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Executive Search Consultant / Associate Consultant, Central Government

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Your chance to help shape a better society. 

We are the UK’s leading people advisory business across public and not for profit sectors, helping organisations to build future ready leadership to accelerate transformational change. With accomplished leadership development and interim leadership practices, we are perhaps best known as market leaders in Executive Search, with a reputation for strong client relationships, candidate care and exceptional sector and discipline knowledge.

We are proud to deliver some of the most high-profile roles in UK public life and support a range of organisations who share a common purpose to deliver societal value, enabling people from all walks of life to live happier, more productive lives.

Government departments, their executive agencies and arm’s length bodies choose us because of the strength, depth, and diversity of our networks. They also value our constant commitment to looking beyond the usual suspects.  We work right up to Permanent Secretary and Director General level, appointing leaders who shape our society.

We are proud to have developed a reputation for outstanding candidate and client care (world class as assessed by a global metric), thoughtful, lateral and thorough search and above all, commitment and collaboration.

As part of our continued growth plan, we’re searching for an Associate Consultant who is invested in what we do.  This role requires someone who is passionate about client and candidate experience, delivering results and increasingly high standards.

What you’ll do:

♦ Business development and collaborative account management to build strategic partnerships with Central Government clients around their leadership and talent requirements.

♦ Write compelling executive search proposals, defining and articulating appropriate recruitment strategies, and lead/be a part of client pitches.

♦ Attend client briefings, appropriately and credibly challenging the brief based on your knowledge of the sector, managing expectations as appropriate.

♦ Work with Project Co-ordinators to define the project plan and Research colleagues regarding the search, and closely manage every aspect of delivery, whilst maintaining client engagement and support through regular reporting.

♦ Conduct and report on candidate interviews and take the process to longlist and shortlist stages, through to offer management, working closely with the client.

♦ Support candidates throughout the full life cycle, maintaining engagement and helping them perform well through appropriate navigation through public sector recruitment processes.

♦ Attend and network at roundtables and key conferences, ensuring an up to date knowledge of industry changes.

♦ Demonstrate and actively work to develop and maintain a high level of sector and/or discipline knowledge, contributing to thought leadership and broader company initiatives.

To be successful you’ll need:

♦ A track record of successfully delivering Executive Search assignments (ideally at Executive and Non-Executive levels) as a Researcher and/or Consultant, and building long-term client relationships.

♦ To be highly learning oriented to continuously develop your professional knowledge and skill base, with a keen interest in the sector.

♦ The ability to assimilate complex briefs, undertake detailed and relevant market research and propose appropriate courses of action.

♦ Ability to think creatively and use initiative in order to identify business development opportunities.

♦ Excellent verbal communication, proposal writing and presentation skills.

♦ Demonstrate a clear commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Although not essential, the following skills and knowledge would be ideal:

♦ Knowledge and networks across Central Government and the broader public sector.

♦ Business development skills.

Why GatenbySanderson?

We offer agile working, competitive remuneration and benefits, a collaborative group of colleagues to work with and a defined career pathway underpinned by excellent development opportunities.

You'll be joining a team of high achievers, working with colleagues of national repute in their fields. 

If you have tenacity, courage and curiosity, we will welcome you to a dynamic, progressive and national business.

For an exploratory conversation or to obtain a more accessible version of the role profile contact Chantelle Harris -  

We actively encourage applications from everyone. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what we do, and we are deeply committed to equality of opportunity for all, building diverse teams and having an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive.      

Closing date: Monday 23rd August 2021

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How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Chantelle Harris
07384 460191