Odgers Berndtson

Berwick Partners - Consultant - IT Leadership

Job Locations UK-Birmingham, England | UK-Birmingham, England
Posted Date 9 months ago(21/06/2019 10:04)
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Berwick Partners
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time

About the role

OTE: one third of billings


Berwick Partners has built an excellent reputation based on the quality of the searches we have delivered within IT and Technology. With ambitious growth plans to build on this success we now seek to expand the practice by recruiting an established consultant to join the team. The successful candidate will have the confidence to win and transact retained business. 


Our IT, Digital and Technology Practice is current made up of three; Matthew Cockbill, Alex Richardson and Kathryn Gallan. Matt is based in Birmingham and joined us in 2005 as Head of Practice, Alex is based in Manchester and focuses on IT Leadership within the public sector, and Kat is based in Birmingham focusing on Digital appointments.


We expect this person to have a proven track record of delivering challenging IT management and IT leadership appointments. We envisage the target clients will fall into the following sector areas:

  • Consumer & FMCG
  • Retail, Leisure & Hospitality


Examples of recent assignments:

  • Ingeus - Head of Infrastructure
  • PZ Cussons - Global Head of Information Security 
  • Cruise.co.uk - IT Director
  • HMCTS – x5  (Digital Transformation) Programme Directors
  • Matalan Ltd - Enterprise Architect
  • University of Wolverhampton – IT Director


We provide our clients with advice, support, challenge and a consultative approach. We challenge the brief, the role profile and ensure the remuneration package is built to secure the right hire at the right level. We believe that what we do matters.


There will be a focus on developing clients in order to win and transact assignments nationally. This individual will work closely with regional colleagues, Partners in the firm’s IT and Technology Practice and the Odgers Berndtson, Berwick and Interim teams generally to network and develop opportunities.


This role has a national remit and could be based from our London or Birmingham office. It will report into Matthew Cockbill, Partner and Head of the IT, Digital and Technology Practice.


Attracting and retaining the very best recruitment professionals is critical to our success.


Well networked, our consultants have the tenacity and passion to enable our clients to appoint the very best senior individuals. As a Berwick Partners consultant, you will be expected to:


  • Identify and develop relationships with clients (new and existing) through high level marketing calls. Offer market intelligence, present at pitches and business development meetings, and actively introduce colleagues
  • Listen to and interpret client requirements, developing commercially sound solutions
  • Take ownership of candidate management, recognising that talented people are our lifeblood
  • Professionally manage and deliver all assignments won, to successful completion
  • Create, develop and deliver events that offer clients and senior candidates the opportunity to network
  • Develop a personal profile, ensuring that you become a recognised and respected recruiter in your specialism
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and interact at the most senior level
  • Produce excellent quality, well written documents that add value to an assignment

About you

  • Intellectually capable, confident, self-assured and a tenacious self-starter
  • Self-managed, you will know what it takes to develop your reputation and position both internally and externally, without the need for heavy KPIs
  • Able to lead by example, act as an ambassador and uphold the culture, philosophy, integrity, quality, professionalism and ethics of the Berwick Partners brand
  • Able to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally

About us

Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, operates in the senior leadership recruitment market. We operate a 100% retained search model within the £70,000-£120,000 basic salary bracket and believe we stand out in a congested market by offering a quality and client-led service.


We are experts in senior recruitment; we understand the markets in which we work, yet we are never complacent about the importance of listening and learning. At times we need to advise and at times we need to challenge; we always need to deliver.


We are a national firm with offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. We collaborate and work closely with Odgers Berndtson, benefiting from their brand, reputation and work. We share a database, offices, events and away-days. This relationship means that for business development purposes, we are not a cold call environment.


Berwick Partners has built an excellent reputation for filling senior management and executive positions across a number of different sectors. We have split our market into three main areas:


Commerce & Industry, Public Sector and Functions


We believe that this structure offers clients the opportunity to tap into sector specialists and functional experts as the mandate dictates. We are passionate about what we do. We understand how important it is to deliver the right outcomes for clients and candidates and we take pride in the quality of our work.


What we offer


At Berwick Partners, we have created a mature and “grown-up” culture, one where you are trusted to deliver without weekly targets and sales incentives. We provide our consultants with a huge amount of support to enable them to be as effective as possible. Support comes in the form of:


  • Dedicated (shared) PA
  • In-house Research Team
  • Events Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Client Development Team


Our Vision


We strive to be the most trusted and respected search firm, setting the standard for excellence in our industry.




  • Upper-quartile base salary
  • Transparent commission structure, equal to a third of billings (less salary costs). Additional support is provided in the 1st year
  • Pension (including death in service)
  • 25 days holiday (and 3 extra over the Christmas period)
  • Interest free season ticket loan


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