Research Associate


Perrett Laver

Hong Kong

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Role Managed by:

Kieran Pollentine

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Work for Perrett Laver

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date:

Perrett Laver is a leading global executive search firm. We are now seeking to appoint a bright, dynamic and ambitious individual to join our fast-growing company. Worldwide, Perrett Laver has over 100 employees in offices in Hong Kong, Sydney, Auckland, London, Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco and Vancouver. Our aim and passion is to find exceptional leaders in academia, schools, healthcare, arts and culture organisations, non-profit charities, foundations, NGOs, and other public or private sector organisations that have a positive impact on society.

From our Hong Kong office, we serve clients in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, and we support searches conducted across our global offices. We work across languages and time zones, and 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 people who are at the highest levels in their professions, 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 in both English and Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese) 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;
  • a positive outlook and willingness to contribute to the team spirit within the Hong Kong office.


  • Spoken and written skills in Chinese
  • 2 years of work experience and / or a graduate degree