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Career Changers

Career Changers

The Change

Welcome to Sagar Wright...Why are you here?

We suspect the answer to this is that you may not be achieving your potential for reasons beyond your control, possibly for some of the following reasons:

You are not developing your skills and knowledge
You are not in control of your earnings aspirations
You are not in control of your career aspirations
You are not happy with your environment / not working with like-minded people
You are not enjoying your work, are unchallenged and bored
You do not have the autonomy & responsibility that you crave
You are not happy with the calibre of client / customer base
You are not working within a profession that meets your status aspirations
You are not receiving enough company support
Your managers are not matching your efforts
You realise that your job 'just isn’t you'.


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Jemma Cassar

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Peter Murphy

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Role: Consultant


Whilst studying for my degree, I began working in a sales role for one of the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery providers, and soon realised that working within a target driven environment was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked the fast paced nature, the negotiation and persuasion aspects of the job and the sense of fulfilment when you hit your target. However, after three years of working for the firm, I decided I wanted to complete my degree.


During the final semester of my law degree I received an email from Sagar Wright outlining the opportunity to win a scholarship for “outstanding negotiation skills”. Given my years of experience working in sales, where I had to negotiate on a daily basis, I thought would have a pretty good chance of winning, so I entered straight away. At this point I knew very little about Sagar Wright so decided to do some research into the firm and what it meant to be a Professional Headhunter. I discovered that a career as a Professional Headhunter could make use of all of my skills in communication, sales, business development and relationship building; and truly offered a meritocratic environment where I’d progress based solely on my results and efforts.


During the scholarship process I was thoroughly impressed with how charismatic, knowledgeable and professional everyone at Sagar Wright was, and knew that this was the graduate scheme I wanted to join. I was successful in winning the scholarship and applied for the graduate scheme during the process. The recruitment process was very different to anything I had ever been through, it was tough - to say the least - but it certainly prepared me for the challenges of the job.


Since joining Sagar Wright I have learnt and developed more than I could have imagined. The trainee year certainly wasn’t easy, I was pushed to reach my own potential but the support from everyone around certainly lightened the load and now my skills have improved tenfold. I regularly bring new clients into the firm and my hard work has, without a doubt, paid off. I know that I have found my career and I couldn’t imagine enjoying working for a firm more than Sagar Wright, it is a roller coaster of a job but I love every minute of it and I can genuinely say I look forward to Mondays.

Role: Operations Director


Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Pharmacology, I decided that I needed a career that would make full use of the interpersonal and business focused skills that I had developed, rather than working in a research based position. I knew that a role in business-to-business sales would give me that, so I started working for a large European IT company, selling PC hardware to the major supermarkets and national retailers such as PC World.


I really enjoyed the sales aspect of the role, and found that it offered me a certain amount of fulfilment, but wanted to make use of my skills even more – I wanted a career where the hard work I was putting in would be personally financially rewarding. The advert for Sagar Wright really appealed and having talked to friends who worked in similar roles, I saw that the headhunting industry would use my hard working attitude and desire to make the most of my potential.


What I didn’t realise is that the role at Sagar Wright would give me so many more skills and challenges – more than anything else I’d ever done or imagined possible. I saw my communication and networking skills improve massively, my commercial and strategy skills have taken a huge leap forward, and my understanding of how businesses operate, and the influences that headhunters have in that, has grown substantially.


As a Director within the firm now, the things I enjoy most about working at Sagar Wright are the people I work with and the drive, hard-working attitude, and passion they all have to both improve their own skills, in order to provide the best possible service to our clients. Whilst every employee at Sagar Wright is competitive and wants to be at the top, each of them have the same desire to see everyone else be as successful as they possibly can be. It’s great to work with a team who match my own desires and unlike any other company I’ve worked for, I get out of bed in the morning wanting to come to work!

The Company

Sagar Wright, a recent finalist for Yorkshire Graduate Employer of the Year, was founded in 1999 as a premium brand of Professional Headhunters and Talent Acquisition Consultants servicing the UK’s Professional Services Sectors.

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We have organically expanded our premier client portfolio significantly each year, and we now enjoy excellent client relationships across the much wider Financial & Legal spectrums, both in the UK & internationally.


Our business has ambitious growth plans over the next 3 years in particular, and we will be hiring significantly to further drive the level of quality and performance we provide to our esteemed clients, which include global consultancies, law firms, investment banks, fund managers and leading corporate and private client advisory companies.


The bulk of our profits are annually reinvested back into our business to fund our employees’ career and reward aspirations, maximise our resources to guarantee we exceed our clients’ expectations, and to fund our growth objectives over the coming years.

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The Job

Sagar Wright’s Professional Headhunters are heavily challenged and therefore heavily stimulated on a daily basis. The job requires self-motivation, resilience, hard work ethic and a daily desire to develop skills & knowledge.

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This is an entrepreneurial environment in which our Consultants are required to be highly skilled at written and verbal communication, persuasion, negotiating and selling.


Our training will enable you to be a highly effective dual project manager; managing your clients’ difficult assignments which may be critical to their business objectives, and managing your candidates’ career aspirations, interviews, salary expectations, job offers, counter-offers, and their ultimate transition from present employer to new employer.


A successful Professional Headhunter has a much more testing set of responsibilities, objectives and tasks than that of a Recruitment Consultant, and thus the rewards are naturally much higher in terms of control of: financial success, financial incentives, career progression, skills development, professional status and job satisfaction.


Your first year will inevitably be the toughest; you’ll have to work exceptionally hard to develop your skills, build your professional network, expand your client base, and face-up to the challenges that our standards demand. Our Graduate Training Academy will equip you with everything you need to achieve the success you crave, bar one item – your individual effort!

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The Training

The investment of time and money into training and development at Sagar Wright needs to be substantial, such are the demands of regularly producing successful shortlists of top talent for our clients.

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We have therefore developed our own dedicated Graduate Training Academy which achieves our clients’ business objectives, our own business objectives, and importantly our trainees’ development & success objectives. Notably, Recruitment Companies invest significantly less time, money, dedicated training expertise and sadly, patience, with their trainees than Sagar Wright.


You will benefit from a full 13 month training & development programme, managed daily by our Graduate Training Academy Director and our Graduate Training Academy Manager, both of whom are dedicated proven developers of people’s skills, knowledge and success.


You will work side-by-side with your fellow trainees, progressively increasing your skills via a mixture of classroom-based learning, projects and assignments, evenings with senior colleagues, development meetings, and most of all ‘on-the-job’ assignment work assisting experienced colleagues.


You will learn our unique 55 Step Professional Headhunter Process, proven to produce top performers. Your knowledge and skill gains will include client consulting, business communications, how to build your professional network, how to expand your client base, technical CV writing, interview preparation, offer negotiation and presentation, and candidate resignation management.


Once you are signed off to work on your own assignments, you will still enjoy 2:1 support on a daily basis involving constant commercial analysis and feedback, advanced training from the Director Team and Weekly Development Team Meetings.


The result – you will graduate from our academy as a Consultant, able to continue your progression annually, and achieve the exceptional success that matches your aspirations. In terms of personal earnings, our Consultants don’t earn less than £30,000 in their first year; our top performer achieved £62,000 in his first year.

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The Rewards and Career

Your career progression at Sagar Wright is industry-leading for two main reasons...

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1. Control is in the hands of the employee and not in the hands of the Directors.


2. Timescales are the fastest that they can reasonably be; our Graduate Trainees can achieve the following progression in these timescales:

Year 1 – Consultant
Year 2 – Senior Consultant
Year 3 – Manager
Year 4 – Senior Manager
Year 6 – Director


Needless to say therefore, Sagar Wright offers a true meritocracy whereby all employees can achieve their full potential in a company that also values autonomy. This ensures that our Professional Headhunters enjoy the entrepreneurial freedom to maximise their own success and in turn, contribute to the overall success of the business.


In return, Sagar Wright offers excellent rewards to its Professional Headhunters:-

Fantastic Earnings
The most hard working Professional Headhunters can achieve outstanding personal earnings every year, well in excess of £100,000 per annum. Our Professional Headhunters’ earnings are always under the complete control of the Professional Headhunters themselves.

Tremendous Incentives
Sagar Wright’s high performers enjoy regular opportunities to win a wide range of vouchers for Harvey Nichols, Virgin, Apple, TM Lewin and Gaucho. Our top performers enjoy regular weekends away to the UK’s top hotels and an all expensed super trip to Monte Carlo.

Set Up Your Own Business
Aside from the control of one’s own earnings and the progression pathway to Director, Sagar Wright also offers a generous equity partnership option whereby the opportunity to set up one’s own company within the Sagar Wright Group is readily available.

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The Environment

Our environment is professional, competitive, dynamic, vibrant, and extremely energetic...

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All of our employees are extremely highly valued – they are after all, our business! Support for our Graduate Trainees is generously given from all of our Directors, Senior Managers and Managers. Our office is a hugely enjoyable place to work, and we are regularly out for drinks after work and enjoy many quarterly social events such as days at the races, evenings at comedy clubs and fine dining restaurants.


Our office is contemporary in its design and based right in the heart of Leeds City Centre, benefitting from excellent transport links and perfect proximity to the City’s very best bars and restaurants.

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The City

Leeds is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, and has experienced huge infrastructural investment recently; such as the Leeds First Direct Arena and the £350M Trinity shopping complex and the recently opened Victoria Gate; home to the largest John Lewis department store outside London and a range of luxury and designer brands, including 17 new to Leeds.

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The Leeds City Region has a business base of over 100,000 companies staffed by 1.3 million workers, making it the largest and fastest growing workforce of any UK city region. It also has the UK’s largest financial services cluster outside London, and is also recognised as the UK's most important legal centre outside London, with over 180 law firms operating within Leeds.


Aside from the economic prosperity, thriving shopping scene and diverse nightlife venues, Leeds is in close proximity to other tourist towns, cities and attractions such as York, Harrogate, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, and the Lake District so there’s never an excuse to be bored!


The cost of living in Leeds is also massively less than the capital, especially in respect of buying a quality home. Many of our Professional Headhunters achieve house ownership in a much shorter space of time than they would do if they were based in London and at a fraction of the cost, despite London being only c2hours away by train. Life in Yorkshire is fast paced in the city and relaxed in the countryside, offering the perfect balance of work, rest and play, without any unreasonable worries of cost of living expenses.

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