Principal Consultant – Permanent Recruitment Practice – PR, Communications and Public Affairs

  • Location: London
  • Salary: OTE: £60,000 - £70,000 depending on experience + great company benefits
  • Ref: JM-2108-7894
  • 2021-10-13T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield
  • Permanent

We're looking for a Principal Consultant to join our team

Do you want to work for the premium specialist PR & Communications headhunting firm in London? Would you thrive in a collaborative, fun and rewarding environment?

Who we are?

Ellwood Atfield is a specialist recruitment and search consultancy operating within the Public Affairs and Communications industry. Our in-house clients are responsible for protecting and promoting the biggest brands, products, services and corporate reputations. They influence public policy and help to shape legislation. We’ve built an industry-leading team of ex-practitioners and highly experienced recruitment experts who love what they do. Grow your career, work with market leading brands, and help to shape our story.

Post Covid, as a result of business growth from new and existing clients, we’re expanding our permanent recruitment practice with the appointment of a Principal Consultant. Reporting to a Board Director and working alongside other senior experts within the team, the role will be responsible for leading on client delivery, sales and account management within specific vertical markets (financial & professional services, FMCG and retail or technology and media). Most of our work at this level is retained and covers all levels from Managers to Senior Heads / Directors.

You will have the autonomy and support to grow your particular market area and will be well rewarded for its’ success. We aren’t like other firms – we don’t have rigid KPIs, we aren’t micro managed, we aren’t a “one size fits all”. We’re passionate about striving for excellence and delighting our customers, and we enjoy working in a grown-up, collaborative and fun environment. We’ve changed a lot in recent years and look forward to the next exciting chapter - in which we hope you’ll play a part.

What you’ll be doing?

Principal Consultants are responsible for leading and developing a particular vertical market/s area, including key account management and coordination of business development activity within that market. On a day-to-day basis you will manage the full recruitment life-cycle, including pitching for business, building relationships with clients, providing counsel, sourcing candidates and negotiating terms.

You will develop and embed a client development strategy to support wider business growth and will have financial responsibility for ensuring you meet practice targets. Clients could be major FMCG and technology business, banks, charities, consumer brands, professional associations, and other global corporates.

What you get from us

  • Access to an unrivalled senior network within the in-house corporate affairs space
  • A premium client portfolio
  • A financial stake in the future of our business – ask us for further info about our Employee Owned Business
  • A structured career path – we’re embedding new internal structures which ensure clear progression opportunities
  • Training – we have access to the leading recruitment training network and will develop a personalised training & development plan to support your needs and aspirations
  • Money – headhunting can pay well, and even very well. We’re recently launched a new pay & reward package which pays out monthly, is uncapped and offers real rewards for great performance. We also provide great benefits including 29 days holiday, private health cover, pension, a long-term savings plan and team celebrations & socials
  • Transferable skills and development – we like talent and have a knack for recognising it in people where they may not see it in themselves. We will support you in your career development, and if you’re good then of course we’ll want to keep you, but we’ll always support our people on their journey, even if it takes you away from us.
  • Exposure to the brightest and best people & practices of the communications and advocacy world.
  • A lively, exciting, and flexible workplace. We currently work 2 days/week in the office with flexibility to deliver your work from home/the office/wherever you wish around that.
  • Our reputation and brand on your CV. We’re well known and well liked!
  •  A career you can be proud of.

What we need?

If you are smart, proactive, engaging, interested in the world around you, and highly ambitious, then we will help develop your career in headhunting so you can deliver the best results possible.

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Ideally have a decent degree and proven experience of working in communications / client facing roles OR recruiting professionals in marketing, communications, digital or other professional services sectors at Senior/Principal Consultant level.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of credibility and confidence in dealing with senior clients and pitching for business.
  • Be interested and interesting. We expect you to consume news and keep abreast of what’s going on in current affairs, business and commerce and be able hold your own amongst some very lively and opinionated colleagues, clients and candidates.
  • Have an optimistic outlook – headhunting is not for the faint hearted, so we’re looking for go-getters with a high level of resilience.
  • Be a self-starter, hardworking and able to deal with ambiguity.
  • Be able to (or want to learn to) juggle multiple tasks and prioritise.
  • Understand the importance of teamwork – we do not succeed by undermining or competing with our colleagues but by using our collective knowledge understanding to deliver the best possible results.
  • Be personally ambitious and want to get ahead - you can make a lot of money working with us, but you have to work hard and work smart.
  • Have a good attention to detail and want to go the extra mile.

Please get in touch with Jo Miller ( / 07824649514) if this sounds like you and you’re interested in finding out more about current opportunities at Ellwood Atfield.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, docx, doc, Max. file size: 2 MB.
  • If you experience any difficulty applying, please email quoting the role you are applying for.