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Senior Research Consultant

Newpeople has been a thought leader when it comes to digital leadership for over 16 years. Using our executive search and interim solutions services, we work for organisations that are changing from ‘old to new’ and that are in different phases of different transformation. We also work for ‘pure players’ that started out digitally and that have growth as a core point of focus (start-ups, scale-ups and grown-ups). Over the past 16 years, using our Interim Solutions service, we have built up a community of interim managers within the digital domain: specialists, managers, directors and C-level interim managers like CEOs, CCOs, CMOs, CDOs, COOs, CPTOs and CIOs.

We are here to drive change by humanizing digital transformation and growth for leaders in Europe.

We inspire our clients to change their outlook and to build a sustainable future together. We do this by defining the different phases of digital maturity and by matching these to the right kind of leadership and to the relevant teams. We have developed a model of leadership for this. We work for great organisations that have digital transformation or digital growth as a core point of focus such as but not limited to: Swapfiets, Booking, TNT/FedEX, Ring, MyWheels, HEMA, TakeAway, Intergamma, Felyx, KPN and Temper.

We are the proud founders of, amongst other things, the Digital Transformers Awards, Online Tuesday and the Newpeople Executive Study Tour to, for example, Silicon Valley, China and Israel. In this way we unite knowledge so that we are always aware of trends and developments in the market.

About the Senior Research Consultant job position

The position of Senior Research Consultant is a new one in our company and involves pre-sorting for further growth and development. As a Senior Research Consultant you have three main tasks. Firstly, you are jointly responsible for shaping the content and procedures of our research activities and further developing these. This will be done in conjunction with the executive search Directors. You will also help the Directors to find the right candidates for the various roles of ultimate responsibility ranging from positions in the MT, the board of directors and C-level positions (CMO, CEO, CCO, CPTO, CDO), all within the digital domain. In this you will have a pioneering role and you will be in the lead for a range of candidate searches. Lastly, you will support the Directors in the process and project management where necessary so that they can remain focussed on clients (and candidates). You will also work with our working students where necessary.

As Senior Research Consultant your specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting up a new activity with the goal of searching for, finding and co-assessing candidates. For this you will use our own platform and external platforms such as LinkedIn.
  • Carrying out the entire search process independently: setting up the search strategy (in conjunction with the Directors), mapping out the market systematically, searching for suitable candidates in the Newpeople database, on LinkedIn and using other sources as well as actively expanding our network and pools of candidates;
  • You are responsible for ensuring the processes run smoothly. You ensure the planning is adhered to, you plan meetings with candidates and clients and keep the database up to date etc.

About you

You help further shape the team using your independent attitude, structure and analytical and communication skills, thereby also allowing the team to grow. Do you recognise yourself in  the profile below?

  • You have a number of years of experience as a (Senior) Research Consultant, preferably at one of the regular executive search companies and have the ambition of setting up research activities at a progressive company that is active in the digital domain and to further professionalise said activities. Affinity with digital, e-commerce and/or online is, naturally, an advantage.
  • You are a clear thinker, communicator and doer. You keep an overview, are proactive, and you are capable of working and acting on several different projects simultaneously. In doing the above, you are independent and confident;
  • You are good at communicating and building relationships, which means you can seamlessly make connections. You are curious, have a sense of humour and you are resourceful. And, you fit in with Newpeople’s core values.

As Senior Research Consultant, you can really make a difference in our team. Because of your efforts, you are immediately able to unburden us and make an impact.


Newpeople has an open book culture in which transparency and working together are at the heart of what we do. We always work with clients and with each other using our core values as a starting point:

  • Dedicated “We go all the way and beyond”
  • Genuine “We are like best mates: open, honest and direct and we vouch for each other”
  • Offbeat “Off the beaten track, authentic and always challenge the status quo”
  • Happy “We create fun, a little weirdness and make others part of it”

Why Newpeople is a different kind of executive search and interim solutions bureau

  • We have been active in the digital domain for over 16 years which means we understand the challenges that organisations face on a daily basis.
  • We don’t look at sector-specific or industry-specific experience, but at the kind of leadership that fits with the phase an organisation is in and the challenges it faces.
  • We won’t rest until a position has been filled and we will go all the way to achieve this. We believe in this so strongly that we made it one of our core values: Dedicated.
  • We always work on assignments with two people, the “4 eye principle”.
  • We don’t work in partner structures, our reward system is based on collectively achieved profit, this means that for every assignment we evaluate who is most suitable for the specific question at hand, we look at who the client is, and based on that we always assemble the best possible team.
  • We don’t just look at available candidates but at the best candidates in the market.
  • We are fun to work with 🙂

We are an ambitious and successful team with one goal: becoming thé international Executive Search and Interim Solutions bureau in the digital world.

We are committed to building a diverse team. We welcome you into an inclusive and informal culture in which we are open-minded and you can be yourself which includes your cultural background, age, gender, disability or sexual identity. We are convinced that diversity and inclusivity lead to more successful companies.

Everyone is different and it is those differences in people that makes us a better organisation. That is why we are very curious who you are!

We would love to get in touch with you. Naturally, your reaction will be treated with strict confidentiality. Call, mail or text Ben Holewijn at ben.holewijn@newpeople.nl or +31 (0)6 54 23 32 12.

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