Talent Acquisition Specialist

Haywards Heath, West Sussex
c£30,000 – depending upon experience
Closing date
16 May 2021

Job Details

Sightsavers has an exciting opportunity for a Talent Acquisition Specialist to join our dynamic and busy recruitment team, providing in-house recruitment expertise and support to Sightsavers’ hiring managers in the UK and around the world.

Contract: Maternity Cover -12 Month Fixed Term

Location: Haywards Heath, remote working until further notice


About Us

Sightsavers works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. We’re proud to be a leader in our field and each year, we improve the lives of millions in the poorest parts of the world. We work in more than 30 countries worldwide, focusing on Africa and Asia. People are at the centre of everything that we do and Sightsavers is committed to embracing diversity throughout our workforce by creating an inclusive environment that reflects the many cultures and locations where we work.

About the role

In this varied, challenging and massively rewarding role you will be working with internal stakeholders, recruiting to a wide variety of roles across the globe, providing a high-quality end to end recruitment service. You will ensure that Sightsavers’ recruitment campaigns are effective, sourcing candidates directly and leveraging our networks, database and specialist sites. This role will involve:

  • working with hiring managers to identify and design appropriate campaigns to continue building our talented and diverse teams
  • taking detailed recruitment briefs, asking incisive questions and rapidly building your organisational knowledge and understanding to add value at all stages of the recruitment process
  • advising hiring managers on recruitment best practice and keeping them and yourself up to date with market trends and legislation
  • communicating effectively and positively with potential applicants and candidates, representing Sightsavers as an employer of choice
  • building a talent pipeline and utilising the ATS
  • providing accurate recruitment, onboarding and employee administration including job descriptions and contracts
  • working collaboratively as part of the wider HR Operations team providing effective HR operational support


About you

To succeed in this role, you will be hard working, service-driven and passionate about people. You will have a proven, successful track record as an in-house or consultancy recruiter across a range of industries, ideally including international and/ or complex organisations. You should also have:

  • experience of working in a fast-paced environment, successfully delivering to multiple deadlines and prioritising your workload
  • experience of managing multiple stakeholders at all levels of seniority
  • an absolute commitment to excellent candidate experience
  • strong planning and organising skills
  • an improvement mindset with the ability to identify opportunities to add value
  • knowledge of HR systems and processes
  • fluency in French (advantageous)
  • the ability to work productively on a remote basis
  • a demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion
  • the right to work in the UK before and during your employment

This is an involved role, please read the full job description 


Sightsavers offers a supportive and inclusive work environment and we offer some fantastic benefits including generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

Whilst we are all currently working from home, there will be an expectation that the successful candidate is able to occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW). Take a look around the offices here by visiting the application link. It’s an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London.


Next steps

To apply for this brilliant opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying so please don’t skip this section! We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in late May 2021.

Sightsavers is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work and we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Supporting Documents for Talent Acquisition Specialist


Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

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01444 446600
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW

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