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Research Principal, Local Government

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Location – London, Leeds, Birmingham or Home Based 

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 invested in what we do and 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.

No one has more experience of hiring into senior positions for Local Government than we do. Our Local Government practice excels in an ever-shifting landscape where complex integration and partnership arrangements continue to evolve. We look further to find the leaders of the future. Our cross sector reach enables us to build intelligent relationships and share insight: from health to social care; assets to enterprise and growth and place to finance and resources we thrive on sharing learning and securing the right expertise for organisations at different points in their journeys.

We are proud to have developed a reputation for exceptional 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 a new Research Principal 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 of research.

If you are an experienced Executive Search Researcher, skilled at working on complex assignments either in Local Government or across a range of other sectors, then we can’t wait to hear from you. 

What you'll do:

As a Research Principal you'll play a key role in continuing to shape our research function, ensuring that through personal coaching and mentoring, Researchers demonstrate a depth of practice insight and knowledge which provides competitive advantage. As a senior specialist within the team, this role will be challenged with working on the highest profile and complex technology and transformation searches that GatenbySanderson has the privilege of working.  

The role may be required to contribute to proposal writing and pitches, you'll work with colleagues to appropriately challenge role briefs and secure tight search parameters, and you'll be responsible for ensuring that client, consultant and candidate experiences are exemplary, with expectations being set appropriately throughout the projects.  

To be successful you'll need: 

=         Extensive research experience in executive search

=         A track record of successfully researching the most complex and senior assignments either in Local Government or across a range of other sectors.

=         Ability to assimilate and interpret information gathered from a number of sources

=         Track record of successfully using your judgement and thinking laterally to inform effective decision making

=         Effective, concise written skills encompassing reports, assessments and analysis

=         Project management capability across multiple projects; deadline management is key

Although not essential, the following experience would be ideal:

=         Extensive experience of working with public sector clients

=         Experience of attending client pitches and longlist meetings alongside a Consultant/Partner 

Why GatenbySanderson?

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

Your professional development is pro-actively managed from day one, with our dedicated research and consulting career pathway programmes.

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

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Chantelle Harris, Head of Talent Acquisition at or call  07384 460191

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.      

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How To Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.