GroupM - Sydney, NSW

As the Talent Acquisition Partner you will beresponsible for locating and attracting the best and brightest talent to GroupM in order to make our group of agencies as exciting, creative and progressive as they can be. You will be identifying target companies, industries or suitable individuals; perform appropriate research; attract quality candidates and brief them on the opportunities available; managing the processes through to offer stage. Ensuring we attract and recruit the most strategic, analytical, innovative, energetic and genuine people is priority one.

Reporting of the role

This role reports to the Talent Acquisition Director for GroupM Australia

3 best things about the job:

  1. The company: You will be recruiting for the world’s leading media agency group!
  2. Pace: No two days will feel the same. You have a highly social, fast paced job, meeting the incredible talent inside our agencies and spreading the word about our roles to potential candidates
  3. Potential: The scope for this role is never ending, you will learn from other markets, both regional and worldwide

Measures of success

In three months:

  • Build a solid understanding of our agencies, their structure and talent requirements
  • Develop strong relationships with relevant business partners
  • Independently lead the recruitment for a number of roles
  • Develop strong relationships with the candidates you manage

In six months:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the recruitment tools and systems used at GroupM
  • Build a talent pool of potential candidates for our roles
  • Manage your area of roles and ensure internal process is being followed

In 12 months:

  • Provide strategic recruitment advice and support for our people
  • Increase the quality of hire across the agencies
  • Own the recruitment for an area of the business independently

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Work with the Talent Acquisition Director to implement the talent acquisition strategy (in line with the business strategy and any regional talent acquisition strategy) across the group
  • Provide effective recruitment advice, guidance and solutions to managers across the group; always working within the necessary legal parameters
  • Provide constant feedback to the team on any aspect which may affect the success of the HR & Talent team – always retaining an awareness of the bigger picture
  • Be an effective, committed and participative team member in order to provide a first class service to the group; contributing to the continuing development of the HR & Talent team

Searches & Strategy:

  • Work directly with managers to develop appropriate and reasonable job descriptions for each role, where necessary
  • Establish the search process, including the interview process, for each brief, as well as the compensation target for the search
  • Execute and manage the search strategy and provide regular and timely information to the recruiting managers to ensure they are up to date on progress
  • Communicate as needed with other members of the HR & Talent team throughout the process

Talent Development:

  • Telephone screening of potential prospects and sources to determine appropriateness as a candidate or reliable source
  • Communicate with agency leaders as sources and for general market and company feedback
  • Conduct interviews with interested candidates, when required
  • Reference check candidates using the Chequed referencing system
  • Ensure WPP policies with regards to recruitment, specifically the WPP Poaching Policy, are well understood and adhered to by all employees


  • Study company and industry information to be appropriately prepared to execute and pitch the opportunity to potential candidates
  • Use GroupM’s proprietary database to retrieve information on prospects, sources, target companies and related search work. Update and maintain the database with relevant information, executives, etc ensuring all records are up to date and accurate
  • Identify and target companies, candidates and sources through reference materials and online services
  • Become the industry knowledge expert by keeping abreast of trends and developments in business and the talent market through seminars, conferences and reading pertinent information
  • Maintain a knowledge and understanding of competitive compensation in the media industry and relevant professional areas

Reporting and Database Management:

  • Ensure regular reporting on all key searches, including the candidate short list for each search
  • Oversee appropriate maintenance of data and candidate assessments in the recruitment system
  • Ensure systems are adequately populated with current talent information and that all search efforts are tracked on a timely basis
  • Develop standard reporting capability from the system to inform key management of search activities


  • Develop effective relationships throughout all levels of the organisation
  • Ensure the Talent Acquisition Director is kept informed of all talent acquisition issues which may require her involvement or which may impact on the on-going talent strategy planning and development
  • Consistently demonstrates situation sensitivity and confidentiality to ensure that the HR & Talent team is seen as a trusted and valued team within the organisation

What you will need:

  • Extensive experience sourcing candidates from multiple channels including careers websites, professional and social media, employee referrals and job sites
  • Experience recruiting in a high pressure, high volume environment
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, experience managing clients or internal stakeholders at any level
  • Be highly diligent, ethical, reliable and accountable
  • Ability to coordinate, prioritise and multitask in a high pressure environment

About GroupM

GroupM is the leading global media investment management company serving as the parent to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, and Essence, as well as the programmatic digital media platform, Xaxis, each global operations in their own right with leading market positions. GroupM’s primary purpose is to maximize performance of WPP’s media agencies by operating as leader and collaborator in trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities. GroupM’s focus is to deliver unrivaled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people.

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