Senior Associate - Oakleaf Executive

Jessica Phelan

The past 5 years of my 8-year career in search and recruitment has been spent at Oakleaf Partnership, where initially I partnered with a wide network of financial services organisations appointing Senior HR professionals.  I moved over to support our executive practice at the end of 2019, in particular our growing New York office, to work alongside our New York Partner Jamie Newton.  Since 2020 I have purely specialised in hiring aspiring talent in the fields of Compensation, Benefits, and HR Operations within the New York Tri State area.  I work on mandates with base salaries between $120,000 - $180,000 and work solely on a retained or exclusive contingent basis.

At university I studied English Literature and Journalism which encouraged my curiosity about people. This translates now in my interest for understanding the drivers and motivations of passionate and successful professionals and organisations.   Compensation & Benefits has been a highly contentious and commented upon profession for over a decade now and I have enjoyed developing a deep technical understanding of the industry whilst watching it evolve in the media spotlight.

I am a classically trained musician and in my spare time attempt to uphold some level of ability. I also practice yoga and recently spent time combining this with my enthusiasm for travel during a sabbatical in Asia. I enjoy exploring different cultures and civilizations, and the variety of living in London which is juxtaposed with my love of nature.





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Testimonials for Jessica

Thank you so much for your continued support. You really stand out as a professional in your field. We had several HR agencies decline to work with us on this, as basically, they thought it would not pay off! Your attitude will mean we work with you again.

Recruiter contact, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Testimonials for Jessica

I worked with Jessica on a recent placement and I found her to be a very professional individual who is able to understand the requirements of both the candidate and the company for which she is recruiting. Jessica is an excellent communicator, giving regular updates and offering assistance at each stage of the process. I would recommend Jessica and Oakleaf Partnership to anyone who is currently searching or recruiting for a new role.

Lucy Causbrook, HR Resourcing Associate - LaSalle Investment Management

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Oakleaf is in my experience from both a personal and company perspective the best HR recruitment company in London. The consultants get to know their clients so that they have a good understanding of their requirements and they deliver. Jess assisted me earlier in the year when I was recruiting for an HR Advisor. She really understood the brief and as a result the candidates that she presented were a good match. Jess kept me fully informed throughout the process and provided a very good service.

Margaret Kilcoyne - HR Director, Stonehage Fleming

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