Instant Impact • UK Hybrid

Director Executive Search - HR Exec Search

Employment type:  Full time

Remote-first – We have an Office

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description

Director Executive Search - HR Exec Search

Salary: negotiable
Location: London is ideal; however, it can be anywhere in the UK, but will require frequent travel to London HQ

About Instant Impact Instant Impact are on a journey to become the Talent Solutions & RPO partner of choice for & mid-sized businesses. A critical step is to launch Impact X, an HR executive search and advisory arm of our business to allow us to better engage with buyers, particularly CPOs, HRDs, and Private Equity firms. About the role We’re looking for an experienced HR Executive Search professional to lead this exciting new venture. Uniquely, this role will focus both on building up the P&L for Impact X itself and for generating new RPO clients for Instant Impact. Providing a top-notch candidate experience and building deep relationships with a broad range of HR leaders will be key to success. You’ll be building on Instant Impact’s platform which will give you access to:

  • Our Centres of Excellence to help you generate candidates and put together high-quality designed collateral.
  • Technology to support a differentiated candidate go-to-market approach.
  • Brand recognition as part of one of the most innovative SME Talent Solutions businesses in the UK and the US.
  • Sales tools (HubSpot, Amplemarket, LinkedIn Sales Nav) and processes to support client generation.

Your responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

Build a differentiated solution:

  • You’ll be responsible for continually improving our solution, working with key stakeholders (e.g. Private Equity firms) to solve their pressing HR challenges
  • As a new entrant to crowded market, we want to hone and define a clear USP focused on delivering additional value wherever possible to our clients. Our current focus is on:
  • Advisory services to help our clients improve their HR functions;
  • Running events and building a network of HR leaders; and,
  • Identifying emerging trends and technologies to integrate into the service offering to ensure that we’re at the forefront of innovative HR search.

Establish Impact X as a leading HR Executive Search and Advisory firm:

  • Build and run a profitable and exciting business stream, growing and leading a team to support the demand that you’re able to generate
  • Develop and nurture a robust pipeline of potential clients through networking, referrals, and targeted marketing.
  • Lead business development efforts to acquire new clients
  • Build trusting relationships with HR leaders both as clients and as candidates.

Generate new business for Instant Impact’s broader Talent Solutions:

  • Explore whether RPO would be of benefit to candidates and clients that you’re talking with and make introductions where appropriate.
  • Identify opportunities to further expand our Talent Solutions offerings.

About you:


  • Desire to build and run your own business unit with the ability to thrive in an innovative and fast paced environment
  • Significant experience in HR Executive Search with a strong network of HR leaders in the SME space in the UK (and ideally the US)
  • Exceptional problem-solving ability with very strong project and people management skills
  • Proven experience of driving business change and influencing people
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to drive revenue growth and profitability.
  • Comfortable working with lots of different senior stakeholders.
  • You embrace change, are motivated by big challenges and are willing and able to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into any project big or small.
  • You have a passion for learning and love giving and receiving feedback!


  • Understanding of RPO and other Talent Solutions
  • Experience working in and growing a global business

What we can offer you in return:

  • The opportunity to have a transformational impact on an agile, growing business
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Profit share in the Impact X business that you’d be growing
  • Share Options in the wider Instant Impact business
  • Hybrid working – time split between our London office and working remotely
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays, 1x Employee Enrichment Day and 1x Recharge Day per annum)
  • Lots of other benefits aligning with our purpose of building a world class business that people love being a part of!

At Instant Impact, everyone is welcome. We are committed to maintaining and growing our diverse and dynamic team and the inclusive culture we have built. We encourage everyone to bring their authentic selves to work regardless of; age, sexuality, religion, disability, pronouns, neurodiversity, gender, ethnic group, or beliefs. Instant Impact is actively seeking to hire a diverse workforce so we can continue to celebrate inclusion and diversity in its full. Should you need any reasonable adjustments made to this application process, or need this job advert in different formatting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Company benefits

Enhanced maternity leave – 13 weeks paid maternity
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks paid maternity
Work from anywhere scheme – Work from anywhere in the world for up to 4 weeks a year
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Teambuilding days
Teambuilding holidays
Work from home allowance
Open to part-time employees
Early finish Fridays
Flexible working week
Compassionate leave
Health insurance
Optional unpaid leave
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Matched pension contribution
Share options
Personal development budgets
Charity donation scheme
Company wide holidays/offsites
L&D budget
Personal development days
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can find the perfect balance of life and work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
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Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Instant Impact

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Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London Waterloo

Hiring Countries

South Africa

United Kingdom

United States

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