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Your chance to help shape a better society. 

We are the UK’s number one Executive Recruiter across public and not-for profit organisations, appointing to some of the most influential roles in the country. From multi million pound government and health organisations to leading universities, start ups and international charities, we help appoint over 250 CEOs, Chairs and Non-Execs every year.

Our work affects every household, every family and every individual in the UK. Whether that’s those transforming communities and healthcare, policy makers, border protectors, regulators or fundraisers, the process begins with that first conversation. Finding the best match for these high profile roles is the challenge that makes every day different, every discussion stimulating and each appointment rewarding.

Continued growth means we are looking for influencers to join our research team.  

If you are an experienced Researcher, skilled at conversing with Boarding level professionals, and are looking to make a greater contribution from your working life, we can’t wait to hear from you.

What you'll do:

This role will support the Lead Researcher to continue 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 an individual contributor and senior specialist within the team, this role will be challenged with working on the highest profile, and complex searches that GatenbySanderson has the privilege of working.

The role may be required to contribute to proposal writing and pitches, but its primary focus will be on working with colleagues to appropriately challenge role briefs, to secure tight search parameters. The role will 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 recruitment

=         A track record of succesfully researching and attracting Board level candidates to Non-Executive roles.

=         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

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 career pathway programme.

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

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.