Early Careers Talent Acquisition Specialist


The Early Careers Specialist acts as the global subject matter expert and lead on Aurora’s junior talent strategy (headcount planning, attraction, selection, hiring and programme management) and will have budget management responsibility.

Working in the central People & Culture (P&C) department, the successful candidate individual will have line management responsibility for two direct reports and dotted line responsibility for local P&C stakeholders responsible for graduate recruitment.

You will apply your end-to-end graduate recruitment life cycle experience, ideally gained in a professional services/consulting firm, to further elevate the recruitment and management of our early careers talent. You will have gravitas and a professional presence with an ability to build trusting partnerships with Aurora’s leadership team across the globe.

You will thrive on working at pace in a very busy and growing global P&C team.  We are a close-knit, fun bunch and are hugely supportive of each other. Our main mantra is ‘one P&C; one team’, we strive to develop individual capability characterised by personal accountability and shared responsibility. Our other mantra, ‘better never stops’, underpins our determination to deliver P&C excellence in everything we do.

Key responsibilities

Planning and strategy

  • Create and develop guidelines and best practice policies to shape and define a centralised programme with individual nuances for each location.
  • Working with P&C and the Graduate committee to agree on the annual graduate recruitment hiring plans, and timelines.
  • Keeps abreast of workplace trends and offers thought leadership to ensure that Aurora remains at the forefront of recruitment best practices.



  • Works with Marketing and the Graduate committee to agree on the university attraction, brand, and communication strategy that positions Aurora as a leading employer of choice.
  • Owns relationships with key external suppliers and ensures marketing content on candidate attraction channels is up to date.
  • Organisation of, and attendance at, virtual and in-person events throughout the year including careers fairs, webinars, and Aurora insights days.



  • Overall responsibility for the quality of the Graduate selection process to ensure the selection process is efficient objective, and inclusive.
  • Supports Line Managers in making selection decisions post-interview and overseeing the post-offer conversion process, including offer letters & contracts, managing candidate communications, queries, and negotiations.
  • Oversee Early Careers onboarding.


Graduate Programme Management

  • Main point of contact for all queries regarding the Graduate programmes.
  • Ensures that global programmes are appropriately supported to share development opportunities and ensure the most effective delivery of the Graduate Programme.
  • Working with the Graduate committee to create timelines, track cohorts, Graduate appraisals, and training, IrisHR data management, globally.
  • Coordinating the end of rotation and end of Programme requirements.
  • Coordinating the end-to-end graduate lifecycle and being the graduate liaison with the rest of the company.



  • Take the lead in approving intern hires.
  • Seek approval for out of cycle internship requests.



  • Evaluating and reporting on all Early Careers recruitment and Programme activities globally including ROI, pipelines, and headcount.
  • Create and maintain relevant Early Careers policies.
  • Own and manage the annual Early Careers budget.
  • Early careers headcount forecasting and monitoring.
  • Manage a team of two direct reports and support two dotted line reports.
  • Hire approved temps during peak recruitment periods.

Required attributes

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in managing Early Careers recruitment, ideally within the professional services sector.
  • A subject matter expert when it comes to the UK early careers market and Higher Education
  • Experience in building and overseeing distinctive and successful marketing campaigns to attract diverse talent
  • Proven experience in building strong university relationships in the UK and ideally, internationally
  • Expertise in best practice assessment and selection for Early Careers
  • Curious and passionate about innovation. Not afraid to experiment and learn from mistakes
  • Gravitas with the ability to build credibility, and trusted relationships with senior stakeholders
  • A natural collaborator with strong business acumen
  • Strong analytical skills
  • High levels of attention to detail and commitment to excellence

What we offer

  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • A competitive salary package
  • Access to regular coaching and mentoring sessions and the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals
  • Access to the Aurora Academy, our training programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your skills


At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

The Company is committed to the principle that no employee or job applicant shall receive unfavourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.


The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • Brief cover letter
  • Salary expectations
  • Earliest possible start date

About Aurora

From its academic roots, Aurora Energy Research has grown to become the largest dedicated power market analytics company in Europe, providing data-driven intelligence for strategic decisions in the global energy transformation. We are a diverse team of more than 400 experts with vast energy, financial and consulting backgrounds, covering power, hydrogen, carbon and fossil commodities. We are active in Europe, Australia and the US, working with world-leading organisations to provide comprehensive market intelligence, bespoke analytic and advisory services, and cutting-edge software.

We are a thriving, rapidly growing company with offices in Oxford, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Athens, Sydney, Austin TX and Oakland CA, with more opening soon. We currently serve around 600 of Europe’s most influential energy sector participants, including utilities, investors and governments, and expect to continue to grow rapidly, adding new countries and products to our portfolio.