Sidekicks | We provide people, who support leaders, who change the world.

We provide people,
who support leaders,
who change the world.

Welcome to Sidekicks. We supply exceptional support people – Assistants, Secretaries, Receptionists, Administrators and front of house talent – to founders, entrepreneurs, private households and businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, all over the world.

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Types of roles we specialise in

We place right across the administrative spectrum – only the best and most capable:

  • Receptionists
  • Head Receptionists
  • Corporate PAs
  • Private PAs
  • Board PAs
  • Concierges
  • Personal Assistants
  • Executive Assistants
  • Business Assistants
  • Sales Administrators
  • HR Administrators
  • HR Officers
  • Marketing Administrators
  • Office Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Facilities Administrators
  • Typists
  • Trading Assistants
  • Team Secretaries
  • Presentations Specialists
  • Admin Team Leaders
  • Float Team Leaders
  • Office Juniors

– if the remit falls within administrative support, it’s what we do.

Sidekicks Permanent

We provide the best permanent support talent in London. We find the people you really want – not just the ones that actively apply to job advertisements.

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Sidekicks Private

We supply the most exceptional household and estate staff in London, with a focus on ex-military personnel with exemplary service backgrounds.

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Sidekicks Temporary

We are scrupulous about our processes. Our temporary candidates have undergone a full competency based interview (not just a skills run through).

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Jobs of the week

Below are some of the jobs currently on offer.

An exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen to work with a fascinating HNWI family, based between their yacht and an island home in the Caribbean.

For the right person, this will definitely be the dream job! We’re seeking a confident cook who is happy to combine their chef duties with providing exemplary childcare to a young baby during the evenings, and on some mornings when both parents are at work.  

A formal cookery qualification would be ideal, as would prior childcare experience. However, attitude and personality are going to be key for this role – we’re seeking an energetic, positive person, ideally with a love of the sea and a desire to experience Caribbean island life!

The principals are fantastic; great fun and very friendly. Both parents enjoy sailing and the children are lively and affectionate.

You’d be working within a genuinely warm and happy family environment, and my clients are keen to find someone to become an integral part of the family.

This isn’t a short-term job: although the family are current predominantly land-based in the Caribbean, they are hoping to undergo a long-distance voyage in a couple of years’ time, and would love to find someone who is excited by the idea of doing this! Therefore, we’re really looking for someone who is keen to commit to being an integral part of this wonderful family for the next few years.

A high standard of English is really important for this role – German would be beneficial but is not essential.   

If you think this might be your dream job, please apply with your CV, background and salary expectations for the attention of Jessica.

19/05/2017

We are keen to hear from polished PAs who are looking to make the next step into a fab, market-leading company who support and look after their staff. The role is based in truly stunning offices, comes with a dynamic team who are passionate about what they do, some amazing perks and will allow you to make a real difference and contribute to the success of the support team.

You will be looking after two Directors as PA and offer ad hoc support to their direct reports.

We are looking for someone who is keen and eager to progress their career within a PA role. Somewhere that isn’t too big for you to go unnoticed but not too small that you can’t have an impact. You will be full of ideas and have a fresh approach to your role but are keen to work alongside and learn from the more experienced members of the support team.

You will be a natural with core PA skills such as complex diary management, international travel and meeting management, keeping files up to date, managing processes and keeping the office running smoothly. In addition, you will love the idea of liaising directly with clients – excellent English, spelling and grammar, a real eye for detail; displaying a polished professionalism combined with a warm and engaging personality who will make each client feel valued and appreciated.

This role isn’t suitable for someone who won’t go the extra mile – we are looking for passionate PAs who if they don’t know something will take the trouble to find out; someone who will notice what’s going on around them and offer to help a colleague who’s having an extra busy day – a team player who takes pride in doing a great, not a good job. If that sounds like you please get in touch with me today.

24/04/2017

 

A dynamic and unique global Business Leadership Consultancy is looking for an experienced Project Manager to join their London team.

Based in beautiful central London offices, this is a very sociable company who really support their staff and encourage everyone to get stuck in and understand the business as a whole.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with strong attention to detail skills and good commercial understanding.

This particular Project Management role focuses on clients within the Private Equity, Finance and Trading sectors so at least one year’s experience within any of these is vital.

Responsibilities include:

 

  • Managing clients and internal teams across all stages of delivery of work.
  • Bringing structure to all client processes to ensure efficiency, strong delivery and smooth running of projects and ad hoc work.
  • Being highly responsive to requests and communications to manage the work flow and expectations.
  • Scoping out new work with clients and propose creative solutions.
  • Scheduling large and one-to-one meetings, conference calls, individual briefings, online testing and other tools and sessions to meet client and internal demands.
  • Matching consultants with clients using strong commercial knowledge and understanding of strengths internally.
  • Working within key process guidelines to deliver work which may be created and bespoke to client’s needs.
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This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who works well within a team but who is looking for real, autonomous responsibility from day one. If this sounds like you, please do apply now!

05/04/2017

Receptionist – Luxury Brand - £18 – 25k

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to progress your career working for an expanding and exciting luxury brand?

You will be the face and voice and therefore the crucial first impression of the company, working closely with the lovely Office Manager; this is an outstanding opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in a highly valued and respected support function.

  • Meeting and greeting a wide range of clients; offering refreshments and announcing arrivals in a timely and courteous manner;
  • Ensuring the reception areas are tidy and reflect the unique brand at all times; 
  • Managing the meeting rooms and diaries, pre-empting clashes and ensuring rooms are prepared in presentable in plenty of time;
  • Assisting with travel organizing and providing back up support to the PA team when needed;
  • Providing facilities and office management support as needed (ordering stationery, liaising with IT and external parties as necessary)

We are looking for someone who has worked in a customer facing environment previously and takes pride in providing exceptional service to clients and work colleagues. Perhaps you have worked in a busy retail environment or have been a hospitality pro and are now looking for a step in to the corporate world? Or maybe you're just looking for a new challenge and a foot in the door to join a unique creative organisation?

What's essential is that you will have strong customer service skills; are happy dealing with all sorts of people both face to face and over the phone. You also need strong knowledge of MS Office and good, basic typing skills, excellent spoken and written English and polished presentation. You will have a positive outlook, be a natural problem solver who is genuinely willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.

Most importantly you will be dedicated to a career in a support function and will be able to articulate why you feel this role is as important to you as it is to the company.

 

 

04/04/2017

Meaty PA Role for Fab Property Company: £25-30k

A rare opportunity has arisen to join a highly respected professional property company in a client-facing, projects-based role with lots of responsibility. Based in their beautiful offices in South West London, you will from day one be the glue that holds this fun, fast-paced boutique team together, with your ability to delegate and co-ordinate ensuring the smooth running of the office and the company’s projects.

Daily duties will include:

  • Complex diary management, correspondence and organising and preparing for meetings and coordination of day to day movements for the team
  • Managing the flow of projects into the office and their execution: prioritising, assigning duties to your colleagues and following up to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Liaising with clients via email and over the phone to assist and resolve queries
  • Acting as the “eyes and ears” and right hand for the Director, being aware of deadlines, the stages of the different projects, possible unforeseen complications etc.

We are looking for an exceptional multi-tasker; a natural problem-solver who gets things done and prides themselves on their prioritisation and time management skills. In fact, key to success in this role will be an ability to handle its fast-paced nature whilst retaining a cool head and a lightness of touch with their demanding HNW clients.

Ideally you will have a proven track record in a project management or co-ordinating type role, have one or more year’s experience supporting at senior level, be adept at thinking on your feet, well presented and client-facing. Vital will be a real, demonstrable interest in property/development. We are interviewing immediately with a view to someone starting ASAP.

23/03/2017

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Who we are

Our vision is simple: we aim to place our talent in their dream jobs and to deliver to our employers their dream talent. We pledge to consistently work to outperform expectations of what a recruitment business can be and to help our talent and employers create partnerships that prove to be even greater than the sum of their parts.

Jessica Williams

Managing Director

Jessica’s enormously successful career as an Assistant spanned just over a decade. During that time, Jessica supported prominent employers within various industries, including investment banks, hedge funds, retail and residential property and high-profile individuals throughout the UK and Asia.

Jessica understands that superb operational support has the capacity to transform a business’s bottom line. As a highly experienced Assistant, Jessica grew frustrated with the restrictive service provided by traditional secretarial recruitment agencies and shocked at the lack of understanding of the nature of her role. As a result, Jessica founded Sidekicks in 2015.

Jessica has been an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) since 2015, and writes about current employment issues in her column for the Huffington Post.

jessica@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 709 5251

Peter Carter

Finance Director

Peter Carter, ACMA, has a Big Four background, having trained and spent his early career within PwC.

Peter has held various financial management roles in businesses from healthcare to engineering, and has also run small businesses focusing on the design industry. As Director of Finance, Peter is responsible for the smooth, efficient running of Sidekicks’ Finance division.

peter@sidekicks.london
Office: 0203 709 5250

Gillian Wake

Head of PR

Gillian has been working in communications for more than 10 years. She began her career as a conference producer before moving into PR with Skillsmart Retail, the sector skills council for retail, and then John Lewis, where she was responsible for press relations for 39 branches of one of Britain’s top brands. From John Lewis, Gillian moved to Islamabad, Pakistan, following her journalist husband’s job.

There she worked as a communications consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as well for a human rights law firm working with prisoners facing the death penalty. In her spare time, Gillian has helped friends with various PR projects including producing and launching a book on emerald miners in Afghanistan with a world-renowned photojournalist. Gillian currently lives in Paris with her husband and daughter.

gillian@sidekicks.london
Mobile: 07980 901 194

Temporary

Catherine Sinclair

Head of Temporary Talent

As a qualified Business Psychologist, with 4 years experience in temporary recruitment and a background as a temporary candidate, Catherine brings invaluable insight to the recruitment process.

After completing her Masters degree at Manchester Business school, Catherine worked with clients across a range of industries and roles. She truly understands the criticality of providing a high quality and seamless service. Catherine works at an incredibly fast pace, recognising client needs in regards to getting temps to bookings as soon as possible, without compromising quality.

Catherine is passionate about candidate development, client satisfaction and getting the right match between the client and the candidate. She enjoys working with others, building genuine and authentic relationships with ease. Hardworking and positive, Catherine is dedicated to providing an exceptional and relatable service.

catherine@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 397 5370

Molly Cockram

Talent Manager

Molly is a charismatic and unique recruiter with experience in a wide variety of industries ranging from leisure to consultancy, including internal and external recruitment.

Molly is also a qualified health and fitness professional so she has a naturally supportive approach and is committed to helping people realise their own potential and achieve greatness.

Molly is a very honest and straight talking individual with a can-do attitude who thrives on building key relationships and dedicates herself to exceed goals and find solutions whilst delivering a quality service.

molly@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 97 5374

Megan Howard

Talent Manager

Megan has a 2:1 bachelors degree in Psychology and Education from Nottingham Trent University. Prior experience in a multitude of client facing roles collectively with her BSc degree, has contributed to Megan's passion for working with others in a collaborative manner. Honesty and trust are incredibly important to Megan, and are always the foundation on which she builds her relationships upon.

Having focused her final year project on unemployment within the UK and its affects on mental health, Megan is extremely passionate about helping graduates navigate the ever changing job market. Caring, enthusiastic and hard working, Megan is looking forward to being an integral member of the Sidekicks temporary division.

megan@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 397 5371

Permanent

Julia Aaltonen

Head of Permanent Talent

An outstanding recruiter with an impressive track record filling roles across a breadth of industries in both the creative and corporate worlds, Julia holds a Masters degree in Real Estate and Law from Cass Business School and is passionate about secretarial recruitment done properly, with integrity.

Having started her career in 2005, Julia cut her teeth in secretarial agency, establishing herself as a top performer and trusted ally to both employers and talent, whilst getting results. Julia knows her market inside out and is experienced at working at Chairman and CEO level, possessing a thorough understanding of the day to day demands placed upon senior management and how an effective PA can transform working lives.

Julia@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 709 5253

Ellie Hollier

Talent Manager

Ellie is a former Events and Communications Assistant with a Masters in English Literature from the University of Nottingham. Ellie benefits from excellent prior administrative experience gained within both temporary and permanent positions. This unique knowledge of her market, coupled with her enthusiastic and proactive approach, means that Ellie is genuinely passionate about representing her candidates to the highest possible standard.

A keen communicator and puzzle solver, Ellie genuinely understands the importance of harmonising company culture with each individual candidate’s needs and personality to deliver the perfect match.

ellie@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 397 5371

Nadina Grad

Talent Manager

Nadina holds a degree in Psychology and benefits from an excellent background in Recruitment, placing permanent candidates within sectors including Life Sciences, PR, Internal Communications and Domestic Staff. Nadina’s innate intelligence and ability to quickly grasp the requirements of even the most complex of briefs mean that she is is comfortable recruiting at any level, from entry level administrators to senior EA roles.

Nadina prides herself on developing long lasting relationships based on transparency and trust.
She has an excellent work ethic and her candidates value her reputation for honesty and clarity. A naturally positive team-player, Nadina’s natural curiosity and ability to relate to people make her a wonderfully safe pair of hands.

nadina@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 397 5372

Rowena Osborne

Talent Manager

Rowena’s impressive career in PR prior to moving into Recruitment has imparted an enviable network of contacts within several key industries. A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Rowena spent five years within PR before moving on to found the Macaroon Cooks domestic staffing agency, where she was responsible for providing cooks and assistant cooks to private clients both in the UK and abroad.

Rowena is empathetic, reliable and highly intelligent with a keen eye for detail and a natural flair for building strong, long-lasting relationships. A true perfectionist, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that she gets it right first time.

Rowena@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 3397 5380

 
 

Operations and Specialists

Olivia Huntrods

HR and Operations Manager

Olivia is a history graduate with valuable prior experience within the secretarial recruitment industry. Having previously worked as a consultant for a leading recruitment group within the sector, Olivia fully appreciates the importance of client and candidate synergy.

Hard working, efficient and focused, with a high level of integrity, Olivia enjoys building relationships and trust. As our HR and Operations Manager Olivia is our ‘go to’ person and the lynchpin of the Sidekicks team.

olivia@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 709 2156

Heather Davey

Operations & Marketing Assistant

After finishing school in Hertfordshire, Heather went on to graduate from Quest Professional's highly regarded Executive PA programme. Heather's excellent early experience in office support roles, coupled with her passion for championing the secretarial industry, means that she brings a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to Sidekicks.

Highly organised, with a strong, 'can-do' attitude, Heather is able to act as a source of direct advice and inspiration for our junior office support candidates.

heather@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 0203 397 5385

Gemma Rose Thomas

Programme Lead - Work to Recover

Gemma Rose Thomas is a Leadership & Performance Coach, and Mental Wellness Coach. Gemma is passionate about helping people to discover their full potential and create a life that is lived by design, not by default.

Gemma's passion for coaching lies in its ability to be future focussed. Unlike psychotherapy or counselling it is not looking to ‘fix’ the past or change it. It is that aspect of coaching which makes it a valuable tool for moving forward in the direction of change and can facilitate well rounded recovery from physical and mental illness.

Gemma is a qualified coach, member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, and the Guild of Coaching and NLP.

gemmarose@sidekicks.london
Office: 0203 709 5250