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The service from Venquis has always been of a very high level with all vacancies filled within 4 weeks which is an impressive achievement within the London Insurance Market. In 2013 we entered a Managed Agency relationship with Venquis, giving Venquis exclusive access to Business Change vacancies reducing our overall costs of recruitment and further leveraging the great service that Venquis provide.
Venquis are a proactive recruitment company who have worked hard to become a preferred supplier. They attract quality professionals in both the contract and permanent positions and understand their chosen business areas well. Most important to me is their communication approach, which is open, available but never overbearing. They are also trustworthy and recognise the value of long-term relationships.
ATOS has been recruiting Technology & Business Change candidates from Venquis for many years and the service has always been of a very high level. Venquis has introduced us to some exceptional people. As a further indication of my overall satisfaction with Venquis I have recommended Venquis to various personal contacts who have always been delighted with their tailored approach and results.
I work for Venquis as a Regional Recruitment Manager for the South West & the Midlands. As a business, we specialise in business change and IT, placing professionals across several sectors including financial services, retail and utilities. On a personal level, my background largely focuses on delivering change & technology professionals, both contract and permanent, right across the UK for over 7 years. Successful change has always been and is one of the biggest challenges facing modern businesses. As we know, change is essential to success and good leadership plays a huge part in this. So, what does a good Change Manager/Leader look like in 2019? I have spent several years building relationships with senior Change Managers and Heads of Change from various sectors and during this period I have gained a rounded understanding of what clients look out for when hiring for their senior change positions. This tends to evolve all the time but as the year comes to an end, I have been finding out specifically what our clients will be looking for in their Change Leaders in 2019. Stakeholder Management Skills, Communication & Culture Good communication has always been a must for change. Whether its IT transformation, business process change or digital transformation, the general consensus from our clients still puts the onus on a strong communicator being essential for change. Whilst “stakeholder management” skills have always been a given for most hiring managers, there seems to be a new-found emphasis for finding candidates with exceptional stakeholder management skills. Stakeholder engagement and stakeholder management are arguably the most important ingredients for successful project delivery, and yet are often regarded as a fringe activity or one that can be outsourced to BAU functions. Before aiming to engage and influence stakeholders, it’s crucial for Change Managers to find out who they will be working with and relying on throughout the phases of the project lifecycle. Developing relationships results in increased trust which then means people working together more easily and effectively. Investing effort in identifying and building stakeholder relationships can increase confidence across the project environment, minimise uncertainty and speed up problem solving and decision making. In terms of culture, clients like and want to see change professionals that can build and maintain a thriving cohesive environment as well as still finding someone who is not afraid to change the status quo or legacy values, depending on what the change programme is. They want to see the profile of someone that makes the business or programme all-inclusive to every member as well as ensuring that they are clearly communicating across all divisions and workstreams. Also, in terms of ways of working, we are seeing businesses promoting remote access and flexible working hours and this is becoming more and more common across most sectors. The Agile Approach Taking an agile approach to implementing change is highly fashionable for many businesses now. With the growing number of changes businesses are experiencing at any given time, it's clear that change leaders need to be thinking about their own role in the organisation and how they structure their teams to effectively support change. The feedback from some clients show that the success of a change programme with agile methodology will require precise, accurate and timely change management if new ways of working are to be successfully adopted in each sprint cycle. Clients want to see more candidates who are now either experienced in agile or certified in the methodology. We are also seeing more businesses hiring candidates who have come from a waterfall background and then transitioned into agile. Digital transformation will continue to impact change management Regardless of the maturity of the organisation, or the industry it’s in, digital transformation will be impacting on how Change Leaders plan, manage and analyse their programmes. Digital transformation is likely to be a key part of the agenda as we continue into 2019 and although it will have a different meaning to different people within an organisation, how it will affect change management leaders will be similar. Several clients are now hiring candidates who have specific digital transformation experience and have exposure to digital transformation whether this be internally (back end) or externally (front end). The main sector in which I operate is financial services, but this market has always been a good predictor as to what other sectors will embark on the following year. Obviously, major change programmes may change due to which specific location the programme is being run in the UK but here in Bristol, as a known Software Hub for the UK, digital transformation will be at the centre of a lot of change next year. Regulatory Regulatory changes have always played a significant role within wider change management and for 2019, this is no different. As we know regulatory change management in its simplest definition is “managing regulatory, policy, or procedure changes that apply to your business within its specific industry. This year we saw the implementation of GDPR and data protection which impacted on businesses and clients across all sectors. Some of our clients have already alluded to a potential “GDPR 2” being on the horizon, meaning that businesses will have continued process and systems change. Further to this, we have the political uncertainty surrounding the Brexit deal now and many businesses have already made strides to get ahead, whatever the outcome of any proposed deal. For example, Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva have both implemented a Part VII transfer which has essentially transferred their business processes and systems to an EU based office. From a hiring managers perspective, seeing change professionals with strong regulatory change experience is always going to benefit them as a business.
Transforming the world around us and people's lives is at the heart of what we do and this Christmas is no different. Venquis is proud to be supporting Advent of Change. Advent of Change is a charity that began earlier this year with a simple idea, to give the gift of giving itself. Each purchase of an 'Advent of Change' donates to 24 incredible charities, including our charity partner, Shivia. Imagine opening a door every morning in December and instead of finding a piece of chocolate, helping someone in need or making a difference to the planet. This year Advent of Change has partnered with our charity partner, Shivia, a charity which supports small-scale entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities in Nepal and India. It gives families the tools and training to start an enterprise from home so they can earn money. Empowering the people most in need, particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children. At Venquis we are encouraged to get involved with Shivia at home, through charity runs etc. and overseas with some of our leadership team visiting India to do their bit on the ground for the people at the charity. Venquis has purchased the Advent of Change in support of Shivia and the other 23 incredible charities it is supporting. Have you? Find out more about CSR at Venquis: https://www.venquis.com/about-us
Venquis, the pan-European award-winning Business Transformation and Change Management recruitment consultancy has made several senior hires. Its people are behind the digital revolution, and are driving to becoming the number one preferred and trusted business transformation recruitment partner across Europe. Scott Murphy has joined to open Venquis’ second UK office, in Bristol, which has the second fastest growing economy in the UK. This enables Venquis to deliver the business, technology, digital and regulatory change specialists that businesses in the South West and Midlands need to stay relevant. Scott has over seven years’ experience working with a variety of clients from large global banks to SME’s. His background has largely focused on delivering compliant change and technology professionals, both contract and permanent as well as setting up several delivery teams and managing large accounts across the UK. Toby Wurthman has also come on board as regional manager to expand the company’s service offering in the Benelux region which is seen as an integral part of its plans. Elsewhere, Mark Deere has joined as group financial controller for the business bringing five years’ experience of building out a progressive finance team and function at independent music services company Kobalt. Finally, Ashleigh Macfarlane has joined the company as commercial director, bringing 17 years’ marketing experience and a track record of delivering growth. She will drive through an ambitious digital transformation programme across the current UK, German and Benelux markets, and into new markets.
I joined Venquis in 2014 with no recruitment experience. What attracted me most was the 13-week academy which helped me to find my feet quickly, and after a year I became a Senior Consultant. Two and a half years in I reached the half a million milestone and my next goal is to bill one million by early next year. There have been many other perks along the journey, including 4 overseas company trips, the opportunity to work from our Munich office (including an incentive to Oktoberfest! pictured here), our annual sports day and so on. Venquis offers a professional platform with a fun culture for anyone who’s looking for 180 to 360 roles in recruitment. Being here for 4 years I’m keen to keep learning so I’m about to embark on an accredited Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Team Leadership course. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in as it will allow me to progress much quicker in my current role as Account Manager and help with managing challenges that may arise when building out a team in the near future. The online course allows me to go at my own pace and is flexible around my working hours. I will have support from a personal tutor which will allow me to work closely with other team leaders at Venquis who are participating on the course. The course works for me as I can learn through watching videos and listening to podcasts as opposed to reading from text books. It’s a great opportunity with clear step-by-step goals covering strategic management capabilities, people management and development skills. At the end of the course I'll gain a CMI qualification. If you're interested in finding out more about the exciting opportunities we have here at Venquis, visit www.venquis.com/join-us