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An immediate vacancy has arisen for a Researcher, based in our Oxford office.  Following Oxford HR’s best year ever in terms of business, we are expanding.  We have a very strong pipeline of work, and are looking for a temporary Researcher, able to start immediately.  We also have opportunities coming up for permanent Researchers.

Researchers perform a key role at Oxford HR, sourcing top-level candidates for the most senior roles in international development organisations and UK charities.  They also ensure the accompanying administration for each assignment is managed correctly.

N.B. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and a decision may be made before the closing date given.


£23,000 per annum, pro rata.

Full description


  • Work closely with the Consultants on executive search assignments.
  • Conduct detailed research into potential candidates.
  • Be responsible for the efficient management of all administration around the successful completion of each project.
  • Ensure that all necessary information is readily available to the Consultants.
  • Conduct research on relevant organisations.



  • Work with the Head of Research and / or Consultant to develop a research strategy for each assignment.
  • Where appropriate attend briefing meetings with the Consultant, either in person or by Skype.
  • Prepare a comprehensive research list of potential candidates, contacts and search leads for each assignment, using a number of research tools such as: internal database search; Boolean search; LinkedIn networks and groups; internet search; and leads from trusted contacts.
  • Produce a research report at the end of each research phase.
  • Conduct basic background checks on those candidates being interviewed by the client.
  • Search for new organisations for potential candidates and/or business development and gather general sector knowledge.
  • Search for new websites that are relevant to our fields of work and update the database.

Search Administration

  • Finalise the job description and adverts with the lead Consultant or Head of Research, prepare an applicant brief and advertise each role on the Oxford HR website and other relevant job sites.
  • Maintain and update the Oxford HR website, updating details as and when required.
  • Participate in debrief and update meetings with consultants/clients as necessary.
  • Manage all communication with the candidates for the entire assignment period including acknowledgements, ensuring the application is complete, communicating the application stage, rejection notes, etc.
  • Contact potential candidates, search leads and contacts by email (including mail merge), LinkedIn messages or telephone for each assignment.
  • Schedule interviews for the Consultant and/or the Client.
  • Assist in the production of assignment reports.
  • Proof read documents for team members.
  • Update the database and computer folders with the CVs and other documents related to each assignment.

Data Administration

  • Create and manage both paper and electronic filing systems to meet the organisation’s developing needs.
  • Store all information about candidates, clients, sources and organisations in the database and ensure it is up-to-date, de-duplicated and accessible to all members of Oxford HR.

Business Development Support

  • Support the Consultants and the Managing Director to contact and obtain business from new and existing clients.
  • Search for new organisations for business development, gather general sector knowledge and update the database (for example by looking for people moving positions, organisations that are growing etc.).
  • Record all information on the database and make contact with new organisations.
  • Dispatch paper and electronic mailshots.
  • Source interesting updates in the relevant sectors for the news and events webpages.

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Job Description, then email the following to

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

N.B. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and a decision may be made before the closing date given.



Job Description

Job Description – Researcher

Oxford HR Consultants Limited

World Leaders

We work with civil society to support, identify and appoint transformational leaders, who are inspired to help shape society for the better around the globe.

Our experience of both UK and international development and our extensive reach – across commercial, academic, government and multilateral sectors – is what makes Oxford HR one of the world’s leading executive search partners.