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Senior Freelance Recruitment Consultant - London - £30-35k basic plus commission

My client is a specialist creative recruitment agency.  Their London offices are based in the heart of Covent Garden, within easy reach of the creative scene.  They also have teams located in Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong.

My client are proud to have been connecting the best talent since 1997 and work with some of the most creative individuals, agencies and brands around.  they work on both permanent opportunities and freelance briefs and make great introductions within the creative, design and digital space.

They believe that ability is nothing without opportunity and they have always embraced innovation, new ideas and new ways of working with their clients and candidates.

They believe that a positive recruitment experience is all in the detail, the phone call, the face-to-face meeting, the connection, the interview preparation, the opportunity….

To help build the successful freelance team they are now looking to recruit an experienced creative consultant to work alongside a senior hire and help develop and work with the freelance team.  This is a successful and high performing team.  However they know there is always room to learn and improve existing practices.  They also know there is more business to be had…can you make a difference?

What’s in it for you?
They work in great offices, are a good bunch of people, of varied age and experience, all intelligent and hard working but they make time for chat/banter and to share the highs and lows of recruitment.  They pay a good base salary and anticipate that, by the second year of work, you can easily earn double your base salary.  They operate a team commission (paid monthly) and a quarterly personal bonus.  They also offer 20 days holiday (additional to bank holiday and Christmas days (5 extra days this year)) and company health insurance and
employer pension contribution post probation.  They also celebrate birthdays, enjoy team nights out and company strategy days, usually somewhere nice coupled with fab meals and drinks.

Background to the role and responsibilities
My client have an excellent reputation in creative recruitment. The freelance business has always been the backbone of the London business and it’s a busy service desk - the phone rings and the team find the right talent. Quickly.

Working with the team of 3 freelance consultants, you will be an experienced recruiter used to working on a fast paced and demanding piece of business.

The existing pool of regular candidates on the database is large, diverse and they are regularly contacted for up to date availability. They constantly ‘feed’ this pool by meeting new freelance talent: from creative artworkers, designers (print and digital), Art Directors, copywriters, digital developers to creative services and project
management people. This usually entails the consultants meeting 2 candidates a day - but sometimes more sometimes less.

As a senior consultant you will help lead and motivate the junior team to continue to develop the freelance business as well as service live briefs. You will be a billing consultant and be driven to continue the good work: identifying and interviewing relevant candidates and building consultative and positive relationships with them.
You will advertise and attract candidates through various job boards. You will also use LinkedIn regularly.

When you join my client you will be inheriting a warm desk - you will be allocated some existing clients to work with and live briefs to manage from the off. There is plenty of scope for re-awakening lapsed clients (who they haven’t worked with for 12 months+) and this would be an ongoing focus of your role. Their database is well
maintained and provides easy access to all the information you could ever need to help you carve out a significant piece of business for yourself. As a senior team member you will be hungry to develop your own client base through identifying opportunities, generating new business and building strong and rewarding client

As part of your innate pride in your work (and in becoming a trusted advisor to clients and candidates) you will strengthen your expertise by keeping up to date with creative industry news, innovations and trends.

What they are looking for:

Integrity - some call recruitment ‘sales’, my client thinks of it more as a long term relationship that involves listening, understanding and making a great match. Success is determined by a number of factors in their book, not just the fees: the quality of the relationships, how likely someone is to recommend them and further their positive word of mouth reputation etc. If you are ONLY driven by the fees and commission this isn’t
enough for my client.

Care factor – this is at the very core of what makes a great consultant at my client.  You either have it or you don’t. They are a commercially savvy, hard working and driven team BUT what really helps them make a difference is the desire to help candidates find a great new job and make a good match.

Outstanding communication skills - You’ll spend a huge amount of time talking to creative talent and clients in this role. Whether you are interviewing a candidate, taking a brief from a client or making a new business introduction you should have the communication skills to make a strong natural connection with people.
Sometimes you’ll need to write an advertisement or work closely with a client to develop a job description so it would be an advantage if you can write engaging and convincing copy too.

A consultative and intelligent approach – My client spend time getting to know their clients and candidates well so that they ultimately gain a deeper understanding of their characters, aspirations and expectations. You should have a consultative approach along-side a genuine passion and interest in working with the creative sector.

A highly motivated team player – They’re a collaborative team with a strong work ethic so they’d like someone willing to contribute to their team spirit but who is equally able to work autonomously and deliver results.

A well-organised individual – Although they are looking for someone with creative flair, you will need to have good organisational skills to manage a busy day-to-day schedule. They have an incredibly effective and efficient database to help you do this though!

A flexible character – This role can be hugely varied and sometimes you’ll need to handle roles and expectations that are not necessarily in your comfort zone so you’ll need to have an adaptable and flexible approach and thrive on new challenges.

Good work ethic – Typically they work very reasonable and balanced hours.  However, recruitment can’t always be managed in normal working hours so my client are looking for someone with a good work ethic and attitude to want to go the extra mile: to meet candidates out of hours and out of the office, to stay and search on a
brief that comes in at 5.30pm, to think bigger picture at every turn and to have the brand in mind in all your interactions. If this isn’t in your bones, this isn’t the right role for you…

A commercially-driven mindset – You will probably have a natural and intuitive flair for spotting business opportunities and building relationships, ultimately helping them become more effective and profitable.

My client is ideally looking for an established recruiter who has experience working in the creative, design and digital space.

The rewards are substantial and they look after their employees well.  They have a collaborative and supportive team structure with individual initiatives and incentives and plenty of tea, toast and fresh fruit to keep your energy up!

Call Cheryl on 0203 696 1210 or email cheryl@gsr2r.com to explore this exciting opportunity further!