Current opportunity

Executive Search Researcher


Work for a business you co-own. Grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Change the world by changing leaders in interesting and important organisations. Life’s more interesting working at Saxton Bampfylde.

  • Hybrid working – London and home

About Us

Saxton Bampfylde is a top UK search and leadership advisory firm with global reach and a ‘modest’ mission to change the world. Since our establishment in 1986, we have stayed true to our founding principles, namely our dedication to a unique and genuine search process that is different to our competitors, and our commitment to providing the highest quality service when advising on board level roles for our clients.

In 2014 Saxton Bampfylde became an employee-owned organisation. The business is held in trust for our Partners in what we believe is a first in the executive search industry, with an elected Trustee body who have oversight of the strategic objectives and values of our business.

We’re a curious bunch, taking an interest in the world around us and one another. We work in an environment that is inclusive, hard-working, celebratory and fun, with each partner playing their part to contribute to our collective success. We don’t just come together around a meeting table; from book club, to yoga, team socials to table tennis competitions, there is always something going on to get involved in. Giving back is key to us all and each of us contributes our time, energy, money and expertise to causes which are important to us.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for both recent graduates and people with prior business experience to join our research team. Candidates need to be articulate, proactive and curious. They need to be able to hold their own with the best and brightest and must be comfortable communicating on the telephone as well as face to face. In addition, candidates will have an empathy for others, a commercial awareness, a desire to work in a firmly team-based environment and the ability to convey ideas, as well as facts, succinctly and persuasively.

Our Researchers are naturally curious and enjoy learning about the world around them. From an early stage we give researchers a great deal of responsibility and autonomy; they must be able to meet these challenges with a keen attention to detail, an ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and a high level of self motivation.

The role

Research is at the heart of what we do. Our research team is responsible for identifying and developing candidates and acting in support of business development activities through maintaining a broad, sector-oriented knowledge base.  Research is primarily conducted through direct contact with potential candidates and sources on the telephone, and supported through tools such as our database, the internet and various industry publications.

Unlike many other search firms all our researchers work across sectors and with all members of the consulting team. We can find ourselves searching for an HR Director for a FTSE company one week, and the Director of a national museum the next. The variety of the work is one of the most appealing aspects of the role. We work on one assignment at a time, doing up to 3 weeks of intense research; this allows us to really get to know a particular market, comprehensively mapping that particular universe uncovering the very best possible candidates.

The research team

We currently have a team over 30 researchers who have come to us via a range of career paths. Our team is hugely diverse in terms of age and experience: from recent graduates to career researchers who have been in the business for over two decades. We are proud to welcome people from all walks of life. There are opportunities to move into a consulting role or to become a career researcher.

The research team works across three primary locations, London, Edinburgh and Guildford as well as employing experienced home-based workers. Despite this geographical spread, the team are a strong, collegiate group.

We have a rigorous training programme to offer new starters, combined with weekly development sessions. We offer the outstanding prospects you would expect from the first top ten search firm to have qualified as an Investor in People.

Our benefits include:

  • Opportunity to work flexible hours and from home regularly
  • Partnership bonus (dependent on company profits for the year)
  • 25 days annual leave + half day for birthday + half day in Dec for Christmas shopping
  • Group pension : 6% employer pension contribution (plus 3% employee contribution)
  • 4x salary life cover
  • Long term sickness cover
  • Private medical insurance
  • Give As You Earn
  • ½ a day per month to commit to a charitable cause
  • £500 welcome allowance on joining
  • Monthly wellbeing allowance (e.g. gym membership, yoga classes etc.)
  • Ride to Work scheme
  • Coaching and buddy network
  • Company Away Days, Team Away Days, book club, ‘Saxbam Uni’, tea, coffee, fresh fruit in the office, a charity committee who organise regular fundraising activities such as bake -offs, swimathons, 10k runs and many more.