Case study: Birmingham City University

3 mins
Sellick  Partnership

By Sellick Partnership


Birmingham City University is a large and diverse university set in the heart of Birmingham. With over 30,000 students from more than 100 countries they have a strong focus on practice-based learning.

Following successful formal tender, Sellick Partnership were appointed as preferred suppliers to Birmingham City University during summer 2020 for permanent and temporary recruitment across Finance & Accountancy. 


We assigned an Account Manager internally, Adam Rouse, Senior Business Manager, specialising in public sector corporate services in the Midlands. Adam has over 10 years’ experience and has built a wide network of candidates within his specialist sector, supported by his in-depth understanding of the challenges and niches within his specialism, and the skills and expertise to assess vacancies and candidates to ensure a credible match. 

Adam was responsible for leading the contract implementation with Birmingham City University following the tender win. Once all contractual terms were signed Adam arranged an implementation meeting remotely due to covid restrictions with key stakeholders at BCU. We have a standardised process for implementing PSLs which considers key actions, assigned responsibilities and target timescales. 

Delivery of the service

Adam has successfully managed needs across both temporary and permanent assignments, with the support of the account management team. 

Operational processes include:

  • Gathering a detailed understanding of each requirement through job briefing call/meetings to supplement job descriptions and person specifications.
  • Designing a bespoke attraction campaigns across both our established candidate databases and generating new talent through headhunting and referrals. 
  • Conducting selection processes to align the candidates to both the vacancy and to BCU.
  • Working with hiring managers to arrange interviews and take/give feedback. 
  • Supporting with on-boarding and contract management post placement. 

Permanent placements during the life time of the PSL include:

  • Head of Business Partnering 
  • 3 x Senior Finance Business Partners
  • Finance Business Partner
  • Senior Finance Officer

Temporary assignments in 2023 alone include:

  • Finance Business Partner
  • Finance Transformation Business Partner
  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Finance Officer
  • Contracts Manager 
Client testimonial

I'm very happy to recommend Adam and Sellick Partnership as a highly professional recruitment partner. I've worked with Adam both as a candidate and a client. I was delighted with the representation Adam gave me in finding my current role at BCU and as a client I'm delighted with his ability to provide high quality candidates that are well matched to my requirements.  Adam takes time to listen to the person profile required and translates that effectively into a set of well-matched candidates for consideration. His communication skills are excellent and he can be relied upon to deliver on his commitments. Adam and Sellick Partnership gave us a first class service to complete the recruitment process successfully.

Ian Goldingay, Head of Business Partnering, Birmingham City University

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