Odgers Berndtson

Berwick Partners - Consultant - HR

Job Locations UK-London, England | UK-Birmingham, England
Posted Date 2 months ago(23/01/2020 14:55)
Job ID
# of Openings
Fee Earner
Business Unit
Berwick Partners
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time

About the role

Over the last eight years, Berwick Partners has built a strong reputation amongst senior HR professionals, which has been achieved through the work of both the HR team, and colleagues in other practice areas.


Our HR Practice until recently had three fee-earners; Basil leRoux, Jane Firth and Milly Black. Basil joined us in early 2017 as Head of Practice and is based in Manchester, Jane joined in 2016 and sits in London; and Milly joined in January 2019. Jane has recently been offered an opportunity to move internally into the HR Practice at Odgers Berndtson. We now seek to replace her role by recruiting an established consultant to join the team. The successful candidate will be an experienced professional, with the confidence to win and transact retained business.


Examples of recent assignments:

  • Jaguar Land Rover - Senior HR Business Partner
  • Oxford University Press - ER Director
  • On - Director of Talent and Engagement
  • Bank of Ireland - Senior HR Business Partner
  • Cooperative Bank - Director of HR
  • Prudential UK & Europe - Senior Manager for Group Reward
  • Sony Computer Entertainment - HR Director
  • Nuffield Health - Head of Talent
  • Essentra - Head of Reward
  • Severn Trent Plc - Head of HR Operations

We believe that what we do matters and that our success has been built on being honest with our clients and questioning their views and expectations. Thus, we challenge the brief, the role profile, and ensure the remuneration package is built to secure the right hire at the right level. 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 HR 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 any of our offices. It will report into Basil leRoux, Partner and Head of HR 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

Personal Attributes

  • Intellectually capable, self-assured, tenacious and a self-starter
    • Able to operate with pace
    • Able to make the right decisions for the right reasons
    • Take responsibility and have personal accountability
    • Move relationships and assignments forward appropriately
    • Have an opinion
  • Mature and self-managed. You will know what it takes to develop your personal brand and position both internally and externally, without the need for heavy KPIs or weekly review meetings.
  • Lead by example, act as an Ambassador and uphold the culture, philosophy, integrity, quality, professionalism and ethics of the Berwick Partners brand

Commercial Activity

  • Develop relationships with clients (new/existing) through high level marketing calls, offering market intelligence, cross selling through and with Odgers Berndtson and Odgers Interim, presenting at pitches and business development meetings, and actively introducing colleagues
  • Listen to and interpret client requirements, developing commercially sound solutions in line with the Berwick Partners offering and our Terms of Business
  • Professionally manage and deliver all assignments won, to successful completion
  • Drive account management and support the development of key accounts. Identify clients to target, network and develop on behalf of the brand with the view of creating high levels of continued work; expanding client relationships that further develop the firm's offering
  • Create, develop and deliver events that offer clients and senior candidates the opportunity to network, whilst promoting and developing the Berwick Partners brand in the ‘right way’
  • Develop a personal profile, both internally and externally, through effective relationship building as well as via LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media tools (blogs etc.) ensuring that you become a recognised go-to/respected recruiter in your specialism
  • Produce quality written documents that are in-keeping with the expectations of the greater OB and BP brands
  • Be proactive – suggest new ways of improving processes and systems, better assignment management and overall methodologies

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 its 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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