Senior Consultant / Director – Europe

Amsterdam, Europe, Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks ago

Oxford HR

Oxford HR is a global specialist executive search firm working primarily with ‘for purpose’ organisations, to help recruit and develop their leaders.

Formed in 1995 by an international development leader, it has grown in size and scope. We now work with national, multilateral and bilateral donors, international NGOs, private foundations, across the public sector, in the education and health sectors and with individual not-for-profits to source and appoint exceptional leaders who will deliver their mission on the ground. We promote positive change by ensuring that our clients have the people they need to lead and manage their organisations successfully.

We have the breadth of senior-level international networks across the sector to ensure a successful outcome. We genuinely care about the quality of our work, the impact that our appointments have, and we have robust systems in place to monitor and maintain high standards of service while remaining flexible to accommodate individual client needs and to mitigate risks.

The Role

The Senior Consultant / Director – Europe will position Oxford HR as a credible leader in Executive Search in the region within the international development and ‘for purpose’ sector. S/he will report to the European Director.

Some of the key responsibilities for this role are:

Strategy, Analysis and Planning

  • Lead on the development and implementation of the 2019–20 European business plan, setting and monitoring objectives, targets and KPIs
  • Identify and clarify priorities, including the views of stakeholders
  • Develop and manage financial targets and budget

Business Development

  • Building on existing client base, identify and develop new clients
  • Design proposals, present and pitch to prospective clients
  • Draw up terms of business and manage contracts

Leading Executive Search Assignments

  • Client management: liaise with and negotiate terms of business with clients
  • Work with researchers and admin staff to design search strategy, advertising and assignment management
  • Conduct interviews and reference checks
  • Manage candidates, providing timely and diplomatic feedback and maintaining relationships with high calibre candidates

External & Internal Representation

  • Speak and write with confidence, authority, knowledge and insight on the European region, Oxford HR practice areas and executive search methodology
  • Attend conferences and meetings representing Oxford HR’s vision
  • Influence and guide the senior management team on internal organisational matters

Manage finance & budgets

  • Ensure cost-effective operations
  • Achieve self-sustaining income in three months
  • Aim to achieve a modest profit within six months

Manage Operations in the Americas

  • Responsible for data compliance, security & risk
  • Communications

Internal communications and relationships

  • Maintain open lines of communication with HQ and key staff
  • Work collaboratively with growing team of global staff

Person Specification

• Substantial experience in senior leadership roles in the International Development space and/or experienced Executive Search professional
• Executive search experience or considerable recruitment & selection experience
• Must have a proven track record of business development in a relevant practice area
• Experience working internationally
• Entrepreneurial, with experience running a business or consultancy
• Experienced in operational delivery: security, internal HR management, managing budgets & finances, policies & procedures, operational risk
• Excellent cross-cultural and distance communications skills
• Strong people management skills, including coaching, mentoring and performance management
• Excellent influencing, negotiating, relationship building and networking skills
• IT literacy


Fluency in English

Job Features

Job CategoryBusiness Development, Consultancy
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
SalaryCompetitive package
Closing Date5th August 2019

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Job Features

Job CategoryBusiness Development, Consultancy
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
SalaryCompetitive package
Closing Date5th August 2019

Apply Online

Thibaut Mills

Director - Europe