Our network is global, our capabilities are endless

Our mission is to enable the our customers to achieve
global growth and scalability at pace. Crucial support our
clients to maximise their full potential and achieve their vision.

Delivering innovative solutions

Crucial works globally with market leading technology disruptors who innovate through their products and services which in some cases, are critical to life. We bring a total talent solution which ensures clients are at the cutting edge investing in their people, culture and talent strategies with an inclusive, informed and diverse approach.

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Our global client portfolio see us as a trusted partner and positive force into their recruitment and talent management strategies. We work closely with clients to ensure we listen to their needs and build solutions that respond positively. With a combined heritage spanning more than seven decades and 100 countries, Crucial believe we are well placed to act as an extension of your business to enable you to achieve growth and scalability at pace.

We work with large, small and start up enterprises delivering a best in class service to our clients.


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At Crucial we value our candidates and aim to build strong professional relationships spanning their entire career. We ensure candidates are well briefed on open roles, sector news and relevant disciplines. If you can’t see an appropriate role on our site, then please do get in touch and register your interest.

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  • Space & Satellite

    Space & Satellite

    For more than a decade our consultants have been supporting global growth wit...

  • IT & Cyber Security

    IT & Cyber Security

    Our IT practice supports our clients across all sectors with our clients Tech...

  • Defence


    ​For the last 10 years our consultants have provided support to the aerospace...

  • FinTech & SaaS

    FinTech & SaaS

    ​Our FinTech & SaaS practice supports global growth across financial tech...

  • Commercial Markets

    Commercial Markets

    ​Our Capital Markets practice identifies, highlights and deploys individuals ...

  • Commodities & Natural Resources

    Commodities & Natural Resources

    Crucial’s energy practice spans to cover Commodities & Natural Resources,...

  • Energy & CleanTech

    Energy & CleanTech

    ​Covering the evolution of the energy space, spanning Renewables, CleanTech, ...

Meet the team

  • James Rogers
    James Rogers

    Recruitment Resourcer

    Tania Edwards
    Tania Edwards

    Managing Director

    Hayley Opone
    Hayley Opone

    Account Manager

  • Meg Easterbrook
    Meg Easterbrook

    Recruitment Consultant

    Louisa Carlo
    Louisa Carlo

    Operations Lead

  • Running a critical executive search for a global business is always a challenge, there is so much at stake, and adding a global pandemic makes it an even more demanding exercise. I would have been very happy with how Crucial handled this assignment under normal circumstances, but in this situation I was really impressed. Crucial showed high engagement, did their homework and immediately grasped our specific requirements and needs. They highlighted up-front the difficulties to be expected with a global search during the pandemic and outlined a credible path to a successful completion. The entire list of potential candidates from around the world were of relevant high quality caliber and together we worked our way through the process at high pace and with an a result I was more than please with.

    President & CEO, a global space company

  • HR Manager

    Hayley and her team have done an incredible job sourcing for candidates for our open positions. The intake calls are very thorough with the hiring manager and the candidates that have been presented have all been quality candidates. The team wishes we had a role everyone as there has not been a bad eqq in the bunch! Our team appreciates all you have done thus far to move things along.

    HR Manager

    Defence & Security Provider

  • Candidate

    ​I was approached by Mikhaela of Crucial Group for a senior role in the energy technology sector. The start to finish process was very quick and straightforward.

    Over two decades in fast moving sectors, I've dealt with a lot of search professionals, on both sides of the equation. Mikhaela stands out, though, as being especially easy to work with, and her non-nonsense approach is a breath of fresh air. She knows her stuff, moves swiftly and cuts to the chase.


  • VP Global Business Development and Sales

    "Working with Crucial Group for my staffing needs has been terrific.  Hayley have provided me with a selection of pre-screened candidates that meet and exceed our needs. They have the ability to translate a complex work requirements into defined skills and then recruit based on those needs."

    VP Global Business Development and Sales

    Defence & Security Provider

  • Operations Manager, Sports and Events

    "Working with Hayley and the team at Crucial has been an absolute breath of fresh air for recruiting our team of MCR operators. From the start she took the time to fully understand what kind of person we were looking for and this showed when sending us profiles through. We were spoilt for choice as every one was spot on. This made our lives a whole lot easier, knowing that we would receive exactly what we needed.

    Communication has been fantastic, with Hayley updating us every step along the way and setting up calls and interviews in a timely manner. We have recruited a very strong team for our operation and this is largely thanks to the professionalism and dedication from Hayley and the team. I have dealt with many recruitment agencies in the past and none have even come close to Crucial in every aspect of the recruitment process. Highly recommended and thanks so much! We will most definitely be keeping this relationship going in the future."

    Operations Manager, Sports and Events

    Leading Satellite Operator

  • CEO

    ​"We engaged Crucial to recruit a Director of Commercial Engineering. Not only was Mikhaela capable from a recruitment perspective, she had industry knowledge and real enthusiasm for our low carbon products. This meant we hired an exceptional candidate and are continuing our recruitment through Crucial in the UK, Spain, North America and LATAM."


    Industrial Energy Storage Business

  • COO

    "Working with Crucial has allowed us to up-skill out current workforce and fill in the gaps, Mikhaela’s knowledge of our client verticals has allowed us to consider different types of candidates through the pool of contacts they have access to. This has brought diversity in ways we had not considered and I am very happy about that."



  • Head of Macro Research

    ​"We hired a Macro Research Analyst through Crucial, they presented a range of resumes for us to review. Candidates were well prepared and negotiations were conducted quickly. This helped us immensely to have a recruiter who knew the market well."

    Head of Macro Research

    Bulge Bracket

  • Head of Base Metals

    ​"I have worked with Mikhaela for over 3 years now, and in her new firm I have hired 3 individuals for my global team. As always we get the candidates we want quickly and effectively. It is great to be working together again!"

    Head of Base Metals

    IBD, Investment Bank

  • Area Talent Manager

    ​"The process for hiring juniors into the Portfolio Management team can be time consuming, with Mikhaela she highlighted individuals we had not seen before, this was our first time working with Crucial and they have since joined our PSL."

    Area Talent Manager

    Systematic Strategies, Global Hedge Fund

  • Head of Advanced Data Analytics

    ​"Understanding our needs is important, we were approached by Mikhaela regarding a candidate who we later went on to employ. We felt there was good understanding of our processes and we would work with them again."

    Head of Advanced Data Analytics

    US Global Investment Management Firm

  • AVP Sales, Mobility – IPX, GRX, LTE roaming, SS7, A2P, SMS etc.

    “Crucial contacted me for the first time to recruit me on behalf of what would have become my current employer. He has been an exceptional recruiter always trying to ensure that my requests were addressed, and my concerns or doubts clarified. I am extremely thankful to them for bringing to my attention a career opportunity that I would have ignored and missed if it were not for the transparency, integrity and perseverance he always demonstrated with me. Their belief that I was the best candidate for the job was not the unique driver and when they created the communication conditions for me to understand that the company was the right move for me, the gained all my trust. I did not need to wait until this recommendation to be written to promote them as the best recruitment company I have met in over 15 years and I did so by sharing their contact details with several colleagues and friends.”

    AVP Sales, Mobility – IPX, GRX, LTE roaming, SS7, A2P, SMS etc.

    Global, Leading Telecommunications Provider - offering the latest voice and data solutions to multi-national enterprises

  • Global Account Director Financial Markets

    “Crucial is wonderful to work with, very responsive, and professional. Readily available and interested in finding the best solution / fit for all parties involved. They are very organized and plans next steps with open communication and it all comes to a successful conclusion and smooth transition. They are truly a highly recommended asset.”

    Global Account Director Financial Markets

    Tier 1 IP Network Operator

  • CEO

    "Our work with the Crucial Recruitment team has been excellent. They are a trusted partner to find the best candidates across many diverse roles and skill-sets whilst ensuring the right organisation and culture fit.  They are collaborative, professional and a pleasure to work with."


    Wholesale Carrier, Cloud & Remote Peering Solutions‎

  • Senior Vice President

    “Crucial and the team are laser sharp in getting the right talent from the market in the record time – they are quicker than your own HR team”

    Senior Vice President

    Leading Fixed Line Operator

  • HR Director

    "​We are a company that serves 1900 network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), and content providers from more than 100 countries with peering and premium network interconnection services at its more than 20 carrier and data center-neutral Internet Exchanges in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and NorthAmerica.

    Our experience with Crucial; trusted partner that delivered a very professional service. We met top candidates. The organisation of the first interviews were carefree and professional. Things got done and thanks to the Crucial team we gained another performing team!”

    HR Director

    Leading Telecommunications Provider

  • Head of Field Services

    ​"This is the second time that I have worked with Crucial to recruit great people for our organization. On both occasions, our needs have been listened to and acted on professionally and promptly. Ami is excellent in screening & placing the required calibre of candidates for interview. I will be asking to engage Crucial again for all our future open roles."

    Head of Field Services

    Leading Space & Satellite Operator

  • Director

    “I first met Laura in summer 2014 when our business had started to look at how to create a team to deal with Space & Communications related work from our UK office. Laura clearly had great experience with companies in UK and overseas growing teams to develop and deliver business - ranging from projects to services. She has a great network and depth of experience in the sector and since meeting has provided advice and support to our growth. This has clearly included finding talent when we have requested, but also in providing ideas of who simply to talk to, so we have a pool of people who could come on board where we can justify it.”


    Leading Space & Satellite Operator

  • VP, Talent Acquisition & Human Capital

    “In every sense of the word, the partnership between our business and Crucial has exceeded my expectations by at least the distance of the orbit of a Geostationary satellite (36,000 km). Fantastic people to deal with, superb execution and always reliable. In the space of just six months we’ve taken our Talent Acquisition capabilities to an entirely new level with the dedication of Laura and the Crucial team. Thanks for being 'The Best'!”

    VP, Talent Acquisition & Human Capital

    Leading Satellite Operator

  • VP International BD & Sales

    “I've worked with Laura over the last three years and she truly is an innovative leader. Her attention to her client’s needs and translating those needs into successful candidates has helped me staff multiple positions over the last few years. I'm grateful she has a vast knowledge of the industry and the needs of her clients and is able to translate that into meaningful action. I am also impressed with Laura's passion for promoting women in the workforce. Tackling the issue of workforce diversity is not easy and takes a level of professionalism and tenacity. For her work in this area, Laura should be commended.”

    VP International BD & Sales

    Leading Defence & Security Provider

  • Global Head of Recruitment

    ​"Having worked with Tania as a recruitment supplier I have no hesitation in recommending her work. Tania's commitment to exceptional service to her customers creates an environment that allows her to create robust relationships at all levels. These relationships ensure communication channels flow in both directions creating a proactive recruitment service."

    Global Head of Recruitment

    Global Defence & Aerospace Company

  • Head of Cyber Security

    “We have worked with Crucial for a number of years both to train our Cyber teams as well as recruiting. They also present amazing candidates who have the right skills and attitude. They are professional and very responsive; we love working with Crucial!”

    Head of Cyber Security

    Leading UK Cyber Security Company

  • SVP of Sales

    "I really appreciate the support from Crucial. Having filled roles for us in APAC, US and EMEA in the last 12 months, they are our favoured agency with deep understanding in the global technology
    market nowadays, while being very effective and efficient to match jobs with right calibre of candidates. Speed is critical for business, with their team you get this every time as well as quality, a rare trait. Crucial folks are really the right partner for us across the globe.

    Our experience with Crucial makes them our no.1 US trusted partner that delivers a very professional service. We meet top candidates on every search. Things got done and thanks to the Crucial team we gain strong employees joining our team!”

    SVP of Sales

    Leading Network, Cloud, Hosting and Managed Services

Get in touch

The Crucial Group
Crucial, Bishopstone, 36 Crescent Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1RL


Tel.: 01273 060 025

Tel.: 01273 060 025