Candidates

“GKR always provide candidates that are well-briefed, polished and a good fit.”

What candidates can expect

As a job seeker within the property market, it's crucial to work with one recruitment partner of choice to ensure your applications are managed correctly. GKR is proud that many of our candidate and client relationships are exclusive to us, as we strive to offer the very best service. We have developed a very successful international referral network through gleaming word-of-mouth recommendations, and we remain driven to be the industry's go-to talent provider across the globe.

We spend a lot of time getting to know our candidates so that we understand exactly how we can help. Hear from Grant Kaveney, Founding Director and Michael Woda, Head of Residential to find out more about what to expect as a candidate of GKR. 


Why candidates use GKR

We have an excellent track record with many of the industry leaders in property across London, having worked closely them since inception in 2010. Within each of our teams, we have at least two consultants that have first hand experience within the same field they are recruiting for; candidates are able to learn from their experience, practise and refine their interview techniques and build their confidence before meeting our clients.  

We will go above and beyond to get to know you and your motivations thoroughly to help you secure the perfect opportunity; whether that be introducing you to live positions we have already been instructed on or working with you on a preferred list of brands that you are interested in speculatively approaching. Luckily for you, provided you wholly invest yourself, we won’t stop until we win together.

We respect that it’s often difficult to contact your recruiter during working hours and we try to remain as flexible as possible when arranging telephone interviews or conversations. We have also managed our client’s expectations accordingly and where possible, they will be flexible with interviewing too. All we ask is a little flexibility back, and to be prepared to arrange time off when appropriate.  

With our extensive networks, we operate not just in London and the UK, but overseas as well. Our international capability is becoming increasingly important with many candidates who are looking to relocate and want global opportunities presented to them. We support our candidates to ensure they get the best possible brief of what the role involves, as well as a full understanding of the different cultures and lifestyles in any locations they're interested in moving to.    

Our team has placed hundreds of candidates across the real estate market internationally.

Since our conception, we have worked hard to ensure we can facilitate all hiring needs within the industry, supporting varied contracts and niche project requirements.

With over half of our team coming directly from within the real estate industry themselves, bringing extensive expertise and first-hand exposure to the market's nuances.

Your application is in great hands with GKR!

Our Clients

We specialise in five key sectors

  • Commercial

    The commercial team provide permanent and contract services to leading property and construction consultancies in the Private & Public Sectors as well as developers, banks and funds.

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  • Residential

    With experienced consultants and ex-property professionals in one team, they are market experts working with High Street Agents, Corporate giants, Developers and Investment Agencies.

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  • Property Management & Office Support

    With first-hand experience in both roles, we represent Managing Agents, Facilities Services, High Street Agents, Student Accommodation providers, Investment Funds, Interiors & Design practices supplying property management and office support functions.

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  • Built Environment

    The team have worked hard to develop long standing relationships working with architectural & interior design consultancies, property developers and project leads, our team deliver both permanent and professional interim/contract solutions.

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  • Finance & Investment

    Our finance division is comprised of a specialist team placing individuals across development, investment, funds and advisory across the UK and Europe. Our clients span Finance & Accountancy, Private Equity, Debt, Property Companies, REIT’s and Advisory from Analyst to Director/Partner level.

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Common Questions

Our approach involves a comprehensive evaluation of your skills, experience, and cultural fit. We work closely with you to understand your career aspirations, ensuring that we present opportunities that align with your professional goals. Our extensive network gives you unrivalled access to the industry's most renowned and successful businesses. 

Absolutely. In addition to our recruitment services, we offer career development assistance, CV optimisation, and interview coaching. Our goal is to empower you not only in securing a job but in advancing your overall career trajectory.

GKR provides exclusive representation to candidates for a personalised approach, aligning unique skills and goals with opportunities. This focused commitment streamlines communication and enhances your candidate experience, ensuring your applications are handled professionally and confidentially, increasing your chance of success.

To initiate the process, we typically require your resume, references, and relevant right-to-work documentation. Confidentiality is a priority for us. We handle your information with the utmost care, sharing it only with relevant parties involved in the recruitment process.

Our services for candidates are free of charge, with the hiring company covering recruitment fees. Employers highly value recruitment consultancies and recognise the value they bring to the hiring process. We prioritise our candidate network, taking feedback seriously to tailor experiences to individual needs for the best service.


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Meet our teams

Michael  Cartmill Michael  Cartmill
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Joined October 2022

Michael Cartmill

An extensive, modern property recently refurbished and offering fantastic views.

Michael has joined our Residential Estate Agency, New Homes & Development team as a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Having relocated to London from his hometown in Belfast, Michael worked as a Personal Banker before moving into Recruitment and bringing three years of experience with him. Outside of the office, Michael is a big football fan, an avid Liverpool supporter, and a Chess enthusiast. 

Anu Deb Anu Deb
Director
Joined November 2014

Anu Deb

Tastefully designed with sophisticated interior features.

Anu joined GKR in 2014 with an ambition to help expand the office support division of GKR; coming from property herself Anu grasped the market quickly and now works with all of London’s biggest and most successful property brands. With a family history in catering, it’s no wonder Anu is quite the chef herself. 

Bradley Hellier Bradley Hellier
Principal Consultant
Joined October 2021

Bradley Hellier

Modern and spacious open-plan apartment with incredible character.

Bradley joined GKR with some great first-hand experience within the residential real estate sector having worked for Marsh & Parsons previously. With such a thorough understanding of the industry and the roles he is now recruiting for, he is excellently positioned to offer consultative career guidance and support. With family in Devon, Bradley thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and regularly visits home to help out on the family farm! 

Andy Irvine Andy Irvine
Associate Director
Joined January 2024

Andy Irvine

This new development offers expansive panoramic views of the city.

Andy Irvine has joined GKR as Associate Director specialising in Commercial Real Estate recruitment. With an impressive track record of 15+ years in the industry, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen eye for talent. Beyond his professional prowess, Andy is known for his passion for comedy and football, adding a touch of humour and team spirit to our dynamic workplace. ⚽

James Isaac James Isaac
Recruitment Consultant
Joined September 2023

James Isaac

Rooted within local history, offering impressive views and luxury furnishings. 

James joined our residential team with combined first-hand experience within residential lettings since 2018, and talent expertise recruiting for a renowned property consultancy internally, utilising the knowledge he'd developed leading his own teams to success. As an avid sports fan and gaming enthusiast, James is a competitive team player with an appreciation for comedy television and spending quality time with his family. 

Grant Kaveney Grant Kaveney
Founding Director
Joined July 2010

Grant Kaveney

Boasting an enviable position and state-of-the-art outdoor braai.  

In 2010, it was the right time for Grant embark on his own adventure after helping scale a recruitment business from South Africa. Biltong is almost always the answer; he makes his very own for the team and it's not to be missed! An avid fisherman, Liverpool supporter, proud South-African and strangely capable beatboxer - watch out Ed Sheeran!

Rose Lock Rose Lock
Associate Recruitment Consultant
Joined February 2018

Rose Lock

Offering extremely quick connections and an exceptional energy rating.

Rose joined GKR in 2018 having worked in property in both the UK and Spain over the last 20 years; her tenacious attitude has driven fantastic results quickly in the property management space. An OG vegetarian with the wildest office-snack combinations you will ever have heard of. 

Emma  Lyall Emma  Lyall
Recruitment Consultant
Joined May 2023

Emma Lyall

Featuring a french balcony, this bright and characterful apartment has real charm.

Emma has joined our Residential Estate Agency, New Homes & Development team as Recruitment Consultant having worked in the residential sales industry in London herself for the last nine years. Emma progressed to become a Sales Manager, successfully running teams in prime markets before taking the plunge into residential recruitment with GKR! When she is not recruiting, Emma is most likely at the gym, on the bike or collecting music vinyl's. 

Jessica MacLeod Jessica MacLeod
Recruitment Consultant
Joined January 2024

Jessica MacLeod

A modern and bright townhouse offering great connections.

Jessica MacLeod has joined the Residential Real Estate team as Recruitment Consultant. Fresh off a globetrotting adventure after graduating, Jessica is now geared up to bring her enthusiasm and dedication to our team. With a passion for making a difference and recruiting top-notch talent, Jessica is set to make her mark in the industry. Outside the office, she's not just a skilled Padel player but also a fervent skier.

Lee  Riley Lee  Riley
Senior Director
Joined October 2016

Lee Riley

A perfect example of period property with luxuriously fitted carpets.

Lee has worked in residential recruitment since late 2015 after working in the property sector for almost seven years himself. Whilst our entire team’s food bin/hoover, he’s a self-declared Asian food addict. Historically pooch obsessed; now with a fur baby of his own, he’s got the situation under control.

Molly Shoesmith Molly Shoesmith
Operations Manager
Joined November 2014

Molly Shoesmith

Completely restored within, meeting the new with the old.  

Molly joined GKR in 2014 and was instrumental in developing the property management desk. Working with a wide variety of London's most well-recognized brands, her knowledge of the industry is second-to-none. In mid-2017, Molly became responsible for our internal training, social media and hiring needs. Now based from Amsterdam, we’re never disappointed with the sweet treats she brings back with her! 

Emma  Smith Emma  Smith
Recruitment Consultant
Joined March 2022

Emma Smith

Boasting beautifully presented interiors and an enviable location. 

Emma has joined our office support division sourcing support superheroes across the property market; with a background working in customer service, followed by a successful stint in residential sales, she is really well equipped to get up and running quickly! 

Peter Wallis Peter Wallis
Associate Recruitment Consultant
Joined February 2019

Peter Wallis

Impressive views across London following an upper-floor extension.

Peter joined our office support team in 2019, taking on the responsibility and growth of all marketing roles. When not chasing recruitment fees, he’s most likely chasing gains. Who knew avocado went with every single meal?!

Michael Woda Michael Woda
Partner, Head of Residential
Joined July 2014

Michael Woda

Distinctive features throughout and striking white render.

Michael joined GKR as one of our first key hires in 2014 bringing with him eight years’ experience in property, now responsible for a team of six. If not in the office hoping for a whole in one, you’ll likely find him on the course – aye! Not to mention Brick Lane, devouring the Indian delicacies.


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