Be a Researcher

Help us to solve leadership challenges for responsible businesses in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector around the world.

How and Why You Should Apply


Researcher Fitzrovia, London

  • £24,000 starting salary plus performance based bonus
  • Flexible hours policy
  • Employer Pension contribution
  • Volunteering entitlement
  • Cycle to work scheme and other benefits

What you will be doing

Our clients come from a range of different industries and niches across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Your role will focus specifically on our private sector clients – from couture fashion houses to some of the giants of global commerce.

We work broadly across many different functional areas, tackling everything from CEO and Board-level appointments, through to mid-level roles, and programmes of recruitment resulting from expansion or restructure.

As a Researcher, you will provide the crucial underpinning of all our assignments. Through creative, original and advocacy-rich research, you will source the best senior talent from across the globe for a wide range of responsible businesses.

  • You will identify, contact and engage with talented and impressive senior people all around the world (ranging from the United States to Kenya and from Australia to Turkey)
  • You will get the opportunity to attend numerous client meetings and learn first-hand how leading businesses are run
  • You will carry out comprehensive and creative desk-based research, in order to identify potentially suitable candidates
  • You will speak to senior people and use advocacy and engagement skills to help bring opportunities to life
  • You will receive training on all elements of being a headhunter, and acquire knowledge in areas such as project management, interviewing skills, managing client relationships, and business development.

What you will have

When you apply, please send us a copy of your CV, along with a brief covering letter. In your letter please include:

- some evidence that you have looked into our firm and into the executive search sector in general;

- a description of why you would work for Society, and specifically within our Retail and Consumer Goods team.

We also ask that you meet the criteria outlined below:

  • You are a graduate from a good University
  • You are positive, friendly and have a confident outlook 
  • You are an excellent natural communicator, able to build rapport with people from a wide range of backgrounds 
  • You are able to produce high quality written work, including reports
  • You are fantastically organised, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to deliver to tight deadlines 
  • You are personally committed to Society’s values and ethos
  • You are  enthusiastic to grow in your role and take on additional responsibilities over time.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Society

We are an ethical and ambitious executive search firm that solves senior recruitment challenges for clients all over the world.

Our Culture - What we do

Society aims to be the Executive Search firm of choice for responsible businesses and purpose-driven organisations. Our goal is quite simply to change the world for the better – one appointment at a time.

We work on a retained basis for an international client portfolio, including companies with strong Corporate Social Responsibility agendas, social enterprises, charities, universities, public sector bodies and schools.

We offer an ethical and intellectually stimulating environment in which hard-working graduates are able to grab significant responsibility quickly.

Our structured training programme for new grads allows them to learn the key techniques and processes to be an effective headhunter, while taking on responsibility at an early stage. We also give grads an annual volunteering entitlement, to support a community project of their choice.

After you have been with us for five years, you will qualify for our three month sabbatical allowance. One of our colleagues took advantage of this in the summer of 2015 and spent the time travelling across six countries in Asia.

We are looking for bright, articulate people... Interpersonal skills are vital.

The Recruitment Process


Our Graduates - Who we are

Neena's Graduate Story


They're committed to working for responsible businesses... I like the fact they give 10% of their profits to their [charitable] foundation every year.

Neena's graduate story.

  • Studied Politics at the University of Surrey

  • Graduated in 2015

  • Began at Society as a Researcher in August 2015

  • Promoted in October 2016

  • Now a Senior Researcher in Higher Education

Tom's Graduate Story


It really does make the work you do feel more worthwhile, knowing that it has a wider social impact.

Tom's graduate story.

  • Studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Completed a Masters degree at Royal Holloway and graduated in 2015

  • Began at Society as a Researcher in August 2015

  • Promoted in December 2016

  • Now a Senior Researcher in Retail and Consumer Goods

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future


Simon Lucas, Managing Director & Co-Founder

Since setting up the firm in 2009, we have sought to be a disruptive and positive influence on the wider executive search sector. We make sure that we really listen to our clients, and we work hard to serve their actual needs rather than approaching every appointment with a one-size-fits-all solution.

Society’s colleagues have a set of strongly-shared values and adhere to the highest ethical principles. We’re a close-knit team and our office culture is genuinely friendly and welcoming. The company places a lot of importance on personal and professional development. Hard workers can enjoy rapid career progression here.

The Society Foundation is an independent grant-giving trust, which receives 10% of our annual profits to help potentially vulnerable people get back into secure employment. This is a genuinely unique aspect of our business, and something we are incredibly proud of.

Looking forward, we have big plans for Society’s future. Having recently opened an office in New York we sent a researcher on secondment earlier this year. We envisage doing something similar in Australia soon. These developments will create exciting opportunities for interested colleagues to gain experience of living and working overseas.

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