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Associate, Talent Acquisition

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Posting Date: 31-Jan-2019

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 14719
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division VP, Human Resources & Corporate Services
Dept. / Bus. Group Human Resources
Business Unit Talent Acquisition
Contract Type Short Term
Contract Length 09 months
Posting End Date 28/02/2019 


Be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, using your talents to make a difference to people’s lives and help shape the future of the countries we invest in.


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was founded in 1991 when communism was crumbling in Europe and ex-Soviet countries needed support to nurture a new private sector and democracy. Today we invest to help build market economies from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. We are now the largest single investor in our region.


We are currently seeking a Talent Acquisition Specialist, to join us on 9-month maternity cover contract, located in our London Head Quarters.


Purpose of Job


The Associate, Talent Acquisition is responsible for the sourcing, selection and recruitment of all the hires under an employment contract at the Bank. Working in partnership with the Hiring Manager and relevant Principal, HR Business Partner, they will understand the assigned client area’s strategic workforce planning needs and provide subject matter expertise. They will advise well-defined talent acquisition strategies designed to attract qualified, diverse candidates from internal, external sources and/or referral pools to fulfil the staffing needs of business areas. The Associate, Talent Acquisition drives the recruitment process, ensuring compliance with the Bank’s procedures and recruitment best practice.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  •  Serve as the primary source of expert staffing and recruitment strategy expertise for HR Business Partners and their clients to secure the best possible talent for the EBRD in all geographic locations.   Provide strategic input on the best sourcing channels for functional talent.
  • Map relevant candidate markets and understand associated reward factors to source a pipeline of well-catalogued passive candidates who are potential future quality hires for the EBRD.
  • Design and manage programmes and frameworks to facilitate employee exchanges, secondments and internships.  Conclude agreements with interested external parties (may be commercial, government or academic entities) and promote and market these programmes. 
  • Plan, design and co-ordinate large scale recruitment outreach events such as career days, job fairs or “virtual events” to target suitable candidate market segments likely to match the EBRD’s talent plans.
  • Develop social media and other advertising strategies, ensuring that these approaches are always up to date with industry trends and best practice, maintaining thorough knowledge of available social media and other resources. Build and maintain a network of professional relationships designed to tap into and yield the best possible talent for current and future talent plans.
  • Design (in collaboration with Talent Development) implement and administer expert assessment tools to facilitate prediction of potential success of identified candidates and improve the agility and effectiveness of the selection process for leadership and critical expert positions.
  • Understand and communicate complex employment packages including, being able to convey to line managers and candidates factors such as currency fluctuation implications, floor rate calculations, tax implications, salary hedging and Internationally Hired Staff (HIS) status. Understanding where and when IHS and other benefits apply and communicating with clarity and confidence. Select, appoint and manage third party recruitment suppliers and ensure performance attains service level agreements, and drives financial value and recruitment outcomes.
  • For a defined client group execute recruitment requisitions:
    • Manage advertising campaign (internal and/or external);
    • Develop a wide range of sourcing strategies (e.g. internal or on-line databases, employee referrals and/or network contact lists) bespoke to the variety of the role profiles and diversity of hiring needs within the Bank to yield diverse and high calibre talent;
    • Evaluate candidate profiles and provide Hiring Manager with timely MI
    • Design tailored assessment approach using competency framework and technical needs assessment specific to that the vacancy
    • Evaluate by interview and other methods: behavioural competency (using competency framework), technical expertise, and motivational factors. Gauge required salary range and relocation needs for candidates and likely acceptance of potential offer before recommending a suitable short-list to the relevant HR Business Partner and the internal client.


  • Evaluate the value of each recruitment campaign/strategy based upon its cost effectiveness and ability to attract and appoint high quality candidates.
  • Report to Member Country Directors on an individual basis regularly on progress in the sourcing and employment of candidates from that country, readily demonstrating understanding of the given recruitment market – including universities, demographics, mobility patterns and challenges to recruiting.
  • Directly accountable for the engagement and effective overall management of staff including recruitment, compensation (as agreed with the Head of Department, if applicable), performance management, coaching and development.
  • Champion and role model the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • Solid track record of executing recruitments at a variety of levels in the financial sector on an international scale. 
  • Demonstrated experience of sourcing passive candidates in competitive markets.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Proven consulting and advisory skills allied to good client relationship management skills.
  • The ability to assess candidates incisively and accurately.
  • The ability to establish trust and a reputation for discretion and sound judgment and advice.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and succinctly orally and in writing.
  • Good influencing and persuasion skills.
  • The ability to develop and maintain an active network of contacts relevant to the Bank’s business to yield talent leads.
  • High service expectations and solid vendor management skills.
  • Business acumen.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Sound knowledge of recruitment best practice and legislative developments in relevant markets.
  • Good knowledge of candidate sourcing channels and candidate assessment tools.


Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

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