Principal Consultant - Student Accommodation


South London

Estates & Facilities Management / Internal



Simon Cheshire
020 8892 0115

Simon has worked in specialist management recruitment since 1986. He was previously with an international recruitment consultancy holding senior roles in the UK, Australia and Europe running and developing large scale recruitment operations as well as starting up green field sites. He has extensi


Job Description

Posted: 20 June 2018

Principal Consultant - Student Accommodation 

MRG Head Office in Twickenham


MRG is the recognised market leader in management recruitment in the Higher Education market. We have an established team (12 strong) with a strong contact book and an impressive track record.

The team delivers Search, Retained Permanent Solution and Interim/Freelance recruitment solutions and generates c £2m in fees annually.

We are seeking to appoint a Principal to further develop this specialism. The Principal will be expected to establish a desk with Senior Appointments at its heart but be flexible to manage a whole array of complex assignments at all levels. We are looking to target Head of Accommodation, Director of Residences, Senior Residential Manager, Area/ Regional Manager level appointments.  

The ideal candidate will be a customer services/ property /hospitality recruitment professional with experience of managerial and complex recruitment projects, seeking to join a successful and mature team that is recognised as market leaders in their field. The target market is niche and light competitive intensity and will appeal to anyone who is operating in a congested or commoditizing market ideally within the education sector. 

Recent assignments:

·      UPP – MD Partnerships

·      UPP - General Manager 

·      UPP – Residences Director 

·      Student Roost – Head of Technical Services 

·      Student Roost – Area Manager (South) 

·      Kings College – Head of Operations 

·      UCL – Residential Operations Manager  

·      University of Birmingham – Director of Residences 

·      University of Southampton – Head of Accommodation  


About Us 

We specialise in Senior Appointments in the £50,000 - £150,000 salary bracket across the Higher Education sector with a focus on the built environment. Our philosophy is simple; we aim to offer exceptional service by finding the best possible candidates (active or passive through headhunting) in the shortest period of time. Our success is built on the expertise and contacts of our team. They know the market and have good contacts in senior positions across their industry.   

We have a current team of 40 successful recruiters working across the following sectors:

·      Higher Education Estates, Facilities, Student Accommodation and professional services

·      Construction and Residential

·      Bid Management & Business Development

·      Real Estate Advisory and Project & Cost Management

·      Infrastructure and Civil Engineering

Average sector recruitment experience across our leadership team is 12 years +. This has created a “grown up” environment where there is a lot of support and expertise on hand, where people are ready and willing to help to make the business successful. 

Our market leading package includes:

·      Market leading commission scheme

·      Pension Scheme

·      Employee health benefits scheme

·      Long Service Awards (5 and 10 years)

·      25 days holiday (rising to 30 days on length of service)

·      Bi-annual Promotion targets

·      Extensive training programme

·      Staff referral bonus scheme 

·      Christmas Hampers and staff parties

Our people philosophy is very simple. Our expectations are high and our ambitions challenging. We have some of the best recruiters in the sector and we have high standards. Our objective is to build a business where £200,000 in fees per year is the norm.