Recruitment Consultant

Reference Number: 8056aa

Location: Christchurch

  • Rewarding Career Opportunity
  • Great team, fun culture, flexible working
  • CBD location with carpark


About The Role: 

Our focus is on helping great clients secure key talent, and due to growth in demand from our clients, an opportunity has arisen to join the Sheffield South Island team, based in Christchurch.


  • Has National presence – with offices in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • Has a proven and proud history
  • Takes a partnership approach with our clients – who are from a wide range of Public and Private sector organisations.

We recognise our people are vital to our success and are now seeking a talented and energetic Consultant who knows how to spot and attract candidates, to join our highly successful team. 

You will:

  • Ideally come from a recruitment environment, either agency or inhouse
  • Enjoy forging long-term business partnerships
  • Display excellent commercial judgement
  • Become a trusted advisor to our clients by delivering first class talent solutions. 

Having the desire to treat all candidates with the same level of attention and respect as our clients is also of the utmost importance.

Key to this role will be:

  • Willingness to have fun, celebrate success and contribute to the team
  • Your capacity to quickly understand a client’s organisation, the role, and their specific talent requirements.
  • Outstanding communication and relationship management skills.                                                           
  • Commercial acumen
  • A high degree of professional integrity.
  • The hunger to exceed expectations and drive further growth
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the business with research and support staff



  • Fun team of high performing professionals.
  • Work-life balance.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Attractive remuneration package – salaried (not contingent)
  • CBD location with car park provided.

You can look forward to working with a very experienced and knowledgeable team in an amazing workplace culture within a well-proven and successful company.


Skills & Experience: 

This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious, commercially savvy individual to join a high performing, cohesive team in a well-established, professional HR services consultancy.

To be successful you will have:

  • Proven commercial and business acumen.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience,
  • A proactive and energetic approach to your work
  • The ability to juggle multiple priorities and work at pace.
  • A good eye for detail, be articulate and highly organised.
  • Strong capability in partnering and taking initiative.
  • A strong consultative nature and client-centric approach.
  • Technically savvy.
  • Tenacious, decisive and curious with a determined mindset to get successful results.
  • Outstanding time management skills.
  • A great sense of humour.
  • Ideally, a relevant tertiary qualification in HR or Organisational Development.
  • A willingness to build your confidence and competence in Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori.

We value that each of our team members brings something different to Sheffield. 

We seek people who have had a broad range of experiences throughout their career and can demonstrate how they have worked as part of a team to bring ideas to life. 

Does that sound like you?


About the Company:

With offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and a history spanning 60 years, Sheffield has built a highly reputable and trusted brand as a New Zealand owned and operated company.  Assignments include the appointment of Directors, Chief Executives, Senior Managers, and functional specialists across the entire spectrum of NZ’s corporate, not-for-profit, and public organisations.  We pride ourselves on high-quality execution, encourage a culture of ongoing career development and recognise performance and commitment.  We live our values every day.

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To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 26 April 2022.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367

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  • Mike Stenhouse of Sheffield devoted considerable time and energy in discussion and enquiry, understanding the business and its growth and importantly interpreting the “glue” which has essentially kept the board and management close during the good times and bad.
    I have come out of this process confident of the appointment process and choice made, and grateful for the energy and guidance of Sheffield.

    Craig Boyce, Chair, TransDiesel - Christchurch

  • The particular points of difference in working with Sheffield were their ability to quickly and accurately identify our needs, their general responsiveness and excellent in-house team who could provide specific insight and skills. Their sensitivity at a difficult time for the school, and addressing this head-on in terms of branding and appropriate messaging in all outward-facing material and response to candidate queries was outstanding.
    I would recommend Sheffield without question in supporting schools in the recruitment of senior roles.

    Johanna Clark, Human Resources Manager, Dilworth Trust Board - Auckland

  • Louise was very responsive and read the nuances of the role extremely well, providing a timely, quality service.
    We couldn’t fault the process and would highly recommend Sheffield to other organisations.

    Lesley Fleming, Acting GM People and Safety, Lyttelton Port Company - Christchurch

  • We chose to partner with Sheffield on the appointment of our new Principal as they are a well-established consultancy with a great reputation and deep knowledge and experience within the education sector.

    We would wholeheartedly endorse Sheffield as our preferred agency and could not fault them during this process.

    Simon Green, Chair, Rangiora High School - Christchurch

  • It was great to work with Mike again on a critical role for the MTF business. With the required preparation, patience and robust process the resulting successful placement has been first class.

    Mark Darrow, Chair, Motor Trade Finance - Christchurch

  • Tania's industry knowledge and candidate care were exceptional. The process was handled with discretion and professionalism throughout.

    Tom Lynch, Project Director, Rubix - Christchurch

  • Sheffield worked with us to understand what we wanted to achieve, the type of person we wanted to find, then did a great job researching the market and helping us secure the person we wanted to work with.

    Peter Sewell, Director, Rubix - Christchurch

  • Having started the new role, I could not be happier with cultural and organisational fit, and I have no hesitation in recommending Sheffield for Executive Search and placement.

    Jon Ager, Project Director, Antarctica New Zealand - Christchurch

  • Ian, Raewyn and Kelly did a tremendous job helping the Hockey New Zealand Board distill down the key skills we needed in our CEO, and ultimately assisted us with a comprehensive and efficient interview and selection process. We could not have asked for more.

    Mike Bignell, Chair, NZ Hockey - Auckland

  • For someone who has always taken the DIY approach to recruitment, letting go of such an important process wasn’t easy....I would definitely engage them again, and I am! No more DIY for me!!

    Simon Challies, Executive Director, BrainTree Trust - Christchurch

  • We found Sheffield to be outstanding in the calibre of candidates they brought to the table. Consequently we appointed outside the Local Govt sector and went for a private sector appointment. That has proven to be very successful.

    Grant Smith - Mayor, Palmerston North City Council - North Island

  • It is all about the people and Mike (Stenhouse) has built up a high level of trust in his relationship with the MTF Board. He provides a very thorough, credible and professional process which resulted in, in this case, three high calibre and appointable candidates to choose from.

    Mark Darrow, Chairman, Motor Trade Finance Limited - Christchurch

  • Sheffield Search’s service was highly professional, marked by a strong collaborative/partnership approach. Communication throughout the process was regular and full, and gave the board comfort of the progress being made.
    All these elements ensured not only a successful outcome but a series of relationships very well managed.

    Andrew Johnson, Chair, St Paul's Collegiate - North Island

  • Ian and the team clearly had extensive networks in the education sector which meant we were presented with candidates of exceptional quality and appropriate characteristics. They understood our requirements and led us through a recruitment exercise which was comprehensive, holistic and timely.

    Sharon Wards, Chair, Lindisfarne College Council - North Island

  • Andrea gave a very positive presentation and had been involved in several similar appointments. Based on this, we decided to partner with Sheffield for the appointment of the new Principal/Headmaster.
    I would strongly support another school deciding to use Sheffield for a similar appointment.

    Tony Deavoll, Chair, Shirley Boys' High School - Christchurch

  • I have a long relationship with Sheffield and with Louise and Mike, which means Sheffield knows me, and our business, well.
    Trust them, they know the market, and they know what they’re doing

    Katrina Benedetti, GM People and Culture, Ravensdown - Christchurch

  • I am very aware of how good the Sheffield Search facility is, and at this level, Search is a very important part of the process.
    There was also a value-add through Mike’s perceptibility – he is very astute when it comes to reading candidates

    Jane Huria, Board Chair, UniMed - Christchurch

  • The added value to the process was high-level, trustworthy and had integrity - Sheffield gave us the tools to make our decision with confidence.
    I always felt supported by Sheffield and always knew Mike was at the end of the phone to ask any questions if I needed to.

    Marie Black, Mayor, Hurunui District Council - South Island

  • Sheffield has real strength in the culture transformation and development area, which is why we decided to partner with them on the appointment of this newly established position. Sheffield provided a superb service – the whole process was flawless – it was easy, on time and excellently executed.

    Kirstie Gardener, GM People and Safety, Lyttelton Port Company - Christchurch

  • Ian Taylor and the Sheffield Search team stood out in the selection process as having the experience, knowledge of the market, capability and fit that we were looking for.
    I am very comfortable in recommending Sheffield Search as an Executive Search partner for any educational body recruiting for leadership positions.

    Phil Newman, Chair, Orewa College - Auckland

  • Sheffield’s support was invaluable in helping us replace our CEO who retired after 15 years. If you are looking for executive level appointments I highly recommend Sheffield and Katy in particular.

    John Gommans, Acting Chief Medical and Dental Officer, Hawkes Bay DHB

  • ‘I would highly recommend Sheffield as an executive recruitment agency. I have engaged with Sheffield and in particular Nicholas Buck as both a candidate and client. I have always been impressed with the high degree of professionalism, diligence and attention to detail.

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