Wanted: a researcher – FJ Wilson Talent Services is hiring

15 Jun 18 LydiaFiona Wilson writes: I’m delighted to announce that we ourselves have a vacancy: we wish to recruit a researcher to our team. The details, which are below, may be downloaded as a PDF 19 Jul 18 FJW role 005.



FJWilson Talent Services (FJWTS) provides recruitment and search services to professional membership organisations, awarding bodies, and learning providers.

We wish to hire a researcher. The main function of the role is to (a) identify potential candidates for roles that we have been asked to help fill by our clients and then (b) screen those candidates in order to filter the list.

Who we are

We are a boutique talent company working in UK markets. We deal with executive, senior, and mid-level appointments. Our clients include AAT, CIOT, ACCA, the Institute of Customer Service, ICE, LIBF, IFoA, CIPS, CMI, CII, RIBA, the Open University, and RTPI.

We are successful: despite starting in the recession (2009) we have established a persistent record of strong growth. We’re also ambitious: our vision is to become the undisputed go-to agency whenever a professional membership organisation, awarding body or learning provider is recruiting at the levels we deal with.

Our ambition is founded on the fact that we have identified strengths that make us distinctive. These are itemised on our home page, fjwilson.com.

What the role involves

The role entails two functions – one major (accounting for 80% of the role) and one minor (20%).

The major function is, as described above, to source likely candidates for vacancies. This is likely to involve working on a range of roles spanning professional education and qualifications, business and product development, e-learning, public affairs, membership, strategy, and operations.

The typical process that this function feeds into runs as follows. (1) When a client asks us to work on a vacancy, the brief will be taken by one of FJWTS senior managers. (2) That person will then convey the requirements of the brief to you (and usually other researchers in the team). (3) You will then work to establish a list of likely candidates and (4) present the list to the senior manager, who will then (5) make a decision on which candidates to forward to the client.

Establishing a list of likely candidates typically involves (a) searching for possible candidates across various platforms, (b) making initial approaches to gauge interest, and (c) recording and documenting your activity.

When not working on actual vacancies, your main responsibility will be to build a network of potential candidates for likely future roles.

The minor function is to provide support and cover for our service delivery team. Typically this involves liaising with clients and candidates during the recruitment process.

To help you fulfil these functions, we will provide initial training, and on-going coaching, direction, and support once you have been on-boarded.

 Parameters and requirements

The post is permanent and full-time.  Working days can be worked flexibly, but must fall within the hours of 07:30 to 20:30, Monday to Saturday.

The post-holder will be home-based, with one day a month working with your line-manager in a London office for your 1:1 performance review and coaching. In between, you will communicate on a regular basis with your manager (and other team members) over Skype/video meetings and phone calls.

The person appointed will be required to take responsibility, and work with a good deal of autonomy, from the outset.

Essential attributes include the following:

  • Ability and willingness to perform tasks − often routine and repetitive − over sustained peiods, with pace and accuracy
  • Ability and willingness to work remotely (typically from home) and to organise and motivate yourself whilst doing so
  • Ability to prioritise in order to work effectively on multiple projects and meet various deadlines
  • Professional manner in communicating with external stakeholders (notably clients and candidates) and, internally, with colleagues and associates

Additional, desirable, attributes include:

  • Ability to remain calm, and thrive, under pressure
  • Proficiency when working with databases, Excel, Word
  • Confidence to adapt to new software or platforms when required
  • Commitment to high-quality customer service

In the light of the above, we wish to emphasise two points:

  1. Much of the work is process-oriented and requires methodical application of routines and protocols. Accuracy, reliability, and efficiency will be prized. If, in contrast, novelty and opportunity for high-level creativity are important to you, this role isn’t for you.
  2. You may have seen the video, which went viral, of an expert who was interrupted whilst being interviewed on television: https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2017/mar/10/bbc-correspondent-interrupted-by-his-children-live-on-air-video. Whilst this kind of thing is amusing online, it’s not amusing in a professional context. Our point is that for you to be able to work at home, we will require you to have a suitably professional working environment that enables you to separate work from domestic life and comparable interruptions.


The package offered includes:

  • Opportunity to work flexibly
  • Company pension (NEST)
  • Enhancement of the statutory holiday entitlement for all employees, by 1 day per year of service (after the first full year of service) up to a maximum of 10 additional days (i.e., awarded in the 11th year of service)
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Eyetests: employees can be reimbursed for an annual eye test (up to £30) and lenses up to the value of £50 if needed for computer use at work
  • Team-wide training/professional development days
  • Professional membership subscription fees to a professional body where membership is a requirement of your role
  • A ‘happiness and well-being day’ (including up to £100 spend)

As a company we encourage continuous professional development and, where appropriate, may consider offering financial support provided the training will demonstrably bring some tangible benefit to the business.

Applying for this post

Please send your CV and a brief covering letter to careers@fjwilson.com.

Closing date: Thursday 23rd August.

If shortlisted, first interviews will be video-based and take place w/c 3rd September.

If progressed, final stage interviews will take place in central London w/c 10th September.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Our privacy policy is available on our website: https://fjwilsontalent.com/gdpr-privacy-notice-employment-agency-only/.


No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability or age. We will gladly accept applications from all sections of the community. Furthermore, all qualifications listed are indicative and we confirm that we are willing to accept applications from persons holding equivalent qualifications.



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