• Principal Consultant – Exec Search
  • Permanent
  • London
  • Up to £45000 per annum + commission USD / Year
  • Salary: £45000 per annum + commission
  • Consultant: Tiku van Houtem
  • Contact Number: 020 7939 7439
  • Expiry Date: 2024-07-26

Charity People
Position – Principal Consultant – Exec Search
Salary – circa £45,000 Plus Commission and Benefits
Location – London/ Hybrid/ Flexible working

About Charity People

Founded in 1990 with support from The Prince’s Trust, Charity People has dedicated three decades to transforming the non-profit sector into an appealing workplace, attracting exceptional talent, and facilitating effective non-profit sector recruitment. In late 2023, we transitioned to becoming wholly employee owned. All of our staff have become partners and share the responsibility for the success of the organisation. Click on this link for more information on Employee-Owned Businesses

Charity People is committed to maintaining an inclusive, supportive, prosperous, and fun workplace. We are passionate about supporting the non-profit sector to recruit more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively. Diversity recruitment efforts are crucial, particularly at the executive level, where minoritised groups are underrepresented. Our success depends on individuals who share our passion for making a difference and building a business dedicated to the relentless pursuit of that ideal.

About the Role: Principal Consultant

Join our dynamic Board and Leadership Practice as a Principal Consultant. You’ll play a key role in growing our executive search function and contributing to our primary focus-delivering exceptional Executive Search services for Chief Executives and Trustees/Non-Executive Board appointments within the Charity sector.

Our aim is to establish ourselves as the leading talent and leadership partner for organisations, providing invaluable support and playing a pivotal role in their success and impact. Your expertise will be instrumental in shaping the leadership landscape of the non-profit sector, and your contributions will be integral to our mission of making a positive difference in the sector.


Business Development

  • Manage end-to-end recruitment processes for CEO and Board recruitment
  • Respond to RFIs and RFPs and lead on pitches
  • Maintain a network of high-calibre contacts to raise the profile and reputation of the Board and Leadership Practice and Charity People

Project Delivery

  • Advising clients and potential clients on current sector trends and on running open and inclusive recruitment campaigns
  • Challenging and developing the role brief
  • Design and execute talent acquisition strategies and brief our in-house researcher and delivery consultant accordingly
  • Assessing candidates comprehensively and rigorously.
  • Playing the lead role in longlisting/shortlisting meetings
  • Advising and managing salary negotiations, packages, start dates, etc
  • Collate market-related data such as salary surveys, industry trends, etc.

About You:

We seek motivated individuals with ambition, and a commitment to excellent delivery. You should be solutions-focused, self-accountable, and comfortable working unaided and as part of a team.

Essential criteria include:

  • Prior experience in an exec search or recruitment firm, ideally in the Not for Profit/ Third Sector
  • Excellent written and rapport-building communication skills.
  • Managing multiple assignments at a time and delivering to tight deadlines whilst still upholding the highest quality standards
  • Genuine passion and commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
  • High levels of integrity
  • Strong reasoning skills to gather information from different sources and identify top-tier professionals.
  • Passion for delivering excellence to clients and candidates.
  • Previous experience in successfully growing new business and delivering against fee income targets.


We offer a competitive salary of £45,000, a commission scheme and benefits package, personal development, career opportunities, and an excellent, high growth working environment.

To learn more and view our Job Description, please send your latest CV to our internal recruitment team by clicking apply. If we find your experience aligns with our requirements, we will be in touch with the JD and details on how to apply formally, if you like the sound of us.

Application Deadline:

9 am, Friday, 26th July 2024

1st Interview: Anticipated online w/c 5th August 2024

2nd Interview: Anticipated in person w/c 12th August 2024

Our head office is near London Bridge, though all staff work flexibly. Candidates are likely to need to come into the office 1 day per week for this role.

We are committed to building a more representative workforce and encourage applications from disabled people and individuals from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds. The range of perspectives and experiences diversity brings is an asset. We aim to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for our staff team, candidates, and the charities we work with.

As part of our commitment to the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all applicants who have a disability provided they meet the minimum requirements in the person specification for this role (key competencies can be found in the job pack). If this applies to you, please let us know that you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, along with any adjustments or special arrangements that you need to help you with during the recruitment process and/or for an interview.

If there is anything we can do to make the process more accessible or for you to perform at your most confident self, please just let us know.

We will inform all applicants of the outcome of their interest within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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