Oxford HR – Research Manager, Americas

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Research Manager, Americas January 2023


Oxford HR is a leadership consultancy focusing on executive search and organisational effectiveness and dedicated to serving the needs of the for-purpose and not-for-profit sectors in a wide variety of sectors. In particular we work with clients in climate and conservation, education and health and across the international development landscape. We identify, support and promote the leaders, thinkers and doers that can help our clients make a real difference.

Oxford HR is an ambitious, fast growing and multicultural firm with a strong commitment to championing diversity and building resilience in leadership teams. Our hubs are in the UK (Oxford and London), Europe (Amsterdam), Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) and Asia (Singapore) with associate consultants and researchers across Canada, Bolivia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Belgium, India, Morocco, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Senegal and Australia. We currently have around 90 staff and Associates. This has doubled in size in the past twelve months and we expect this rapid growth to continue. In particular over the coming months we expect to establish a presence in the USA to help build our work in the Americas more broadly. The Research Manager, Americas will support the USA hub in leading and developing the research and project coordination team.

As an organisation we are aiming to become B-Corp certified, and our culture is based around openness and transparency.

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The Role


Research Manager, Americas


Washington, DC or a similar time zone in the Americas



$75k – $80k depending on experience

Managing a team of researchers and project coordinators across the Americas region to ensure all search projects are completed to an excellent standard and clients and candidates receive a world class service.

Reporting Lines: Reporting to the Managing Director, Americas, and with a dotted line to the Research Director (based in the UK), who is responsible for quality, training and policy across all global searches.

Manages associates, researchers and project coordinators.

Working closely with associates and consultants globally.

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Profile Summary

This is a new role, to help us develop a more locally focused research team in each of our regional hubs.

Oxford HR is undergoing a period of rapid growth through the establishment of hubs over the past three years in Nairobi, Amsterdam and most recently Singapore in addition to its founding base in Oxford, UK. We employ around 40 people with a similar number working as Associates or freelancers for us and have over 90 people in our current community, double the size of twelve months ago and likely to double again in the coming year.

We want to have researchers who are closely linked into the industry sectors we work in, able to develop a deep knowledge of the communities of talent available within those regions. So, we’re looking for people who are committed and passionate about those sectors, which include climate and conservation, health, education, trade and economic development among others.

The research manager is the person responsible for managing all the ongoing recruitment search projects in that region, ensuring that our clients are finding the best possible candidates for their leadership roles.

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Key Responsibilities

Internal facing

• Managing a small and growing team of researchers working remotely and locally, across a large geographical region working on recruitment projects

• Developing in conjunction with the research director and HR lead a training and development plan to ensure the research team are fully equipped to carry out their tasks to the highest of standards

• Helping the Regional Directors prepare for new projects, including support in pitches where appropriate

• Helping co-ordinate and communicate our work across the wider business and collaborate with other RMs in the business to build search teams for global projects

External facing

• Ensuring clients are properly supported throughout the search process

• Contribute to external events, conferences, workshops and debates virtually and in person to promote our work

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Person Specification and Qualifications


• Strong, demonstrable experience in executive search research

• A strong, demonstrable interest in the for-purpose sector

• Experience in supervision and management of staff

• Highly developed project management skills, utilizing appropriate platforms / technologies


• Experience of working successfully in a fast-growing SME

• Academic qualifications that support the ability to carry out research projects

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Personal Attributes

• A consultative, empathetic approach to colleagues, clients and other stakeholders

• Agile and able to pivot and adapt quickly to changing dynamics and requests

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with colleagues of diverse backgrounds

• Able to work well with significant autonomy

• Reflective thinker and proactive problem solver

• Strong communication, writing and numerical skills.

• Excellent presentation and public speaking skills

• Structured, well organized and attention to detail approach to work

• An entrepreneurial and commercial mindset

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Oxford HR Values

Oxford HR’s values are aligned with those of the international development sector, and we are trusted to appoint leaders who are not only technically competent but who are also aligned in terms of organisation’s culture and goals and committed to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the priorities in the Agenda 2030. More specifically we believe in:

Continuous improvement – we measure and evaluate what we do, get feedback and improve uponit. We use technology to support our work and ensure our team are constantly learning and developing their skills. We innovate wherever we can to secure our approach is the best possible for any project we undertake. We’re open to criticism. We’re naturally curious.

Collective and personal expertise – we believe no one person has a monopoly on the right answer and ensure we work collectively on our projects and challenges. We share knowledge and focus on disseminating ideas and expertise across the whole organisation. We hire people who are steepedin the backgrounds they’re delivering services in, who are professional and resourceful, and constantly eager to learn and committed to their own personal development.

Care – for our staff, our associates, our clients and candidates and for the sectors we work in. We work globally, across many cultures and constantly strive for a culturally sensitive response in all our projects. Our culture is non-hierarchical, and we regard staff and associates as equal parts of our Oxford HR family.

Cultural sensitivity - we recognise the under representation of certain minority groups in leadership roles and want to challenge that wherever we can. We relish having a diverse workforce.

Ethical and transparent – we uphold principles of ethical recruitment including openness and transparency in our dealings with candidates and clients.

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How to Apply

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job landing page and complete our online application form. Please provide a CV and statement, which should be prepared before applying as they will be requested in the application process. The statement should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit. Please relate your skills and experience to the person specification.

Closing Date

21st March 2023

Selection Process

All candidates will receive feedback. Shortlisted candidates may be required to undertake additional assessments and tasks prior to the final interview.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Equality and diversity are at the core of Oxford HR’s values. Staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please email research-manager-americas@oxfordhr.com

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