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Assistant Researcher


Assistant Researcher


Location – Leeds (with agile working).

Salary - circa £23,000 (depending on experience) plus bonus and an excellent benefits package.


We find and develop leaders that shape a better society


Established in 2002, GatenbySanderson are the largest provider of Executive Search services to Local and Central Government, Health, Education, Not for Profit and the broader public sector in the UK and Ireland.

We're seeking Assistant Researchers to join our growing organisation. You will be responsible for finding, attracting and engaging candidates for senior roles that are being managed by our Partners and Consultants. This is a fantastic opportunity if you are looking to build a career in Executive Search, working in a commercial yet values-driven environment where curiosity, courage and collaboration are celebrated. We have an agile working culture where regular home working and flexible hours are the norm, in addition to office working nationally.


What you’ll do in this role:

Find, attract and retain senior talent for a range of compelling and important roles within the public sector

♦Thorough market mapping, to ensure clients receive excellent quality longlists and shortlists

♦Qualify and engage with candidates throughout the process, providing a thorough overview of the role

♦Keep Consultants regularly up to date on projects, and produce high quality written reports for our clients

♦Stay up to date with trends in the sector, and share such findings with colleagues across the business

♦Ensure that all candidate Information and market intelligence is captured and accurately recorded on our CRM system.


To be successful in this role you will bring:

♦Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing

♦The ability to think laterally and creatively to deliver positive outcomes

♦Exemplary analytical skills, able to assimilate and articulate information at pace

♦The ability and confidence to use your judgement to provide insight and inform decision making

♦Excellent time management skills coupled with the ability to effectively prioritise tasks across a range of projects


Whilst not essential, the following is desirable:

♦Previous recruitment experience would be advantageous

♦Experience working with a CRM system


Why GS?


GatenbySanderson is a progressive, values led people business. You'll be joining a team of innovative and collaborative high achievers and will be working with colleagues of national repute in their field. 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.

At GatenbySanderson, everyone is valued and treated with respect. In addition to a truly inclusive and mature culture, you will be working on some of the most high-profile roles within the public sector – roles that will help to shape our society.

In addition to full training in your role, we also provide the opportunity for our Assistant Researchers to gain experience in every Practice as part of their induction. This will enable you to develop valuable insight into of each of our sectors, allowing you to gain a real breadth of understanding of our business as well as our clients. We offer a clear and visible progression structure and our people are fully supported to shape their careers in a flexible way, according to their key areas of strengths and enjoyment.


What our employees have to say about working for us:


“I started working at GatenbySanderson during the third Coronavirus lockdown, and I can honestly say the organisation has been fantastic. From the recruitment process, the onboarding and induction right through to four months down the line. They have such a collaborative working environment, and although everything has been remote, there is still a feeling of connectivity.”


“In Research there is a defined career pathway, with great opportunities for professional development. My experience has been that my manager and consultants are supportive and genuinely committed to my development.”


“I have recently been promoted with GS and was so pleased with the time that was spent by my managers on my development within the company. I initially started on a 12 month contract which was made permanent and I'm so happy I decided to remain.”


“GS are a refreshingly modern executive search firm working with some of the most high profile employers in public life. There is a real commitment to being the best in the industry from the top down, and they aren't afraid to challenge the status quo to get there.”

To see more employee reviews, please follow this link to our company listing on Glassdoor Link to Glassdoor

We encourage applications from everyone. We're actively building diverse teams to reflect our society, and an inclusive environment where we can all thrive.


For an exploratory conversation or to obtain a more accessible version of the role profile please contact Eleanor Lawrence on 07900601622 or

The closing date for applications is the 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.

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