Executive Search Position in Manchester

Looking for that Executive Search Position in Manchester
Finding a new job in a large, busy city such as Manchester can be really difficult especially if you are looking to take a step up the ladder or want to do something a little more interesting.  Finding vacant positions can take hours of online searching only to find that the position has expired or that competition for the role is fierce so finding an agency that offers Executive Search could be the ideal solution.

Executive Search in Manchester & the UKTraditionally using a recruitment agency has been considered a place to find short term work in low level roles or for work within sectors such as education or health care but nowadays more and more companies are choosing to approach recruitment agencies to help them fill vacancies in a more diverse range of role including management and middle management positions.

Agencies offering Executive Search focus on finding the most talented and motivated people to help companies fill the roles that will really help make sure that the company keeps moving in the right direction.  With an aim to ensure that their clients have the trust in them to send candidates that are really well suited to every available vacancy you can be certain they will be able to help you find a role that is matched to your skills set.

With a wide variety of job opening becoming available regularly building a good relation with an agency offering Executive Search is an excellent way to make sure you get to hear of any interesting opportunities as soon as they become vacant so you will often be able to express your interest before the post is even advertised elsewhere, giving you a real advantage if a job needs to be filled quickly.

Some roles won’t even require a full interview and you won’t need to compete against other candidates, and as the agency will be able to forward your CV and any other paperwork or documents on your behalf you could be starting an interesting new role with the minimum of fuss and effort in no time at all.  With full support, information and advice available if you ever need it using an agency offering Executive Search can really help you further your career.

If you are returning to work after a break, wanting to make a move into a different type of industry or are newly qualified and looking to gain experience to add to your CV undertaking some short term projects is the perfect way to gain knowledge, improve your confidence and get further insight into working practices within your chosen field.  Or even if you just want a more flexible working schedule one of the many advantages of using an agency offering Executive Search services is that they are likely to hear about relevant roles before anybody else.

So if you have been considering a change in your working life recently but have been finding it hard to find interesting or relevant vacancies get in touch with a recruitment agency that can offer Executive Search Manchester has a busy and competitive jobs market that has many roles becoming available every day and this is the ideal way to make sure you get to hear about them without having to spend hours trawling the internet and newspapers.

Once you have completed the initial registration process you may find you are pleasantly surprised with some of the employment offers you receive! Whether you are looking for full time, part time, temporary or permanent work they could help you find a role that is suitable for you much more quickly and easily that you may first think!

With the benefits including being among the first to hear about exciting new vacancies, a shorter application process and many roles having an immediate or short start date you could be working in a job that you really love far soon that you may first think.

Looking for that Executive Search Position

Looking for that Executive Search Position

Finding interesting and relevant roles within management can often prove really difficult in UK cities such as Leeds, Manchester, London and the like. However, there are so many different methods available to recruitment companies to advertise their executive vacancies and such a broad range of websites online advertising jobs that this will help your job search.

Executive Search

Spending hours searching for jobs and trawling through job advertisements can be disheartening, especially as online often many vacancies will be outdated, offer unrealistic work at home opportunities or other adverts that aren’t relevant to your search.

A lot of people have found a way round this is to sign up with a recruitment agency offering specific regional search opportunities such as Executive Search Leeds or Executive Search Positions wherever, so they get to hear about job openings they may be interested in as soon as they become available.

When you are working at middle or senior management level competition when applying for new roles is fierce and being recommended by a well-respected recruitment agency is an excellent way to make a really good first impression, especially if you have done well in previous roles you have undertaken for them.  So undertaking several short term contracts using a recruitment agency offering Executive Search Yorkshire can be a really good way to boost your CV and widen your skills set across your chosen industry and help you career really start to move in the right direction.

Working with an agency offering executive search is an excellent way to get more flexibility within your working life so if you have other commitments but still want to continue working or a looking to get more experience across your chosen field being able to take advantage of short term contracts that will often come up be the perfect solution.

If you are looking for something more permanent a reputable agency will also get plenty of permanent full and part time positions as well so you can be sure that no matter what type of employment terms you are looking for they will be able to help you find a role that is perfectly suited to your requirements.

A good agency that offers executive search will always build strong working links with all their clients and ensure that they are trusted to provide talented individuals that have the skill set required for the role sometimes at short notice so they will often be the first place a company calls when a new opportunity arises within their organisation.  If you are looking for work this can be a real advantage as you will often be among the first to apply if an interview is required, and as the agency will be able to forward all your details and required documents the application process is made simple and straight forward as well.

So no matter what type of industry you work within if you feel it’s time to take a step up the ladder to just want a change why not pas your details to an agency offering executive recruitment services and see what interim management roles they are able to offer you?

Once you have completed the initial registration process you may find you are pleasantly surprised with some of the employment offers you receive! Whether you are looking for full time, part time, temporary or permanent work they could help you find a role that is suitable for you much more quickly and easily that you may first think!

With the benefits including being among the first to hear about exciting new vacancies, a shorter application process and many roles having an immediate or short start date you could be working in a job that you really love far soon that you may first think.

New Technology & Traditional Values

New Technology & Traditional Values
The Winning Combination for Building Society Sector 

Combining new technology with traditional values is the winning formula for the building society sector, which is enjoying a healthy growth in market share this year.

That was the upbeat message from the Building Societies Association’s annual conference in Manchester, a two day gathering which more than 500 executives from the UK’s 44 building societies attended.

The latest lending and savings figures from the BSA for Q1 2018 show that the societies, which last year had a 22 per cent share of the £1.4tr UK mortgage market, were accountable for 43 per cent of its growth – and took 40 per cent of cash savings deposits – between January and March.

Industry leaders believe the increased trust consumers have in building societies over the larger banks is one of the key factors in this growth in market share, a trend which the recent TSB online banking debacle will surely have only aided.

But there is also a recognition that the sector needs to move ever quickly on the adoption of digital technology to meet the demands of the tech-savvy digital consumer preferring a responsive banking app to a passbook at the counter.

One of the keynote speakers, Nationwide Chief Executive Joe Garner, wrote in his conference blog: “We must be able to adapt to members’ changing needs, whilst retaining the essence of our heritage and our humanity…Our goal is digital convenience with a human touch, a service enabled by technology, and made meaningful by people.”

In 2015, the Nationwide committed to invest £500m into its branch network, introducing new technology such as Nationwide Now which combines market leading technology and human service.

But what about the other mutuals? How are they embracing FinTech? By being, well, innovative. They are courting the technology incubators and collaborating with the digital disruptors. Combining new technology with the popularity of local branches offering face-to-face customer service is the key.

In April the Coventry Building Society launched a recruitment drive for more than 80 head office IT roles, increasing personnel at its UK-based IT department to nearly 450 – double its size just three years ago. The positions include system delivery engineers, analysts, cloud specialists, IT security specialists and IT architects.

Meanwhile last month the Cambridge Building Society returned to its roots by launching a new city centre branch close to its original offices which opened in 1884. But following a model that worked for a relaunch of its St Ives store in 2017, the new branch offers customers digital and assisted-service technology as well as face-to-face expertise.

Andy Jukes, Head of Direct Distribution, said it “combines technology with expertise from our team members – something we know is valued by customers”.

Bank of mum and dad ninth biggest mortgage lender

And what about the financial needs of borrowers? People struggling to afford a mortgage or deposit was the subject of a recently released report by Legal & General which revealed that the ninth highest mortgage lender this year will be neither a bank nor a building society.

With £5.7bn of lending for £81bn of property purchases and an average ‘loan’ of £18,000, the bank of mum and dad is in the top ten mortgage lenders list.

The report found more than a quarter of housing transactions are dependent on financial help, with 43% of buyers aged 35 to 44 and 26% of those aged 45 to 54 relying on support from their family.

With the average age of a first time buyer having risen from 30 to 33 between 2006 and 2017 and a forecast that borrowing by people in their 20s will halve by 2030, the BSA has commissioned a study on intergenerational mortgages describing inequality between the generations as ‘a growing challenge in our society’.

Financial Services dinner

HW Global Talent Partner will be hosting an industry dinner in London in September. The informal networking event offers an excellent opportunity to make new executive and non-executive industry contacts.

Guest speaker is David Stewart, Chairman of Enra Group and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of M&S Bank, HSBC Private Bank (UK), and LSL Property Services plc., and former Chief Executive of Coventry Building Society. He will talk on how he managed to create a non-conflicting NED portfolio in financial services.

The event, which is aimed at helping FS executives to launch and develop their NED careers, is being held in Mayfair on Wednesday September 12th with drinks and canapes from 6.30pm. If you would like to attend please contact darceyl@hwglobalpartner.com as there are only a few remaining places.

To find out how we can help your business, or if you want to discuss executive search, interim or NED opportunities, contact MD of HW Interim and Head of the Financial Services practice John Wakeford via his LinkedIn page, email johnw@hwglobalpartner.com or call +44 (0) 113 243 2004 for an informal discussion.

Flexibility the Key for Firms Hiring CFOs

Flexibility the Key for Firms Hiring CFOs
Flexibility really is the key for firms based in the regions wanting to attract top finance talent. Experienced Chief Financial Officers have found themselves in increasing demand over the past decade. The modern finance leader has a broad and complex role spanning strategic insight and operational responsibilities. Changes to the regulatory environment and a highly challenging economic climate have ensured their prized technical and analytical qualities are an invaluable and irresistible addition to the boardroom.

The CFO market is therefore hugely competitive and salaries are constantly rising – with double digit wage inflation. Talented CFOs often have a number of options for their next move and as a result it can be hard to lure the best to the regions. It can be, then, extremely frustrating for a head hunter working on an executive search assignment to put forward a strong shortlist of candidates for a CFO position, only to find the client is unrealistic about the offer they are prepared to make.

Every board is looking for diversity today but many executive teams don’t truly understand that, in order to achieve it, something has to give.

If a business wants to attract the right candidate they need to make an attractive offer, which often means demonstrating flexibility in terms of the remuneration package, working arrangements, and being prepared to consider finance executives from other sectors.

If a candidate is based in London, for example, and your business is located in Leeds, Manchester or Birmingham they may not want to relocate their family – often the case when they have school aged children.

It is understandable that a finance executive will be reluctant to move their family north for a position which they may have for three or four years before potentially moving on again.

But if you allow the exec to work from home part of the week, and either commute on other days or arrange local accommodation, you could be removing the one obstacle which would prevent them from joining your board.

It may be some years away but with HS2, journey times from London to Birmingham will be down to under 50 minutes and London to Manchester under 70 minutes. It should be much easier to attract South-East based execs commuting to work for firms based in the regions. Until then, boards in the regions will need to understand the ball is firmly in the court of the talented finance leader they are trying to attract and respond accordingly.

John Wakeford is a founding director of HW Global Talent Partner. Contact him at johnw@hitchenorwakeford.com or +44 (0) 203 691 1917 for a confidential discussion.

Interim Executives Meet Transformation Talent Gap

Interim Executives Meet Transformation Talent Gap
Has your business got a talent gap that could be bridged with a swift executive interim appointment? The professional interim management market is enjoying rapid growth, driven largely by a corresponding increase in business transformation programmes across all industry sectors.

Companies both large and small are increasingly turning to interim executives to help steer them through organisational change – with a particular drive for digital transformation and customer experience programmes. These experienced business leaders can provide stability following the sudden departure of a senior director, or offer a highly specialised skill set which a business may not have in-house. Their appointment is an effective way for companies to achieve business objectives and obtain highly specialised leadership skills at crucial times.

The extensive benefits of interim management include flexibility and speed of placement, compared to an executive search for a permanent position which can take many months from commission to arrival in post due to the complexity of global searches and the need to fulfil notice periods.

There are cost benefits too; many SMEs may not be in a position to fund a permanent executive position for a particular specialism such as a digital transformation director. And without the on-costs of a permanent executive such as bonuses, holiday pay, NI contributions, pension, private health insurance and company car benefits, the day rate suddenly does not seem so prohibitive.

Free from the shackles of office politics, a professional interim can offer a fresh perspective, objectivity and challenge. As a freelance operator whose work is heavily reliant on referrals and reputation, the interim is highly motivated and results driven, and will be fully committed to their client.

Professional interim managers are often over-qualified for the interim position they are commissioned for, meaning they can work independently and hit the ground running, with instant results. Their wealth of experience, skills, contacts and knowledge will also be transferred to the in-house team, giving benefits which outlive their interim contract.

The return on investment of a professional interim manager for a business can therefore be substantial, particularly at a critical time.

HW Global Talent Partner has built a reputation for excellence in executive search over the past decade among the many global and local brands we serve.

Many of our executive search clients also turn to us when they require a swift interim appointment at a crucial time for their business, often to bridge the gap during a search process we are conducting.

HW Interim provides experienced and talented interim and change management executives to PLCs, private companies, SMEs and private equity backed organisations both in the UK and overseas.

The key sectors we work in include Retail, Consumer and Financial Services, and the wide range of recent assignments we have completed have included interim CFO, FD, CTO, CMO, Supply Chain/Ops Director and Head of Risk.

We have access to an elite network of senior executives who specialise in change, turnaround or transformation whom HW have met, vetted, referenced and in many cases known as clients.

Working alongside the executive search business we can source the ideal interim to match our clients’ needs. With a team of dedicated and experienced researchers we can turn round a shortlist of professional interim managers for a client within three working days who can typically be placed within two weeks. Completion rates are well over 90 per cent. Daily rates are typically between £850 to £2,000 per day.

Growing numbers of executives are making the move to interim management, attracted by the flexibility, remuneration and variety of roles they can add to their CV.

And, given the increasing demand for interim executives, we are always looking for new talented candidates.

To find out how we can help your business, or if you want to discuss interim opportunities, contact MD of HW Interim John Wakeford via his LinkedIn page or email johnw@hwglobalpartner.com or call +44 (0) 113 243 2004 for an informal discussion.

CPG Sector Needs to Embrace Digital Transformation

CPG Sector Needs to Embrace Digital Transformation

Leading CPG players have responded to digital disruption with huge investment in eCommerce. But if they are to truly realise the massive potential growth through the channel they need to embrace an end-to-end digital transformation programme encompassing their entire business process.

New entrants using plug and play e-commerce technology and other distribution solutions to sell directly to consumers have been increasingly disrupting the traditional CPG model with the retailer acting as middleman.

With no legacy systems designed for bulk distribution to retail partners, the new CPG players serving today’s ‘little and often’ consumer have been able to steal a march on the established sector leaders for D2C online sales.

A good example would be Dollar Shave Club. Founded in 2011, it was able to solve an industry problem: razor blades are too expensive. Established products have to do a lot of heavy lifting (marketing, R&D, supply chain costs, sustainable procurement, industry competition) that doesn’t have a positive impact on the consumer’s wallet. Dollar Shave Club spotted an opportunity to differentiate but also wasn’t restricted by wider costs. It was a true disruptor…until it was sold to Unilever in 2016 for $1bn. Warby Parker is another example.

Saddled with the disadvantages of huge cost and complexity in changing traditional business practices, global CPG giants were initially slow to react to the digital transformation agenda. But the sector has latterly been investing huge resources into eCommerce.

So far this has largely been restricted to front end activity including digital marketing, although there have been some notable examples of true digital interaction with consumers. They include UK multinational alcoholic beverages firm Diageo, which launched a smart bottle in 2015 for its iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky enabling personalised communication to consumers reading the tags with their smartphones and tracking of stock.

But for CPG leaders to capitalise on the huge potential growth in direct online sales to consumers, they need to go a lot further and invest in digital transformation throughout the whole ecosystem of their business.

This means fully digitising back office business processes like finance, hr, supply chain and logistics.

In 2013 eCommerce accounted for under 1 per cent of sales in packaged food and 3 per cent in non-food but by 2020 it is predicted this could rise to 5 per cent of food sales and 10 per cent of non-food sales – accounting for up to 30 per cent of total CPG industry sales growth between 2015 and 2020.*

However, a KPMG survey of 175 global retail and consumer goods CEOs published in September revealed a third were concerned they were “not leveraging digital means to connect with their customers as effectively as possible”. **

Customer-centric strategies being pursued to tackle this include digitisation through technology transformation, greater speed to market, and stronger marketing, branding and communications, the survey found.

D2C sales enable CPG firms to collect significant volumes of customer data, providing invaluable intelligence on consumer purchasing preferences which can help shape product development and targeted sales.

Recognising the benefits, the sector is now starting to examine the digital technologies which can help throughout all areas of the business.

In its report How digital reinventors are pulling away from the pack published last month, global management consultants McKinsey&Company conclude: “The reinventors are investing at scale in technology, analytics, and digital talent – not just playing on the margins – and investing much more aggressively in business-model innovations or entirely new business models.”

The report, based on a global survey of more than 1,600 executives, continued: “To find success and sustain growth, incumbents must do two things at once: digitize their core businesses while also innovating with new digital ones. Making small changes to the edges of your business model is insufficient in an increasingly digital world.” ***

HW Global Talent Partner has been helping clients transform their global digital capabilities for the past five years.

We recently completed an executive search assignment for a Sales Director for a tier one courier and logistics firm. One of his key targets is nailing last mile delivery, which has been a significant customer service issue. The company will achieve this by investing in digital technology, making it a more attractive proposition for partners and clients alike.

Other recent assignments include a global CIO search for a tier one food business. With an $18bn P&L they will ensure the organisation has the systems and MI that make it fit for purpose for the next ten years across the entire value chain. In addition, a recently placed VP for Data & Analytics for the same client will translate consumer behaviour and trends into actionable business strategy across marketing, sales, supply chain and logistics.

As an international executive search and professional interim business, HW Global Talent Partner advises many of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, among them the leaders in consumer products and services, and retail operations of all shapes and sizes.

For a confidential discussion about how we can assist you with digital transformation contact Stuart Richards, Consultant in the Global Consumer Practice, at stuartr@hwglobalpartner.com or on +44 (0) 7787 254 600.

* The digital future of CPG companies: McKinsey&Company article – Oct 2015
** U.S. Consumer Goods & Retail CEOs More Optimistic Than Global Peers About Growth: KPMG Survey – Sept 2017
*** How digital reinventors are pulling away from the pack: McKinsey&Company survey report – Oct 2017

Executive Search & Professional Interim

Executive Search & Professional Interim Positions

Locating senior and middle management posts can be difficult if you are looking to take the next step in your career as there are so many various places available for companies to advertise their vacancies, especially if you are trying to combine your job search with an existing job and other commitments. Approaching an agency that specialises in executive search techniques could be a really worthwhile idea as they will be likely to be able to find plenty of suitable vacancies for you, and give you plenty of helpful advice about how you could take your career further.

Many companies find it difficult to find the senior and middle management staff that they need as finding people with the correct skills and experience can be very difficult and they also face the problem of finding the right places to advertise, these are just a few of the reasons why many businesses and organisations choose to use specialised agencies offering executive search services to help them save time and money but still make sure they have some of the most talented staff available.  If you do choose to sign up with an agency like this you may find that you are headhunted for work straight away, especially if you work within an industry that requires specialised knowledge or skills.

Signing up with an agency that provides services such as executive search is a straight forward process and once you have supplied them with all the required documents and information they will generally be able to forward this to potential employers, helping you to save a lot of time during the application process and once you are on their books you will be ready to begin to receive offers of work. Many agencies offer a variety of roles both full and part time, permanent, fixed term and temporary so no matter what your availability is you will be likely to find something that suits you perfectly and if you don’t get a permanent contract straight away you will still have the chance to build your professional reputation and add new skills to your CV.

Many reputable agencies will be more than happy to help you find suitable employment and offer you any help and support you may need while working with them and give you all the information you may need when undertaking a new role. As many successful agencies work on building up long term relationships with their clients you will often find that they will be able to give you plenty of advice and information about the company you will be working for to help you ensure that you are properly prepared to impress on your first day, you will also find that you may get offered the chance for posts before they are widely advertised due your agency having a good relationship with particular clients.

So if you are hoping to make the next move in your career and feel like trying something new why not take a look at some of the services offered by specialist recruitment agencies and see what senior and middle management posts they have available? With many agencies offering executive search services and many other techniques to help match the right people with the right jobs you can be certain that they will be able to help you take the next step and get your career going where you want it to.

As a recruitment agency will already have your CV, details of your circumstances and know what type of role you are looking for they will always offer you roles that are suited to your requirements and with many temporary vacancies often becoming available taking sort term contracts with recruitment agencies can be an excellent way to add valuable experience to you CV or even achieve a permanent position with the same company if one becomes available.

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an executive recruitment agency to help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position
If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist senior management recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.

Recruitment Agencies for Senior & Middle Management

Recruitment Agencies for Senior & Middle Management

Sometimes finding a new job within senior & middle management can be so time consuming that it becomes hard to fit in around other areas of life, especially if you are already employed.

Simply finding suitable roles and filling in applications can take up more time than a lot of us really have and the interview process can also be lengthy, especially if you are required to attend more than one or have to complete any kind of tests, because of this many people choose to use recruitment agencies to help them with their search.

There are many recruitment agencies that specialise within certain areas so if you choose one that specialises within senior and middle management positions you will find that they are likely to have plenty of roles that are relevant to your skills and experience, helping to greatly reduce the time you could spend searching websites and newspapers.

Once you have signed up and all your information has been logged with a recruitment agency they can pass all you details along to prospective employers helping to make the application process as quick as possible.

Whatever your reason may be for looking for a new job within senior or middle management as recruitment agencies regularly hear of a wide range of vacancies including part time, full time, permanent and temporary they are likely to be able to find something for you that fits around your lifestyle and also helps you to further your career, and as short term roles can often come up that require immediate cover you may find that you get the opportunity to fill a role that you might otherwise not be likely to get helping you to add valuable experience to your CV.

Regardless of whether you are already employed, returning to work after a break or just starting out if you want to find a role in senior or middle management getting in touch with a specialist recruitment agency could not only help save you time and effort during the recruitment process they could also find you the perfect role before it is advertised elsewhere.