Today the newest member of the re:find team introduces himself: Meet our shared service search specialist, Sam Perry.
Recently, I have decided to make the move from a well-established accounting & finance recruitment business into a small niche boutique search firm. Having recruited in the Accounting & Finance space for around 8 years, I thought now was the time to change direction in my career, and to find a niche within the market.
So, who are re:find? re:find are an executive search business, based in Birmingham and London, focusing on the placement of senior professionals across the globe.
What do I love about re:find? It feels right. Having only been here for a few weeks, I feel I’ve settled in really well. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m working with two best mates, and It’s a relaxed and grown up working environment. The quirky office setting in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter is a nice perk too. Not to mention that we have a huge life size canvas of a cow on the wall. I like cows. #CowFetish
I have some good company in the office too – a pretty, petite, blonde-haired individual – a real head-turner when we go for a stroll over by St Paul’s Cathedral at lunchtime. His name’s Teddy, a little white pug that perches himself under my desk most days, waiting for me to crack open the biscuit jar. I’m hoping to introduce him to my Belgian shepherd, Buddy soon. I’m sure they’ll get along splendidly….
It wasn’t just the above perks that makes re:find stand out; it’s not the fact I can rock up in shorts and flip flops most days, or the flexibility to be able to manage my own diary. It’s because they do things differently. Doesn’t every other agency say that? Of course they do. But having worked for a handful of reputable agencies across the Midlands, I can honestly say that we do. And here’s why.
Why? We care about candidate experience and prefer to approach people directly. The best individuals are currently being looked after by their employer, being progressed, developed, and constantly given new opportunities to help them succeed in their career. Therefore, we work with clients and candidates to deliver the best service possible.
So how do I do things differently now? What I love about my new role is that I have a lot more time to focus on what I should be doing for clients, using my expertise to find the people they DO want to hire. Having worked in finance for over five years and recruited finance, IT, Payroll and Procurement staff over an 8-year period, I have a good understanding of what people in these sectors actually do.
Matching the talent is essential but it’s not the only thing we focus on. We search to find the right cultural fit and we have a dedicated Occupational Psychologist on our books to back this up with assessment data.
As well as using the network of contacts I’ve built up over the years, we use external research teams to map markets and provide candidate data. We have a blend of on and offshore resources, who I work closely with. They sit for hours sifting through data and social networking sites, compiling relevant profiles for my search.
I now focus my time speaking to individuals that are suitable for the post, as opposed to speaking to so many that aren’t. I can really dedicate my time to understand these individuals, and ascertaining what value these people can add to the business I’m consulting for.
You can view more about Sam Perry our Shared Services Executive Search expert here.