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Alister Smith


Alister joined Perfect Placement in 2005 after 10 successful years in Recruitment working his way up to Branch Manager for a national high street Recruitment Agency. After meeting Lisa Unstead, her infectious passion for the business she had created and her desire to grow the business presented an opportunity not to be missed and Alister quickly became equally passionate about using his Recruitment experience to help grow Perfect Placement into the market leading Automotive Recruitment consultancy it is today.

Starting as an Area Manager for North London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Alister quickly established a very busy and successful desk and in 2007 was promoted to the role of Regional Manager. This bought about further expansion for Perfect Placement and the responsibility of recruiting, training and developing 3 more Area Managers capable of growing the business with the same desire, determination and commitment to delivering the first class service demanded of all Perfect Placement staff. 

In 2009 Alister’s role grew further with promotion to Divisional Manager and this bought about a strategic restructuring of the business to ensure we became the first Automotive Recruitment specialists to offer truly national coverage. Growth was possible during this challenging economic period by providing our clients with a service that offered true value for money. Alister now had a team of 7 Area Managers and worked tirelessly to find ways to refine and improve our processes to provide the most efficient service possible. 

In 2010 Alister was appointed to his current role of Divisional Director reporting directly to the board and one of the first tasks working alongside his colleague Dan Unstead was to oversee the implementation of a new market leading piece of bespoke Recruitment software and other Industry firsts such as the iPhone App Motor Trade Jobs. ‘Team Al’ as it is known currently consists of 8 Area Managers and 2 Recruitment Executives and with Perfect Placements open plan offices Alister runs his department with a ‘hands-on’ approach ensuring every member of the team remains passionate about the job and follows the strict processes that have been proven to create successful placements time and time again. 

With the initial goal of helping Perfect Placement become the UK’s leading Automotive Recruitment Consultancy achieved Alister is now determined to remain at the forefront of Motor Trade Recruitment and continue to expand the Perfect Placement brand.