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Become a Senior Researcher

Take the next step in your career. Discover talent across the globe and develop your project management skills.

Location: London

Working at Society


What you will be doing

We are currently looking for a researcher to join our growing team – focusing specifically on appointments in the higher education sector.  They provide the crucial underpinning of all our assignments. Through persuasive advocacy and creative, original research, we seek to distinguish ourselves from our competitors and to deliver the best possible results for our clients.

The role also involves a significant element of project management, including overseeing the preparation of key client reports and supporting the consulting team with client relationship management, proposal writing, interviewing and business development.

As you develop more experience you can take on additional responsibility for research leadership across the firm. Should you wish to pursue a consulting career in the longer term then this path would also be supported and your skills developed accordingly. 

  • You will execute the process elements of even the trickiest assignments with clinical precision
  • You will possess genuine flair and creativity in how you approach research
  • You will be responsible for identifying, contacting and engaging with talented and impressive senior people around the world
  • You will be involved in firm-wide quality and knowledge management initiatives
  • You will carry out comprehensive and creative desk-based research to identify potentially suitable candidates
  • You will produce high quality client reports including candidate review documents and proposals
  • You will advise on the drafting of candidate information packs and public advertisements
  • You will book media space on behalf of clients and negotiate rates where appropriate

What you will have

We’re building our firm to provide innovative and ethical leadership within the recruitment sector at large. Each hire we make is crucial to fulfilling this vision. We are working to create a diverse team of researchers that reflect and embrace the outwardlooking and international nature of our work.

Bringing relevant experience gained within a recruitment or executive search firm, we want to hear from driven, articulate and intelligent people, with integrity, quick wits, excellent attention to detail and investigative minds.

Please read the job specification document (at the bottom of the Apply now page) for further details before you submit your application.

We must stress that applications without an accompanying covering letter or message may not be considered.

  • You have relevant experience gained within a recruitment agency or executive search firm
  • You have a proven ability to produce high quality written work, including reports
  • You have excellent natural communication and interpersonal skills
  • You have the ability to work autonomously and excellent personal organisation, including the ability to deliver to deadlines
  • You have the ability to build rapport with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures combined with a global outlook
  • You have the potential to progress and grow into additional responsibilities over time

Company benefits: Flexible working hours after your probation period • Quarterly bonus scheme • Cycle to work scheme • Discounts at gyms, shops and entertainment venues • Ongoing training and development • Annual volunteering entitlement

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Society

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


About Us


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.

Our Location

Our London office is based on Charlotte Street in the bustling Fitzrovia district. We’re within easy walking distance of several Underground stations and Oxford Street.

Our environment

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

We’re proud that Society is a certified ‘B Corp’ and that we work alongside a global community of companies that are committed to being a force for good instead of for greed. To learn more about B Corporations please visit www.bcorporation.uk

Investing in graduates

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. 

Our plans for the future

Since setting up the firm in 2009, we have sought to be a disruptive and positive influence on the wider executive search sector. 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.

Looking forward, we have big plans for Society’s future. We already have an office in New York, which one of our Researchers helped to set up during a three month secondment. We envisage doing something similar in Australia soon. These developments should create exciting opportunities for interested colleagues to gain experience of living and working overseas.

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