Head of Contingency Recruitment

Head of Contingency Recruitment

Company: Sanctuary Graduates

Team: Management

Location: London (Liverpool St)

Salary: £40-50k (OTE Commission Min: £30k)

Start: ASAP

Deadline: 30th Sept


We seek an ambitious, entrepreneurial sales professional with recruitment experience. The role will see you driving success for both the sales and operations for one of our most successful products. We offer a high-growth, high-yield position of responsibility within our young, fast-growing business. We are looking for someone with 2-5 years’ experience within recruitment and with managing people. 

‘The graduate recruitment experts’

We are Sanctuary Graduates: the graduate recruitment expects. We pride ourselves on our proven ability to connect the top graduate talent from over 200+ universities with employers from across the UK – and we are growing, fast. 

Established in 2010, we’re proud to work with over 100 client employer partners, including KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, RB, JDE, JLL, Ruffer, Bloomberg, Fidelity International and BDO, delivering an inclusive suite of recruitment and graduate marketing services. These include: targeted attraction and marketing campaign, dedicated brand ambassadors on campus, screening and assessments, diversity initiatives, outsourced recruitment.

Partnered with the Social Mobility Foundation, a commitment to and passion for diversity and social mobility runs through the core of our business and our trademark personal touch ensures great relationships both within the business, but also with our clients, candidates and university partners. 

Main Responsibilities:

Operations Management

Managing and improving the contingency recruitment side of the business including;

Managing the consultants (with support from COO) and providing training for new consultants

Setting targets and time frames for the consultants and driving the consultants towards those targets

Responsible for consultants’ performance day to day

Business Development

Ownership of the Profit and Loss Account (P&L)

Working towards clear sales targets which will be annual with monthly yardsticks.

Responsibilities include:

Identifying leads

Marketing and selling to those opportunities (cold calling; emailing; LinkedIn outreach)

Managing the end-to-end sales process

Managing inbound leads from end-to-end

Managing the Contingency Team 

End-to-end process including; identifying opportunities, tailoring our products, negotiating prices, sorting contracts, and setting up briefings

Reporting with proper use of Salesforce

Directing the client relationships:

Delivering updates

Ensuring satisfaction

Increasing spends from clients

Who are we looking for:

Targets: Proven target hitter

Initiative: Someone who likes to set and surpass expectations

Experience: Experience in recruitment (and ideally business development) 

Responsibility: Someone who will thrive running this business within a business

Positivity: A can do character, to rub off on colleagues and clients

Growth Mindset: Someone who will always look to improve our product, perception and processes

Progression: Keenness to grow the business and the team around them

Leadership: Management experience a bonus but not required

Why should you apply:


A chance to drive and grow a proven function within the business: the successful applicant will become the MD of this business within a business!

Opportunity to develop your management and strategic skills

A chance to help us improve the business as we grow

A chance to develop as a leader and be an integral part of the management team

Uncapped commission on all sales (no threshold)


We are young, fun business full of characters that makes up Sanctuary such a unique place to work for

We are very much a family with a strong moral code, a clear sense of what is important in life, and a sense of humour!

Flexible working offered in the long term after training is completed