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 proudly supply exceptional support people and domestic talent to 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 support spectrum – only the best and most capable:

  • Personal Assistants
  • Executive Assistants
  • Business Assistants
  • Receptionists
  • Corporate PAs
  • Private PAs
  • Board PAs
  • Business Assistants
  • Sales Administrators
  • HR Administrators
  • Marketing Administrators
  • Editorial Assistants
  • Office Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Typists
  • Trading Assistants
  • Team Secretaries
  • Office Juniors
  • Estate Managers
  • Chiefs of Staff
  • Domestic Couples
  • Chauffeurs
  • Butlers
  • Household Managers
  • Au-pairs/Nannies
  • Private Tutors
  • Security/ Bodyguards
  • Pilots (Private Jet/ Helicopter)
  • Private Chefs

Employers we work with

We’re very proud of the employers we recruit for: we have strong relationships with businesses and individuals in a huge range of fields. Our diverse and exciting client list includes law firms, banks, property companies, creative businesses, fashion brands, technology startups, entrepreneurs, private family offices – and everything in between! Whether you’re hiring on behalf of a company or a private individual, if you are uncompromising in your search for the best support we will find the person you’re looking for.

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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Current Jobs

Below are some of the jobs currently on offer. Due to the confidential nature of what we do, we don’t advertise every role we’re working on: for the full range of current and upcoming opportunities please get in touch with your Talent Manager, or register as a Sidekicks candidate.

£28-£33K + Excellent Benefits 

A highly successful, VC-backed Tech company is looking for a superstar PA / Office Manager to provide stellar support to their dynamic CEO. Based in a trendy and very accessible area of Central London, this company is only 5 years old but has seen phenomenal success so far and is really going places. 

I'm looking for a hardworking, empathetic, dedicated individual to come in and act as a true right hand to the CEO. The CEO is energetic, passionate about the company and product, and would make a great boss! The CEO hasn't had a PA before so you'd need to be comfortable managing upwards (with a light touch) and really demonstrating the value a great Assistant can bring to a small business. You will need to be able to think on your feet, be dedicated and hugely proactive. 

The role would be split between PA support to the CEO (approximately 40% of the role; diary management, travel booking etc) and Office Management / HR (60% of the role). 

The Office Management part of your remit would involve taking some tasks over from the CEO to free up their time, namely managing the office, assisting with the HR process, recruitment and on-boarding of new starters, and generally ensuring that everything runs smoothly as they grow. 

The office culture is wonderful: hardworking but incredibly friendly, and the team of around 15 all socialise together on a regular basis. The CEO and another employee bring their dog to work so you must be comfortable with a very dog-friendly environment! 

I'm looking for someone eminently capable and keen to make their mark in a very exciting company and industry. Experience of the Tech industry isn't a pre-requisite, but an interest in technology is. We're looking for an immediate start, so if you think this sounds like you, please don't wait - apply immediately. 
12/02/2018

A wonderful opportunity with genuine potential for growth within a buzzy, creative consumer goods branding agency.

My client is looking for a sparky Russian-speaking administrative assistant who is full of energy and ready to hit the ground running as they embark on their next career step. You will be supporting a small team of Account Executives and working alongside one other Assistant.

** This is not a finance accounts position.**

Responsibilities will include, but are by no means limited to: creating bespoke contracts and NDAs, monitoring client contact and putting together client briefs.

The right individual will be professional with a real sense of humour. They will be comfortable working alone, using their initiative to get the job done as efficiently as possible whilst also not being afraid to ask questions and make the most of the support offered by the close-knit team. This is undoubtedly a fast-paced role and you will certainly be kept on your toes, it’s imperative that you are happy to take direction when necessary and gauge the level of people with whom you are dealing, there will be client exposure in this position!  

Support and encouragement is of paramount importance to the team and there is the potential to grow into an Account Handler position, handling the client process from start to finish. The pace at which this can turn into reality is completely down to you!

If this sounds of interest, then don’t wait, get in touch with Victoria Onions on 07437 015049 or Victoria@sidekicks.london immediately! Our client’s requirement is urgent.

31/01/2018

Front of House/Office Manager

£24,000 - £25,000 DOE

A really rare opportunity has arisen for someone bright and proactive to shine in a Front of House/Office Manager role.

My client is an incredible, global consultancy company who are leaders in their field. Highly professional and commercially driven they also have a really warm, approachable feel with lots going on socially including extraordinary office parties, Spanish clubs, yoga groups, film evenings and much more. 

This is a reception based position in their amazing offices in a stunning Central London location. In addition to classic reception duties there will also be some administrative and ad-hoc project work.

Experience in a similar role is a benefit though not a necessity but a really positive and professional approach is a must. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is happy to use their initiative to solve problems and is confident and comfortable meeting exceptionally senior level clients.

Responsibilities will include:

Meeting and greeting clients in a friendly and professional manner.
Proactively overseeing the meeting rooms and ensure the smooth running of all scheduled meetings.
Coordinate all company events (company away days, sales events and office parties.)
Arrange and log all company travel and accommodation bookings and negotiating preferred rates with a good range of restaurants, hotels and travel agents.
Manage the stationary, kitchen and cleaning supplies and take responsibility for maintaining the condition of the office and arranging any necessary repairs
Ac hoc admin and project support
This is an opportunity for someone bright and ambitious who really wants to develop their skills in a really impressive and supportive company. If this sounds like you, contact Ellie and apply now. 
19/01/2018

Sidekicks are hiring!

In just two years we’ve swiftly established ourselves as one of the market leaders within the traditional secretarial recruitment market and we are looking to year three to be bigger and better than ever. With lots of exciting, entrepreneurial and forward thinking projects in the pipeline, I am very pleased to be able to announce that we are looking to expand our permanent team. 

We are an agency with a different approach, no heavy targets or aggressive sales just honest, ethical recruitment in a highly consultative manner for clients and candidates alike. 

We are looking for someone with all-round recruitment agency experience who loves working on both the client and candidate side. As an agency focused on building strong, long-term relationships (both internal and external) our ideal candidate will be looking for longevity and somewhere they can continue to build on their career in recruitment. Although our speciality is Secretarial recruitment, we welcome applicants from all recruitment industries and specialities. 

In return, we can assure you will be working within a supportive and collaborative team culture where you will benefit from continuous training and development opportunities. Alongside this, we have some fantastic benefits on offer ranging from a generous commission scheme, 27 days’ holiday, an iPhone for professional use and plenty of other post probation benefits to look forward to.

We have an incredibly exciting year ahead of us at Sidekicks and are keen to hear from passionate, hardworking and down to earth individuals to succeed and grow with us. If this sounds like it could be the opportunity for you, do get in touch with us to discuss further.

09/01/2018

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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: 020 7292 8741

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: 020 7292 8746

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: 020 7292 8748

Permanent

Ellie Hollier

Talent Manager, Permanent

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: 020 3397 5371

Rowena Osborne

Talent Manager, Permanent

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: 020 7292 8742

Gemma Rose Thomas

Head of 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: 020 3709 5250

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: 020 7292 8741

Gillian Wake

Head of Marketing and 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

Sidekicks Private

Victoria Onions

Head of Private Talent

A multilingual trained Private Chef, Victoria graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris in 2011 before graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a BA in French and Spanish.

In her capacity as Chef, Victoria has worked for both HNW individuals and families, as well as corporate entities, giving her a unique understanding of the priorities and demands of a private family household environment. Three subsequent years spent within Executive Search saw Victoria work within a variety of sectors and functions, from Fashion to HR, covering both national and international remits.

Victoria represents a broad range of candidates, many of whom are exclusive to Sidekicks. As a result of her experience within both private households and recruitment, Victoria has a rare perspective. Her deep understanding of the private household landscape has imparted her with the ability to source the perfect candidate whilst instinctively grasping the unique and individual needs of each employer she works with.

victoria@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8744

Simon Treadgold

Non-Executive Director

Simon joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1983 after attending Marlborough College. He was Commissioned into the Welsh Guards and subsequently served in the Army for twenty years, leaving in the rank of Major.

During his time in the forces, Simon served in the UK, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Belize, Brunei, US, Canada and Germany. Key appointments held during his service included Adjutant of New College, Sandhurst, Company Commander on operations for two separate occasions and a two-year spell working directly to the Head of UK Special Forces. He accumulated a wide range of experience in operations, staff and training appointments.

After leaving the military in 2003, Simon has very successfully broadened his remit, with time spent working as a Security Consultant, Business Development Manager, HR Manager and General Manager (UK). During an 18-month period as HR Manager he was responsible for the sourcing, recruitment and selection of over 250 consultants, including senior non-executive and management opportunities. Simon travelled extensively during this period to such locations as Iraq, Angola, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Syria.

simon@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8740