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It’s an exciting time to join the growing team at Mercury. It’s a great place to build a career with outstanding training and development in a professional environment that is fun without being gimmicky or silly.

It’s not just a job it’s a career.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Check out our brochure and read the stories of some of our consultants and how they’ve grown with the business – from trainee to director in some cases.

If you think it’s for you contact us below and see for yourself. Once you get past the initial stages part of the interview process is to sit down with some of our staff so you can ask what it’s really like. We’re proud of our business but even more proud of our staff – they are what makes it and you could be too.

Work at Mercury


Here at Mercury, we are specialist recruiters focused on the packaging, print and marketing communications sectors.

Market leaders with a truly international outlook; as well as across the UK we place candidates all over continental Europe, The Middle East and as far away as Australia.

Quality is very important and every member of our staff goes through an award-winning training programme; followed up with ongoing personal and professional development.

Our industry partnerships give us great credibility and market exposure – people take our calls and trust our recommendations.



When we say specialist, we really mean it: each of our consultants focuses on a particular market segment. We have an in-depth knowledge of the stars within them and where those people may add value. It means that we can match clients needs immediately and puts us in a position to help them build their business; providing them with the talent they need for the future.


Recruiters recruit right? Well at Mercury, it’s much more than that. We have become trusted advisors, giving clients advice from salary scales all the way to strategic direction based on the talent in the market. Our long term partnerships and connections allow us to introduce clients to business partners and markets even when there is no recruiting involved. Needless to say this level of trust means we are their recruiter of choice when the time comes.


Having developed strong relationships with industry leaders and important trade bodies we have market-leading credibility. This gives us direct access to clients and candidates and re-enforces our commitment to the sectors. Our opinions are sought out and we are regularly seen in the trade press; giving us the exposure others only dream of.


Headhunting is a big part of what we do. You will benefit from continual training allowing you to identify, and access the very best talent in the market: when our approach is backed by the Mercury brand, we get a great response in generating candidates, we also have an outstanding web presence. With 3 websites and a prominent positioning with the trade media, we achieve massive exposure generating over 500 candidates per month. Our acclaimed advertising campaigns run in all of the main trade media and are often noted for their creativity – sometimes becoming a talking point in their own right.


We have an in house assessor who is trained to conduct both ability testing and personality profiling. We are the only recruiters in our market able to offer this service to our clients adding yet another way to add value to the recruitment process beyond just the introduction.


Our clients keep coming back- our level of repeat business is something we are very proud of. It not only stands testament to the quality of our work but also helps us get to know the organisations in great depth. Understanding things like correct cultural match really make a difference when recruiting – helping us to be consultants beyond the introduction.


The days are fast-paced and varied; you’ll focus on a different assignment each day, no two days are really the same.

Generally speaking, you’ll start each morning catching up on emails and joining in the team get together to run through an overview of the previous day and the plan for the coming day.

The day’s activity, whether it’s representing a company you’re headhunting on behalf of for an exciting opportunity, or it’s working proactively on behalf of one of your star candidates, will be your main focus.

Around this, you’ll prepare candidates for interview for the following day and take feedback from that day’s interviews. You’ll qualify and register candidates, work with our admin, resourcing and marketing teams (who’ll do an exceptional job taking care of creating cv’s, advertisements and any documentation). You’ll negotiate offers, manage contracts, advise on resignations and stay in touch through notice periods.

You’ll also take vacancies, devise the right approach to recruit for the role, research the market and make approaches to potential candidates. You’ll understand your clients’ objectives so you’re able to quickly identify high calibre people to achieve the objectives of the role. You’ll also be working with organisations to build talent pipelines so before they get to a point of needing to recruit for certain roles, you’ll have talented individuals in line and ready to move where you’ll advise them on how they can add value to particular organisations.

You’ll be delivering good news and offers, managing them through to the start date; which of course is everyone’s favourite part of the job. The flip side is delivering the bad news to candidates who don’t get the job but when you do, you’ll work with them to consult on what went wrong and how they can improve for future interviews. Your candidates will value your input even when it’s a no.

You’ll build relationships so you really understand your candidates’ aspirations and help introduce them to the right organisations for their career development. You’ll be making connections, developing your profile and reputation in the market as part of a leading brand. These are highly technical, confidential and significant appointments so you’ll be playing a big part in influencing change.

Training & Development

A weekly meeting with your manager will help you assess your progress ensuring you’re on track and identifying any areas you need more support in so you can create a plan for the coming week.

You’ll attend a monthly presentation meeting where you’ll see how your figures fit into the company as a whole, see the company’s performance and discuss your thoughts on the past month and your action plan going forward. This is also the place you’ll find out who’s won any monthly, quarterly or annual competitions and also any planned outings from bowling, indoor skydiving, trampolining, pizza parties and nights out on the town.

All in all, it’s a great place to build your career!

On a less formal front

We like to do our bit for local charities whether that be through our office snack box proceeds going to a charity decided upon by our consultants or the annual 4 figure donation we give to charities that mean something to us.

If you’re into running, you can join our group of runners who head out a couple of times a week at lunchtime, the pace varying from social having a good chat to “can’t talk, trying to catch my breath!”. With great gyms nearby and corporate reductions, there’s plenty of opportunities to find something that suits you or if you’d prefer to eat cake, well that works too. We have a tradition of baking cakes for birthdays. Originally quite informal this has developed into the great Mercury bake-off, with a different theme each year, add the secret scoring and things get quite competitive.



“The amazing people I work with are not just my colleagues they are my friends and now I can honestly say that I love my job.”

I joined Mercury in August 2016 from MBNA where I had worked for 9 years since the age of 18 years old. I had heard about Mercury from an old colleague and I got the feeling that if I didn’t find out more it would be a mistake. I had no experience in recruitment or in print & packaging but from the moment I walked through the door I knew it was a place I wanted to work. The passion that each person I met had was infectious and the only word to describe how I felt after my interview is excited!

I made the decision that it was too good an opportunity to miss and although it was terrifying stepping into the unknown the training and support I received from the very talented management team were second to none; they tailored my training to suit me specifically to ensure I got the most from it. I am a “learn as I work” kind of person and my manager recognised this immediately and made sure that after my induction and initial training that’s exactly what happened. Each consultant works within their own sector so they can become a specialist within that area but everyone is always there to offer guidance and support when needed. There are always opportunities to progress and learn and my manager is already talking to me about new opportunities I can get involved in.

I have found the job to be demanding and tough at times but the buzz I get from it is amazing and the hard work most definitely pays off. In the last 6 months, I have learnt so much and the success I am already enjoying will make a big difference to my future.

The amazing people I work with are not just my colleagues they are my friends and now I can honestly say that I love my job. It was most definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am looking forward to having a long and successful career with Mercury Search & Selection.


In addition to market-leading salaries, you will earn an uncapped commission based on the revenue you generate each quarter. The more you achieve the more you earn. We firmly believe that if we do a great job for our clients they will keep coming back and pay our fees. The better you do for our clients the better the company does and in turn, the better you do – everyone wins.

Commission, paid in 3 equal instalments the following quarter, is calculated as a percentage of billings placed in each quarter. Typically you will earn over £5,000 per quarter, many earn above £10,000 per quarter.

Work Environment

Mercury also has a comprehensive benefits package that includes:


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