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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 have this sought after accreditation upgraded to Silver 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.

Bethany Johnston

Consultant - Technology

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University

University of Leicester

Degree

Sociology

Date joined

September 2018

Where are you from originally?

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

It’s so fast paced you’re never bored – and there’s always something to learn

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The team work aspect of James Andrews – it’s good to know people have your back and want to help you, they want you to succeed

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

I moved to Leicester to study and it’s just become home, I’d never have the same opportunities if I’d moved back to Doncaster so it just made sense to start my career here

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The people, I’ve only been here a week at this point but have been so welcomed it feels like I’ve been here for longer

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The sheer amount there is to learn

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

The satisfaction of ‘signing off’ parts of my training book, it’s nice to be able to physically see your own progress – though there’s still a long way to go!

Nina Grewal

Consultant - Human Resources

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University

The University of East Anglia

Degree

English Literature with Creative Writing

Date joined

September 2018

Where are you from originally?

I am British-Asian, my grandparents all emigrated to the UK from Punjab, Northern India

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Definitely the prospect of essentially being in control of the pace of my own career

What attracted you to James Andrews?

The office environment was the thing that attracted me most to James Andrews, it is the perfect mix of professional/warm and welcoming

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

I sought out a graduate job in London because I love being in the city, and have always wanted to work here

Favourite thing for working here so far?

My favourite thing is liaising with clients and candidates over the phone, the social aspect is very engaging – plus the treat days aren’t so bad either!

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

What surprised me is how pastoral the role of a Recruitment Consultant is, there is a lot of candidate care involved with the role which I find very rewarding

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

I really enjoy how the training doesn’t feel like an information overload even though there is still a lot to learn, the whole team has been very patient and knowledgeable

Win Banh

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University

University of Bath

Degree

Psychology

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The progression opportunities and the ability to earn commission were the key factors that drew me into a career in recruitment

What attracted you to James Andrews?

The recruitment process was enjoyable, my sample day was really fun and I was able to get a good glimpse of what being a Recruitment Consultant at James Andrews would be like.

Why did you ultimately choose James Andrews?

I really liked the atmosphere at the Birmingham office because everyone is very friendly, plus it is also only a 15 minute walk from my house!

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

As I am originally from Birmingham, I wanted to be nearer to my friends and family after being away at university for the last four years. I have also missed being in a big city and the Birmingham nightlife.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The whole Birmingham team have been really welcoming and I really enjoy the social atmosphere within the office.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The constant work load associated with being a Recruitment Consultant has surprised me most but luckily the days do go quick!

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

I have enjoyed talking and interviewing candidates on the phone as well as learning more about the finance sector.

Preeya Patel

Consultant - Housing

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University

Aston University

Degree

Psychology; Postgrad: MSc Work Psychology & Business

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Leicester born and raised

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Friends who recommended it and my master’s degree had recruitment topics

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The challenge, the location, and Stephen who put me at ease during the selection process

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

I wanted to move home after I finished university

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The team I work in, and everyone at the office. I also like that I started on the same day as Ashlee so I have a training buddy

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How often roles come up on the boards in the office

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

Getting to know the people in the office and the free donuts given by the Umbrella company on their visit day

Ashlee Ricketts

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

University of Leicester

Degree

Law

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Wolverhampton

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The fast-paced, competitive nature of recruitment is what drew me to this career.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The first thing that attracted me was the new website. The layout is clear and very informative. Also it was nice to read the profiles of all the consultants on the ‘meet the team’ section and then meet them all in real life.

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

I really enjoyed living in Leicester for University and I wanted to start working full-time here.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Very friendly and helpful colleagues. I am always able to ask questions and everyone is always willing to help me.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The extensive training manual! It is very detailed but very helpful.

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

The training has been very practical and I have been able to learn quickly and get involved in my team early, which is very enjoyable.

Georgia Whitmore

Consultant - Housing

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University

Durham

Degree

History

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I was attracted to recruitment initially for its earning potential and the potential to progress quickly in the career

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

I loved the fact that James Andrews is a company focused on hiring graduates- it was nice to know that everyone here had started in exactly the same position as me

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

I’m from Birmingham originally so it was nice to come back home and start working here quickly after University!

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The people! It’s been great getting to know my team and the office over the last few weeks

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

Just how much information you have to know but also how quickly you can pick things up

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

I’ve enjoyed getting stuck in, being busy and helping out my team as much as possible

Thomas Campbell

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

University of Nottingham

Degree

Law with Spanish

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I started looking into recruitment in my final year of University after a friend recommended it to me. I liked the idea of having a job that is fast-paced in which I could challenge myself straight away. Interacting with people in a job was very important for me so recruitment seemed a great fit.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

James Andrews stood out to me because of the training and support that they give to new consultants. The team structure they have in place was a big pull factor and also the possibility of progression is clear and this attracted me to the company.

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

I am originally from Leicester and have always enjoyed living here so I planned to move back here after University.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Everyone has been really welcoming since I started here, I thought the questions I was asking in my first week may have seemed silly but my colleagues have been supportive and keen to help.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

Although everything seems alien at first the team environment in the office and the detailed training has helped me settle in really quickly.

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

The way I have been welcomed into the team straight away; although I am new and still learning I have been able to contribute and be involved with everything the team does, it is a great way to learn quickly and adapt to the new challenge.

Evan Yabsley

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

University of Birmingham

Degree

BA Political Economy

Date joined

18/06/18

Where are you from originally?

Brentwood, Essex

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Opportunities to progress and a good working environment as well as a strong social aspect to the job.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The opportunity to work for a specialist firm that have a strong focus on the social aspect of the job. Also the unrivalled training that is offered.

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

I enjoyed living in Birmingham throughout Uni, it was a welcome change from living in Essex and having met my girlfriend here it felt like an ideal place to seek a graduate role and settle down.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Definitely the staff. Everyone in the office is easy to get on with and everyone is willing to answer any questions, no matter how stupid they may seem.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How fast the days go. 8-6 seemed daunting, but it certainly doesn’t feel like a ten hour day.

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

How welcoming and patient everyone has been. I understand when the team is busy that training a new member can feel like a bit of a burden, but no one has made it seem that way and everyone is more than happy to help whenever I need it.

Matthew Dyer

Consultant - Human Resources

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University
Cardiff University

Degree
Marine Geography

Date joined
July 2018

Where are you from originally?
Beckenham, SE

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
I have friends who have worked in recruitment for a few years now and say they really enjoy it, so in a sense I was always drawn to it.  The social aspect of this industry is unique which was really important in my decision to pursue a career in it

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
I had a number of interviews at other recruitment firms and found that James Andrews had much more of a team environment than any other firm I met

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?
I've grown up around London and always loved coming into town, so working here had always been my plan after graduating.  It may have taken a year for me to get do it but I am really enjoying it so far, I mean it's London!

Favourite thing about working here so far?
It would have to be the different teams we have, they have made it really easy for me to get settled into my new role

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
How quickly the day can go - despite it being a very full day of work, the hours literally fly by

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
I have really enjoyed how the training is not just e-learning based, and how quickly I have been given responsibilities to call and interview candidates

Ailis Reilly

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University
Sheffield Hallam University

Degree
Business Studies

Date joined
June 2018

Where are you from originally?
Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
I wanted to challenge myself in a new, fast-paced role.  I have always enjoyed being in a team environment and working alongside others, so I knew recruitment would be something I'd really enjoy

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
The overall team spirit was really welcoming and motivating.  I wanted to be a part of a team so it was definitely somewhere I saw myself fitting in well

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?
I had always planned on moving home after graduating

Favourite thing about working here so far?
The office atmosphere makes being new so much easier.  Everybody is willing to help and they are so welcoming and friendly

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The little details that go into providing an excellent service to clients and customers, and the information that you need to take on board and retain, especially when it comes to specialising in your specific sector

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
The training has been really interesting and I've really enjoyed getting to know more about the jobs meetings, discussing the tasks that have been completed and also need completing on each live vacancy

Ehren Smith

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University
University of Bristol

Degree
Ancient History

Date joined
June 2018

Where are you from originally?
Cheltenham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
I previously worked in a busy sales office in Bristol and grew to enjoy the fast paced nature of it

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
As someone who is new to recruitment the focus on training was a huge pull, as well as the London office being a young growing office.  Also by chance I live only a six minute walk away!

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?
I had always planned to move to London - it's an exciting city.  I have family here and slowly but surely all my friends from Bristol have been moving here

Favourite thing about working here so far?
I've really enjoyed  getting to know the team better.  Everyone has been so helpful and friendly and this creates a great working atmosphere

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The most surprising thing has been how much of a team job this is.  Whilst I appreciated that team work was often mentioned throughout the interview process, seeing it in action has genuinely surprised me.  The constant updating, advising and genuine desire to help each other is very apparent as soon as you start here

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
I have really enjoyed the training I've had specifically on the finance sector.  I almost pursued it at university so it has been interesting to learn about such a technical and complex sector

Laura McDonagh

Consultant - Housing & Property Management

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University
Cardiff University

Degree
English Literature

Date joined
May 2018

Where are you from originally?
Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
I was drawn to recruitment primarily because I am money motivated and I like to be in a fast paced, challenging role. I also enjoy engaging and interacting with people

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
The team based aspect of commission, and the fact that the company invests a lot of time and training in their employees, which is reflected in their Investors In People award

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?
I love the buzz of Birmingham. The office is located in an excellent location where there are many places for social events. Also I was born here so I feel most at home in the Birmingham office

Favourite thing about working here so far?
My colleagues have been extremely welcoming and helpful during my transition into the team and office

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The sheer amount of things you have to manage at the same time and how quickly you get used to it

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
Absorbing all the new and interesting information. Particularly the jobs meetings where we all re-group and discuss what needs to be done on each role. Also the growing bond with my Managing Consultant and the team

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.