We are looking to appoint a Talent Acquisition Manager to join our education business. Reporting to our Director of Talent Acquisition, you will manage two Talent Acquisition Specialists and take day-to-day responsibility for the efficient and effective operation of our Talent Acquisition service. The role will involve working closely with the Director of Talent Acquisition to build our capability in attracting high-quality hires across a range of functional areas. This is a hybrid role, with up to 3 days working from our offices in SE1 and other locations in London and 2 days working from home.

Kaplan is one of the world’s largest and most diverse education and assessment providers. We operate in over 30 countries and maintain relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges and universities, professional bodies and over 10,000 businesses. 

Kaplan's businesses are operationally diverse, with distinct products and audiences. Supporting their recruitment needs will require a flexible, pragmatic, hands-on problem-solver who can fit and adapt solutions. The business areas that the team will be supporting include UK’s leading Finance and Accounting training provider, an Apprenticeships company, a qualification and assessment division responsible for delivering the England and Wales solicitors’ exam, a group of international colleges and schools delivering University Pathways and English Language education, an online degree provider working in partnership with 2 leading UK universities and a student accommodation provider. 

About the role

As the Talent Acquisition Manager, your responsibilities will include: 

  • Managing the day-to-day Talent Acquisition operations for our UK-based education businesses  
  • Coaching, training and supporting 2 Talent Acquisition Specialists 
  • Running regular team check-in sessions to monitor performance of live roles, addressing issues with underperforming vacancies eg boosting campaigns, using direct sourcing through Linkedin, CV databases 
  • Developing and maintaining a KPI tracker for roles posted, hires made, time to hire and other metrics 
  • Monitoring recruitment spend across roles and functions  
  • Partnering with teams to trial and/or develop new sourcing strategies
  • Being an expert user of the ATS, and setting the standards for best practice both within the Talent Acquisition team and within our hiring manager community 

You will also work closely with the Director of Talent Acquisition to:

  • identify issues with attraction and provide input for solutions
  • improve positioning of job opportunities and employer brand
  • develop new talent pools which drive diversity  
  • find and evaluate new routes and methods for sourcing candidates  
  • develop Talent Acquisition service delivery plans for the short, mid and long term

About you 

To succeed in the role, you will need: 

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
  • Solid experience of in-house recruitment/talent acquisition 
  • Strong ATS experience and interest in recruitment technology 
  • Ability to write, edit and produce effective recruitment adverts
  • Ability to coach and support team members to deliver high performance 
  • Ability to gain quick understanding of teams, functions and their hiring needs and priorities 
  • Excellent understanding of the recruitment lifecycle 
  • Good grasp of candidate sourcing tools and methods 
  • Solid knowledge of relevant UK legislation and best practice 
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • Interest in how to engage and attract candidates/develop employer brand and drive diversity 


The role would most likely suit someone with significant experience as a Talent Acquisition Specialist/in-house recruiter who is ready to take a step up and help to drive the development of this function at Kaplan. 

Benefits we offer 

  • Pension 
  • Health & wellbeing scheme  
  • Discounted Kaplan training  
  • Cycle2Work  
  • Medical cashback plan  
  • Life assurance  
  • Group income protection  
  • Opportunity to progress career in a global business 


At Kaplan, we are committed to working in a diverse organisation and strive to provide equality of opportunity for all. We encourage and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership. If you would like to be considered for an interview under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please complete this form or email us on disabilityconfident@kaplan.com 


As part of our commitment to safeguarding, successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

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