Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition

Postgraduate degree
Functional areas
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Overview of the Role

Alvarez & Marsal has, over recent years, become one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic provider of Operations, Performance Improvement and Value Creation advisory services to a multitude of clients across the region. As a result of several high profile and headline worthy acquisitions of senior staff, new clients and leadership mandates recently, A&M is now considered a market leading and highly sought-after professional services firm. Therefore, a role now exists to join our Talent Acquisition team based in London, to drive and executing the sourcing strategy and subsequent recruitment process across several core pan-European business units – ultimately being a prime influencer and contributor to the ambitious growth plans in this region.

In particular, you will have focus on and responsibility for our European Performance Improvement Business Units, with a significant interest in the Private Equity community, Restructuring and Corporate Transformation teams. Acting as a trusted adviser to the business whilst providing input and guidance at Senior Stakeholder level; you will be absolutely central to the identification & attraction of talent into A&M across Europe.  

Scope of job:

  • To work closely in partnership with the business units to contribute to identifying skills gaps and assessing against utilisation levels and general client pipeline outlook to agree the resulting recruiting priorities.
  • To then deploy candidate sourcing strategies using your own skills and experience as well as the sourcing tools available to the business and TA team across Europe. This will include, but not be limited to, direct approach, advertisement response and networking (internal and external). It is essential that the successful hire will have some experience of identifying and attracting Senior leaders across both professional services spectrum and from within industry (CXO and Partner level hires).
  • Your role will also be to champion and manage rigorous screening process to continue to ensure high quality hiring delivery; to include interviewing as well as any managing appropriate skills testing and referencing.
  • You will also be reporting back to the business with accurate and timely status updates as well as organizing thorough briefing and preparation sessions to ensure the hiring managers are clear as to candidate/process status.
  • To manage and support all aspects of the offer stages of the process and to be an effective conduit between HR, Legal and the wider Talent Acquisition teams based in Paris, Munich and Frankfurt.
  • You will work closely with a broad spectrum of hiring managers across different teams on their talent requirements, collating and sharing market intelligence on the competition, promoting employee branding, our diversity and inclusion policies and standards; as well as managing the relationships and terms and conditions of external search firms and contingent agencies. 


  • Significant and proven experience of retained search or proactive sourcing engagements with an Executive Search firm or contingent recruitment agency;
  • Experience within the Private Equity, Corporate Transformation and Restructuring candidate populations a distinct advantage;
  • Demonstrable experience of effective communications, within complex organizations, in particular with geographically dispersed staff;
  • Experience of successfully influencing staff and hiring managers at all levels within an organization;
  • A combination of external and in-house recruiting experience would be highly valuable;
  • An established relevant network and track record of hiring in London / major UK cities and ideally some wider European territories, ideally to include knowledge of local employment custom and practice to include, to an extent, local employment law;
  • Proven experience recruiting and managing offer negotiations at all levels up to Managing Director/CEO/Partner;
  • Ability to identify, attract and approach job seekers through networking, referrals and direct sourcing methods;
  • Demonstrable ability to take ownership of selection processes and successfully manage challenging and time pressured assignments, often with competing client deadlines;  
  • Experience of using LinkedIn and other best practice sourcing tools and technologies required as well as developing new creative sources of candidates;
  • Strong customer focus, business acumen, process management, communication and negotiation skills;   
  • Ability to absorb and assimilate information quickly, getting to grips with new roles and business areas;
  • Be tenacious and thorough with a highly organized and structured approach to work, prioritizing and expectations management;
  • Experience managing talent acquisition across multiple business disciplines and sometimes geographies;
  • Demonstrated success with using best practice recruiting methods
  • Strong candidate relationship building/management skills at all levels- gaining trust, adding value throughout the relationship, and playing a vital role in managing the A&M candidate experience.

Knowledge and skills

  • Fluent English to a native level is essential - an alternative European language proficiency (both written & verbal) is a distinct and preferable advantage;
  • Demonstrable track record in sector candidate populations as listed above – namely Private Equity, Corporate Transformation and Restructuring.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrable strength in organizational skills and a quick responsiveness to stakeholders, are both essential;
  • Experience of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders including senior international leadership;
  • A sound knowledge of the European labour market, with a preference for Professional Services recruiting custom & practice;
  • Able to work on own initiative;
  • Strong diplomacy skills and ability to adapt your style to different personalities and approaches to work;
  • Experience of using web-based applicant tracking systems; (Workday experience a huge advantage)
  • Proficiency using MS Office with good skills in Excel and PowerPoint;
  • An active advocate for and experience of adopting an approach to recruiting that successfully captures the power of diversity and inclusion in the workforce;
  • Ability to think laterally and strategically;
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills; you will be enthused by the opportunity to work as part of a high performing and fun European Talent Acquisition function.

Highly Desirable Candidate Requirements:

  • Previous experience of (and ideally network) from recruiting for professional services;
  • Additional European language fluency (Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German or a Scandinavian Language) a distinct advantage.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity and we foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

Job information

Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree