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Jessica Downie

Senior Consultant, Interim Communications

My background

I am a Consultant within the UK Interim External Communications team. I joined VMAGROUP in 2017 with five years’ experience in recruitment for the largest global entertainment company.

My Business Management degree and recruitment background really helps me understand both the needs of clients and candidates. This makes finding the perfect fit for both clients and candidates a success.

My specialisms 

My clients and network spans across a myriad of sectors including Transport, Engineering, Professional Services, Public Sector, NGOs, Consumer and FMCG. I specialise across all levels, from junior to the senior end of the market and have a network of highly talented and skilled external communications professionals.

My recent projects 

Some of the roles I have recently filled in the UK include:

PR Manager at LV=

Corporate Communications Manager at Sainsbury’s 

PR & Media Manager at Compass Group 

Corporate Communications Assistant at Freightliner

Corporate Communications Executive at a FirstGroup 

​What my clients and candidates have said about me


“From the first contact onwards, Jessica has maintained open, enthusiastic and professional communication and proven her knowledge and understanding of the sector. Within a week of our first correspondence, Jessica had managed to secure me an interim contract that was the ‘perfect fit’ – something that was made even more evident when I was offered this role permanently. At this point, even though her job was done, Jessica was on hand to offer advice when it came to negotiating my contract and understanding my worth – using her insight from experience helping others in this industry. I have been so impressed with VMA and would recommend to anyone looking for their next role in Comms, Marketing or PR.”
- Jaye Dry, Corporate Communications Executive at a Multinational Transport Group

"Let’s face it, job hunting can be a real pain - but dealing with Jess is always a pleasure. From the beginning she was keen to understand the kind of roles and organisations I was interested in working for and her approach helps me to identify new challenges and how/where I can enhance my experience and career prospects.
I’ve dealt with Jess on a number of roles now and she’s always quick to respond despite juggling multiple other roles and clients. She makes a genuine effort to regularly keep in touch too; not just to share new opportunities but also to generally check in on my progress and situation, which is a nice touch and undoubtedly helps keep me on my toes
Sam Haidar, Senior Financial Communications Manager, Sainsbury's Supermarkets