Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Up to £40,000
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BMJ HR are seeking a Talent Acquisition Specialist to lead the end-to-end recruitment and employee experience process for all roles in a consultative & collaborative manner across BMJ (UK & Internationally), whilst making a positive contribution and impact to onboarding and off-boarding processes to support diversity and inclusion. The role reports to the EDI Manager and sits within an HR team of 10.


You will work with line managers to understand their recruitment needs and build campaigns for commercial roles across the business. It is essential to deliver on a variety of recruitment strategies in an agile method across departments within BMJ. As the sole recruiter, you will need to be comfortable dealing with roles at all levels, throughout a number of varying disciplines.


While the focus area will be on direct recruitment and EDI you will also support the Head of T&D with talent management initiatives. Additionally, you will support ad-hoc Talent/HR projects, contributing to BMJ being a great place to be, including our People Engagement agenda from the start of an employee's BMJ career and throughout, and act as the Product manager for our BMJ applicant tracking system.


  • Maintaining excellence in our recruitment practices and creating a competitive edge in attracting talent through impactful careers page profiles and strong brand and reputation management.
  • Structure and manage BMJ recruitment processes and policies so as to include best equality practices and promote diversity.
  • Facilitate fair recruitment and diversity in the hiring process, through crafting job descriptions and selection strategies.
  • Assist BMJ People managers and the Reward Manager with the job evaluation process with regards to role profiling, ensuring consistency, alignment, and standardisation of competencies as relevant to grade, job scope and purpose.
  • Coordinate talent acquisition authorisations aligned to BMJ internal governance procedures on new heads and replacement heads. 
  • Managing the onboarding process and manager recruitment training. 
  • Championing best practice and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) agenda through relevant training. 
  • Managing 3rd party relationships such as Glassdoor, iCIMS, LinkedIn Recruiter
  • Provide recruitment stats and data for relevant dashboard people analytics.
  • Collaborate with HR Managers on diversity and inclusion activities from talent acquisition, people manager training and best practice audits.
  • Lead on monitoring recruitment market trends, recommending and implementing changes to ensure strength in our Employee Value Proposition.
  • Undertake activities, both external (i.e. careers fairs) and internal (ie. Talent Bank) to promote BMJ as an employer of choice.  
  • Placement of advertising for new roles and finding appropriate advertising solutions, writing and overseeing job adverts to ensure compliance with legal frameworks, including equality and diversity.
  • Arrange interview schedules and panels and attend as an interviewing panel member where needed.
  • Manage the offer, negotiation, closing process.
  • Providing feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
  • Keep abreast of employment law and best practice recruitment solutions, including company and competitor knowledge.
  • Proactively headhunt active/passive talent, using strategic cold/warm communications.



  • Proven expert knowledge of talent acquisition strategies
  • Ability to lead on/support the creation of job profiles that map our EDI principles and “narrate” a true definition and purpose of the role to attract a wide pool of talent
  • Experience in headhunting or working with exec recruitment partners for roles that are senior or niche within the market.  
  • Advanced level of experience in using social media to attract talent and build talent pools 
  • Experience in managing an Applicant Tracking System i.e. iCIMS/Tribepad
  • Working knowledge and practical experience of applying employment legislation to recruitment advertising, policy & practices
  • Clear communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Able to influence and drive BMJ’ s recruitment strategy at all levels of the business.
  • Effective negotiation skills to ensure maximum value versus budget spend
  • Expert knowledge in the use and management of job board portals and using LinkedIn Recruiter.
  • Experience in recruiting international talent, where different employment legislation is applicable. 
  • Experience of being a brand ambassador at external events i.e university fairs.



  • Part or fully CIPD qualified or equivalent Human Resources Management qualification
  • British Psychological Society - Level A/1 
  • Exposure to the use of equivalent occupational/aptitude testing
  • Experience of job evaluation practices / methodology
  • Experience incorporating EDI strategies into recruitment campaigns


Why should you apply?


BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes. 


You may know us as the publisher of one of the world’s most cited general medical journals, The BMJ. We also publish over 70 specialty journals, many of which are the most influential titles in their field. 


We also offer digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help medical institutions and clinicians tackle today’s most critical healthcare challenges.


Evidence underpins everything we do – it’s what makes us one of the world’s most trusted knowledge providers. And the figures speak for themselves. More than 50 million users from over 150 countries access our websites every year.


BMJ is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA), with nearly 500 employees worldwide. Our head office is located within the Grade II listed BMA House in Euston, London, with more offices in China, India, North America, and Wales. 


At BMJ we take equal opportunities very seriously, diversity and inclusion are more than just words, they are an organisational priority. We are building a culture where everyone feels able to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We encourage applications from under-represented groups and we are a Disability Confident Committed employer.


You will be able to join any of our employee-led networks focusing on: Gender, Cultural Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Mental Health and Well-being, Parents and Carers and Age. 


We offer flexible work arrangements to all our employees.


Those who come to work with us are assured of a rewarding career in an increasingly global company. In return, we offer a great place to work with a wide range of benefits, including: 

  • Twenty-five days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, a BMA Day the opportunity to gain more holiday entitlement through long service employment
  • Additional days’ leave for moving house, volunteering or getting married 
  • Onsite gym, fitness classes and subsidised canteen and cafeteria
  • Double matching employer pension contribution, up to 12%
  • Multiple discounts through MyReward employee benefits platform. 
  • Season ticket loan, gym membership and cycle to work scheme 
  • Seven x salary life assurance cover
  • Regular social events, diversity and inclusion groups, and charity fundraising initiatives to get involved in



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