IoT represents the third wave of digital transformation: Bernd Behler shares his thoughts and predictions

Bernd Behler is CTO of the IoT service provider tresmo. Together with his team, he has implemented more than 30 challenging IoT projects for companies such as Viessmann and TRUMPF machine tools. We’d like to introduce him as a confirmed speaker for our next Technology Chiefs CTO Meetup in Munich, Tuesday 19th September.

Ahead of this event, we spoke to Bernd to better understand the IoT landscape and the background to his presentation.
Bernd, thank you for taking the time to give us an insight into the world of the IoT! Okay, the first question for you: IoT and Industrie 4.0 are arguably the most discussed BuzzWords in IT right now, how would you define IoT?
IoT represents the third wave of digital transformation. A rapidly growing number of items are connected over the internet, such as heaters, T-shirts, cars and production lines. These are all equipped with sensors, processors, and connectivity to exchange data with other objects, such as servers, smartphones or other smart objects. If the objects are also equipped with actuators, they can even be controlled via the internet. In many cases they can even be controlled without direct human interaction; smart networks of intelligent objects can communicate directly with each other quickly and efficiently. When IoT is thought about in the context of industrial value-added processes, it is often referred to as Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
Where does your enthusiasm for IoT come from?
I have been developing sophisticated individual software solutions for 25 years; I love to solve challenging tasks with innovative technologies. That’s why I’ve always been an early adopter of new trends – on the web, in the cloud, on mobile apps, and for more than four years now, in IoT. This is currently one of the most exciting and diverse areas for software developers, which has opened the door to fascinating new possibilities. Even after completing more than 30 IoT projects, we are still learning a lot of new things in every new project and I think this will remain so for a long time – it really is a fascinating field!
Why can’t CTOs of SMEs afford to ignore this subject?
I am convinced that IoT will lead to dramatic economic upheaval, especially in manufacturing countries like Germany. While the last waves of digitisation largely passed manufacturing by and instead affected industries like commerce and media, IoT will really put Germany’s key sectors, such as engineering, construction and automotive, to the test.
Everyone needs to quickly understand the fourth industrial revolution, in order to secure their competitive edge, but also to secure the well-being of future generations.
Where do you see the biggest challenges for companies that want to take the first steps towards IoT or Industrie 4.0?
In our experience, the challenges lie in six key areas: the creation of effective innovation processes for the development of digital products and services, the development of viable IoT business models, the definition of a viable IT architecture, the selection of a suitable and affordable IoT platform, the implementation of the individual IoT solution and, finally, cybersecurity. In the past few years, tresmo has specialised in these areas within our service portfolio.
How do you see the development of IoT over the next few years, and what impact will it have on our daily lives?
We are still right at the start of the development. In a few years, today’s technologies and gadgets will seem hopelessly old-fashioned. Particularly at the intersection of IoT and artificial intelligence, technological development is progressing rapidly, and this will provide us with unprecedented opportunities in everyday life as well as in professional life. But this will also lead to enormous social and economic repercussions. We really should start a lively debate about this.
What can the participants expect from your keynote presentation at the next Munich Tech Chiefs CTO Meetup.
I am going to give a presentation on Real Life IoT Experiences. We will look at the challenges and success factors, covering the following areas:

Choosing the right IoT platform
Data standardisation
Quality Assurance

Afterwards, it’s all about networking, knowledge sharing and last but not least: Oktoberfest beer and Bavarian delicacies! 
Bernd, thank you for giving us such a detailed introduction to IoT. We are really looking forward to your presentation on September 19th!
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Creating a workplace of the future in our Reading HQ!

The launch of our brand new office refit in our Reading HQ!  
We partnered with design firm Area Sq to create a workspace of the future in our new, Reading-based HQ in Thames Tower. Throughout the initial briefing process, Area really got to grips with our why. They understood that our people are at the core of our business and helped us create a dynamic space, to accommodate our equally dynamic workforce. Our space deliberately encourages collaboration and innovation in the way our teams approach their work and each working day, ensuring our employees the resources and support to truly succeed in their roles. We’ll take you on a tour of our office and the progression of our refit in the video below.
Our break out area where we spend our lunch times, monthly meetings and host local Meetups and events
Our recent move of our Reading HQ into Thames Tower coincides with our tenth year of business. Over the last ten years we’ve expanded internationally, opening offices across Europe and the USA within the digital, technology, aviation, automation and life sciences industries. As a business, we were keen to set a precedent and create a truly inspirational space for our centralised hub in Reading. We’ve really considered the long term and ensured our space facilitates growth for each of teams to expand into.
We have a versatile range of meeting spaces for our teams to collaborate in
Thames Tower offers a 360 panoramic view of the Thames Valley, a rooftop garden where we regularly host and attend events, as well as a prime position in Reading Town Centre, with access to all the town, has to offer. Our office refit had to maintain these incredible standards and Area accomplished this and made our vision a reality.
Our classroom, where we provide immersive training experiences for our staff
CEO, Peter Hart says, “We really believe that what Area Sq has created represents the future workplace. It will play a huge role in helping Austin Fraser reach the next level of growth with the right people, technology and environment. It was important for us to have an office environment which offered different types of space to accommodate the different types of people and working practices that run throughout the business. This inspirational workplace will play a key role in helping us to continue to attract and retain the very best talent.”

Want to take a look for yourselves? Take a look at this video we worked on with Stanton Media and Area Sq…

Austin Fraser Rank 14th in Sunday Times & HSBC International Fast Track List

We’re very excited to announce we have been ranked at No 14 on the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list of fast growing international companies. Our international expansion started in 2012 with our Munich office, in Germany, which has now grown to more than 30 people. Since then we have opened further offices in Austin, Texas, USA (now more than 20 people) and Berlin, Germany. Just last week we also announced that we are continuing our global expansion in Denver, Colorado.
As part of our international growth strategy, we identify markets that are aligned with our core UK markets. We have carefully considered our new locations to find markets where we can make the maximum impact and grow a sustainable business. We’ve been able to bring our knowledge of our Technology, Digital and Life Sciences markets to help our clients’ businesses grow by finding the right talent and building some incredible networks.
Our CEO, Pete Hart has shared his thoughts, “I am so proud of all our people and what they have achieved in Germany and the USA. There have been plenty of challenges, but the work ethic and continual desire to improve and adapt, have resulted in this placement in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. We have had a number of key staff relocate from our UK office over the past 5 years, who have been integral in founding, maintaining and evolving the spark that made us special when we launched in the UK.
“We have built amazing teams with a focus on delivering exceptional client and candidate service. Our approach is to provide the best possible environment, tools and development for our people to do their job to the best of their ability. We invest heavily in the success of our people  and rely on them for the success of our business. We believe it’s right that we create an environment where colleagues respect one another, support one another and have a great time.
“Our plans for growth don’t stop here. We’re looking at where we might grow next and we’re still recruiting in all our offices – Reading, Munich, Berlin, Austin and Denver. It’s exciting times to be a part of Austin Fraser”
To find our more about us and the current vacancies we have open, take a look here:


Delivering new opportunities for tech talent in Denver, Colorado

Delivering new opportunities for tech talent in Denver, Colorado
We are delighted to announce that mid-2017 we’ll be launching a new office in Denver, Colorado, USA. From this new base, Austin Fraser will be able to deliver highly skilled staffing services to the thriving digital and technology scene of Colorado. We’ll be establishing a team of consultants with expertise in specialist staffing within the tech and digital space. It’s our in-depth approach to understanding the markets, businesses and people we work with and how we develop deep long-lasting relationships that mean we’re able to work with employers and candidates to deliver exactly the right talent just when it’s needed.
Commenting, our USA Business manager, James Lafferty, tells us: “We’re genuinely excited by the opportunity that expanding the business to Denver presents. It’s a fantastic city that is rapidly becoming one of the key digital hubs in the US. With businesses like ComCast, Lockheed Martin, DISH Network, IBM and UPS all significant employers in the area and a fast growing number of start-ups, the possibilities for business and personal growth are fantastic.
“Denver is widely recognised as one of the top cities in America to work and live in right now. 300 days of sunshine and a great living standard make it a destination city where the expected influx over the next five years is a further 200,000+ people. Establishing a new base in Denver builds on the success we’ve had in Austin, Texas, where we’ve established a strong presence within the local community and been recognised by the Austin Business Journal as one of the best places to work, one of the Coolest Companies in Austin and on the 50 on Fire list – all within 24 months of starting up.”
Our CEO, Peter Hart explains more: “Austin Fraser is a brand with a strong heritage – we’ve been providing staffing solutions for ten years, and our staff are dedicated, hard-working trusted advisors to some of the world’s leading tech companies. We’re looking forward to becoming a key partner to the businesses in Denver and playing our part in shaping the digital economy of the area. We see this move to Denver as an important step in the growth of our business.”  

Our co-founder shares what it means to him to place 3rd in the Best Companies listing!

Find out why we placed 3rd in the Best Small Companies Listing and what it means to us.
Every year, the Sunday Times collaborates with Best Companies to publish the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. These listings cover a range of sectors from small to big companies and Not-For-Profit organisations. We enter the listing for small companies, along with over 400 other firms employing 50-250 people, in total collating the views of over 31,000 employees…now that’s a lot of people! Feedback from employees is based on ranking eight key factors of a company: My Manager, My Company, Leadership, Personal Growth, My Team, Wellbeing, Fair Deal and Giving Something Back.
For the fifth year running we’ve placed in the Top 25. But this has been our highest placement to date, this year we made it into the Top 5 and placed 3rd! Clearly, we’re proud of this achievement, but what we really wanted to do is give you an insight into what it really means to us to receive our highest placement to date and how this will impact our business throughout the next year.
So, who’s best placed to give you this insight? Here’s Derek Simpson, our CDO and co-founder…
We’ve placed in the Top 100 five years in a row and this is our highest placement so far! What does that mean to you?
I love it! We use our employees’ happiness and engagement as a key measure of how successful our business is, so knowing some of the improvements we’ve made over the last year have made a real difference is the best feedback we could ask for!
Getting our highest place is great, but that’s really just a bonus. We’re more pleased that we have achieved our highest score so far. This is a great indicator that we have made our company a better place to work over the 5 years we have taken part in the awards. We also know that if we’re scoring well, that means our people are happy, and so they’ll be delivering a great service to the people we work for – clients and candidates.
How does it impact AF as a business?
It impacts us massively as a business, we can only continue to grow if the people we employ are happy and proud of where they work. The real benefit to us is the wealth of unedited feedback we get from our people about how they really think we’re doing business. It’s also worth noting we make an effort to get the feedback from our offices in Germany and USA even though it doesn’t contribute to our score.
First off we really encourage our teams to be as honest as they like so we can get a true reflection of how they feel. Our People and Culture team then take the time to analyse the information and identify opportunities for us to make improvements. There’s no point in getting the feedback if you don’t intend to do something positive with it. Although our score this time was our best ever, I’m sure there will be things we can look to improve again throughout this year.
It gives us an invaluable opportunity to work out where in our business we can improve, I mean why wouldn’t you want to improve your company?
What do we have planned this year then?
We want to make sure we’re always creating opportunities for people to achieve their potential, we make sure this support for our people relates not only to their time spent working with us but also in their lives generally, providing support to them and their families if and when they need it.
This is going to be a year of global growth and we’re looking for ways to achieve this as smoothly as possible so all of our teams can do what they do best and enjoy working for us.
We will continue to ask people for their feedback throughout the year. This will allow us to make sure our people strategy not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our teams globally.

We’re upgrading our Munich office!

We’re upgrading our Munich office!
Having just announced a new office in Berlin and two office moves across the UK and the USA, we couldn’t neglect our Munich office, could we? This office has been a cornerstone in the German technical recruitment market and now it’s time to step it up to the next level. We’ve secured a new, premium office in the centre of Munich. It will be a modern office space that will enable us to increase our current employee count by over half!
“We want to create an aspirational environment where our people feel great; employees’ happiness is at the core of everything we do at Austin Fraser. It enables us to deliver the best possible service to clients and candidates. Lenbachplatz is a prime location with great local transport connections, and the nearby Kaufinger Straße offers a wealth of restaurants, bars, gyms, shops and other social activities, helping us create an even better work-life balance.” Jacob McCulloch, Managing Director, has led the expansion in Germany growing the team from just two to the current team of 30 employees.
We plan to create a range of modern meeting areas and social spaces, plus an even better training facility, which will encourage even more collaboration throughout the team. These state of the art facilities will also be available to both our clients and candidates to use as their second recruitment home; another extension of our full package service. We’re committed to helping our clients achieve their business objectives, help the German tech market combat it’s shortage of exceptional talent.
Would you like to secure your desk in this great new space? Then get in touch! We are looking for trainee and experienced recruiters to join the team!

Glug Profiles: Jonny Burch, Deliveroo Design

Glug Profiles: Jonny Burch, Consumer Product Lead at Deliveroo Design 

As the recruitment partner of Glug
, we’ve collaborated with them to bring you the second instalment in a series of Glug Profiles. Here’s an opportunity for you to get an insight into Glug’s speakers. We speak to Jonny Burch, Consumer Product Lead at Deliveroo Design about how user research influences design decisions, the process of launching a rebrand globally and qualities the Deliveroo look for in people when hiring!
Hey Jonny, so you’re the Consumer Product Design Lead at Deliveroo, what exactly does this mean?
This is a bit of a weird title but in a nutshell, it basically means I look after the design of all the products for hungry people. These products are digital and consist of an iOS app, an android app and our website, served to 12 countries globally from Ireland to Australia! There’s a whole load of other stuff behind the scenes as well which help make sure those hungry people have the best possible experience when ordering from us.
Deliveroo has rapidly established a huge global presence, how has this affected your team?
If you solve such a clear need that people have then ultimately they’re going to share it with their friends. The product is naturally viral because food is social. When we first started there actually wasn’t a designer for the first year, it gradually built up from our Head of Design, Simon he was the first. Then there were two designers for a year, then a third and a fourth and now we’re up to 12 but aiming to become 30 by the end of the year.
The design team is split in two, half of our designers are on the marketing side and the other half are on the product side, that’s the half that I’m in. We care more for the digital products, for example when you first sign up as a rider we have to build the product that helps you get on board.
Obviously when you have more engineers and more developers and people that can build you then need people that can design and ultimately, more people that can research. The researchers are a newer team but play a crucial part in informing all the teams where people’s pain points are so we can all work together and know what is important to build.

Do you have any top tips for people considering a career in product design?
As a product designer your brief is very open and quite often it’s a problem that someone is having or a need that users have. It’s important to be able to visually design something well but ultimately if you’re not solving the problem then you’re going to waste a lot of time. So, you need to be very focused on the needs of the people you’re solving it for. You need to want to look at data, you need to want to find insight from researchers and analysts and validate that your problem is actually a problem before you invest time designing a solution to it.
What do you look for in people when recruiting for your team?
The main qualities we look for in people are curiosity, intellectual humility, great communication skills and being an awesome collaborator. Being self-critical and wanting to explore whether or not you’re actually solving problems rather than just designing pretty stuff. Obviously, technical skills relevant to their role are crucial and having the ability to design at the right level for each problem.
It’s really just knowing what level to work at. If you have got something that is real high-level problem, you wouldn’t go straight in and start designing pixels, but, if you had to show someone something simple like what a button looked like you’d be able to go off and do that. As you get more senior there are leadership qualities that come into play, you need to be good at critiquing other people’s work and ensuring the quality stays high. You need to be good at helping other people get better.
How do you establish customer profiles when your audience base is basically everyone?!
So we don’t actually use personas, they’re tricky, they become outdated and it’s easy to take them as the truth when in fact they’re a lot more complex than that. We don’t have them stuck to the wall, we don’t want people to get attached to them. In fact, the experience we create is based more on the usage of Deliveroo.
Instead, we consider what time of day it is or whether you’re with friends or whether you’ve eaten well for the rest of the week, people’s habits cut through demographic data. If you’re ordering on Monday lunchtime you’re more likely to order a salad than if you’re ordering on a Friday night. In that sense, we can tailor suggestions that are based on time of day or previous orders our customers have made.

That’s a nice concept! Do you find it easier to design without personas?
Well, if you have a persona, it’s easier to design having that persona in mind. However, that persona may not be accurate, which in the long run makes it actually harder to pin down what the right answers are. We do a lot of usability testing, as well as multivariate testing and AB tests so we’ll always know some baseline metrics on how well something is going, we can rely on that to steer us in the right direction.
What has been one of your biggest challenges so far working for Deliveroo?
Well in four years, we’ve built a lot of products, our product surface area is absolutely huge and we’re still quite a small team! There have been quite a lot of inconsistencies, visual inconsistencies and patterns that don’t match or even wording. Everything has been built so quickly to try to keep up and put out fires, so now we’re working very hard to pay off some of that debt and build and design systems to help us know what the answer is. We’re still only a very small team so we need lots of people to help us get to a point where we’ve created a truly consistent experience. That’s a challenge, a small team trying to build things very quickly!
What has been one of your favourite moments working for Deliveroo?
Last year we completely rebranded, everyone on the design team worked together towards one date, it was intense! When you have to give all your riders new kit on one day and release new versions of all your products, not only in the UK but across 12 countries and 130 cities, it gets pretty complicated but, we managed to do it! We shipped new versions of our products without damaging our core metrics, people still knew how to use them even though we changed everything at once without the ability to test it. That was an exciting few weeks!
We sponsor Glug because it’s a great environment for people to connect with one another and learn from others. Make sure you come and see us at an event if you’re after your next venture! We have plenty of digital and creative recruitment industry knowledge and experience to share.
Interview by: April Edgar

Congratulations to Ashley Dunbar, our new UK Technology Director!

Congratulations to Ashley Dunbar, our newest Director!

Today is a proud moment for us at Austin Fraser, we’re really pleased to announce that Ashley Dunbar has been promoted to Director. We speak to Ash about how he got to this point and to get his advice for others with ambitious career goals!
How long have you been with us at Austin Fraser and what did you do before you started?
I joined Austin Fraser eight years ago as a Trainee having returned from travelling in Asia and Australia. I’d previously worked as an Estate Agent and within sales for ten years but I was starting off in recruitment for the first time.
How did you find recruitment to begin with?
Tough, I didn’t have much success when I started, but I worked hard to build up my market knowledge, a great candidate network and build strong relationships with clients. I knew the biggest influencers in my sector and set about winning them over. In my second year this all contributed to me climbing up the boards quickly and getting promoted to Senior Consultant.

What market did you work within when you joined us?
I built the Microsoft Contracts desk from scratch and developed a network and knowledge in niche sectors. It was really important to me from the start to add value to my relationships and to be able to offer genuine consultancy skills to my clients and candidates.

What was the next stage in your career?
As our team grew it made sense for the IT Contracts team to split into three. I started to grow a team around me and it’s fair to say that my management journey also tested my resilience to the maximum too. Other teams grew more quickly which meant some of my peers were promoted before me, but my effort and commitment to the cause never wavered.

How did you push on and progress?
I focused on hiring quality people and giving them the skills to build their markets, embedding standards across the team whilst encouraging individuals to play to their own strengths. It was in 2015 that all this work started to pay off as the team became more successful and I progressed through the Team Leader, Sales Manager & Profit Centre Manager thresholds within 12 months. My long-term goals moved ever closer and this motivated me even more.
As we entered 2016 I had a clear goal to try and achieve a Director level performance and 2016 turned out to be a great year for me and my team. The Contracts team grew by about 36.67%. I established a perm team from scratch which began to regularly contribute to the overall billing. I also managed to develop a number of highly regarded Principal and Senior Consultants.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
Leading a contract team from having the lowest Weekly Gross Profit to the highest within the company over a two year period. This was a key achievement leading me to win “Manager of the Year” at the last Annual Sales Meeting.
What has been the most challenging part of your career so far?
Transitioning from being a biller to a Team Leader. Consistently, stepping outside of my comfort zone to drive ideas, challenge behaviour and create an identity and team standards.
How have you found building a team and managing people in this environment?
This is a team sport and not about one individual. I am proud to be part of some exceptional performances and progression of people around me, I hope I’ve helped others exceed their own expectations. It will be an extremely proud day for me when I can personally promote someone to Director within Technology!!
What advice do you have for aspiring recruiters?
This career isn’t for the faint-hearted. You will be challenged, you will feel the pressure. The rewards are good for the effort and commitment required to be successful. If you don’t back yourself and believe you’ll succeed, I suggest you throw the dice again.
How has Austin Fraser supported your career aspirations?
Firstly, I was never the best biller, though I knew I demonstrated the values that AF are driven by. It was obvious to me from the early days that this company could take me where I wanted to be, these beliefs were also endorsed by my managers. I never lack ambition or shy away from a challenge and developing my career and skills are key for me. AF has provided me with the perfect balance of vision and grounding about what I need to do to move onwards and upwards. AF have always believed in me and I believe this is a great company, this has created the perfect environment for me to succeed.
Derek Simpson, our CDO concludes…
“All of these things Ash has mentioned led to a brilliant financial performance last year, culminating in Ash winning the Manager Of The Year Award at the ASM and ultimately hitting the Director target given to him at the start of the year! As we move forwards with our new structure I know that Ash will continue to develop his skills and help the growth of our combined UK Technology team. Brilliant work mate and I look forward to celebrating this promotion with you and no doubt, more success in the future.”


Berlin opens new doors for Austin Fraser!

Berlin opens new doors for us!
We’re excited by the opportunity to update on yet another milestone in the growth of our business with the announcement that on 6th March 2017 we’re launching our second office in Germany, at the Sony Centre, right in the heart of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz! From this new base, we’ll be expanding our delivery capability to better serve the thriving digital and technology scene.
Jacob McCulloch, Managing Director, said “We’re really excited to be expanding the business to Berlin. This move represents a key step in our wider strategy to strengthen our services to the German tech market. Since opening in Munich we have seen the war for talent become increasingly competitive for companies, making it hard for them to secure the right skills to deliver on their projects. With so many companies hiring it is also difficult for candidates to select who is truly the right employer for their individual needs. The Sony Centre is a fantastic location to make sure we are right in the action, connecting with our network personally and understanding what is important to them. Internally it will provide our team with all the facilities we need, a great location and an environment that enables our team to provide the best service possible.”

We started our German story in Munich in 2012 and have rapidly grown to employ 30 people serving the South of Germany with amazing technology recruitment services. This new office in Berlin will enable us to recruit both permanent and contract technical staff in the north of Germany. The new Berlin team will start with three staff from the Munich office, and we’re already busy recruiting further members of the team, both experienced and aspiring recruiters from the local market.  
“It’s a great time to be joining Austin Fraser” said our CEO, Pete Hart. “We’ve grown rapidly and I’m really proud of the performance of the team here in Munich. Now, we’re expanding and looking for the best talent in Berlin to help take Austin Fraser to the next level in Germany.”


Relocating our Reading HQ to Thames Tower!

Our journey from humble beginnings in a garage to becoming a leading international technical recruitment consultancy, takes another leap forward today, as we announce that we’re moving into Thames Tower, a brand new 14,000 sq ft office right in the heart of Reading. Our new UK home will support the development of our increasingly global business and provide a fantastic workplace for our consultants as we continue to grow.
Thames Tower sits in a great central location in Reading, a two minute walk away from the station, it’s easily accessible for commuting and right next to the restaurants, bars and gyms. With 360 degree views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, a communal sky garden, a range of meeting spaces and relaxation areas our consultants will have a great space from which to work. We’ll be fitting the office out with the latest tech, creating an environment that supports the way we work best.

We’re proud to remain in Reading and contribute to the development of both the local economy and the growing tech scene through local business initiatives and meet-up groups. Seeing direct impact and progress is extremely rewarding and we’re excited to be part of the further development of Reading. The Elizabeth Line opens in 2019 and will make the town much more accessible to the surrounding areas and London also having a huge influence over the influx of both people and businesses into Reading.
Peter Hart, CEO of Austin Fraser, commented: “We’re growing rapidly and need office space that will enable us to continue to deliver the opportunities to candidates and the talent to clients that we’re renowned for. Thames Tower, a stylish, modern building, in the heart of Reading, with great access to the town’s restaurants, shops, bars, and gyms, fits the bill perfectly. It provides us with the space we need to meet our ambitious recruitment plans and fits with our desire to offer a fantastic place for our people to work. After all, in a business like ours, it’s the people who are the bedrock; when they’re happy they’re able to do a fantastic job and are trusted by clients and candidates alike.”


In these 10 years we’ve won a number of industry awards and accolades including being shortlisted in the Top 25 of The Sunday Times Best companies To Work For, five years in a row! We’ve also been given a Gold accreditation from Investors in People. We’re always striving to provide an outstanding working environment for our employees and this new office will definitely aid us to help everyone create a good balance between work and their home lives, as well as injecting a bit of fun into the work day which is what we do best.
Derek Simpson, CDO adds, “We’re looking for both experienced and aspiring recruitment consultants who want to help drive our growth. It’s the start of the year and despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit and other political events we’re seeing increased demand for the talent  in the digital, technology, life sciences, aviation and automation sectors. Moving to Thames Tower will help create the right environment for our consultants with a range of modern meeting areas and social spaces that will encourage even more collaboration within the team.”

Moving on up in Austin, USA!

Moving on up in Austin, USA!
After little over a year in America, we’re moving to new heights…literally! We’re taking over new office space at 500 West, 2nd Street. This building is known as one of the most prestigious new builds in downtown Austin! We’ll be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most elite tech companies.
We’ve been working hard to support Austin’s rapidly growing tech scene and over the last 18 months, we’ve become a trusted partner to companies in Austin and Dallas. We help both established companies and start-ups grow by identifying and attracting the best technical talent from across the US. The technology boom is generating a significant demand for the top technical talent, which has famously been difficult to find but that’s where our services come in.
Our team has grown rapidly in the last year and this move will provide the space we need for the next phase of growth. Pete Hart, our CEO, says “I am so proud of our team in Austin and the impressive achievements each one of them has contributed. It is extremely exciting to now be in a position where we can confidently pursue our expansion plans in Austin and across other parts of the USA.”
From this new base, we’ll be closer to our key clients, able to provide better service and will give the team room to grow. It will also enable us to invest in more talent to meet the growing industry demands and to continue to expand to more cities across America.
James Lafferty, USA Business Manager, shares his thoughts on the move, “My priority is creating a great working environment for our growing team. Ensuring each one of our employees is able to achieve their potential and is continuously provided with new opportunities underpins our ability to grow the business. I’m especially excited to be moving into this new building, with the purpose built gym, great views and modern design. It’ll be a fantastic place to welcome the new starters we will be seeking throughout the year. This move provides us with a platform to continue our growth and presence within the US market.”
We don’t shy away from the opportunity to contribute to the continuous improvement of the city. “We quickly got involved in the community by joining the Chamber of Commerce and networking with other business leaders to see how we can partner with them not only in business but in social and local economic matters as well. We are dedicated to growing our business, providing an amazing service to our clients & candidates as well as doing our part to continue to help Austin, Texas grow and maintain its title as one of the best cities in America.” – Douglas Branham, People Operations Manager.

We’re celebrating becoming a truly international business this year with 46% of our business has been contributed by our Munich, Berlin, Austin and Dallas markets over the last 12 months outside of our Reading HQ.

This great vision of growth depends on having great people in our business. If you’re interested in joining our growing team, then get to know us a bit better through our Hunted page and take a look at some of our current vacancies.

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New Year, new job? Make sure you stand out.

New Year, new job? Make sure you stand out.
It’s New Year and you’ve decided the time has come to get out there and get yourself a new job. Here are a few simple pointers on what to do now.
Keep your ear to the ground
Are you looking in the right places? With competition heating up at this time of year make sure you’re on the ball. Look through job boards and LinkedIn and then extend your search. Where you look will depend on the industry you’re looking to enter but why not get creative? What company would you like to join? Who’s the hiring manager? Use tools like LinkedIn to your advantage.
Consider your skills and how they may be transferrable
If you’re thinking of a career change, consider the transferable skills you can use to reassure the employer that you’ll have the ability to perform. Be upfront and honest, maybe you don’t have the right experience but that’s not to say that the employer isn’t looking for a junior to help upskill and support as they embark in their new career. You are a blank canvas, sell yourself as adaptable and willing to learn. Be ready to answer the question…why do you want to work here and what can you bring to the table.
Stand out
Once you’ve found the ideal job you’ll need to make sure your application stands out from the crowd. Write a clear cover letter that explains why you’d be right for the job. You’ll need to answer specifically the points they’re looking for in the job ad and demonstrate where you have succeeded in the past with the required skills. The more tailored you are, the better they’ll understand why they should talk to you.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Specialist recruiters work with the industry’s most well-respected managers, it’s their job to keep their ear to the ground and get to the nitty gritty of the roles they’re working. They’ll be well informed about where this role has the prospect of going, what the company’s growth plans look like and most importantly what exactly it is that the hiring manager is looking for in a new recruit and how they plan on interviewing them. If you need someone to do the leg work for you, hit us up! Whether it’s a role across the IT, Automation, Aviation or Life Sciences industries, we’re here to help.