Executive Search Researcher 

We're looking for an Executive Search Researcher with up to two years' experience to join our London office. You will be integral in filling searches and building lasting relationships with candidates, ensuring their positive experience and enhancing our company's reputation.

Diversity is important to our culture, just as it is to the organisations we represent. We believe it makes businesses better able to serve their stakeholders, clients and communities. To ensure our team represents the rich diversity of society we are keen to meet applicants from a range of backgrounds for this vacancy.

Main Purpose:

  • Understanding and selling roles to top-target candidates, learning about their situation and maintaining a regular dialogue with those candidates involved in the process
  • Helping to build relationships with clients throughout the search process, from receiving the brief through to delivering the shortlist and managing the hire of the preferred candidate
  • Responsible for maintaining the database, ensuring that all HM staff consistently update changes to candidate information
  • Using internet and press, LinkedIn, mapping and the database to conduct meticulous research to identify candidates with profiles suited to a particular role specification

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring research work is undertaken thoroughly and pursuing relevant avenues as they arise
  • Contacting as many top targets as possible on a given list and utilising those conversations to develop understanding of companies and individuals relevant to a search
  • Using initial conversations with candidates to establish fit and suitability, taking forward those most relevant to face-to-face interviews
  • Attending candidate interviews, analysing competencies and assessing suitability and preparing detailed written reports
  • Contributing to client meetings where relevant, ie on the basis of the understanding for the talent market gained during research
  • Preparing documents for client meetings, ensuring research is completed to a high standard and presented consistently
  • Providing clients with articulate presentations giving an insight into candidate character, competencies and capabilities
  • Communicating internally on ways to develop a particular search or the general functions of the business
  • Maintaining relationships with actively looking candidates to ensure HM is aware of candidates and roles ‘on the market’

A talented, motivated researcher could expect to be leading some searches a year after joining.


About Us

Hunter-Miller is a leading executive search firm specialising in cross-sector placements, primarily across consumer businesses. It works on a retained basis for companies including John Lewis Partnership, LEON, Centrica and Zurich, typically placing candidates at Director level or above in customer/commercial functions (GM, Marketing, Trading, Data, Digital, CX etc.)

As well as the core executive search function, the business also offers market research, executive coaching and assessment services to new and existing clients. Although Hunter-Miller will offer ad hoc advice and occasional informal referrals to longstanding clients, it is not a contingent recruiter; search assignments are exclusively undertaken on a retained basis.

The culture is open, friendly and inclusive. People are valued for their hard work and critical thinking. The right people are offered more responsibility, and closer proximity to client handling, sooner than in the vast majority of search firms.

Researchers are provided with some of the best developmental training within commercial executive search, giving them a good basis to progress both internally and longer term within the search industry. 


How to apply: 

To apply, please submit a CV and tailored covering letter to Lindsay Leslie-Miller: [email protected]

Application deadline: All applications will be reviewed until the end of October. 

Please mention in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.