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Heidrick & Struggles | Chicago, Illinois
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Job Description

Heidrick & Struggles is a premier provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services globally. In our more than 60 year history, we have conducted some of the most high-profile C-suite and board-level searches in the world.

Today, we are working with our clients across 29 countries to help them accelerate their performance and respond with agility to new opportunities and challenges in every industry. We continue to raise the bar in serving our clients as trusted leadership advisors, and we are also providing an expanded range of data-driven, tech-enabled tools and platforms across our executive search and consulting businesses.

Managing top talent isn't just our business. It's our passion, and we are committed to investing in and developing the careers of our own people.

We look for people with experience from a variety of industries and diverse educational backgrounds who are passionate about partnering with innovative and influential organizations and share our commitment to our purpose - to help our clients change the world, one leadership team at a time.

If you're ready to start or grow your career with us, learn more about our available opportunities at our website.

Job Description:


The Associate will partner with and assist the Consultant in all aspects of the search process including: business development initiatives; managing the execution and direction of research; search strategy development; position specification development; candidate development; candidate interviews, assessment and presentation; referencing; and client management. An integral part of an Associate's role is relationship management - networking and building strong relationships with senior executives (as potential candidates or clients) and assessing executives against the client's requirements.

We are committed to helping our clients to build diverse leadership teams and the Associate role is instrumental in that process. The Associate role is a highly visible role with excellent career track potential within the firm.

Specific responsibilities include:

* You will collect information from Client/Consultant, industry research and sources to gain comprehensive understanding of the Client Company, industry and the position requirements.
* You will assist the Consultant to develop position specification and a focused search strategy. Continually refines search strategy based on market or client feedback.
* You will researches and identifies prospective candidates through targeted company research, industry sources, relevant prior searches and internal sources.
* You will call prospective candidates and sources to elicit interest in the opportunity, obtain referrals, and/or collect market feedback.
* You will conducts phone interviews to qualify prospective candidates against position requirements and key competencies.
* You will present qualified candidates to the consultant.
* You will assist Consultant in conducting in-depth interviews to further assess qualifications and fit to position specifications.
* You will assist consultant in writing candidate assessments for presentation to the Client.
* You will maintain progress reports/status reports/market feedback reports for presentation to consultant and Client.
* You build good relationships and good rapport with candidates and sources and stays aware of talent in the marketplace.
* You will maintain the accuracy, quality and integrity of all search information in the Heidrick & Struggles proprietary database.
* Keeps consultant up to date on relevant trends and challenges in the marketplace with regard to business development activities and general market intelligence.

Qualifications & Experience

* You will have at least 5 years' experience in a professional services environment. Research experience is a definite plus.
* An undergraduate degree is required.
* You will identify market trends and researching information effectively through various channels.
* You are able to analyze business information and organize multiple points and large amounts of data into concise targeted information summaries.
* You have the ability to develop positive relationships to build an industry network.
* We seek personal and business maturity that leads to confident and rational business decisions.
* You demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness to develop well-planned strategies and achieve goals within tight timelines.
* Will have comfort and competence using technology in a business setting.
* You are able to leverage the consultant in his/her search work, enjoys and is competent with client contact.
* You are able to manage a demanding search load, balance multiple tasks and switch gears while maintaining priorities

Personal Attributes and Competencies

* Excellent communication skills: articulate, persuasive and able to communicate difficult and complex matters in a straightforward, transparent manner.
* Strong organizational, analytical, detailed planning and project management skills.
* Possesses the ability to maintain professionalism and honesty while building credibility, trust, and respect with both internal and external clients and customers.
* Ability to grasp concepts quickly and think beyond traditional methods to exceed client's expectations.
* Curious by nature.
* A team orientation will be a valuable addition to a collegial, collaborative environment.
* Proactive and self-motivated. Action bias with a strong sense of urgency.
* Tenacious: does not give up until results are achieved.
* Strong intellectual capacity: a continuous learner, highly analytical, good conceptual thinking skills.
* Detail-oriented without losing track of the big picture.
* Personal maturity and good judgment.
* Strong work ethic.
* Adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Heidrick & Struggles is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, or citizenship status.

About Heidrick & Struggles

Founded in 1953, Heidrick & Struggles partners with many of the world's leading organizations to create key strategic management teams. Operating from more than 50 offices in principal cities around the world, Heidrick & Struggles specializes in identifying chief executives, board of directors and senior level managers for organizations including Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, hospitals, universities, associations, not-for-profits and many other types of organizations.

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