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KM Talent is an international recruitment and career coaching consultancy.

Our singular focus is on business development, marketing and innovation talent within professional service firms worldwide.

We work on a retained or contingency basis on projects ranging from Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Innovation Officer through to junior roles, in key financial markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and London.

If you'd like to know more, please get in touch

"Katherine is an absolute powerhouse: intelligent, warm, thorough, and incredibly diligent. I have met very few like Katherine in the game. Not only is she a pleasure to deal with, she genuinely gets results. She listens deeply to what her clients need and builds a clear picture of the ideal candidate. Katherine has high emotional intelligence and the ability to connect deeply with people. This makes her brilliant at her job, but also a genuinely delightful human. I can't recommend her highly enough."
Director of Marketing & Communications
Legal industry body, Australia
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Katherine Mountford - Principal

Katherine is described as high energy, positive, honest, genuine, caring and professional. She takes listening extremely seriously and has real empathy for people, enabling her to build strong client and candidate relationships.
With 20+ years of experience, Katherine has an unrivalled network of global professional services business development, marketing and innovation contacts and extensive knowledge of firms, roles and talent strategies.
As an ex magic circle business development and marketing leader, Katherine understands the benefits of high quality talent attraction and development.
Katherine also knows how it feels to be job seeking or at a career crossroads and how powerful coaching can be.
“Katherine is the most professional senior level recruiter I have come across in my career. Her in-depth market intelligence, strong client centricity, strategic guidance and insights, coupled with her generosity and thoughtfulness, set her apart from her peers.” – Senior BD professional, global law firm, Singapore
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How we help

Helping Clients

Do one of more of these statements resonate?

- Your team's capacity doesn't match the workload
- You need to recruit from a pool of specific BD, marketing and/or innovation talent
- You have difficulty defining the role in adequate terms or detail
- You need to write a compelling job description
- You are unsure what the 'going market rate' is for a particular role or skill set

When appointed, we act as the independent voice and face of the client. We can offer guidance on the right role and financial package required to attract optimal talent and then manage the entire recruitment process through to negotiation and offer.

We speak to candidates all the time and have a talent pool ready to draw on. We pride ourselves on positioning opportunities in a way that connects with the motivations we know exist within the target talent pool. We focus on building trust, understanding individual motivations and career aspirations and having open and honest conversations. We know which candidates are active (ready to move, motivated to move and actively engaging in a job search) and which are passive (not currently looking but might be open to listening to someone they trust about new opportunities).

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"Katherine is the most professional recruiter I have worked with. She was very patient and communicative, guiding me through every step of the interview process and helping me navigate through the challenge of interviewing. I wouldn't be working for my current employer if not for her expertise and persistence."
BD Manager
Magic Circle firm, China
"Many recruiters spend time with you to understand the role you are trying to fill, but Katherine firstly got to know us. The result? Candidates that were a good fit on many levels."
Chief Revenue Officer
Fintech Consultancy, Australia

Helping Candidates

We are not typical recruiters and our focus is on building trust, understanding individual motivations and career aspirations and having open and honest conversations. We are proud of our long-term relationships with so many candidates and are committed to support people throughout their career.

Our support includes the following:
- Career coaching and guidance - Career achievement identification - CV review and advice - Interview preparation - Interview feedback and reflection - Negotiating the offer - Check-ins and catch-ups long into the future

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Who We Work With

Our clients include Magic Circle law firms, international consultancy firms, lead industry bodies, NewLaw and boutique law firms. We have recently helped the following firms hire top talent:

  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Allen & Overy
  • Greenwoods & HSF 
  • FTI Consulting
  • Clifford Chance 
  • White & Case 
  • Johnson Winter & 
  • Slattery 
  • Baker McKenzie 
  • Nexus Law Group
  • Arctic Intelligence
  • Morrison & Foerster 
  • Law Society
"I regularly seek Katherine's input and guidance on team skills and structure as well as market trends. She is very well connected and always extremely generous with her time. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
BD Director
Leading Australian law firm​

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