Research Associate

Ref: RA/Aus

Perrett Laver

Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne

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Role coordinated by:

Arturo Uriostegui

Senior Consultant, Australia

Primary Practice Group: Work for Perrett Laver

Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience

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 Perrett Laver Australia.


2 years’ work experience and / or a higher degree.

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

Note: applications that do not include a COVER LETTER will not be considered.

The successful candidate MUST have the legal right to work in Australia.