Senior Research & Sourcing Associate

Anywhere in the World

Headquarters: Amsterdam

Senior Research & Sourcing Associate


In this role, you will continuously support Apollo Executive Search Consultants with high end, C-level (and similar) executive search assignments. You will go from briefing / scoping to lists of relevant candidates within a matter of (working)days. Work is typically mostly sequential (project based), working on mostly one search at a time.
Overview of what this role at Apollo Executive Search offers:

  • Work with international colleagues with top tier, diverse backgrounds, incl. strategy consultancy (McKinsey, Roland Berger), start-up experience (Rocket Internet, CFO of Cybertech startup) and strong academic backgrounds 
  • Work in a highly professional and innovative executive search firm to find top talent for leadership (C-level) positions at technology startups and investor backed companies 
  • Help build C-level leadership teams of the most exciting, high-growth and innovative companies across industries 
  • Become trained in and further develop state-of-the art research and sourcing expertise, as part of Apollo’s top level and proprietary executive search process 
  • Become part of a young, innovative and fast-growing executive search company with room to grow into an increasingly senior position with more responsibilities 

 Please also click on the link to see our pdf with more information about this role and Apollo: 

 Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

A. Sourcing & Research (80-90%):

1.       Understanding the specific role, company, required backgrounds, skills based on a briefing and available documentation
2.       Translating the search (together with the Apollo consultant) into sourcing strategies. This includes listing relevant current positions and other background elements and listing potential donor companies. Review profiles of people in similar roles at similar companies to further amend sourcing strategies 
3.       Thorough research based on the sourcing strategies with LinkedIn software. Going through lists of potential candidates. Select relevant profiles, disregard non relevant profiles
4.       Flag and discuss questionable profiles with the Apollo consultant. Gain direct feedback on both the effectiveness of the search strategies and the selected profiles
5.       Create ideas for and suggest new search strategies to the Apollo consultant where needed
6.       Put things in motion so the Apollo consultant has everything needed to approach relevant candidates
7.       Remain informed on the progress of the search process, and hear feedback on introduced candidates. 

B. Long term knowledge development (10-20%):

·       Build an understanding of roles (search assignments) and candidate profiles to the best of your abilities (incl. using a lot of google, Wikipedia and other job descriptions found online). Build an index/database with complex terms and memorize frequently used terms
·       Build databases of (relevant) lists, e.g., B2B SaaS companies, relevant investors, portfolio companies. Utilize publicly-available, subscription-based, and proprietary database resources, social media, and other channels.
·       Perform market analysis: what are the backgrounds of people in this role at similar companies?
·       Build a specific understanding of what a person in a specific function does and tries to accomplish (e.g., in CFO and CEO positions at mid sized companies and startups)
·       Collect and develop sourcing strategy best practices and share these with the rest of the (more junior) sourcing team. Develop and apply knowledge on how to create the best sourcing strategies. 
·       Selected support on acquisition lead generation and other research
·       Experiment and find innovative ways to identify high potential talent in general


Additional Responsibilities:

·       Attend (video call) team meetings (~twice a week)
·       Support (more junior) sourcing and research colleagues
·       Attend (video) calls with clients where possible
 ·       We are looking for colleagues that are available for at least 6 hours between 0900 and 1700 Amsterdam time (CET or CEST)

Please note this is not a recruiter position (limited contact with candidates, focus is on research and sourcing and supporting Apollo internally).

 We offer:
-          Local contract (payrolling in your local country or a freelance contract) 
-          Package indication: Commensurate on experience, between 1600 - 2300 EUR a month
 (gross, incl. expenses, pension, potential bonus)
-          23 days’ holiday per year 

 We are looking forward to receiving an email from you if you are potentially interested at Please include:

-          Your CV in English 
-          An indication of your salary expectations. Please note our max range indicated above 
-          Your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) 
-          A short cover note to explain why you are particularly suited to this position
-          Where you saw this advert
Please note we will only be able to reach out to shortlisted candidates and it could be some weeks before we reach the shortlisting stage. 

 About Apollo Executive Search

Apollo Executive Search was established in 2016 by two entrepreneurs with extensive prior experience in strategy consultancy (incl. McKinsey and Roland Berger). The company started out by connecting some of the most successful private equity funds and fastest-growing startups in the Netherlands to top level leadership talent. In the years that followed, Apollo has expanded its services and established itself as one of the foremost executive search partners for investors and founders of mid-size growth companies in the Dutch market who are seeking to attract local or global C-level talent. We have built an especially strong track record through lasting partnerships with many well-known investors both in the Private Equity and Venture Capital space. To date, we have partnered with 100+ clients and have successfully completed 200+ searches.

Recent successful Apollo executive search assignments include:

·       CFO of Hiber (technology startup in the aerospace industry, venture capital backed)
·       CEO of an investor owned salmon production company 
·       Director Rental Sales for Europarcs (investor owned travel company)
·       Chief Commercial Officer of BuyBay (software startup, venture capital backed)
·       Managing Director of an electron microscopy startup
·       Chief Marketplace Officer at Orderchamp

Our team is very international and used to working remote. Seven of our current 13 team members are currently completely remote, and almost all internal meetings take place on Zoom. Nationalities include Dutch, Ukrainian, German, French, South African,  Egyptian and Filipino. Ages range from 25 to 45, with the average age around 35. 


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