Research Associate, Sydney

Ref: RA/Sydney

Perrett Laver


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Role Managed by:

Dr Patrick Marland

Senior Research Associate

t: +61 (0) 2 8354 4000


Primary Practice Group: Work for Perrett Laver

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date:

Perrett Laver is one of the world’s leading executive search firms, providing high-level support on some of the most senior appointments in academia, healthcare, non-profit charities, foundations and INGOs. As a global firm we have offices in Sydney, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, and Vancouver.


We are motivated by working with organisations that have positive impact on society and identifying inspirational leaders. Our clients have spanned from the University of Melbourne to Amnesty International, from major medical research institutes, to local enterprise organisations in Asia Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. We are committed to delivering excellent, professional service to our clients on every occasion.


Research Associates are at the heart of Perrett Laver. The role combines the intellectual skills necessary to grasp a complex brief, the research skills to identify world-leading candidates for leadership roles, the advocacy skills to engage such candidates, and the capacity to work as part of a core project team and a wider corporate team. You will have a thirst for knowledge, a methodical mind-set that will enable you to carry out a comprehensive and global search of the talent pool, and high attention to detail.


Research Associates are expected to manage the research phase of the project including background analysis, identification and securing of candidates, and candidate care. They work closely with and support the Project Management Team and the Consultant(s) in the delivery of projects through to the appointment of a preferred candidate.

Person specification:

  • university degree;
  • outstanding verbal and written communication skills marked by  adaptability, precision and nuance;
  • ability to manage multiple projects and to prioritise workload;
  • an intellectually curious mind-set;
  • collaborative, flexible and able to contribute to the development of a growing team;
  • sharp and rigorous analytical skills and attention to detail, particularly regarding the assessment of candidates;
  • tenacious, committed and results-oriented;
  • enthusiastic and proactive;
  • strong  appreciation  and  understanding  of  the  importance  of  punctuality, responsibility and discretion required for this role;
  • commitment to the mission and values of the Perrett Laver;
  • commitment to contribute to the culture within the Sydney office.


  • Science, business or engineering background
  • Languages
  • 2 years’ work experience and / or a higher degree


Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter to Patrick Marland at (no agencies please).