Research Associate, Schools and Educational Organisations Practice


Perrett Laver

London, UK

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Role Managed by:

Thomas Andrews

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6248


Primary Practice Group: Work for Perrett Laver

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 31/12/2021

Research Associate, Global Schools and Educational Organisations Practice (SEO)

Perrett Laver is a senior level executive search firm specialising in Education, Global Development & Non-Profits, Arts, Science & Research and Healthcare. We are an employee owned trust, and our diverse team incorporates over 120 employees from many different countries and backgrounds across our offices in London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Vancouver and soon to be Shenzhen.

Global Schools and Educational Organisations Practice (SEO)

The Perrett Laver Global SEO Practice is a leader in the sector and the fastest growing practice in the firm. Our clients range from leading independent schools, aspirational academies, multi-academy trusts, international schools, global schools groups and national and international educational bodies and charities. We believe passionately in the transformative power of education and we are deeply committed to connecting exceptional leaders with the best schools and education organisations worldwide. Previous clients include; Eton College, Christ’s Hospital, REAch2 Academy Trust, United World Colleges, BookTrust, International School of Geneva, Harrow International School Bangkok and Wellington College. We have grown our international client base enormously and this now comprises half our work.

The role

Research Associates are at the heart of Perrett Laver and are the ones who engage persuasively with candidates, provide expert advice and deliver outstanding and diverse candidate fields. The SEO Practice has grown from a £600k business to £1.5m in the past two years, and the further successful growth of the practice relies on us having outstanding research. We plan to be a £3m practice within the next two years and so are looking for Research Associates who will prove themselves quickly, deliver excellent results and progress to more senior roles.

Role responsibilities

Including but not limited to:

Identifying high calibre senior leaders, advocating on behalf of the client, and securing their interest in leadership opportunities across schools and educational organisations nationally and internationally.
Developing and maintaining long-lasting relationships with candidates.
Analysing the quality of candidate profiles and presenting these assessments to the Consultant.
Managing and independently directing multiple, high volume research projects.
Preparing and proofing client documents.
Contributing positively to the growth and development of the Schools team and the wider Perrett Laver research teams.


Person specification

As an organisation our shared-values unite us in our daily work and in our own team. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, we celebrate diversity, are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.


One to two years’ (or more) working experience in a fast-paced professional service environment;
2:1 or above in a recognised subject from an established university;
Tenacity, high levels of resilience, and a deep commitment to our vision with strong personal values;
Keen interest in the education sector;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Outstanding interpersonal skills;
Sharp and rigorous analytical skills and attention to detail;
High levels of organisational skills and personal drive.


What we can offer you?

Great scope for progression and promotion in the fastest growing practice in the business.
As a retained search firm, we offer a competitive salary, which is not driven by commission.
A central office location in Westminster.
Excellent benefits which includes private health cover and a generous employer contribution pension scheme.

If you are interested please send your CV and a covering letter to