What we do

Strategic recruitment partner

As your strategic recruitment partner, Xist4 is deeply committed to meeting the talent needs of organisations. Our goal extends beyond recruitment; we aim to be a pivotal part of your talent acquisition strategy, ensuring your team benefits from individuals who are not only highly skilled but also align with your organisational values and objectives.

With a solid reputation developed over two decades, Xist4 excels in Data and IT recruitment and offers specialised strategic talent search and executive search services across Bristol, London, and England and Wales. We are adept at filling challenging executive, mid to senior-level data, technology, and engineering roles—areas often marked by their specialised nature and the complexity of their requirements.

By engaging in a collaborative partnership with our clients, Xist4 is instrumental in refining its approach to talent management. This close relationship allows us to understand your business's unique challenges and opportunities, facilitating the placement of ideal candidates in roles where they can thrive and contribute significantly.

Whether seeking expert Data and IT Recruitment Agency services in Bristol, London or needing a broader, strategic approach to talent acquisition across England and Wales, Xist4 stands ready as your reliable and skilled ally. Our approach is characterised by a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, steering clear of fitting individuals into predefined cultural moulds and instead focusing on their potential to contribute uniquely and effectively to your organisation's success.

Our extensive experience in Data and IT recruitment and strategic talent search positions us uniquely to assist your organisation in realising its recruitment objectives through smart and effective talent acquisition.

Who we work with

Business sectors

At Xist4, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive and versatile client portfolio, which spans various sectors. From dynamic startups on the brink of their growth journey to established businesses navigating significant transformation or relocation, our Data and IT Recruitment and Strategic Talent Search expertise is wide-ranging and deep.

Our engagement with businesses is not defined by size but by the critical nature of the roles we are tasked to fill. Whether in Bristol, London, or beyond, our mission is to connect exceptional talent with the pivotal positions that drive your company's success forward. Our approach is tailored to understand your industry's unique challenges and opportunities, ensuring that the talent we source is not just a fit for the job but a catalyst for innovation and progress.

As a leading Data and IT Recruitment Agency in Bristol and London, we harness our insights and networks to serve a variety of industries, recognising that the essence of strategic talent search lies in appreciating the distinctiveness of each sector and the businesses within it. Our commitment to this philosophy enables us to partner effectively with organisations of all sizes and stages, aligning our recruitment strategies with your business goals to foster growth, adaptability, and resilience in an ever-evolving landscape.


Transformation and innovation have dominated technology’s lexicon for some time but delivering on these dual challenges means having the right people in the right roles when they are needed most.

Financial Services

Few sectors have undergone as much change over the last 10 years as this. To succeed in this new environment, financial services organisations need forward-thinking managers and leaders.


In Fintech, companies seek professionals to enhance financial services with expertise in business intelligence, big data, AI, and cybersecurity, delivering secure, efficient, and user-friendly solutions in a digital era.


Innovation, disruption and M&A have dominated the sciences landscape for years. This has shifted the focus towards finding transformational leaders with the technical expertise to deliver the organisation’s vision.


From 5G to IoT and ERP, connectivity within and between organisations along with the need to protect businesses from cyber threats is driving demand for mid, senior, and executive technology leaders.


The growing shift from traditional to agile and flatter organisational structures means manufacturing and industrial employers have a constant need for the right talent to lead this ever-changing and evolving environment.


From energy transformation to rampant merger and acquisition activity, the demand for nimble, technology-led management and leadership talent to meet these constantly shifting challenges will only rise.

Public Sector

The focus for public and government bodies is on securing digital and technology talent with the vision and ability to develop and steer their organisations through the socio-political challenges they face.

Civil Engineering & Construction

Closing the talent gap throughout the engineering sector has been the biggest challenge facing by employers since time in memorial. It’s about balancing short-term demands with the organisation’s long-term objectives.

Real Estate

Real estate leaders need to embed technology at the heart of their decision-making and redefine the skills required to adapt to change and gain a competitive advantage


The legal sector has seen competition intensify in recent years. Critical to future growth is having the technical expertise to drive change and help firms thrive in a challenging market.

Areas of expertise

Types of roles we place

Xist4 excels at placing roles that propel organisational growth and innovation. Specialising across a broad spectrum of sectors, we encourage you to peruse the array of positions in which we excel, as detailed below. Our expertise in matching exceptional talent with formidable organisations ensures a solid and impactful recruitment partnership.

Executive search

  • CTO - Technology
  • CIO - Information / IT Director
  • CISO - Information Security
  • CDO - Digital / Digital Information
  • CDO - Data / VP Data
  • COO - Operating / Operations Director

Bespoke Contingent/Search

  • Head of AI and Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Head of Data Science
  • Data Scientist  
  • Head of Data Engineering
  • Data Engineering Lead
  • Head of Business Intelligence
  • BI Analyst
  • Head of Analytics
  • Insights Analyst  
  • Head of IT Security
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Head of IT
  • IT Manager
  • Head of DevOps
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Head of Software Engineering
  • Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Infrastructure Engineer  
  • Computer Vision Engineer
  • Data Architect
  • NLP Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • RPA Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Robotics Engineer
  • AI Engineer
  • ETL Developer
  • Data Warehouse Architect
  • IT Security Engineer
  • SOC Leader

Recently filled roles

Group Head of IT

Bristol, England

£80k - 85k per year

Senior Full Stack Developer

London, England (Remote)

£70k - 75k per year

Senior Software Engineer

London, England (Remote)

£60k - 75k per year

DevOps Engineer

Cardiff, South Wales

£50-55k per year

Cyber Security Consultant

Bristol, England


Machine Learning Engineer

Bristol, England


Senior Computer Vision Engineer

Bath, England


Principal Data Scientist

London, England

£90k - 95k per year


What our clients say


We have worked closely with Xist4 to recruit some critical technical IT Infrastructure and Development roles in a very challenging marketplace. We have been successful in now appointing all of the roles – Gozie Ezulike has provided a very professional level of service and expertise.

We are delighted with the result and our new hire and look forward to working with Xist4 again in the future.

We have been impressed with the professionalism and service provided by Xist4 IT Recruitment over recent months, particularly their flexible approach towards solving our recruitment issues.