Djugl, a community for python developers – July 2017 newsletter


Click here to read the July 2017 djugl newsletter!

For those of you who don’t know we organise djugl, a London based community for Python developers established over five years ago. We’re a close knit group keen to share news, ideas and meet new people, we hosted our last event in June in the swanky offices of Silverrail Technologies.
For those who were unable to attend or perhaps fancy refreshing your memory, we’ve compiled a newsletter including a summary of each of our speakers with all of the resources they referenced.

We welcomed five speakers in total with varying experience and positions in the tech industry.
Matt Jackson, Python Developer at Silverrail: Django migrations without downtime
Garry Bodsworth – Head of Engineering at Yagro: Slaying the beat – how we escaped from PHP
Malcolm Box – Consulting CTO: Django and AWS Lambda, deploying a site in under 10 minutes
Frederico Marani – Freelance Consultant: Redshift: What it is and how to use it with Django
Conrad Ford – Founder/CEO of Funding Options: Building a dev team: lessons learnt by a non technical founder

To find out more about djugl and get involved in upcoming events get in touch with Karl Penhale[email protected] / 07399019392
For all things djugl, follow us on twitter – @djugl

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: https://www.hunted.com/companies/201/austin-fraser
 
 

 

Austin Fraser Presents: London Magento’s June Riverboat Cruise

Austin Fraser Presents: London Magento’s June Riverboat Cruise

We’ll be heading out on a Thames River Boat with London’s finest from the world of Magento, Marketing and eCommerce. We welcome you to join us for an evening of inspiring talks and the chance to find out what the real challenges and opportunities of marketing with a Magento platform can be. There’ll be plenty of food and drink too, so if you’re responsible for making your eCommerce platform sing, this is a night not to be missed!

The meetup will take on a familiar format of talks and lots of food and drink! Take a look at the confirmed speakers so far…

AGENDA:
• Max Pronko, the pool-jumping developer who won the 2017 Imagine award for “Best Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration” of The Irish Store.
• Rebecca Troth, Magento video blogger, and channel manager at Ingenico ePayments.
• A demo from startup Videoly, finalists of the Arctic15 – 2017 Microsoft Pitching competition.
• More to be announced soon…
• Followed by an awesome eCommerce and Magento networking event!
 

To reserve your place follow this link to get your free ticket. We look forward to seeing you there.
You can also contact our Senior Consultant and Co-organiser Dan Filmer with any questions on: +44(0)1189520159 or [email protected]

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.
 
 

Aviation prospects 2017: A look at the nature and development of the market

Aviation prospects 2017: A look at the nature and development of the market for personnel and development in the aviation industry
 
The last couple of years have seen the aviation industry grow from strength to strength and based on the evidence so far it’s looking like this will be a year of continued inspiring growth and advancement within the sector. UK operators are expanding their fleets, bringing on new aircraft and upgrading the existing ones. Technology is advancing quickly and the aviation industry is capitalising on it; we’re seeing bigger, faster, quieter and (slightly) more comfortable aircraft entering into service. So with this in mind, what impact will this have upon personnel and development in 2017?
 
Aviation recruitment has changed.
 
The growth of the industry has undoubtedly had a significant impact upon career opportunity availability within aviation. Austin Fraser started recruiting within the industry back in 2009, predominantly supporting operators, MROs and consultancies alike in the refilling of posts that previous incumbents had since moved on from. Throughout 2015 and 2016, we had the pleasure of assisting multiple organisations in building brand new teams or expanding historic departments to support new, innovative projects.
 
The industry has changed. Aviation is a market still feeling the hangover of tough economic times, when training simply wasn’t a viable option. As a consequence, we’re seeing a significant shortage at an intermediate level and the industry is crying out for those who have kick-started their careers and are able to combine the experience they’ve gained with fresh ideas in order to become an integral driver and leader of industrial advancement in the future.
 
Training, training, training.
 
In order to stay competitive and to remain at the forefront of growth and innovation, we’re seeing the leading organisations investing in training now. Without development at entry level, the progression path becomes staggered, restricting progression and growth opportunities at an intermediate and senior level.
 
It’s imperative that operators and MRO’s invest in their staff now to allow for the continued growth of their operations as well as ensuring the successful future of aviation. There’s a definite buzz within the industry. We’ve found that candidates and employers alike are excited about what 2017 holds and it’s vital that we maintain this fantastic momentum to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the industry.  
 

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.