allowed agility so we could use the agencies that provided the best service and delivery rather than being beholden to a set PSL. Over the time we operated this model Hunter Dunning become the go to built environment agency – their service marked them out as an agency to always use and often to use exclusively. Their delivery and ability to fill roles marked them out as a key part of our TA offering to the business, but what was more important was the genuine, honest feedback they provided even where, on rare occasions, they couldn’t supply talent.

    Hunter Dunning has consistently proven the ability to fill roles in candidate/skill short sectors and is regularly engaged to assist with senior/strategic appointments. Hunter Dunning has become a trusted and well-regarded supplier to our business and one that I would recommend to other businesses operating within the built environment.

    NEIL POLLINGTON (HEAD OF RECRUITMENT) - PLACES FOR PEOPLE
  • Since the beginning of 2021 Airey Miller have recruited 17 new members of staff in less than 6 months to meet the growing demand for our services. Hunter Dunning via Kelly Armour have placed over a third, far more than any other agent we use.

    Kelly took time to understand the variety of roles we were looking to fill to the extent we had very few CV’s which failed to meet our requirements. She not only understood our work but our company, its culture, diversity and ambitions.. this was apparent when we interviewed. We also exchanged feedback both good and some not so, but this made for a better service and no doubt helped Kelly and enabled her to give advice to candidates.

    Recruiting is expensive but more so if we get it wrong it is important for us to have pre-prepared candidates with whom we can explore mutual benefits to long employment relationship it helps massively if the agent such as Kelly makes sure the candidate is right for us not another cab off the rank.

    PETER AIREY (MANAGING DIRECTOR) - AIREY MILLER
  • Charlotte was super hands on with helping us recruit for a role we were looking to fill. She sources candidates that are suited alongside the criteria, but also ensures they are the right fit for the studio and team we have in place. She takes a holistic approach in recruiting the perfect fit for both employer and employee.

    AUGUSTA HUDDART (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT) - ELICYON
  • It’s been a delight working with Hunter Dunning over the past few months, they are very passionate and professional consultant and gives a great reflection of our company in their manner and work. They spend time on the whole recruitment process and really listen to the brief given, over and above what is supplied in a job description.

    LOUISE ALLEN (OPERATIONS MANAGER) - SLCE ARCHITECTS
  • Hunter Dunning have successfully placed candidates with us and have been exceptionally responsive to our needs, spending the time and effort to really understand our practice. Recruitment is never the first priority of our company and having someone as enthusiastic and understanding as Hunter Dunning is invaluable.

    THOMAS FURSE-ROBERTS (DIRECTOR) - BOUNDARY SPACE LTD
  • Hunter Dunning has worked with Formation Architects for a number of years. They listen to the needs of the client and sends over the candidates we are looking for. They are professional but personable at the same time. Would definitely recommend their services.

    TONI ALLUM (PERSONAL ASSISTANT) - FORMATION ARCHITECTS
  • I have always been very impressed by the quality of candidates that Hunter Dunning submit to us. They take care to only put forward candidates that meet our specific criteria and generally only when they know we are recruiting. I am happy to recommend Hunter Dunning as one of the few recruitment agents that I am prepared to work with!

    ANDREW PAULSON (PARTNER) - LEES ASSOCIATES LLP
  • Hunter Dunning worked closely with us to find a new member of staff last year and I was very impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm. The role was filled quickly and smoothly. I can highly recommend Hunter Dunning to help with any recruitment requirements.

    CHRIS GWILLIAM (OWNER) - IDEAL PLANNING
  • Leconfield have worked with Hunter Dunning over the last couple of years. We have found that they provided a high level of recruitment service and really listened to our requirements for each specific role. They sent over a small amount of candidates who were well suited for the role and I would highly recommend their services.

    JOANNA ELLIOTT (HEAD OF DESIGN) - LECONFIELD
  • Hunter Dunning provided an excellent service, understood our needs as a practice and found 2 fantastic new colleagues for DGA.

    TOM BERNDORFER (PARTNER) - DGA ARCHITECTS
  • Charlotte has played a major part in our company’s expansion. She has always been professional, prompt and always very helpful.

    She takes the time to understand to under the candidate we require and our company’s ethos and finds quality candidates.

    She is always a pleasure to work with.

    MARIA MAVRIKOU (ARCHITECT) - RAYCA DESIGN
  • Design Group 3 Architects have used the services of many recruitment consultants to assist in the expansion of our practice. We have found Hunter Dunning to be responsive to our recruitment needs and always willing to work hard on our behalf. They seem to have access to a wide range of high caliber candidates who are all well briefed as to our business aims.

    NICK BAKER (DESIGN DIRECTOR) - DESIGN GROUP 3
  • We have worked with Hunter Dunning for the best part of 10 years and recently presented them with the challenge of sourcing a very particular kind of senior team member, that is specific to the culture and aspirations of our practice.

    With complete confidence and focus they met with us in person to discuss the role and opportunity and presented only the most appropriate CVs which allowed as an unexpected choice of excellent options, from which we have recruited an excellent Architect who has fitted in with the team and work-load immediately.

    We cannot possibly be more complimentary of the Team’s attitude, industry knowledge and care for what we needed.  Thank you.

    PAUL GINEVER (DIRECTOR) - PLAN A
  • Everyone in the industry knows how difficult it is to get the right level of staff at the right time.

    Recently Feilden + Mawson engaged Hunter Dunning to assist us with recruiting for our Norwich office. We were very impressed by their professional response, understanding our needs immediately and quickly identifying suitable candidates that allowed us to successfully recruit.

    We look forward to working with them again in the future.

    ROBERT TODD (PARTNER) - FEILDEN MAWSON
  • Lewis and Hickey have worked with Hunter Dunning for many years and the service has always been excellent — we have employed some high quality staff via them and have agreed long term conditions.

    TIM HALL (MANAGING DIRECTOR) - LEWIS AND HICKEY
  • Nightingale Associates recently engaged the services of Hunter Dunning in our search for an Architectural Technician for our Dartford Office. They listened to our requirements and forwarded appropriate candidates for our consideration. We subsequently selected a candidate and the placement has proved to be successful. We were pleased with the service provided by Hunter Dunning and continue to use their Architectural Recruitment Service to meet our recruitment needs at all levels.

    TOM CRILLY (PRINCIPAL) - NIGHTINGALE ASSOCIATES
  • It was a pleasure to work with Hunter Dunning to find suitable candidates for the practice. Jayde took the time to fully understand the ethos of the practice, the type of lively office we are, of which I feel is key for an office of our size as this led to the right candidates being put forward. We are delighted it

    TOBY HOWELL (PARTNER) - MITCHELL EVANS LLP
  • Our practice has been working with recruiters for the past year or so, and Hunter Dunning is by far the best one I have worked with. They stand out from the crowd because they make sure they understand the company, the culture and requirements for the position. It sounds obvious, but most recruiters do not really listen to our needs; Hunter Dunning is all about the quality rather than the quantity, and this is priceless, saving everyone’s time.

    RACHEL DE CESARO (PROJECT MANAGER) - SCENARIO ARCHITECTURE
  • Our business is one that requires senior, highly qualified staff, who in the main are already successful in their own right. Joe Synes and his team at Hunter Dunning have been able not only to identify candidates who meet the basic brief of qualification and requisite experience but also have been able to match our culture and values with that of the candidate. This we believe is the real skill, whereby a candidate that has been put forward by Hunter Dunning invariably will be interviewed by ourselves. They understand both our business and our staffing needs.

    A refreshing change from the norm in the recruitment word.

    PHILL MUNFORD (MANAGING DIRECTOR) - COWAN ARCHITECTS
  • We have worked with Hunter Dunning since 2005 and following the decision to make a senior and strategic level appointment, engaged with the again in early 2016 to appoint an Associate.  In addition to genuinely understanding the sector in which they recruit, Hunter Dunning takes great effort to understand our business and our staffing requirements. Hunter Dunning submitted a small number of good CV’s and we subsequently employed an excellent candidate who we remain very happy with. As a business we would look to hire junior and graduate staff directly but would always choose to work with Hunter Dunning when looking to appoint experienced or senior members of staff.

    MIKE BROWN (DIRECTOR) - HNW ARCHITECTS
  • We have worked with Hunter Dunning for a number of years now and always receive a high level of service from them.  Jennifer quickly understands our needs as a practice and provides a well selected group of quality candidates, with communication clear and concise throughout the process.

    Hunter Dunning are and will continue to be our go to recruiters and we would highly recommend their services to both architectural practices and professional alike.

    JONATHAN CHATTAWAY (DIRECTOR) - ATELIER WEST
  • It’s always tricky to know whether to use an agent for your recruitment or not but I’m delighted we found Charlotte at Hunter Dunning. From our first contact, she has been friendly, professional and genuinely understanding of our requirements as a small, highly efficient architectural studio.

    One of the main advantages of working with Charlotte is that she specialises in the technical side of architectural recruitment and so our very specific search criteria were met incredibly quickly and fully. Recruiting through Charlotte saved us an awful lot of time and energy and I would definitely recommend Charlotte to anyone with general or like us, highly specific recruitment requirements. She is superbly motivated, with a wonderful positive energy to work alongside with.

    MYLLENDA LAY (OFFICE MANAGER) - SUSD LONDON

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To talk through your recruitment plans, just call one of our team today. We will be happy to hear from you.