Manager - Reward

Jade Sweeney

After graduating from Durham University with a BSc in Anthropology I immediately entered the recruitment world, completing a graduate training programme with a boutique regional search firm. I then made the big move to London where I have had the pleasure of recruiting for several years on both search and contingency assignments. I am proud to have worked both regionally and internationally with some of the most exciting and well respected brands in the world.

At Oakleaf Partnership I am part of a very successful, specialist Reward and Analytics division. My first three years at Oakleaf Partnership focused on building our presence and expanding our reputation, specifically across the Commerce and Industry space. We now have a client base in C&I that rivals our roots in Financial and Professional services. Currently, I focus exclusively in the mid to senior level market, covering all aspects of Reward & Analytics across all sectors. As part of one of the largest specialist teams in the market, we are respected for being truly committed to the HR industry and in particular; for our specialist knowledge and experience in recruiting for reward and analytics professionals.

Outside of the office, I enjoy making the most of what London has to offer. Although I have spent several years here, there are always new events and experiences to look forward to.





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Testimonials for Jade

Although a new supplier to Centrica, Jade and her team look like they are on target to fill 100% of the external roles that we've given them so far. Jade has been a delight to deal with, she's bright, bubbly and full of enthusiasm. Her subject matter knowledge means that she knows what will work and what won't, especially when it comes to the candidates that she puts forward. Her energy means that she seems to work tirelessly. Personally, I like the way that Jade is constantly reviewing her position and corralling her colleagues to deliver a joined-up solution across multiple areas within Reward. I have no hesitation in recommending both Jade and Oakleaf as highly trusted partners.

Mark Lawton - Senior Resourcing Business Partner, Centrica

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Both Jade and Dom have been really great over the last few weeks, from the point to when I first spoke to them through to when I had to eventually choose between the two roles. I'm left with nothing but positive impressions from Oakleaf (who have now provided me with three job offers in two years).

Tim Le Maire, BP - HRIS Deployment Lead

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Jade provided valuable support to us through our recruitment process - she sent high quality CVs and was proactive and efficient in her dealings with Liberty Global Group. Jade made me feel confident in her ability to close the candidates and to keep them engaged throughout the process, and filled the roles given to her with exceptional individuals.  

Nina Cutbush - Recruitment Manager, Liberty Global Group

Testimonials for Jade

Although a new supplier to Centrica, Jade and her team look like they are on target to fill 100% of the external roles that we've given them so far. Jade has been a delight to deal with, she's bright, bubbly and full of enthusiasm. Her subject matter knowledge means that she knows what will work and what won't, especially when it comes to the candidates that she puts forward. Her energy means that she seems to work tirelessly. Personally, I like the way that Jade is constantly reviewing her position and corralling her colleagues to deliver a joined up solution across multiple areas within Reward. I have no hesitation in recommending both Jade and Oakleaf as highly trusted recruitment partners.

Mark Lawton - Senior Resourcing Business Partner, Centrica

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I found Jade's approach very professional and thorough. From the beginning to the end, her communication was concise and clear. I didn't feel confused about anything. Also, I appreciate her customer service when it came to dealing with the new role. For example, keeping me updated in the process even when I never prompted her about its progress, giving me a better idea of what I was expecting in the interview process, facilitating the salary negotiation; and any other queries that I had, I could rely on her to follow up. Thank you again for the opportunity. It's been a pleasure working with you.

Veeren - Compensation Analyst, Centrica

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I first came across Oakleaf, and in particular Jade, last summer when I was looking for work having been made redundant. Despite my finding a fixed term contract role directly with Macquarie, Jade was always interested in my application at the time and in finding a good role for me. She remained in contact – at an appropriate level – during my first couple of months and when my contract was extended continued to foster the relationship in a professional manner. I decided to reach out to Jade in September as I was interested in seeing what the market was like when my original contract would have expired as opposed to June 2017 when my extension was due to end as the market is often more active at this time. Despite having met with a number of recruitment agencies last year I only reached out to Jade as her professionalism, attention to detail and considered approach to the working relationship had left a lasting impression. She knew her clients, was easy to talk to and was supportive in her feedback. Perhaps, unusually, I had not been active in the job market for a while and Jade’s welcoming persona and encouraging manner certainly assisted in removing some of my concerns when preparing for interviews. Jade suggested a couple of roles for me when I reached out to her. While discussing both of these roles Jade’s knowledge of the business, the client and how I might or might not fit in were readily apparent. During the interview process and then through offer stage, Jade remained in contact and managed the necessary administrative points, always keeping me informed as to where the process was at and giving me plenty of opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns. I would not hesitate to reach out to Jade should I need to look for a new role in the future, nor would I hesitate to reach out to her should I need to recruit to fill a vacancy within my new team. Should Jade need an external reference to support a performance review / promotion consideration internally I can only convey my very positive views of her approach to how she built the relationship with me and enabled me to feel comfortable and prepared for the interviewers I was meeting. She is an asset to Oakleaf.

Richard Gofton - EMEA Compensation & Benefits, Macquarie Group Limited

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Integrity, honesty and capability are just three of the many qualities that Jade embodies. When looking to change career direction, I was impressed with the time Jade gave to understand my background and aspirations, as well as the considered feedback that followed. Taking into account the needs of both her clients and her candidates, Jade has a remarkable grasp of what is required by each party, and is able to communicate quickly and effectively. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jade to secure a position, and would not hesitate to unconditionally recommend her.

Stuart Griffiths - Senior Incentives Analyst, Centrica

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Jade has been instrumental as a consultant/coach in helping me define my career options. Jade has provided me with an invaluable and informative service which has been built up from her extensive networks and business relationships. Jade has a way of understanding the complexities of her clients needs, and matching them to the skills of an individual. Jade successfully matched me to a role that many other recruiters would have struggled to do. Jade has been honest and fair while maintaining the vision of the right outcome for all parties. I would certainly recommend Jade not only for professional candidates, but also for companies recruiting for specialist roles. (Darren was with another company when working with Jade at Oakleaf Partnership)

Darren O'Reilly, Director at HRBlogger

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Jade quickly understood my skill set and made excellent recommendations for roles that got a great result. She kept me fully informed at all stages in the process and provided great advice to give me the edge over other candidates.

Tim Green - European Reward Manager at Ricoh Europe

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Jade really encouraged me in my job search and with her expert probing and questioning, she made me realise my potential and helped me re-build my confidence. I am a HR/Reward administrator and her advice really did help me on my way to work. Thank you so much!

Astrid Lopez - HR Administrator, DHL

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Jade has been incredible in providing an exceptoinal service in the recruitement process recently. She made it a pleasent experience, kept me posted at all times and very punctual and personable while relaying information. I would love to work with Jade again.

Jas Kaur - Reward Analyst, Grosvenor

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I highly recommend Jade as a recruiter. I had the opportunity to work with her during my job search. She is excellent at reading your skills and personality attributes and finding the perfect fit. Thank you very much for your support and effort, hope to work you in the future.

Compensation & Benefits Advsior

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As a candidate, Jade is great to work with - highly personable and approachable and takes time to understand you; I would certainly work with Jade again.

Compensation & Benefits Sr Analyst

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Jade is highly professional in her dealings with clients and has a great understanding and knowledge of their business. She is always prompt in her response and has a very engaging management style. It is a pleasure doing business with Jade. (BRYAN was a consultant or contractor to Jade at Oakleaf Partnership)

DIRECTOR OF REWARD & HR SERVICES

Testimonials for Jade

As a candidate, Jade is great to work with - highly personable and approachable and takes time to understand you; I would certainly work with Jade again.

Caroline Spencer

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I approached Jade, after being introduced through a mutual recommendation, to help offer advice on the reward market and secure my next Director level role. Jade developed a search strategy tailored to my requirements and used her network to make a targeted introduction. This secured me a great role offering fantastic challenges. Jade was informative and supportive throughout the process, offered constructive advice and worked to my timescales. I would highly recommend Jade as both a candidate and client and will be working with her again in the future.

Rachel Gibbs

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