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


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

Dan Rhodes - Director - Cyber Security

About Us

Founded in 2011 Usurpo exclusively focused on the cyber security software market. A hot topic in todays digital age. Directors Nigel and Dan are two of the most influential and well connected search consultants in the security market. Our security clients are typically 'hyper growth' venture backed, US based companies who need rapid workforce acceleration across multiple geographies. In 2016 Usurpo diversified and brought in Director Damian Bird to enter and grow the enterprise software market. Typically operating at leadership level for well established (often household blue chip brands). Mostly retained, project based recruitment, covering commercial leadership hires and business critical, individual contributors. During 2018 'Usurpo Interim' was launched. A technical 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 senior level technical hires internationally.

"2019 has been a record year with quarter on quarter company targets being exceeded. This is thanks to an amazing team and our loyal client base". Dan Rhodes - Director

Nigel Graham - Director - Cyber Security

The Team!

Taking the Crystal Maze by storm!

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

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

"We truly value our amazing team and strive to make this the best place you have EVER worked at". Nigel Graham - Director

Damian Bird - Director - Enterprise Software

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

Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

"Combining an accelerator scheme that results in earning 40% of billings AND additional quarterly incentives AND a fun, relaxed team. You really know what we have is different" Damian Bird - Director

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

“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

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.

Chris Gibson - Principal Consultant - Life Sciences

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!

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

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

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

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

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

“It's great to be involved on the client side and get a real understanding of each role face to face rather than second hand” Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

James Newman - Senior Consultant - IT Technical

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

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

Martin Collier - Senior Consultant - Technology & Digital

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

Nigel bags another summit!

"Team building" driving Pilot's in Nevada desert...don't ask who broke their ride :-)

It was clear from day one they take the time to listen to their consultants and what you say influences business decisions more than anywhere I've worked prior. Martin Collier - Senior Consultant

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

“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


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:

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

"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, 2019 is a huge year for Usurpo." Damian Bird - Director

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


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

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