We have an exceptional record of placing people into HR jobs across all industry sectors – industry and commerce, financial services, third sector and professional services, both here in the UK and beyond.
These include opportunities for HR Generalists and professionals with specific experience in:
Learning and development
Diversity and equality
An interview with Natalie White, Head of People, by Emily Smoothy
“Without question, there will be challenges ahead but myself, and the team at Oakleaf will be here to help and advise"
We are starting to hear an increase in appetite to move more of their work force to second hubs in Birmingham, Reading or Manchester or to have them field based, both driving down office cost whilst bolstering regional talent.
Legal and Consulting firms appear to be in a stronger position of all professional services firms with some movement in terms of new job roles
Whilst the market awaits the outcome of plans to release the lockdown, we saw the highest market activity that we have seen since mid-March
The Commerce and Industry team at Oakleaf seem to have experienced a tale of two halves.
Having taken on a new role I had an urgent need to strengthen the team to meet the demands of an ambitious people agenda. I contacted Richard and the team without hesitation with high confidence they'd meet the brief. Richard assigned Ella Milligan to support the search given her knowledge of the region and strong network. She was a total delight to partner with - professional, knowledgeable, responsive and hard working. One of the roles in particular was a tough brief, but Ella's diligence and expertise delivered. I got strong candidates throughout and found the two senior additions to my team who are both outstanding. Quick, seamless, professional and personal service. Great job. Highly recommend Oakleaf and Ella.
Daniel Gallo - Director of People & Culture, McLaren Racing
Alice has been extremely helpful and attentive in my job search. She has helped me to find an even better position than I was hoping for and has been in regular contact with me to answer all of my questions or queries! Happy to and have already recommended both Alice and Oakleaf to my friends!
Kimberley Atkinson - Pinnacle
Kimberley Atkinson - Pinnacle
Robyn is an excellent recruitment consultant. She listened to my career objectives and helped to focus my interview preparation in the right areas. She is well informed, professional and committed to providing a first-rate service.
David Haynes - Internal Recruiter at Multiplex
Amanda Underwood - CPO Rhubarb
May I take this opportunity to thank you and your team for a truly exceptional experience from Oakleaf during my job search. I've worked with a number of agencies and I can honestly say that the level of service provided by Oakleaf is exemplary. My lead consultant, Georgina Knowles, kept in touch with me regularly, I was always well briefed about potential opportunities and I felt well prepared for interviews. If Georgina was away, her colleagues would contact me so it felt like I had a whole team working with me and supporting me during the process. Many thanks to all of you.
Learning and Development Partner, Financial Ombudsman Service
This was the first time I had worked with Oakleaf and I am pleased to say it won’t be the last, the level of service was exceptional and Julia was a pleasure to work with.
Julia has a great understanding of the HR world and took the time to find out exactly what I was looking for and provided excellent support along the way. All the candidates she put forward were fully briefed and prepared. I would more than recommend Oakleaf and Julia in particular as an agency to work with.
Darrin Taylor-Smith - Recruitment Manager, Primark
Recruiter contact, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Oakleaf are true experts in the HR market. They take a huge amount of time to understand their clients' needs, culture and their environment, ensuring that they always present relevant candidates that are a true fit for the roles they are working on. Few agencies consider all angles, and this sets Oakleaf apart from their competitors.
Hanna Neuborn - Head of Recruitment, Merkle
I am really pleased to say that the consultant at Oakleaf has done a really good job, she met with the candidate, talked through the JD in detail to ensure the candidate had a thorough understanding of the role as well as EY as well as chase the priority tasks. Julia really put the candidate at ease and upsold interviewing and working at EY. All in all I think Julia has done a really good job - it's a gold standard example of external agencies partnering with us.
Hiring Manager, EY
I just want to say thank you and again convey how impressed I am with Oakleaf. I've dealt with many recruitment companies in my time and this experience has been, by far, the most positive. You are all lovely, extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, and seem to fully understand the markets you're working in.
HR Projects & Governance Manager, Prudential
My experience with Oakleaf has been excellent. I've worked with Zoe Bradley and Sarah Alexander, and both are very professional, caring and diligent in the way they work with me and the company I've been interviewing with. Zoe has been relentless in finding me the right role. I also went to a Future Leaders event on 5th July which was excellent. I met a lot of the Oakleaf team, and everyone was very personable and friendly.
I’ve only worked with Rebecca for a short amount of time, but Becky’s professionalism was evident from day one. Becky has made a difficult recruitment process a lot easier with her prompt responses, frequent updates and overall hard work. Becky has maintained a positive, cheerful demeanour throughout the recruitment process. I look forward to working with Becky a lot more in the very near future.
Recruitment Advisor, EY
"It is so refreshing to meet a Recruitment Company that places as much importance on candidate management as client management. Oakleaf impressed me from the moment we started talking - Rebecca and Sarah have both taken time to get an accurate understanding of my job search requirements which translates to a more worthwhile exchange when a suitable vacancy arises."
Clare Tipton, HR Manager
I had a fantastic experience working with Naomi Barton after relocating to the UK from Australia. Naomi provided me with candidate feedback and support in identifying suitable roles in which I could deliver value to employers. I found Naomi’s approach to be highly reliable, honest and friendly. Naomi kept in touch during each stage of the recruitment process and provided support from a ‘local’ to help me relocate to the UK and get settled. Even more impressive was the post-placement support from Naomi to check in on how I was doing. It has been by far one of the best candidate experiences I have had and would have no hesitation in recommending Naomi and Oakleaf.
Patrick Caldwell, Head of People - Affinity Water
Service oriented, honest, and highly competent: Gareth Evans epitomises the characteristics of a true professional in the recruitment space. I had the pleasure of working with Gareth as he represented me in my first job search in London. He spent time understanding my value proposition to employers and utilised the skill of his team to think more broadly about roles that might be of interest. I was particularly impressed with Gareth’s commitment to keeping in touch to provide feedback at each stage of the process, to ensure both cultural and skill fit. Gareth comes with my heartfelt recommendation and I wish him every success in his new Associate Partner role – well deserved!
Courtney Weston, Learning and Development Manager - MS Amlin
I feel very thankful to have found my way to Oakleaf, I've had one of the best experiences I've had with a recruiter and really enjoyed working with Zoe and her colleague Gareth. I will certainly recommend Oakleaf Partnership to my growing HR network in the UK from now on.
Peter Hannabus, Interim Talent & Development Manager - Aspen Insurance
Oakleaf are a great agency to work with, they have made the entire process fluid from start to finish. Alice Hamp has been incredible, from the initial contact of informing me of a job role, throughout the interview process, up until today. Alice put me at ease through the recruitment process, understanding my recruitment needs, and sourcing the right position for me. It doesn't at all feel like a business transaction, and more like a professional relationship. Thank you Alice!
Ritu Kapur, HR/Recruitment Advisor - Warner Bros
After signing up with a number of agencies, Oakleaf were the only one who I felt really invest in their candidates. Katie took the time to meet up so she understood me, and from this knew how I would fit into a business. Throughout the process, Katie kept me up to date and informed about suitable roles and the progress with them. Overall I am absolutely delighted having worked with Katie and would have no hesitation in recommending her as a recruiter to anyone looking for roles in the future.
Kavita Manku, Senior HR Advisor
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
I cannot thank Oakleaf enough for their support on this opportunity - they were thorough, responsive and provided honest feedback and great guidance throughout.
Dione Dash, Group Pensions & Benefits Manager - DS Smith
Oakleaf are a friendly group of professionals who take a personal interest in helping you to find the right work to match your skills and experience. I have found them to be very proactive when contacting me about potential roles, which has been really helpful as a HR professional just starting out looking for my first contract role. In addition to this I have received support with CV writing, which has been invaluable to enable me to correctly brand myself. I fully recommend Oakleaf as a recruitment agency.
Helen Harrower, Learning & Development Specialist
A very big thanks to Jane and Harriet for all of your time and effort to find us candidates - I know how long you spent finding us the perfect candidate for the position.
Debbie Hartmann, Global Head of Learning - Egon Zehnder
Having recently set out on the path to finding a new role, I feel I've encountered the full spectrum of customer service from external recruitment firms and, for me, the Midlands team at Oakleaf are up there with the best of them.
The always friendly and helpful team remained in frequent contact with me throughout my search, even if only to tell me they were still looking or I'd been unsuccessful in my applications; an often overlooked level of honesty I truly appreciated and commonly found wanting from others.
Unlike so many others it seems, these guys really do see the value in building lasting relationships with job seekers which I believe sets them apart in the current market.
Christian Freeman – Reward Specialist
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
Faye is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about what she does, she invests time to understand the business she is recruiting for and importantly the candidates values, strengths and motivations. Faye is very professional and genuinely strives to match the right candidate with the right business!
Hayley Hassan - HR Director, White Stuff
Firstly I want to let you know that I have had some recent interaction with several agencies who in my opinion have made things more difficult for me while looking for a new role. They have not come back to me and I have really struggled to them at all which as you can imagine is incredibly frustrating.
Emily has been completely different and has been really delightful to deal with through a stressful time for me. Emily contacted me about a role (that has subsequently been filled) however has maintained regular contact with me via emails and calls. She has been brilliant and with our regular catch ups she has not over exceeded my expectations at any point which the other agencies have done so. She has really made me feel like she cares about me and my situation and overall has made me not feel like another 'number'.
I am not sure if you do any staff rewards or recommendation programmes but I would like to nominate Emily. I will make sure to use your recruitment agency in the future over anyone else.
Tina Faughnan - Learning and Development, Travelport
I have worked with Becky in my current and previous company, she is incredibly knowledgeable about the HR market and offers a professional and personalised service to her clients.
Most recently I asked her to conduct a purely speculative search with a tough brief and found that, with her team she delivered a quality shortlist of candidates quickly and seamlessly despite knowing the role may not come to fruition in the short term. It is this level of service that sets her apart from others!
From junior to senior level briefs, I have no hesitation in recommending Becky a ‘recruitment’ partner.
Donna Price - Resourcing Manager
I have known Sarah Evans for over 15 years and have sought her services both as a HR professional seeking a job move as well as using her consultancy services to find new HR professionals for my own team.
Despite the many HR recruitment consultants available, I have followed Sarah to different agencies over the years as she advanced her own career. Sarah is one of those rare finds in the world of recruiters. Her communication style is efficient – in consideration of the frantic world of her HR clients and she swiftly grasps the needs of the assignments she is given both in terms of role responsibilities and cultural fit. She knows her market at both the mid-tier and senior levels and adheres to the agreed timescales when presenting a shortlist. Having been a candidate of Sarah’s I am also familiar with the trusted relationships she develops from the other side and the briefings that she provides on job roles. I am therefore assured that candidates she presents to me as an employer are fully briefed and are definite potentials for the vacancy.
Working with Sarah is a pleasure and I would strongly recommend her services to anyone seeking to recruit HR professionals!
Kate Delmi - HR Director, Vestra Wealth
Dominique has impressed me with her knowledge of the sector, her proactivity and her enthusiasm for recruitment in a challenging market.
Katharine Greenfield (MCIPD) - Senior Learning and Development Manager, Farrer & Co
Becky always takes the time to really understand the client, the candidate and the role, allowing her to act as a true consultant and navigate the complex requirements on both sides of a recruitment process. Having been on the candidate side with many recruitment agencies over my career, I have often been left frustrated at the lack of understanding and communication from consultants. When Becky first spoke to me about a role as Head of Learning & Development at onefinestay, I was working as an L&D Manager at Burberry and this would not have been a role I would have thought to apply for. However with her keen understanding of what onefinestay were looking for in experience and culture fit, she knew immediately that this was a great career move for me and strongly encouraged me to go and meet with the VP of People, and I never looked back. Becky always has a friendly, helpful and professional attitude and has been a pleasure to work with as a candidate, and now a client.
Jugal Vansia - Head of Learning & Development, One Fine Stay