Principal Recruitment Consultant

Job title : Principal Recruitment Consultant
Location : United Kingdom
Job type : Permanent
Salary : Competitive + Commission
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​​Our principal recruitment consultant role suits a candidate with extensive experience within agency recruitment and a proven and thorough knowledge of business development, account management and the 360 recruitment process. Knowledge of the life sciences sector is essential - if you're an experienced recruiter without experience in life sciences, check out our senior consultant position instead.

We'll provide training and development that is moulded around what you already know, provide the resources you need to thrive, and give you a host of benefits that and rival other companies in the recruitment sector.

Your role as a principal consultant.

Joining the team as a principal consultant means you'll be continuously identifying candidate and candidate leads for your own specialism and other areas of the business, and converting those leads into business opportunities; signing new clients and placing candidates to contribute toward the business' overall sales target. Within your role you'll be:

  • Proactively seeking out qualified professionals in the life sciences space, using our industry-leading tech platforms and a variety of techniques.

  • Screening, qualifying and assessing candidates through analysis and interview. You'll also manage their entire process from job application to post-placement, arranging interviews, briefing and debriefing your candidates between each stage and providing feedback to clients.

  • Working on assignments from our existing clients while identifying any opportunities to work with new ones.

  • Continually approaching and engaging new businesses to partner with using a variety of our own processes, technologies and your own sales style. You'll also identify cross-selling leads within your own client base that could be used by other areas of the business.

  • Mentoring and providing ongoing support for junior team members or new starters. This will include classroom-style group training and one-on-one guidance.

  • Keeping tabs on the latest news in your market; you'll be responsible for a particular specialism within the life sciences industry, and you'll identify any new developments in this area. Read more on our specialisms here.

  • Working with your manager in shaping the way your team operate within your chosen sector, using your industry knowledge to guide operations and unlock new business opportunities - you'll be a key decision-maker when it comes to your team's processes, and a right-hand to your line manager.

What are the qualities and experience we look for?

We're looking for experience in a life-science recruitment role from a highly organised, self-motivated individual that is driven by results. To succeed in this role you'll be:

  • A 360 recruitment expert, ideally with a life sciences background or in a sector closely related to one of our specialisms. You'll be armed with tangible examples of your successes in previous high-performance agency recruitment roles.

  • A natural communicator. You'll be expected to be comfortable in a client-facing and candidate-facing capacity, but also confident when it comes to expressing your ideas, challenging processes or questioning decisions. You'll work closely with internal stakeholders and senior management teams and be involved in key decisions regarding your sector and the business as a whole.

  • Confident in passing on your expertise. You'll be expected to provide support to junior-level consultants and provide ideas and support that will guide your team to success.

  • Persistent. As with any sales role, you'll need the drive and ambition to see tricky assignments to their end, and push for information from clients, candidates or prospects.

  • IT competent and administratively sound. From MS Office to the latest recruitment tech, we use a lot of tech to support us in our roles. You'll be expected to comfortably get to grips with this, while ensuring compliance procedures are followed.

  • An ambitious team player. You'll be driven by your own success, while still willing to help those within your team and junior level consultants; you'll actively seek new business opportunities within your own specialism, while keeping an eye on opportunities to cross-sell other areas of SEC.

What do we offer our team?

We're continually keeping an eye on the industry standard when it comes to benefits packages, to ensure we're able to compete with the market standard. There's also room for flexibility when it comes to our employee offering; if you know of a perk offered by one of our competitors, another recruitment firm, or in your previous company, we want to know. We work hard to provide our employees with the best benefits on the market. Here's a look at some of the things you'll get as a member of the SEC team.

  • A great basic salary benchmarked against the industry standard, and an uncapped commission structure that allows you to take home up to 35% of the value of your placements made, as well as commission from any deals made where you're the account manager of that client.

  • A generous annual leave allowance; at least 25 days dependant on your experience, and your allowance will increase year-on-year. Of course, you'll also get bank holidays off on top of that.

  • Access to cutting-edge tech that will help you elevate your performance and results. We invest in products from LinkedIn, Cube19, Bullhorn, Paiger and Daxtra, and we're continually reviewing our tech stack offering to help you streamline processes and achieve.

  • Sales incentives. We run regular incentives and competitions, where exceeding your target wins you cash prizes, flashy tech, free meals out, even holidays. Each year we take our highest achievers on our big billers' trip - we've recently been to Cancun, Cape Town, NYC and Hong Kong.

  • Attendance at global events - we exhibit at and attend multiple pharma conferences throughout the year, in locations across the globe.

  • A brilliant social atmosphere. We hold monthly meetings with beers, after work drinks, regular in-office charity activities and quarterly open-bar events. We have a friendly, hugely diverse and social environment.

For more information on the benefits we offer, visit our work for us page.

SEC are industry leaders in the life science recruitment sector, with over 30 years heritage. Operating in over forty countries globally, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients, candidates and our own team. Read more about the SEC story here.