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Recruitment Consultant, Start Up Finance Division

What is the opportunity? We are looking for someone to build a finance recruitment division for us, capitalising on our existing brand, reputation and experience. Our intended focus is the private practice accountancy market. Whilst we have a number of very good ideas on how this might look and where to start we are open to your suggestions too. We want you to be an integral part in this new venture.

Who do we think you will be? We think you’re potentially someone frustrated by a current overarching structure, where everything you do is monitored, with senseless targets and KPI’s. Where adhering to rote methodologies are too strict, such that the nuance of good business is lost. We’re hoping you want the freedom to develop a business in the way you feel is best, putting those ideas you have been cultivating to the test. You’ll also be up for a challenge. Good God that’s a cliché. But we’re not sure how else to frame this. It will be a challenge. And we need someone who has both the appetite, strength of character and stamina to make a success of this.

What about us? Well we won’t stand over your shoulder asking about targets and we know that a project of this kind will take to time to build so you can expect us to be patient. One of our Directors has considerable experience in recruiting in the accountancy and finance sector so will be able to provide advice and support where you need it. We don’t have any kind of quota for what you will be doing. As long as we are all happy that the strategy agreed makes a certain amount of sense then we’ll put the faith in you that you can deliver. We have a very casual office culture, we don’t wear suits to work, we have onsite parking, we don’t clock watch and we’ll give you a mobile phone so you can work on the move when you can’t make it into the office. Office hours are 9.30 to 5.30pm so we don’t expect you to work late for no reason at all. In fact, we’d hope that you might take an occasional important call from a candidate at a weekend or out of hours on your own time rather than making you stay in the office late in the hope that calls might come or insisting that you make entirely unnecessary ones.

As for remuneration? We want this new division to make a profit and we want you to share in that profit. The more you make the more we’ll share but, and probably most importantly of all, we want you to build a team of your own. Not right away, at your own pace and with our insights on fiscal responsibility. This will make the division as a whole more profitable thus increasing your earning potential exponentially. We think this is just about the closest you could get to starting your own recruitment business without taking the financial risk. We’re providing you with a safety net and a budget to get you off the ground as well as infrastructural support so you don’t need to worry about website design, corporate tax, legal issues etc. Lots of the glory with very little of the pain usually associated with starting something new.

What about your skill set? We don’t want to be particularly prescriptive about your background. You could have only ever worked in high street recruitment and you want to try something more niche. You could work for an existing finance recruiter or another specialist sector entirely unrelated to finance. You could have a year’s experience or several years’ experience. The most important factor is that you want to take on this kind of a challenge, have the drive and determination to pull it off and that you can convince us that you are who we need to invest in to achieve our aims.

Salary: TBD
Location: Wakefield
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Partner or Of Counsel Appointment, Life Sciences/Pharma Patent Attorney

We are working with a leading British IP firm which is seeking to expand its life sciences/pharma team by appointing an additional Partner or Of Counsel. 

The firm has an excellent profile within life sciences/pharma and is known for its opposition and litigation work, as well as high value prosecution and strategic due diligence advice.  The existing team deals with many of the top-ranking pharma and biotech companies.

This appointment is a key part of the firm’s strategy for its continued development, and is responsive to a combination of growing client portfolios, which require additional senior level expertise. A client following is desirable, although this need not be substantial.  

The successful applicant will be influential in helping to define client acquisition strategy and will play an active role in business development. In addition, the appointee will play a vital role in mentoring trainees and attorneys in their early career, encouraging cross-departmental collaborations, and working closely with the management team in ensuring the procedures in place reflect the current needs and interests of the firm and its staff. 

Well-resourced and with a forward thinking approach to areas such as marketing, HR and management, the firm prides itself on its non-hierarchical, modern working environment. This has contributed to significant recent growth, including six new Partner appointments in the last 18 months and the acquisition of a synergistic IP valuation practice. Candidates seeking part-time and/ or flexible working conditions are also encouraged to apply.

Salary: Highly Competitive
Location: London
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Trainee Patent Attorney, Electronics/Engineering - Overseas Applicants Welcome

A firm in London is looking to recruit an additional member into their small yet highly successful Electronics and Engineering team. The work is incredibly diverse and will allow the new recruit to work closely with both pioneering newcomers and well known leaders from across a wide range of industries. The firm is known for fostering close working relationships with clients which span over many decades, as well as always looking to add new and innovative technologies to their impressive portfolio. There is an interesting international focus to the firm’s practice, with many of their most loyal clients originating in Asia and the US, as well as plenty of local SMEs, sole inventors, academia and tech transfers to keep you busy.

A healthy work life balance is at the root of the firm's ethos and all attorneys are encouraged to be the drivers of their own career. The working environment is friendly and collaborative, and the training scheme is tailored to each new recruit ensuring that all trainees have a say in the direction in which their studies take. Each attorney has the freedom to spend their own budget how they see fit (within reason), whether it be international travel to meet prospective clients, attending conferences or planning and managing educational seminars and promotional events. 

Ideal candidates will have an academic background associated with electronics or engineering (mechanical, general, chemical etc.), however trainee patent attorneys who have studied in other areas but are now working with the relevant subject matter may also be considered. Candidates must have experience working in an IP firm, with around 6 month’s experience up to those with a few years’ PQE.

The firm is open to international applicants provided you have a suitable academic background and have experience working in a similar role overseas.

Salary: Competitive
Location: London
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Graduate/Entry Level Patent Attorney - I.T./Electronics/Telcos

Our client are offering a rare entry level position into the Patent Attorney profession.  The work load will have an I.T., electronics and telecommunications focus so you will have an academic background in a relevant discipline.  This means specifically a degree in electronics, electrical engineering, physics, computer science or a subject that is closely related to these.  If your academic background does not fit this strict criterion then you will not have the sufficient technical know-how for the role.

Training to become a patent attorney takes three to five years to fully qualify and we would recommend you research the profession before making an application.  The firm works with a wide array of international companies on cutting edge technology and will provide superb support for training.  You will gain extensive early experience, particularly drafting and prosecution, but also the more commercial aspects of being a Patent Attorney.  No prior legal knowledge is required, the career essentially builds on your love for technology and physical science and develops your skills in advocacy.

The position is based in Yorkshire with no prospect of being relocated elsewhere in the UK at a later date.  Therefore applicants should have a genuine interest in building a career in the Yorkshire region.

Salary: £25-£28,000
Location: Yorkshire
 
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