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Director of Search


Join, Grow, Lead

Job Title: Director of Search

Reporting to: CEO

Salary: OTE uncapped

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (Head Office), with hybrid working.

Who We Are: Shirley Parsons specialises in placing Health & Safety, Quality, Sustainability, and Environmental professionals across European, North American, and Asia Pacific markets. Our culture fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, supports career ambitions, and provides tools for unlocking your highest potential. We are seeking an experienced Search Leader to elevate and drive the strategy of our Search capability. Join our dynamic team and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of executive search and contribute to our UK business growth.

The Opportunity: The Director of Search is a senior leadership role driving our entire search process. We seek a search professional with a deep understanding of the search industry, exceptional leadership skills, and a track record of delivering top-tier executive placements.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships, with a focus on C-Suite with an unrivalled understanding of their executive talent needs.
  • Lead business development efforts, identify new opportunities, and contribute to divisional growth.
  • Manage a small team of search consultants, researchers, and support staff, fostering a collaborative culture.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.
  • Oversee end-to-end executive search process, ensuring timely project delivery and maintaining high standards.
  • Stay updated on industry trends, talent pools, and competitor activities.
  • Develop and implement effective search strategies to attract top executive talent.
  • Personally engage with senior-level candidates, conducting in-depth interviews and assessments.
  • Ensure a rigorous evaluation process to match candidates with client requirements.
  • Uphold ethical and legal standards in executive search practices.
  • Implement quality control measures for candidate assessments and documentation.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Extensive experience in search and recruitment with a successful track record at C-suite and senior executive levels.
  • Experience of the HSEQ and/or sustainability market would be preferred but not essential.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing a team.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of industries and sectors related to executive search.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and exceed client expectations.
  • Ethical and professional conduct in all interactions.

Our Philosophy – Join/Grow/Lead

Join: Become an integral part of our dynamic team, where innovation meets excellence. We are on the lookout for passionate individuals who are eager to contribute their skills and ideas to a collaborative and forward-thinking work environment. Join us in shaping the future of HSEQ and sustainability and make a meaningful impact from day one.

Grow: At Shirley Parsons we believe in nurturing talent and fostering professional development. Whether you're just starting your career or bringing a wealth of experience, we provide opportunities for continuous learning and growth. Our commitment to your success includes mentorship programs, training initiatives, and a supportive culture that encourages you to thrive both personally and professionally.

Lead: Ready to take the lead in your career?  At Shirley Parsons you'll have the chance to lead projects, teams, and initiatives that shape the future of the HSEQ and Sustainability industry. Many of our hires are now leading our global growth having opened offices from Boston and Los Angeles to Sydney.  We value leadership at every level and empower our employees to take ownership of their roles, driving innovation and excellence.

Ready to Join, Grow, and Lead?  For an initial conversation please contact Christopher Jones at