Digital Marketing & Ecommerce recruitment by ex marketers.

As a former digital marketer with 12 years of experience, my USP is simple: I know how to find and recruit the best digital marketers, using the experience and contacts developed through my time in the industry.


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James goes above and beyond to make sure you are prepared for the role you are after as possible. He keeps you constantly updated throughout the process and you can tell them employer respects him as much as you do, which makes the whole process transparent and smooth.

I am over the moon to have landed my new role and I can't thank James enough for all his help and support!

James always find us quality candidates, works quickly and proactively.

Use him! You won't regret it.

James was exceptional. Not only did he find a role that suited me completely, he handled everything efficiently and professionslly. I cannot thank him enough for the support he gave me during the recruitment process.

I've not worked with a recruiter before and that says it all really. James came across genuine from the get go and it was clear he'd thought about the company and role he was recruiting for before reaching out to me.

James kept me updated throughout the whole process, I felt supported and knew he was just a text/call away if needed.

WithFrontier didn't cost money, they added value. I can comfortably say that in the little under a year I was lucky enough to have James' support in filling roles across the digital landscape, he was hands down the best there was.

He's diligent, genuine, hardworking and generally a great guy. Thanks James, and I hope to work with you again soon.

James is by far the best recruiter I have worked with. From the very start he took time to understand what role I was looking for, and by using his expertise and contacts he landed me conversations with well known companies in the industry.

James was always there before and after interviews to provide me with pep talks and helped me land a role I really wanted! I would highly recommend him to candidate and employers alike.

“I'm a relatable digital career partner because I know the industry inside and out”

Having spent a decade as a hands-on digital marketer myself, I have a unique insight into the industry that traditional recruiters simply don’t have. Over a long in-house and agency career, I built a series of award-winning international teams from the ground up, having learned on the job in similar roles myself.

This experience provides me with a detailed understanding of every role, so you can be sure that I only deliver the very best and most suitable candidates, and only ever engage marketers about relevant roles.

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  • aira
  • Distinctly
  • Propellernet
  • Verb
  • The specialist works
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  • impression
  • Vervaunt

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  • Buyagift
  • Chaplins
  • SilkFred
  • Bensons for beds
  • Bremont

Withfrontier is the recruitment go-to for dozens of leading digital agencies and high-growth ecommerce brands.

Since its launch in 2020, founder James Congdon has been the recruitment partner for dozens of leading agencies and high-growth ecommerce brands. He has helped 250 people to find the perfect role over that period.

Why WithFrontier

An extensive Network

My decade of experience as a hands-on digital marketer affords me an unrivalled network of marketers, so I always know when the best candidates are looking for new roles, and when top-tier companies are hiring.

A fellow marketer

Having worked in Digital Marketing myself, I know exactly what each role involves, and which candidates are most suited to them.


I know the industry is small, but confidentiality and discretion is at the heart of everything I do. The 250 satisfied candidates will testify to the fact that trust is never broken.

Relatable career partner

I look at myself as more than a recruiter. I understand what you need and know fully which people would suit each role. Dozens of candidates and agencies see me as a confidant and long-term career partner.

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  • James’ big advantage over other recruiters is that he is well connected from working agency-side. That experience also means he really understands what you need.
    Another thing I like about him is that he vets potential candidates not just for skill but also for attitude and cultural fit – both of which are equally important. If you’re pushed for time or have a particularly tricky role to fill, give him a go.

    James Sandford,
    Cofounder and MD, Propellernet

  • James has been absolutely amazing at finding me the perfect role. He was honest and
    reassuring, checking up on me regularly to ensure I was both prepared and confident for interviews, whilst constantly offering any further support if I needed it. Even after the whole interview process was completed, he was constantly giving updates and it showed how much he cared about getting me in to a role that was right for me, and when I actually got the job - he even went out of his way to send me congratulatory flowers! I wouldn't hesitate at all in recommending James as there’s absolutely no doubt that he'll ensure you're not only placed into the perfect role, but you’re well looked after throughout the whole process too!

    Saaeda Arif,
    SEO Executive, Bensons for Beds

  • James was a fantastic help in finding me a new position. His experience in the industry helped reassure both myself and the company that was hiring me that he was able to not just be a middle-man, but actually provide an informed opinion on the quality of the candidate and job he was connecting. I’d recommend anyone looking for a placement to speak to him as his network and experience provide you with unrivalled opportunities.

    Alex Cassidy,
    Head of Digital PR, Honcho Search

  • It was clear from the start that James knows his clients extremely well and puts the effort into getting to know potential candidates just as well. This is something that goes a long way. He genuinely cares about finding the right fit and was a huge support throughout the process - from the first chat to even checking in months down the line. Nothing was ever too big an ask, and he’s refreshingly honest which always came across as genuine and knowledgeable. I would 110% recommend James to anybody either looking for their next role or looking to fill one, as he will find it!

    Isadora Cook,
    Paid Social Specialist, Propellernet

  • To put it simply James is amazing at what he does! Over the last few months I’ve been in touch with a few recruiters but none were as attentive and helpful as James. Fast forward a few months and not only am I in a role that I most likely wouldn’t have considered myself ‘ready’ for but I’m also in a new role where I’m really happy and meets all my goals, as well as ticking all the boxes thanks to him.

    Yossy Akinsanya,
    Marketing Content Specialist, Marketing Signals

  • James is relentless in his search for the right candidates and thanks to his vast experience in digital, he rarely fails to deliver.

    Laura Hampton,
    ex Head of Digital PR, Impression Digital

  • James took his time to listen to exactly what kind of role I wanted and the experience I had. This was beneficial as he was able to find roles that truly suited me. He didn’t just deliver on finding exciting job opportunities but he was also very transparent throughout the whole job hunting process.
    He has a sound knowledge of the Digital PR landscape and this makes him well suited to recruiting in such a niche but rapidly growing industry.
    I also appreciated his support throughout the interview stages and his ongoing positive attitude. It was a pleasure to work with James.
    I also appreciated his support throughout the interview stages and his ongoing positive attitude. It was a pleasure to work with James.

    Lekha Mohanlal,
    Digital PR Manager, Yard Digital

  • James found a great role for me. He was always on hand to answer questions or concerns. He has a very open and honest approach to everything and is incredibly approachable. I’m looking forward to an ongoing working relationship with James.

    Robert Hornby,
    Technical Project Manager, V&A Museum

  • In my experience, the recruitment process is often long-winded and impersonal. James has created a process that not only makes the client process easier but the candidate feel valuable. His knowledge of the industry is paramount in him making good decisions for all parties involved. His understanding on my needs made me confident in going for roles I would not have considered prior. Could not recommend James enough.

    Aneela Ashraf,
    Digital PR & Outreach Team Lead, Honcho Search

  • James has been a great support for recruitment during a challenging market at the moment. He's very
    well connected, always quick to respond and knows exactly the type of candidates that we need to
    speak to. I would highly recommend and look forward to continuing working with him in future

    Charlotte Wheeler,
    Talent Advisor, Verb Brands

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