Client Account Manager, UK

Ref: CAM21

Perrett Laver


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Role Managed by:

Chantal Blazquez

Senior Project Manager

t: +44 (0) 207 340 6272

f: +44 (0) 207 340 6201


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Client Account Managers are integral to the executive search process and are responsible for ensuring our clients, candidates and colleagues receive world-class administration across all areas of the business. The role requires a person of considerable talent who has the ability and highly developed organisational skills to proactively juggle multiple tasks and perform them at pace with accuracy and excellent attention to detail. There is substantial contact with both clients and candidates, so highly developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including a strong customer service ethos and an appreciation of the importance of quality, discretion, and integrity.

Key responsibilities – including but not limited to:

  • Effective project management of upwards of 15-20 projects at a time.
  • Be a champion for quality and precision, internally and externally.
  • Provide professional and efficient liaison with respect to candidates, clients, new business & troubleshooting.
  • Take ownership of the client and candidate relationship and act as an extension of the Consultant to drive each process forwards.
  • Excellent administration including diary management, organisation of meetings and preparation, proofing & dissemination of relevant materials.
  • Support the Consultant with the design and implementation of a strategic business development plan.

Person Specification

  • Experience in a fast-paced environment, ideally with some element of customer service or client facing experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Articulate, clear, and confident when liaising with leaders at the most senior level, both in person and on the telephone.
  • Sharp and rigorous attention to detail and a commitment to delivering a high-quality service.
  • Highly organised with excellent time-management skills and the ability to prioritise effectively.
  • Solutions-focused, results-driven, and able to thrive in a challenging, time-sensitive environment while remaining calm under pressure and handling all situations with the utmost care and integrity.
  • Positive, curious, enthusiastic and a great team player, as well as highly capable of working independently.
  • A creative and flexible approach, strong work ethic and drive, demonstrated ability to be proactive and take initiative, as well as the ability to think outside the box.
  • A commercial mind-set and the desire to work in an environment that proactively seeks out business development opportunities, taking responsibility and ownership for driving business development activity.

Desirable but not essential:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  • Knowledge of and interest in Higher Education and Science and Research Leadership.

What can we offer you?

As well as notable opportunities for development, we offer a benefits package and world-class rewards. As a retained search firm, we offer a competitive salary, which is not driven by commission. In addition, there are excellent benefits which include private health cover and a life assurance and benefits platform. This is a permanent role based in our London office.  .

How to apply:

If you wish to apply, please send us your CV and covering letter by visiting and quoting reference CAM21.

Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.

Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, identity, and experience drives us every day – for clients, for candidate identification and in the recruitment, development and retention of colleagues. 

To ensure inclusion on the basis of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstance, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, political or religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, we would like to specifically invite applications from under-represented groups.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will only notify shortlisted applicants. Due to covid-19 restrictions, while we are all working from home, interviews will take place over MS Teams, Zoom or by phone. This role will be open until filled.

For a conversation in confidence or should you require access to these documents in alternative formats, please contact Sophie Kennedy, Head of Project Management (UK & Ireland) on 020 7340 6205 or at

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