Talent Acquisition Advisor - UK&I - Human Resources, Open to flexible working

London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham
18 Jun 2019
18 Jul 2019
Contract Type

To independently manage search and direct sourcing processes and campaigns, delivering an exceptional candidate experience to headhunted candidates and excellent client service to all relevant stakeholders.  Advises and partners with appropriate and often senior stakeholders to devise, coordinate and execute direct sourcing/ executive search strategies to attract premium talent from across the candidate marketplace.  In addition, takes accountability for proactively gathering and presenting various kinds of market intelligence and research to increase talent pooling and to better address strategic recruitment priorities.


Driving Search and Sourcing Delivery -

  • Acting with autonomy and with a deep understanding of a broad range of business areas, takes responsibility for determining, formulating and delivering appropriate sourcing/ executive search plans based on a thorough understanding of recruitment requirements – this can require overseeing the activities of other sourcing staff to drive maximum hires and cost-savings
  • Adds value to the sourcing and search process through gathering, communicating and applying understanding of trends across the sector
  • Researches, produces and presents market intelligence studies on topics such as hiring activity across the market, diversity & inclusion and compensation trends to better inform recruitment strategy and activities
  • Takes personal accountability for delivering searches, predominantly at Manager and Senior Manager levels, ensuring service delivery to diverse and often senior stakeholder groups
  • Produces written search briefs, manages stakeholder and candidate expectations end-to-end and advises on best practice in managing headhunted candidates
  • Delivers timely and appropriate feedback to headhunted candidates on interview outcomes, including delivering sensitive messages where required, taking responsibility for driving best-in-class candidate experience
  • Provides business partnering support to manage recruitment campaigns and address business stakeholder requirements and expectations
  • Collaborates with operational recruiter counterparts to deliver the offer process for potential joiners, particularly with respect to ascertaining and managing candidate expectations and managing the candidate through the offer negotiation process
  • Pre-empts and responds to candidate queries such as reward questions, start dates, inductions etc

Stakeholder Partnering and Management -

  • Manages a set of business, recruiter and other stakeholder relationships across a service line(s)
  • Attends and runs appropriate business meetings to gain knowledge of business strategy and performance
  • Influences stakeholder groups on how to source high quality talent against often complex and/or volume-based projects
  • Influences and educates stakeholder/ interviewer groups to ensure the best possible candidate experience is delivered consistently during the recruitment process
  • Acts as an advisor on trends within the sector and uses this to inform and drive direct sourcing and articulate the strategy for this to relevant stakeholders  
  • Keeps abreast of market/external and internal issues affecting the business
  • Partners with operational recruiters to monitor recruiting requirements across the service line and takes action to address critical skills shortages
  • Articulates and promotes the Talent Acquisition team’s service offerings to a diverse group of stakeholders to ‘win’ sourcing/search projects and differentiate our offering from recruitment agencies 
  • Proactively builds and maintains internal relationships, such as with the interview scheduling team, to ensure efficient search process management and exceptional candidate experience

Direct Candidate Sourcing/ Search -

  • Responsible for devising commercial strategies to achieve individual targets for direct sourcing of candidates
  • Sources a broad range of staff, predominantly Managers and Senior Managers, often in niche/ ‘difficult to find’ areas of the external candidate marketplace
  • Devises and implements research strategies and processes for identifying key talent quickly, deploying own network, new joiner meetings, job databases, Taleo, Avature, stakeholder networks and online sources
  • Works autonomously to talent pool, network and understand the candidate market, continually develops a strong network of candidates in the external market, as well as meeting new joiners and key business contacts to better identify and attract leading talent from across the market
  • Acts as an ambassador for EY in the external talent market, expressing a compelling vision of our employee value proposition and growth strategies as a firm to differentiate EY from its competitors
  • Researches and maps key candidate markets to respond to critical skills shortages, as well as taking informal soundings from internal sources on target candidates
  • Develops, maintains and expands talent pools in key areas of the talent market
  • Works effectively with the operational recruitment team to address shifting recruitment priorities and manage candidates effectively
  • Delivers Director-level searches as required
  • Using own sourcing expertise and ability to think and adapt to new areas quickly, delivers sourcing/search projects outside of his/her own service line(s), in response to sudden/ pressing/ unanticipated stakeholder requirements

MI and Reporting -

  • Produces and presents accurate, high quality written research and search update reports and MI in a timely manner
  • Presents activity updates verbally to a broad group of often senior stakeholders
  • Uses Taleo and Avature effectively to ensure data is maintained with integrity and accuracy to support the effective attraction of candidates and reporting on recruitment activity

Team Contribution -

  • Participates in and plays an active role in recruitment-wide initiatives, particularly with respect to improving direct sourcing, leading from the front in areas like Avature best practice
  • Devises, presents and delivers training to elevate sourcing skill levels across Talent Acquisition and Experienced Hire

Critical Technical Knowledge and Experience -

  • Able to design and drive recruitment strategies, especially direct sourcing related, in partnership with operational recruiter counterparts
  • Highly developed knowledge of and experience of sourcing/ headhunting candidates, typically at Manager and Senior Manager-levels
  • Accountable for building and strengthening effective business, recruiter and other stakeholder relationships
  • Strong commercial acumen, such that the individual can win his/ her own search projects and understand where to allocate time depending on shifting priorities and deadlines
  • Highly developed project management skills – able to plan and manage projects and deadlines effectively
  • Highly developed systems knowledge to drive ensure high quality data capture and reporting

Personal Competencies -

  • Strong communication skills, such that he/ she is able to differentiate EY opportunities with passive candidates, as well as being able to articulate Talent Acquisition’s offering to stakeholders
  • Influencing skills in order to be able to manage candidates and stakeholders effectively  
  • Able to adapt to change and understand wider recruitment objectives and priorities

EY Expectations at Senior Associate Level 2:

Winning in the market

  • Build EY brand and marketplace standing
  • Develop robust and enduring business and stakeholder relationships
  • Deliver profitable growth

People engagement and highest performing teaming

  • Act as a visible role model for our people
  • Coach and develop all of our people
  • Build and deploy high-performing teams, actively driving great teaming in own role

Quality and values

  • Support the foundations of service quality — be professional and consistent
  • Provide exceptional service to businesses and other stakeholders — be connected, responsive and insightful


  • Drive strategic initiatives
  • Demonstrate business acumen
  • Realise operational excellence

What working at EY Offers:

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

About EY:

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Join us in building a better working world. 


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