Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance. We work with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life. And we advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.

Our 10,000 colleagues serve clients in more than 50 countries. We offer five core solutions:

  • Organizational Strategy
  • Assessment and Succession
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Leadership Development
  • Total Rewards

The Research Associate leverages experience and independent judgement to bring forward a detailed and thorough market strategy for Korn Ferry Search clients. The ideal candidate will accomplish this through indirect and direct candidate identification, sourcing channel optimization, in-depth industry and competitive research analysis, and creation of candidate pools specified for the client profile. The successful individual will prepare and present research findings to internal and external stakeholders, conduct detailed interviews with candidates, and utilize KF tools to ensure success in each search- managing multiple searches at one time. 

The Research Associate will be accountable for support of key strategic activities supporting their market or industry and work to achieve personal targets and contribute to the overall success and positive image of Korn Ferry through candidate and client interaction, demonstrating the highest level of ethical behavior and personal integrity. The successful individual will maintain strong and effective relationships with key leaders across the Region and exercise independent judgement in their work while remaining closely connected to business activity and market trends that impact our ability to attract talent. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Consultants to create a multi-channel sourcing strategy to target companies and relevant potential candidates within the market.
  • Conduct thorough research to navigate target companies and build lists of candidates which accurately reflect the client briefing.
  • Identify relevant candidate profiles using variety of sourcing techniques. 
  • Execute direct talent sourcing practices and candidate screening techniques to include resume pre-screening, telephone interviewing and shortlisting.
  • Use competency-based interviewing techniques to qualify suitable candidates. 
  • Reach out to engage passive candidates and screen them against agreed competencies.
  • Work closely with colleagues and occasionally hiring managers to set expectations for the recruitment process and to fulfil the required search briefing 
  • Conduct ongoing candidate pipeline development activities and talent network expansion for active and future requisitions.
  • Balance deadlines and deliverables for multiple searches at a time.
  • Maintain data quality and accuracy within the company’s internal database.

 Professional Experience 

  • Demonstrable experience as a full life-cycle recruiter from either a search, external or in-house recruiting environment.
  • Experience gained in research and/or passive candidate identification and mapping / sourcing. 
  • Good stakeholder management skills and the ability to build and maintain professional relationships.
  • A high degree of customer focus and attention to detail.
  • Strong drive for results and a commitment to producing a high level of work efficiently and often within tight timeframes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to adapt to new processes and effectively deal with change and ambiguity.
  • Willing to embody our core values: Honesty, Inclusion, Knowledge, Performance.

Benefits of Working with Us:

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a high performing global business, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, including the ability to WFH where suitable
  • Access to our corporate wellbeing program, including:
    • Discounted health insurance
    • Flu shot
    • Access for you and your family to our free Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Novated leasing options  
  • Comprehensive learning and development support
  • Paid parental leave for primary and secondary carers
  • Employee Stock purchase plan
  • Referral incentive

Next steps:

If you are a high performer who would like to play a key role in our firms’ success, whilst building a long-term career with Korn Ferry, we look forward to receiving your application.

Should you require further information about this role, please contact Lainie Boyd – Senior Recruiter via or on 03 9631 0364.

Internal Mobility at Korn Ferry

If you currently work for Korn Ferry or one of our affiliates, you must be eligible to apply for a different position within Korn Ferry to use the Careers Site. If you accept such a position, your benefits programs and Human Resources policies may change. Please consult with your HR contact for the new position concerning application eligibility, including any immigration/visa needs, benefit programs, and HR policies applicable to that position.

Korn Ferry is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative

Action Employer - Minority/Female/Disability/ Veteran.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

This opportunity is closed to applications.