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Who are we?

James Andrews Recruitment Solutions is a specialist recruitment consultancy that is rapidly expanding across the UK. We work with some of the biggest brands and blue chip companies on the market today. We are an accredited Investors in People company and the way we develop our staff was praised in their independent report that stated, “Learning is an everyday activity at James Andrews”.

Who are you?

A career in recruitment is ideal for intelligent and sharp-minded individuals who have the ability to learn quickly and are keen to succeed in a fast paced environment. It’s an exciting and dynamic setting which means you will need to be mentally agile.  However, you will get support, training and encouragement from every member of the team from your first day and beyond.

What will you be doing?

You’ll be involved in the whole recruitment process – from sourcing candidates for clients’ roles, using numerous marketing methods, to offering ‘after-care’ services to those candidates once they’ve landed their perfect job.  You’ll get to develop relationships with prestigious clients and talented professionals, while working towards realistic targets.

Additional Benefits

Not only will you enjoy a very competitive base salary, personalised training programme, and a personal mentor, there will be numerous career opportunities open to you as we continue to expand, and of course an uncapped commission scheme that you will join from day one.  We also offer a range of additional benefits including:

  • Earn commission from day one
  • 23 days holiday (plus eight bank holidays), rising to 25 days (+8) after two years 
  • Free gym membership*
  • Flexible working incentive*
  • Vision Days with Directors
  • Black tie Christmas party with prizes including breaks away at Champneys Spas and Sonos sound systems
  • Annual summer seminar taking in locations such as Ascot and days out in London 
  • Monthly and quarterly prize incentives such as Amazon Echo, Google Home Mini, and other goods
  • Take advantage of our sabbatical policy – perfect for those wishing to travel the world safe in the knowledge that their job will be waiting for them upon their return*
  • Enhanced maternity leave policy*
  • *(Terms and conditions apply)

Our Current Office Locations

Address: 90-96 Clarendon Park Road
Clarendon Park
Leicester
LE2 3AE
Phone: 0116 268 5026
Email: leicester@jarsolutions.co.uk
Address: Studio 20, Block C
50-54 St Pauls Square
Birmingham
B31 QS
Phone: 0121 274 0187
Email: birmingham@jarsolutions.co.uk
Address: 7th Floor Queens House
55-56 Lincolns Inn
London
WC2A 3LJ
Phone: 0207 430 1284
Email: london@jarsolutions.co.uk

Where will I be working?

Having opened in August 2016, the London office is fast catching up with the other two and has the highest potential for growth.  We are keen to seek out high calibre graduates who can add to our success so far and spaces are available on our HR, IT, Finance, Housing and Property Management teams. The office, based in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, comes complete with views of St Paul’s, the Gherkin and the Shard.  We put a lot of thought into choosing this location, opting for a place where our employees could truly experience the buzz and excitement of the city after work with plenty of nearby bars and restaurants to choose from.

Where will I be working?

Since 2009, we have outgrown three offices in Leicester – a sure sign of our success. In April 2018 we moved to our brand new headquarters, situated right in the heart of the thriving Clarendon Park/Queen’s Road area with space for over 40 staff members in a fully refurbished office. The building has a beautiful façade that is in keeping with the character of the rest of the properties in the area and actually used to be an old bank (the massive steel doors of the cash vault is still there and we have kept it as a feature of the office interior). The office also has a "chill zone" complete with TVs, sofas, teas and coffees, and a bar. A perfect place to start off our "Month End Friday" nights out.

Where will I be working?

Our Birmingham office, which opened in 2010, is set in picturesque St. Paul’s Square next to the historic Jewellery Quarter. In 2013 we moved to the top floor of our building after outgrowing the first premises. Now with space for over 40 employees we have become a major graduate recruiter in a very short time span. The office also benefits from a lovely view of the old courtyard and church below, making it a peaceful oasis in a busy and fast-paced city (and a quiet place to have your lunch on a sunny day!).

Investors in People

In June 2015, at our first attempt, we were awarded the “Investors in People” standard and it’s an accolade that we’re extremely proud of.

For our Consultants, we were able to demonstrate our dedication to our profession and our people, which means that we’ve been able to cultivate a work environment that takes employees’ wellbeing seriously, whilst also ensuring a high level of performance for our clients and candidates.

Following a reassessment in 2018, we were delighted to be awarded Silver accreditation following three years of continuous improvement and innovation.

The “Investors in People” award was created in-partnership with respected organisations with the goal of highlighting great performance.  This accolade means that James Andrews is accredited with being a successful business and a fantastic place to work.

An Unmatched Training Programme

From the very first day you join your training and continued personal development are our priorities, which is why we dedicate a budget of over £250,000 every year exclusively for training.

On day one you will be assigned a personal mentor who will not just be involved in your training but will be there for you as and when you need them in those all-important first few months.

Your personal mentor will be a vital part of training with James Andrews and will help you through the daunting first few months.  Working as a Recruitment Consultant takes a lot of effort, organisation and enthusiasm, but with a great training programme, a personal development plan and a mentor to help you, we can provide the tools you’ll need to become a truly great addition to James Andrews.

All training will be delivered by experienced Senior Consultants up to Director Level who have a wealth of experience and unprecedented success within the recruitment industry.  Once this thorough induction has been completed, and throughout your career, you will receive continual development, management training, and regular one-to-ones where your career development will be reviewed and encouraged.  All programmes are designed and coordinated by our specialist Training & Development Manager who has a decades’ worth of experience in the industry and will be responsible for your journey from your early days with the company right through to a Senior/Managing Consultant position and beyond.

New Consultants

The future of James Andrews is in the hands of our new Consultants. We place an enormous amount of time, effort, and expense in their development as we aim to grow our business organically and offer individuals career paths which will not be bettered anywhere else.

Pawandeep Singh

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University 

Aston University

Degree

MSc Human Resources Management and Business

Date joined

April 2019

Where are you from originally?

Oldbury, Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

What appealed to me about recruitment is that it lives up to the motto "work hard play hard". The harder you work, the more money you will earn and the fact that you can progress very quickly within a short period of time

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The investors in people award that is held by James Andrews is the main factor for attracting me to work for this company as I knew they took pride in training and maintaining a positive and strong working relationship with their employees. Also, not forgetting the vibrant social atmosphere within the office!

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

Main reason for seeking a role in Birmingham was that I wanted to be close to home as I am a family man

Favourite thing about working here so far?

My favourite aspect about working at James Andrews is the in-depth training provided by the staff in the office

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How originally I thought the long hours might have been an issue...this is not the case! I never clock watch as the day goes by so quickly as there is always something that needs to be done

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Overcoming my fear of messing up on the phone when speaking to a client or candidate

Suzanna Thomas

Consultant - Housing

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University

De Montfort University

Degree

Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Date joined

May 2019

Where are you from originally?

Cambridgeshire

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

Their transparency as employers, they were really open about what the positives and the negatives were of working for them. So I felt prepared and aware of the job role and what was expected of me when I accepted their offer

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I like working in a busy environment where there’s lots to do and different candidates and clients to meet and talk to each day

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

Having studied in Leicester I have grown to love the city. It’s culturally vibrant and there’s so much to get involved in. Leicester has a great social scene with lots of different activities to get involved in

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The team are really sociable and friendly. They regularly go out for drinks after work and hold events to celebrate month end. I’m really looking forward to attending my first one at the end of May!

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The majority of the office is actually female, I thought that this was quite unusual for an recruitment environment. The team is also fairly young (early 20s – 30) so we all have quite a bit in common

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Here at James Andrews, you get to do the whole process of recruitment unlike most agencies I applied with where they only let you do a certain part of the process. Being able to complete the whole process means that my day is more varied and there is always something different to do. It also makes me day fly by!

Shannon Carroll

Associate Consultant - Housing

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Date joined 

April 2019

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Career progression and the money

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

Dal- He was very warm and welcoming which made me want to go for the role. I  checked the website out and it looked like a good company with loads of room for progression. The team also looked like they had fun days out team building

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Everyone is very friendly and welcoming

What has surprised you most about being a Associate Consultant?

The amount of training you have to do

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

I like the fact the training is with different people and not with the same person

Beth Hodson

Consultant - Housing

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University

Leeds Beckett University

Degree

Psychology

Date joined

March 2019

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I liked the idea of having a role in the development of someone’s career and the development of an organisation

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The social aspects and benefits that run alongside the profession, which is something I was keen to find within a role

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I wanted to move back to Leicester and live at home to save money, and be around family and friends

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The fact I am not constantly ‘clock watching’ – like I have done in previous jobs – as the time goes by so quickly

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The amount of work and attention to detail that goes into the recruitment process

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Surprising myself with my abilities to learn new skills, and begin to understand the world of recruitment more and more each day

Robert Hibbs

Consultant - Housing

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University

University of Exeter

Degree

Sports and Exercise Sciences

Date joined

May 2019

Where are you from originally?

Sawbridgeworth, a small town in Hertfordshire

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

What appealed to me about recruitment is the fact that you can earn more, the harder you work, and can progress quickly if you are successful

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The attraction of James Andrews was working in a team environment where you can learn from experienced consultants, as well as the social atmosphere in the office

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I sought a role in London so that I could take advantage of the city lifestyle!

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The best thing about working at James Andrews so far has been the in-depth training and support from all the staff in the office

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How quickly I have adapted to getting in early to the office and getting on with the days tasks!

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The satisfaction of finding a good candidate, adding them on to the system and building rapport with them over the phone

Natalie Hopper

Talent Acquisition Assistant

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University
University of Birmingham

Degree
English Language

Date joined
February 2019

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in internal recruitment?
I was initially attracted to the role as I liked the idea of recruiting staff for a business where I could have a real input into the way the business grows

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
Having family members in the company (Lauren & Andy), I had heard a lot about the work environment of James Andrews, particularly how it’s very lively and supportive. I was keen to join a company with a vibrant and sociable team!

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?
Having graduated with an English Language degree, I felt that with it being such a transferable degree, I wanted to use the skills I had gained to step into a graduate role. I studied English Language because it was something I had a real interest in during school and college and performed particularly well, so it made sense to continue studying the subject whilst acquiring valuable skills I could use in my career

Favourite thing about working here so far?
So far, I have really enjoyed being part of such a supportive team. Whilst there has been lots of information to take in, I feel that it has been of an ideal pace and I have been supported along the way by the office and the Talent Team

What has surprised you most about being a Talent Acquisition Assistant?
It has surprised me how fast the days go by! With no previous experience in recruitment, it was interesting to find out the way in which the recruitment process is done, particularly having been on the other end as a graduate myself

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
I have really enjoyed how varied the days have been in terms of speaking to a variety of people, gathering information and furthermore taking that information provided to make important decisions

Halcyon Griffith

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University

University of East Anglia

Degree

Law Degree

Date joined 

January 2019

Where are you from originally?

Walthamstow, East London

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

During my time at University, while in pursuit of extra-curricular activities and part time work to build myself and my skills, I found myself doing jobs either in or connected to recruitment, or strengthening my communication and verbal reasoning skills. While doing these I realised that I very much enjoyed this, and so I should pursue this for employment

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

My friend Nathan Purton recommended the firm and suggested I should apply

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

With all my family in London and having grown up here, I always wanted to pursue a career in the city lifestyle

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The culture of the firm and the people I work with, it is a very welcoming culture with positive and charismatic employees

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The autonomy that comes with the job, in terms of learning the core basics on how things are done, but then it’s about adding your own style and creative techniques to finding suitable candidates or clients

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Challenging myself on the phones to become comfortable in talking to clients and trying to build positive relationships

 

Marsharee Walker

Consultant - Housing

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University

University of Wolverhampton

Degree

Business and Accounting

Date joined 

February 2019

Where are you from originally?

Walsall

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The idea of working with a good team whilst making some money!

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The importance of teamwork and socialising with peers and chance of progression

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I had always wanted to move away from Walsall and always loved London

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The people. All are friendly and easy to talk to

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The amount of information that there is to learn

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Learning new information and the support that I have received from everyone. Any questions I have had have been answered

A Day in the Life of a New Consultant

7:00am

I’m either awake or I’ve been hitting snooze every 10 minutes since 6:30, either way I’ll get up soon, promise!

7:30am

Nutella on toast, shower, dressed, and out the door by 7:30.

I was never up and about this early at uni but I’m already buzzing for the day ahead.  One of my clients has promised me a call as he needs our help in sourcing a HR Manager.  I’ve been building a relationship with him for four months so it’s great to get this breakthrough at last!

8:30am

Since 8:00am we’ve been calling our candidates to wish them luck for their interviews or their first day in their new job.  It’s nice for them to hear a friendly voice first thing to calm their nerves.

We then have one of our team meetings at 8:30am to plan the day ahead, after which I settle down to a morning of business development and account management.

(Not forgetting the crucial morning drinks round!)

10:00am

It’s all hands to the pump!  My client called in as promised with the HR Manager vacancy and it’s an urgent temporary role to start on Monday.

We work as a team at James Andrews so I can lean on my colleagues as we contact all the available candidates in the area.  We are able to get four excellent CVs across to my client within a very short space of time.

12:30pm

Lunch time.  I’ve already become a creature of habit in my new job – sausage casserole from “Salvador Deli” pretty much every day!

After lunch I’m scheduled to complete some of my training with my line manager.  Our training is always followed up with a spot test later in the month to check that we’ve retained what we’ve learned and to identify any further training needs.

2:30pm

It’s time to try and hit the rest of my targets as it’s nearing the end of the month.

I also have my Training Week next week so I will be put up in a hotel near our Birmingham Office.  I’m looking forward to it – a chance to meet other new Consultants from the other offices, and to get some classroom-based training from our experienced senior managers.

4:00pm

My colleagues have found another excellent candidate for my HR Manager role.  Our team-commission structure means that you are never on your own to deal with the work.

I love life on the team and they have been so welcoming since I joined. It’s in all our interests that I get up to speed as soon as possible in order to contribute to our success, and we fancy ourselves to bag one of the Top Team awards at the upcoming Christmas party.

6:00pm

I’ll finish whatever admin needs doing, take a couple of calls from candidates who couldn’t answer their phones earlier, then it’s out for a curry for one of the guys’ birthdays.  I’m just showing my face tonight as I have hockey training.

The chat in the pub is geared around what the office is going to get up to for our “Month End” night out – the plan at the moment is to check out a new Escape Rooms that’s just opened in town, and then go “out out”.

7:00pm

Off to the hockey pitches for some training – I’ve re-joined the team I used to play for before I went to uni and it’s great to unwind (albeit in a very active way!)

9:00pm

Time for whatever it is I’m watching on Netflix, I’ll watch one episode too many (standard) and get up ready to do it all over again tomorrow.