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Researcher / Senior Researcher - Central Government & Regulation Practice

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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.

No one has more experience of hiring into senior positions across Central Government & Regulation than we do. For high profile, politically sensitive Executive and often multiple Board / Council / Panel and committee roles, we are market leaders. We provide exceptional support to government regulators, healthcare, professional, economic, industry, membership and standards bodies.  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 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 a new Researcher, or Senior Researcher 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 Executive Search Researcher, skilled at working on complex assignments then we can’t wait to hear from you. 

What you'll do:

Researchers are typically the first introduction to GatenbySanderson from within the candidate and therefore the potential client pool.  Researchers will identify and attract potential candidates, offering information and feedback and will analyse market intelligence and share this information through our database and weekly client progress reports.  Working on three to four assignments at any one time, you will be responsible for ensuring that client, consultant and candidate experiences are exemplary, with expectations being set appropriately throughout the project(s).  You will remain involved from early pipeline through until candidate long listing has been completed.

Depending on the level you join, your role may be required to contribute to the wider team and play a valuable role within client meetings.  We also encourage researchers to be at the heart of content creation for thought leadership, social media updates, articles in industry publications and Practice insights.

To be successful you'll need: 

=         Research experience in executive search

=         A track record of successfully researching complex and senior assignments

=         The 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

=         Demonstrates a clear commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Although not essential, the following experience would be ideal:

=         Experience of working with, or knowledge gained in a different way, of public sector organisations and ideally Central Government and/or Regulation 

Why GatenbySanderson?

We offer agile working, competitive remuneration and benefits, and a collaborative group of colleagues to work with.  Your professional development is pro-actively managed from day one, with our dedicated research and consulting career pathway programmes.

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.    

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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.

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