The Spencer Group

9 Greyfriars Road,

t: +44 (0)118 935 9444


The Spencer Group has more than doubled both its revenue and headcount within the past 5 years and is continuing to grow, investing in people and increasing its team by a further 50% this year. 

The Spencer Group’s Higher Education Practice has been hugely successful, bridging both the public and private sectors, placing candidates in senior management, leadership and non-executive positions.  We are seeking individuals to join the HE Practice as 360 consultants, winning and delivering assignments, to be part of that journey of growth.

We can consider candidates at different levels of experience, so if you are an established fee-earning consultant, retaining new clients and completing your own assignments, we have a place for you to flourish in our team.  If you aren’t yet a fee-earner but have proven yourself delivering assignments effectively, working closely with clients and placing candidates, there is a place for you as well.  You may have handled assignments within HE already, though we are always interested in candidates coming from public sector, regulated and third sector industries.

We operate on a purely retained executive search basis and experience of working in a similar environment is beneficial.  However, if you currently work in a contingent environment and are eager to work with clients more closely, we have a great training programme to get you up-to-speed.  We are also interested in individuals who are well-networked in Higher Education and are interested in moving from a different career into search.  Critically, we’re seeking passion for a career in recruitment, driving success through strong client relationships and outstanding delivery.

The Spencer Group is a boutique executive search firm focussed on Commercial Education serving clients in the UK and internationally.  Based in Reading, we have a flexible working policy and necessary technology to allow us to employ colleagues nationwide.  Our culture is collegiate rather than aggressively competitive, but there is a strong work ethic and team spirit, so we can share in our success.

If you’re interested in what the opportunities here look like, please get in touch with the Head of Practice, Richard Hewitt, at