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At Harris Hill we pride ourselves on bringing remarkable people together, and that’s as true for our own teams as the charity and education professionals we place. With over 35 consultants and 28 years’ experience of working with charities across the UK and internationally, we’ve built a reputation as the leading charity recruitment specialist, but there’s still plenty of room for us to grow.

That’s why we’re always interested in hearing from people who may want to join our business, whether you have recruitment experience already or are looking to start or change your career.

Whatever your level, if you’ve got the enthusiasm and skills required, do contact us for a chat about potential opportunities. There are also two key roles where we’re always interested to hear from new talent:

Consultant

As one of our key recruiters, you’ll work directly with both our clients and candidates, building strong relationships and using your expertise and superb people skills to make placements that all parties are delighted with. Typically you’ll take ownership of a particular category of roles, allowing you to become a real expert in your sector, knowing all of the best candidates working in your field and taking opportunities to develop and grow your business.

Resourcer

The biggest challenge for charity recruitment is finding great candidates, and that’s where our resourcers come in. You’ll focus on sourcing new talent for one of our team’s array of roles, meeting and registering new applicants, honing your recruitment skills, and using advertising, networking, marketing and social media tools to find even more great people. Many of our resourcers go on to make great consultants but there are other career paths available too.

So why work for Harris Hill?

Ask people about being a recruitment consultant and you’ll hear stories of long hours, pushy salespeople and an ultra-competitive, target-driven culture. We can honestly say that Harris Hill is different on all levels. If you’ve worked in recruitment before, you’ll find our open, friendly and supportive culture a genuine breath of fresh air, and if you haven’t, it’s a superb place to start.

As a company of just over 40 people, one of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone matters. What you achieve will have a direct impact on the bottom line of the business, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help you succeed. While there’s some healthy competition between teams, there’s no jealous guarding of individual commissions; we share information and support each other to achieve the best possible results for our clients and candidates, both because that’s our mission, and because we believe it delivers the best results for us too.

Open and flexible

You’ll also find we have a very positive approach to new ideas and ways of working; and we’re flexible enough to implement them. Whether you’re a senior manager or junior resourcer, if you’ve got ideas for improvements to processes, candidate attraction, marketing, social events or any other areas, they’ll not only be welcomed and encouraged, but frequently put into practice, so you really do have the opportunity to make a difference.

There are a few standard company processes you’ll need to learn of course, but beyond that there’s no single fixed style of working: unlike some recruiters we won’t be monitoring your calls per hour or insisting on arbitrary targets. Everyone’s different and, in our view, much more effective when treated as an adult and given the responsibility and trust to succeed. Provided you’re achieving the goals you’re aiming for, how you get there is very much down to your own working style.

A balanced approach

For many people, a better work/life balance is one of the key appeals of the charity sector and you’ll find it with us too. We work regular office hours which many of our staff balance with family, sporting, social or charitable commitments, and while we’d never stop you working into the evening if that’s your preference, it’s absolutely not expected. Throughout the year there’ll be a handful of out-of-hours events, like client networking evenings or the charity softball league finals where we’ll sometimes expect your support, but we think that’s a pretty fair deal.

Speaking of social events, we’re a friendly bunch and enjoy regular Christmas and summer parties, quiz nights, a running club, charity activities and all sorts of after-work socialising on a regular basis.

What else can we tell you? There’s a generous holiday allowance, plus extra days between Christmas and New Year and your birthday off, and we’re based right on the riverside in Vauxhall. The building’s widely known as ‘Charity Towers’ on account of being 17 floors high and home to the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Comic Relief; and being just two minutes from the station, various supermarkets, coffee shops, bars, gym and more, it’s an easy location to access and work in.

Last but by no means least, as well as earning commission on your placements, we have an extensive range of rewards and incentives for new starters and experienced staff alike: recently including a trip by first-class Eurostar to Paris and the Champagne region!

Who are we looking for?

If we had to sum it up in a few words: bright, well-rounded people who are, or have the potential to be, great recruiters!

Many companies champion diversity but it’s absolutely true to say there’s no such thing as a typical Harris Hill consultant: we range across ages and nationalities, from recent graduates to working parents, outgoing and gregarious to quietly hardworking and everything in between - no single personality type dominates so you can find your own niche.

It’s probably a testament to the open-minded approach we take to recruitment; if you have the ability to engage with people and build strong, ongoing relationships then we’d love to talk to you.

Make no mistake though, recruitment is unquestionably a sales business and you’ll probably already know if that’s not for you. For us though, a good salesperson is one who can truly get to know the candidates in their sector, and has the skills to really listen and understand what our charity clients are looking for, in order to bring the ideal people together. And with one of the best-known recruitment brands in the charity sector behind you, you’ll rarely be going in cold - what’s more important is your ability to delight customers and forge the kind of relationships that will ensure you’re their first port of call, time after time.

If you’ve got knowledge and experience (either as a recruiter or operationally) within one of our specialist areas, that’s undoubtedly a plus, but by no means essential if you’ve got plenty of the other qualities we’re looking for.

What’s the next step?

At the risk of sounding like an online dating profile, if you’ve got this far, we’d like to think you’re interested - so pick up the phone and give us a call! Or drop us an email - as we’ve said, we’re all about taking your own approach.

Contact Faye Marshall on 020 7820 7303 or email faye.marshall@harrishill.co.uk

 

 

 

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