Researcher Executive Search
London, GB
3d ago

About the role

As PwC continues to experience exponential growth, there is increased demand to attract senior talent to lead and build our business by building trust in society and solving important problems.

Underpinning this key value, our in-house Executive Search function collaborates with senior leaders within the UK business and supports the firm’s executive level hiring needs across a number of functions within our lines of service.

We are currently expanding the team and investing across the platform which means we are now on the lookout for a Researcher, to help us work towards our purpose and operating within the framework of our common values, whilst supporting searches end to end from strategy through to execution and managing a portfolio of client relationships.

The individual will be leading research and working collaboratively with a team of executive search specialists to deliver value to the firm via catalyst hires.

With this in mind, we are seeking an experienced researcher with a specialization in candidate sourcing / identification, attraction and assessment of executive level talent along with the ability to manage executive candidate relationships throughout the engagement, whilst also managing stakeholders at all levels across the firm.

Your primary focus will be on helping to scale delivery capability to support senior level hiring across any number of businesses through the active management of executive level processes, alongside the Executive Search team.


Effectively mapping and sourcing executive level talent, via platforms such as Linked in.

Providing support to the Executive Search team, taking detailed briefs, managing stakeholder relationships and assisting with the efficient process management of senior engagements.

Develop advanced research capabilities with the Executive Search team, including Boolean and X-ray searching, and promoting best practices in sourcing techniques.

Source passive candidates through multiple diverse channels including social media, internet sourcing, relationship building, leveraging professional networks, networking events and thought leadership content.

Providing strategic market and talent intelligence to the team and key stakeholders on candidate and competitor activity, and how it relates to the strategic objectives of PwC.

Delivering key metrics, analytics and reporting to the Head of Executive Search to enable tracking and measurement of performance and ROI of executive level mandates, including time, candidate quality, service quality, cost, tenure & diversity KPIs.

Helping to define the candidate value proposition, and assisting with candidate outreach and engagement strategy.

Operating as a trusted partner and valued advisor, building a deep understanding of the various businesses, role requirements and desired candidate profiles.

Supporting detailed competency-based assessments on identified candidates and managing them through the process.

Managing best practice processes & ensuring all processes adhere to GDPR and firm guidelines.

Providing a world class candidate experience to support the higher touch service expectations of executive level talent.

Supporting hiring manager coaching and behavioral based interview training, as required, to enhance the quality of hiring decisions.

Experience & Qualifications

Relevant experience in tier 1 or tier 2 Executive Search firms, in-house executive recruitment function or a client facing Consulting, Market Research or Competitive Intelligence role.

Prior experience in (preferred but not limited to) professional services, legal services or the technology sector.

Proven ability to remain agile and effective in an often ambiguous environment.

Deep knowledge and proven success of executive search research techniques.

Well versed with tools for sourcing and managing senior level talent.

Ability to effectively manage multiple searches with a focus on diversity, equality and inclusion.

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