Research Consultant

Reference Number: 7565aa

Location: Christchurch

  • Join an Iconic Executive Search Practice
  • Part Time, Flexi Working Environment
  • High Performing, Client Focused Team
  • Finding Top Talent


About the Role:

A world class talent research capability is a critical part of our service offering. A rare opportunity has arisen due to an internal promotion. We are seeking a Research Consultant to join our team, supporting Senior Consultants across the end-to-end recruitment process, participating in client briefings, sourcing and managing candidates through to candidate placement. Key to this role will be the:

  • capacity to quickly understand a client’s organisation and their specific talent requirements
  • aptitude to identify top talent through a variety of researching avenues
  • ability and confidence to approach senior executives and clearly articulate opportunities.  


About You - Skills & Experience

Our Christchurch office is looking for an awesome communicator who naturally connects with our clients and candidates. To be successful you will:

  • have proven commercial and business acumen with a minimum of 3 years experience preferably gained in a professional service focused and fast paced environment;
  • have a good eye for detail, be articulate, highly organised
  • be a great team player;
  • be driven to deliver high quality results;
  • ideally be tertiary qualified;



  • Join a fun team of top professionals;
  • Genuine work-life balance;
  • Attractive remuneration;
  • Flexible working arrangements and candidates seeking a career change will be considered;
  • Exposure to our recruitment and organisational development practice to further enhance your skill set;
  • This is a unique opportunity with attractive career progression prospects.


About the Company:

Sheffield has built a highly reputable and trusted brand over 60 years as a NZ owned and operated national human resources advisory firm. Our Christchurch based Search and Selection team works across the spectrum of New Zealand’s private and public sector organisations to appoint Directors, Chief Executives, Senior Managers and hard-to-find specialists. 



Our consultants act with the utmost integrity, honesty and with complete confidentiality.  We live our values every day and these include: whãnau, trusted partnerships, client focus, integrity and excellence.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 9 May  2021. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing Information document.

For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.

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