Our Case Studies

"Always my go to recruiter. Communicative, friendly and they listen!"

We aim to please; clearly communicated timelines, tailored sourcing strategies, step-by-step guidance, and first-class aftercare are just a few advantages of partnering with GKR London to support your talent strategy. Have a look through our case studies to gain insight into some examples of assignments we have worked on in partnership with our exclusive and retained network across the property sector internationally! 

Fortune 500 Investment House

Investment Director - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed to secure an Investment Director for a newly formed team.
  • The candidate required a wealth of knowledge to analyse all potential deals on 3 new funds, one focusing on PBSA, one on BTR, and the other on Industrial. 
  • Specific skills included underwriting, and producing a deep dive analysis of transactions. 
  • We presented a shortlist of 6 candidates within 5 working days, conducted 3 first and second stage interviews, and successfully secured the new ID within 2 weeks.

Elite Management Consultancy

Senior Property Manager (HNW) - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was tasked with the exclusive search for a new Senior Property Manager to manage a prestigious central London Estate.
  • We approached our network for recommendations and presented a shortlist of five exclusive candidates within 8 days from instruction, all of whom came with references. 
  • We coordinated the interview process which involved various international interviewees, and the successful candidate was onboarded 6 weeks later. 

International Luxury Property Developer

Marketing Manager: Retained Search

  • GKR was retained to assist with the search for a Marketing Manager to relocate from London to Switzerland to work on luxury resorts & penthouses.
  • We were given a 4-week timeline to find this individual and were tasked with meeting at least 5 appropriate candidates ourselves before presenting at a minimum of 3.
  • Having coordinated interviews for all candidates, the successful candidate was flown out successfully to start before the Christmas period following their 3 months notice.
  • We have subsequently placed another slightly junior hire who is relocating from Milan to join the team.

Private Equity Fund

Investment & Development Director (Analysis team) - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the CEO to find an Investment Manager and Analyst.
  • We presented two shortlist's with 14 days from instruction; 4 IM’s and 7 analysts.
  • We were requested to offer our expertise in person, attending each interview alongside each hiring manager. 
  • We coordinated three days of interviews at the client's HQ and successfully agreed both new contracts to start within five weeks.

What our clients said:

Carter Jonas

I have used Grant and GKR for the last 5 years on a regular basis. The company has filled a number of key positions across our offices in both direct sales and lettings support roles and continues to do so. Grant has an in-depth knowledge of the property industry and has taken the trouble to gain a full understanding of how we service the sector and the unique qualities that our staff are required to possess. As a result, GKR thoroughly screen all candidates for us and they have the highest interview to offer ratio of any of our retained agents. I would have no hesitation in recommending Grant and GKR to any of my clients or partners.

Knight Frank

Molly and I have worked together closely recently, and she always provides candidates that are well-briefed, polished and a good fit for Knight Frank. She also provides a consistent level of service and makes a great effort to ensure she has all the relevant information to deliver results within the specified time frame. Overall, I would recommend GKR for their professional and high-quality service.

Hamptons International

Over the years Grant has been an invaluable asset in providing the highest quality of candidates for potential employment roles in the property industry. The briefs have always been followed to the letter and every experience has been coordinated with the uttermost professionalism. Recently I have found myself on the receiving end, requiring the services of the best I know in recruitment in order that I can benefit with a new position myself. I must admit that Grants work was so precise, that after only two interviews I now find myself employed with a fantastic company offering an excellent package and great career progression. In all, I cannot recommend Grant highly enough.

Henry & James

Grant's connections in the property industry were unparalleled in finding me a new role. His professionalism and industry knowledge was excellent and he kept me regularly updated with upcoming roles before eventually securing my current role. Highly recommended to anyone either looking for a new role or high-quality candidates.

One One One

I have worked closely with Grant and his team at GKR over the last 7 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I find Grant and the team professional, well driven and knowledgeable and having given them some tough assignments they continuously delivered. They successfully placed a wide range of candidates with us from office agency surveyors, project managers and office and secretarial support staff. If you are looking to hire top talent within the Property sector, I’d highly recommend GKR.

The Berkeley Group

GKR is fantastic at taking the hassle out of recruiting. They listen to what you’re looking for, and only puts forward candidates who fit the profile. All candidates come well briefed on the role, and with realistic expectations which is crucial.

The Pedder Group

Rose is an absolute delight, and a pleasure to talk to both professionally and personally. Extremely thorough, and candidates come well prepared with more than just the basics. Quality over quantity is the clear focus. She knows what you want (from both perspectives) and matches up roles/candidates perfectly. If you are looking to recruit, or looking for a new role, I'd have not a single hesitation in recommending Rose / GKR. The biggest heartfelt thank you for all you do!


Having worked with Anu/GKR for 4+ years, I am in awe of her continual professionalism and flexibility. She will take time to listen to your requirements, work to your timeframe and budget (no matter how tight!) and most importantly, champion your organisation and provide you with awesome candidates. Any organisation in need of top class talent acquisition support should get in touch with her/GKR ASAP!

Global Property Consultancy

Head of Asset Management: Retained

  • GKR was retained to assist with the search for a new Head of Asset Management.
  • We were given a 10-week timeline to onboard the new starter in line with the predecessor's departure date, whilst offering a period for handover.
  • We were tasked with a direct, pre-identified headhunt and additionally sourced a shortlist of three other suitable candidates.
  • Having coordinated interviews for all candidates, the successful candidate was onboarded following their 2 months’ notice. 
  • We have subsequently placed two others from the interview process into the team.

International Real Estate Fund

Portfolio Director - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the Head of Residential, JLL UK&I to secure Senior Portfolio Director on behalf of several of their BTR clients.
  • Having conducted a market-mapping exercise with the client, they identified a shortlist of individuals for GKR to approach on their behalf. 
  • We successfully presented a shortlist of seven selected individuals and organised four first and second-stage interviews. 
  • The successful candidate was required to conduct a 6-month notice period; we supported JLL by offering our first-class aftercare services to ensure a smooth exit and onboarding. 

PRS Developer

PA & Project Assistant - Retained Search

  • GKR was retained to recruit a PA & Project Assistant to work with the CEO of a national PRS developer.
  • We advertised confidentially and utilised our long-formed network to present a shortlist of five credible individuals from varying backgrounds across the property and construction sectors, as requested.
  • We subsequently organised three virtual interviews, followed by in-person meetings, and the successful applicant was agreed to start swiftly the following month. 

European Family Office

CEO & Head of Property: Retained

  • GKR was approached by a European Royal Family Office to assist them in building a property and investment fund.
  • We were directly retained and instructed to secure the Head of and No.2.
  • We agreed to identify a shortlist of 7 potential MD’s/CEO’s and 5 Head’s of Property. The shortlist was completed and presented within 21 days.
  • We subsequently arranged 2 days of interviews back to back at our offices and following several 2nd meetings and a direct meeting with the Family at their home in Central London, the search was concluded.
  • Since then we have placed an additional 4 people across this company building the entire property and portfolio management function exclusively.

BTR Management Group

Head of Build to Rent - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the CEO to lead the search for a Head of BTR to lead a new national portfolio of award-winning developments. 
  • We worked closely with the client to assist them with the preparation of job descriptions and shared our market knowledge to ensure they competitively positioned themselves to attract the best talent. 
  • We then went to the market and presented our client with a shortlist of 5 candidates within one week of instruction, and coordinated three rounds of interviews.
  • The successful candidate was onboarded three months later following their notice period. 

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