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 & ExecutivePharma & Life ScienceSalesTechnology

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 that 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.

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 - A closed office between Christmas and New Year - Free onsite parking - Cold beers in the fridge!

The Team!

Taking the Crystal Maze by storm!

Damian Bird - Director - Enterprise Software

Dan Rhodes - Director - Cyber Security

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).

Jodie Greenaway - Senior Delivery Consultant

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

"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

Chris Gibson - Principal Consultant - Life Sciences

Chris joined Usurpo in April 2019 to build our Life Sciences and Bio-Tech practice. With Chris's wealth of experience in the industry we are excited about his future with us!

Nigel Graham - Director - Cyber Security

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

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

Josh Baker - Manager - Technology & Digital

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

"2018 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

"Being an active member of the team has accelerated my own personal business acumen and the way I think about engaging with clients and candidates.” Joshua Baker – Principal Consultant

"Having a 1 year old son, previous office hours were becoming a strain on my home life. I now do circa 09.30 to 4.30PM, giving me the family time I need" Joshua Baker - Principal Consultant

Josh closes a Chief Revenue Officer search in his 4th month. Congrats!

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

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

"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

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

Martin Collier - Senior Consultant - Technology & Digital

“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

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

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

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

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

Usurpo R&R in Vegas!

Rob James - Principal Consultant - Cyber Security

There is a strong desire for Usurpo to operate as a company that values your life and time outside of work. Josh Reeve - Senior 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

"If you love recruitment and are serious about doing it for a career but also have a full life outside of work, then Usurpo is the place for you" Rob James - Principal Consultant

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

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.

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

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

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

Josh Reeve - Senior Consultant - Technology & Digital

Josh started with USURPO in January 2019. Welcome to the team!

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

Nigel bags another summit!


Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters Reading
Company Size <10

Recruitment Sectors
C-Level & Executive 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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