What Hunted Says

Ever wondered what would happen if a group of directors valued the work/life balance of their staff as much as their own? Usurpo work on tech based projects globally. Everyone (including leadership) gets to the office around 9:30 and tends to hit the road (or the gym) around 4:30. You'll be given all the tools you could ever want including LinkedIn Recruiter, job boards access, and a brand new CRM that was intentionally chosen to keep admin to a minimum.

Key Info

Size< 10

Recruitment Sectors
C-Level & ExecutiveCyber SecurityMedical & HealthcarePharma & Life ScienceSalesTechnology

Dan Rhodes - Director

Damian Bird - Director

"2019 was a record year with quarter on quarter company targets being exceeded and already 2020 looks to be even better. This is thanks to an amazing team and our loyal client base". Dan Rhodes - Director

Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

Commission Structure

£0 - £4,999 = Threshold (reset every month) £5,000 - £9,999 = 10% of billings (for example £9k billings = £900) £10,000 - £14,999 = 15% of billings (for example £12k billings = £1,800) £15,000 - £24,999 = 20% of billings (for example £17k billings = £3,400) £25,000+ = 40% of billings

New website and TaaS service offering!

April 2019 - Usurpo launches our new website which clearly represents our core competencies, markets and our new, 'uber-disruptive' service - Talent as a Service (TaaS).

Usurpo R&R in Vegas!

19 day charity Trek to Everest Base camp for the JDRF Charity.

"We truly value our amazing team and encourage innovative thinking to make this the best place you have EVER worked at". Damian Bird - Director

Dan using his Usurpo gym membership. Be careful though - those guns are loaded!

About Us

Founded in 2011 Usurpo exclusively focused on the cyber security software market. A hot topic in todays digital age.

Our security clients are typically 'hyper growth' venture backed, US based companies who need rapid workforce acceleration across multiple geographies.

In 2016 Usurpo brought in Director Damian Bird to grow the retained, enterprise software market.

In 2018 we launched a tech and contract arm that offers clients access to interim candidates within the technology sector.

In early 2019 we launched the Life Sciences business unit focussing on executive level technical hires, internationally.

2020 is already a promising year with office expansion and continued investment in our people and execution on the strategic vision / plan.
We continue to hire in both our Reading and Brighton offices.

“I got to the top in my previous industry and am looking to do the same again in recruitment, with Usurpo” Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

Damian, Dan and Nigel trying their hand at some big game fishing!

A Wide Reach...

Whilst Usurpo has 2 UK offices, we serve our clients on an international basis. We have local resources in 11 countries (via a close partnership with like minded search firms who are experts in our space, in their country, who are also friends). Through this unique collaboration, we share valuable resources in - the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Singapore. We are currently recruiting partners in the US and Middle East. On top of that our consultants have recently been on business trips to meet clients in Paris, Sweden, Norway, New York and Boston. We want our consultants to be wherever they add the most value.

Ben Wilkes

Senior Consultant - Data Centre and Enterprise Software

Chris Gibson

Practice Head - Life Sciences

James Newman

Senior Consultant - Technical

I felt empowered to establish and grow my own business within the Usurpo brand. It's a chance for me to build a Life Sciences practice and run it is as I see fit. Chris Gibson - Principal Consultant

Fund raising for Alzheimer's. Snowdon via Crib Goch route. A big challenge for a big cause.

Damian and Nigel on the isle of Jura, sampling the local delights (if smoky whisky is your thing!)

"Having moved from a larger more corporate business, I felt Usurpo offered me the autonomy to achieve my potential." James Newman - Senior Consultant


Our HQ is at Green Park, Business Park in Reading, easily accessible just off the M4 and a 15 minute, free shuttle ride from Reading station. Not may people realise this, but Reading is a 30 minute train journey away from London. With a direct service into Paddington, making our city client visits nice and easy. Our second office is in the seaside city of Brighton, where we've recently found a home at Spaces - a co-working spot, less than a two minute walk from the station, again making trips to the capital very simple! We've just been given permission to knock through into another office, to show how serious we are about growing. Take a virtual tour here:

Paul Bellamy

Principal Consultant - Technical

Brian Kelly-Mor

Principal Consultant - Technical & Interim

Brewery tour, followed by an axe throwing tournament.. What could possibly go wrong!

"We have a clear vision as to where we are going, the types of individuals we will hire and the culture we want to maintain. Strategically, 2020 is a huge year for Usurpo." Damian Bird - Director

Protecting our oceans.Usurpo is proud to support the Brighton Dolphin Project.

Damian's most happy when he's diving in a wreck or cave. A bit anti social though? :)

“Progression is important to me and so was the opportunity to grow my career the way I want to rather than being pushed down a certain route” Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

I joined Usurpo because they were offering the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting growth story. Chris Gibson - Principal Consultant

Our Culture / DNA

We value bright, ambitious people with integrity who often have an interesting character and a bit of flair. We aren't a micromanagement, KPI obsessed company (We dont even use them), so we only hire like-minded, decent people. We are great recruiters but also great people. We are big on communication and that means listening. Listening to great ideas and implementing suggestions and thoughts. We respect everyone that works with us and value your input. We strive to make sure Usurpo is a productive fun environment where our team enjoys time in the office and away from the office. In support of that we also offer: - Company-wide trips where everyone can be a part of the action - Birthday's off in addition to annual leave - Barista-style coffee machine - Free onsite parking - Cold beers in the fridge

Someone got serious about coffee and we now offer barista training. True story!

Cheers from over the Atlantic. Off to visit our US clients.

Tools & Tech

You get a full Linkedin Recruiter professional license Cloud Based CRM with full social media integration (including linkedin) Job Board access for those that need it Top of the range Apple or Windows tech! Tell us what you need! All of our software is cloud based for remote working An extremely strong commission plan with accelerators that can reach 40% Clear Progression Structure - You'll always know how far you are from your next promotion


Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters Reading
Company Size < 10

Recruitment Sectors
C-Level & Executive Cyber Security Medical & Healthcare Pharma & Life Science Sales Technology


  • Dress Down
  • Visible Commission Structure
  • Recruiter Licence
  • CSR
  • Breakout Area
  • Gym Membership
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Apple Kit
  • Clear Progression Structure
  • International Travel for Meetings
  • Parking
  • Beer Fridge
  • Birthday Off
  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Company Wide Trips
  • KPI Free
  • Fast Growth
  • Back Office Support
  • Investment in Tech
  • Work From Home

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