Our story

Once upon a time...

We've delivered recruitment solutions for some of the biggest brands around the world, and we've worked in and helped build, some of the highest performing recruitment companies in the UK.

We search for and find the strongest opportunities for our candidates and we search and secure the strongest talent for our clients. 

People are the most important asset of any business and we pride ourselves on engaging talent who share this vision and can deliver the right human capital solutions to our clients and candidates.

David O'Connell

Managing Director

What's the vision for Bila-Group?

Unlimited potential and unrivalled recruitment solutions. 

Bila Group is founded on the principle of providing expert advice and sector-specific expertise. Our founder's family is both Basque and English so the name encompasses our heritage. Bila comes from the Basque word ‘bilatu’ and means ‘to search’. Search is exactly what we do and we are experts at it. 

We will take you on a unique journey and show you why it is so important to work with recruitment professionals who are honest, have integrity, and truly understand your markets and your objectives and can deliver against your expectations. 


Geographical locations

Whatever your business requires or wherever your career may take you, we're on hand to support you. We place in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America, South America, and Africa.


Social media reach

As part of a wider group portfolio we have an active social media network and access to posting and sharing advertised roles, and talent campaigns, on LinkedIn alone to an audience of over 140,000.

Multilingual capability

Working internationally ensures our clients and candidates are diverse. To assist in achieving everyone's objectives it helps that we speak six different languages, so we can operate effectively across global markets.

The team

David O'Connell

Managing Director

As an experienced head hunter operating across Middle Management and Senior Appointments within Construction, Infrastructure & Engineering sectors, David's expertise covers direct 360 recruitment, executive search, and building recruitment teams to provide value-added services.

Over the course of David's recruitment career, he has successfully delivered high impact executive search work for single and project appointments at some of the UK, and the world’s biggest Construction, Infrastructure & Engineering organisations.

Charity work

Here at Bila-Group we work together as a team, and that includes when we're supporting and raising funds for charitable and community activities. 

With so many worthwhile causes we believe it's fair to choose one that personally means something to each member of the team, we then collectively support it, through many different fundraising activities. Some of these are physically demanding and some less so, however this approach allows everyone the chance to make a difference for a charity or community event they're close to.   


Our values are honesty and transparency. They are at the core of everything we do, we believe in being highly proactive, straightforward, and strategic in how we approach our work. We are highly driven and focused on creating an unrivaled customer experience. 

Client and candidate satisfaction is pivotal to our success and we design, review, and implement bespoke services for each project we undertake ensuring our client's and candidate's needs are truly satisfied. 

Join us

Bila Group is always on the look-out for exceptional talent to join us in providing world-class service to clients and candidates in the UK and overseas. Whilst our core markets are construction, infrastructure, engineering, and executive search, we have the ambition to develop multiple business sectors in; finance, healthcare, IT/digital, artificial intelligence, robotics, mergers and acquisitions, and FMCG.

We're always interested to speak with recruitment experts whose ambition is matched by our own.