I decided I wanted to work in recruitment when…

I realised my strengths lie in building and maintaining connections. I’ve loved working in people focused roles since my first ever job as a Sales Assistant in the Co-op when I was 16. Since then, I’ve worked in various sales, marketing and events jobs which have revolved heavily around relationship building and networking. For me, a role in recruitment, especially with a specific focus on client engagement, was a natural next step in my career.

I joined the MM Search team…

Because of the USP of MM Search and how differently they do things compared to other agencies in the recruitment industry. It’s a really exciting and dynamic team to be part of which was evident from my very first interview.

The first thing I do when I get to the office is…

Coffee & catch up! I find the best way to start my day is to sit with a coffee and catch up with my colleagues, emails, and any prominent industry news. I can then make a clear plan for the day ahead.

My working day involves…

Connecting with existing and potential clients and building relationships.

My greatest professional strength is…

My ability to creative problem solve! I’m great at coming up with solutions to problems or thinking on the spot in the midst of a tricky situation.

The highlight of my career so far was when…

I’ve only been with the company for a couple of weeks’ but the highlight so far has been our quarterly event where I really got to know the team, discuss the future of MM Search and all of the exciting things which are in the pipeline.

The thing I love most about working with the MM Search team…

The energy and enthusiasm in the office! Derek and Ken have built a great team here at MM Search which was evident from my very first interview – everyone is so passionate about what they do.

When I’m not in work, you’ll usually find me…
Doing something arty like painting with my friends (usually with a prosecco in hand). Or going on long adventure walks in the highlands.

My motto is…
Stay positive and optimistic no matter what! The good days always outweigh the not so good. 

My goals for 2024…
Professionally: Continuously top my personal bests at work.

Personally: Buy my first home!

My secret skill/party piece is…
I’m amazing at planning and organising events – birthday parties, fashion shows, hen do’s, you name it!

What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gifted my twin sister a spa day for getting a promotion in her job.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

I would be a dolphin. I’ve always loved being in the water and I love the sea! Dolphins are known for their kind and cheeky nature which I feel reflects my personality.

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Adventurous, high-energy and kind.

How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?
Hard-working, collaborative and positive.

We are people specialists operating across 40 countries (to date!) and have earned the trust of some of the UK’s most diverse and established brands that continue to work with us. We focus on professional delivery with personality – ultimately, our team delivers. But our team never offers a one size fits all approach.

A standardised approach rarely reaps the rewards in executive search; put simply, we don’t provide one way to seek talent for a business purely because no two companies are the same, no candidates are alike, and no two roles seek the same expertise.

We focus on a consultative and collaborative approach to placing candidates in senior and board-level roles, so our talent search will mostly focus on a “retained” rather than a contingent basis. While the choice between the two methods depends on the business’s specific needs and circumstances, they both focus on seeking the best talent and outcomes.

A retained executive search is often the most successful because it offers:

– Dedicated focus: a dedicated team of professionals who focus solely on finding the best candidate for the position. This allows for a comprehensive search that covers a broader range of candidates than other types of searches.

– Expertise and experience: They have a deep understanding of the industry and the skills, experience, and personality traits required for the position.

– Customised approach: a tailored search strategy to meet the specific needs of each client.High-quality candidates: Retained search firms are known for attracting high-quality candidates who may not be actively looking for a new job. They have a vast network of contacts and a proven track record of identifying top talent.

– Reduced risk: Retained search firms assume a significant amount of risk in the search process. They invest a significant amount of time and resources upfront and only get paid if they are successful in placing a candidate in the position. This ensures that the search is conducted with the highest level of professionalism and care. The search firm will then work exclusively on the search until it finds a suitable candidate, and the fee is typically a percentage of the candidate’s first-year salary.

– Candidate-driven market: we are in a candidate-driven market, so often a retained search will reap the best rewards due to the client showing a more focused commitment to the search.

However, a contingent search can at times:

– Provide a cost-effective and no-risk option: the search firm is only paid upon successful placement, it can at times, offer a more affordable option for businesses.

– Offer a wider range of candidates: which can increase the chances of finding the right fit for the executive position and can sometimes result in a faster recruitment process.

– Be more competitive: multiple recruitment agencies may be working on the same executive search project, which can create competition among them to identify and present the best candidates to the client company.

Ultimately, the choice between contingent and retained executive search depends on the client’s needs, goals, and resources. Our point of difference is market knowledge, excellent delivery, and unrivalled levels of client service. Our process is streamlined, straightforward, innovative, honest, and approachable. We help hire the dream team for our clients, and we thrive on this challenge, whether retained or contingent; we strive to seek the best talent every time for your business.

Reflecting on the past six months as the Business Delivery Manager heading up the IT/Tech division at MM Search has been a journey of growth and achievement. Navigating the dynamic and fast-paced business landscape has come with its highs and lows. Here are 6 things I have learned from the past 6 months during my time at MM Search.

1. Building Relationships: I have always been a strong believer that the foundation of success in recruitment lies in building strong and genuine relationships with clients and candidates. By taking the time to understand their unique needs and challenges, I have been able to provide tailored solutions that exceed their expectations.

2. Effective Communication: Clear and concise communication is crucial in conveying the value of our executive search services. Mastering the art of explaining complex information in a simple and compelling manner has allowed me to connect with clients and effectively showcase MM Search’s people-focused approach.

3. Listening with Purpose: Actively listening to clients has allowed me to understand their goals and pain points, enabling me to offer targeted solutions. By truly understanding their needs, I have been able to provide them with the best possible service and build long-term partnerships.

4. Embracing Innovation: The world of executive search is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements and emerging trends. Embracing innovation and staying updated with the latest industry practices has allowed me to remain ahead of the competition and offer our clients cutting-edge solutions.

5. Collaboration and Teamwork: Achieving success is a collective effort, and collaboration with colleagues across different departments has been invaluable. Leveraging the expertise and knowledge of our talented team has allowed us to deliver exceptional results for our clients.

6. Resilience and Adaptability: In the unpredictable business landscape, staying resilient and embracing change has been crucial. Approaching challenges with a growth mindset and viewing them as opportunities for growth and improvement has been instrumental in my personal and professional development.

Reflecting on these past six months, I feel privileged to be part of an organisation that values growth, collaboration, and most importantly, client satisfaction. Moving forward, I am excited to apply these valuable lessons and continue driving success for MM Search and our valued clients in the ever-evolving executive search industry.

I decided I wanted to work in recruitment when…

In my 3rd year at university when I was studying HR and the industry intrigued me…

I joined the MM Search team…

Towards the end of January 2024, it’s been a busy first month!

The first thing I do when I get to the office is…

Part of my role is to reach out to potential candidates for live roles we are working on. The first thing I do when I sit down at my desk is review my inbox for any candidate responses and action these.

My working day involves…

Simply put, finding the very best talent for our clients! I work closely with the Business Delivery team to ensure we identify the right calibre of candidates for our clients based on the brief. I am also responsible for formatting candidates’ CVs to be presented to clients, keeping the internal database updated with the correct information and insights.

My greatest professional strength is…

I am adaptable and not afraid to go outwith my comfort zone!

The highlight of my career so far was when…

I worked for a tech giant in Madrid and placed several candidates for them, thanks to my secret talent… 😉

The thing I love most about working with the MM Search team…

The team works hard but that doesn’t stop them having a good laugh throughout the day too!

When I’m not in work, you’ll usually find me…

Exploring Scotland with my wife!

My motto is…

Travelling really does broaden the mind

My goals for 2024…

From a personal perspective, to become fluent in German, and from a professional perspective, place as many high quality candidates for our clients!

My secret skill/party piece is…

Speak fluent Spanish

What was the last gift you gave someone?

Flowers, card and a sketchbook for my wife for Valentine’s Day – Yes, I am an old romantic!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A dog because they are always cheery!

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Friendly, empathetic and chatty

How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?

Calm, focused and friendly

As the Head of Executive Search within the Tech Division at MM Search for the past four months, I’ve been at the forefront of the ever-evolving tech recruitment landscape. Today, I want to share with you the key trends that have emerged during this period and our insights at MM Search.

The past couple of years since the pandemic have showcased a giant shift in the way we work. Remote work is becoming increasingly popular across all industries and is becoming extremely prominent within the tech industry. It was crucial for me to adapt our recruitment strategies to identify candidates with technical expertise and who thrive in remote work settings. By doing so, it has enabled us to source top-notch talent from anywhere globally while promoting diversity and inclusion in tech recruitment.

Despite global economic uncertainty, the demand for tech talent has remained on the whole, steady.  The need for skilled tech professionals is even more critical as businesses pivot and adapt to the rapidly changing market conditions. Clients are seeking top-tier talent in a variety of fields like developers, data scientists, cybersecurity experts, and AI specialists to drive innovation and digital transformation. At MM Search, we pride ourselves on leveraging our extensive network and robust recruitment strategies to identify and secure the best tech talent for our clients. Most recently, we have had the pleasure of working with esteemed clients like Calderys, Optical Express, CJ Lang and Malcolm Group, showcasing our diverse expertise across multiple sectors.

Another key trend we have identified within the tech landscape is that professionals need not only technical expertise but also a diverse range of skills. The demand for hybrid skill sets has surged in the past year, highlighting the importance of identifying candidates who can navigate both technical and non-technical domains. Candidates with a blend of skills thrive in multidisciplinary work environments, and we strive to present our clients with candidates that possess this unique ability. Our use of video technology during the interview process enables us to ensure candidates are the right fit for our clients. Each candidate records a short elevator pitch, bringing their CV to life and streamlines our process, which clients appreciate.

In an industry where new technologies emerge at a rapid pace, continuous learning and development are critical. Tech professionals are proactively seeking opportunities to expand their skill sets and remain relevant in an ever-changing landscape. At MM Search we seek out candidates with a growth mindset and a willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies.

Since joining MM Search, I have witnessed firsthand the emerging key trends that shape the industry landscape. My first four months with the company have been full of opportunities and variety.

As we move into 2024, I am excited to embrace the trends. Whether you are a tech professional looking for new openings or a business seeking top-tier tech talent, contact me directly on 07534 889 997 or email me at ryan@mmsearch.co.uk for a confidential discussion.

In today’s dynamic business landscape, finding and securing top-tier talent for senior management positions can be a challenging task. The competition for exceptional leaders is fierce, and businesses need a strategic advantage to attract and retain the best-fit candidates. That’s where MM Search comes in – a trusted partner in executive search and recruitment.

At MM Search, we specialise in senior management recruitment, bringing unparalleled expertise and a commitment to excellence. Our team of seasoned professionals understands the intricacies and demands of the executive search process. We leverage our extensive network, industry insights, and years of experience to identify, attract, and secure the most talented leaders for your organisation.

Despite all of the above, we still encounter the same question often – why should I pay an agency when I can find talent myself? Like every other business offering a service, there are many reasons to use an agency rather than going it alone. Here are just some of the main advantages of partnering with a recruitment firm when it comes to sourcing top-tier talent.

Don’t just take our word for it, one of our clients Stewart Shaw CBPS recently said:

“The team at MM Search were extremely attentive in the whole process and opened our eyes up to the available talent pool they have extensive contact with, some of whom we as a company would never have been able to make contact with on our own behalf “

Partnering with MM Search for your senior management recruitment needs provides a distinct advantage in today’s competitive business landscape. Our unmatched expertise, extensive network, customised approach, proactive search methodology, commitment to confidentiality, and long-term partnership mindset set us apart from the rest.

We are passionate about unlocking your organisation’s success by finding the right leaders who will drive growth, innovation, and lasting impact. If this is something you would like to explore further, get in touch directly – Rory@mmsearch.co.uk or call me on 07930 399 665.

As the tech industry rapidly evolves, finding the right leadership talent becomes crucial for success. That’s where we come in! We are Scotland’s fastest growing, award-winning Executive Search firm and we specialise in working with our clients to secure the very best senior talent to join their organisation. In this blog, we will explore the transformative power of collaboration, specifically when it comes to IT/Tech hiring requirements, and the importance of partnering with the right Executive Search firm to secure top-tier talent.

Searching for experienced IT/Tech executives can be a time-consuming and complex task. Leveraging our expertise, industry knowledge, and extensive network, MM Search ensures a streamlined search process. We take care of the nitty-gritty details, allowing you to focus on core business operations while we identify, screen, and present you with the most qualified candidates.

At MM Search, we’ve revolutionised our shortlisting process by leveraging innovative technology. No more time-consuming face-to-face meetings with every candidate. Instead, we present our clients with a carefully curated shortlist that includes a customised competency document and a compelling elevator pitch for each candidate, truly bringing their CVs to life. By doing this, we accelerate the process, allowing our clients to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the candidates early on, well before interviews take place.

We acknowledge that diversity is a key driver of innovation and growth. By partnering with MM Search, you gain access to our vast talent pool consisting of diverse IT/Tech professionals. We understand the importance of building inclusive teams that bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table. With our network, we can connect you with exceptional candidates who embody diversity, ensuring your organisation embraces inclusivity and the benefits it brings.

Whether you are a start-up just beginning the journey or a well-established organisation, hiring the wrong executive can have detrimental consequences for your company and its culture. We understand the risks involved and work diligently to mitigate them. Our rigorous screening and assessment processes, combined with thorough reference checks, help minimise the risk of a bad hire. We go the extra mile to ensure that every candidate presented to you is a perfect fit for your unique organisational needs and culture. This is one of our key points of differentiation as we take the time to get to know and understand our clients and their requirements.

Another key point to note is that maintaining confidentiality during the executive search process can be crucial. Many of the clients we work with prefer to conduct a search confidentially. We fully understand the sensitivity surrounding executive-level hires and handle our engagements with the utmost discretion. If a confidential search is required, our protocols ensure that our clients’ information remains secure and undisclosed until they decide to move forward with a candidate.

At MM Search, we don’t just focus on short-term placements—we prioritise building long-term relationships. We aim to understand your organisation’s culture, values, and aspirations. This understanding allows us to identify candidates who not only possess the required skills but also align with your company’s vision. Our goal is to find you the perfect executive leader who will drive your organisation’s success for years to come. Our partnership doesn’t stop at hiring. We collaborate across different areas of your business, assisting in sculpting teams for the future with top-tier talent. It’s our commitment to fostering your success and growth.

If you’re looking to take your organisation to the next level, reach out to me, Ryan Harper – ryan@mmsearch.co.uk for a confidential chat. Together, we can shape the future of your IT/Tech leadership team.

It’s been a while since we brought you an update on our very own MM Athlete and founding Managing Partner, Ken Morrice. 2023 has been an exceptional year for Ken, as he represented Great Britain in several European and World Championship competitions across Europe. These competitions showcased Ken’s remarkable talent, endurance, and commitment as he competed against some of the very best athletes in his age group from around the world.

Despite travelling across the globe every month for the past 5 months to compete at this level, Ken has also managed to continue to run a successful business with MM Search having just ended their fifth year of trading on a high, seeing a 32% increase in revenue from 2022.

Ken says: “It’s been quite a journey this year, and I’m immensely grateful for the hard work, support, and dedication of the team at MM Search. The support I have received from the team, my family and friends and my wider network has truly blown me away and this is what motivates me to keep going. When I am competing, I can give it my full focus knowing that Derek and our incredible team have everything under control. It’s their unwavering commitment and drive that makes us stand out in the executive search industry and helps us forge meaningful partnerships with our clients.”

This year, Ken competed in the World Aquathlon Championships in Ibiza, the 2023 European Standard Distance Triathlon Championships in Madrid, the European Aquathlon Championships in Menen, Belgium and the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Hamburg. Last weekend he travelled to Pontevedra Spain for his final competition of the year which was the World Standard Distance Triathlon Championships. With exceptional consistency, Ken secured an impressive 9th place in each of the European races and 13th across the World championships.

The team at MM Search proudly support and sponsor Ken, with our logo emblazoned across his chest, visible on a global stage as he competes. More recently, Ken has joined forces with Tempus Clothing who, like MM Search, are a challenger brand making noise within their industry. They are leading the way in making quality and environmentally friendly cycling apparel and in Ken’s words; “it is some of the best cycling gear I have ever worn!”

Stacey from Tempus told us what the partnership means to them:

“Tempus is honoured to stand by Ken as he embarks on his remarkable journey as part of the GB Age Group Team, showcasing our products and brand on a global stage. We truly feel that together we are writing a story of determination and achievement and are part of Ken’s success story.”

Ken had some extra special supporters join him at a few competitions this year – his wife and two sons in Hamburg, and his dad in Belgium. While it added pressure, it was offset by his biggest fans seeing him compete at this level in person.

As the Championships come to an end for this year, MM Search begins their 6th year strong, partnering with new clients to transform their senior leadership hiring. Our commitment to long-term clients remains, helping to shape their teams across every discipline from Operations to Sales, Marketing to Tech. There is lots to come from MM Search and as a committed MM Athlete, Ken may or may not have mentioned potential IronMan 2024 participation… Stay tuned!

Recently we held our first ‘MM Insights’ with industry expert Neil McDonald, formerly VP Technical and Supply Chain for Coca Cola. Neil’s extensive international business experience and proven track record of delivering business performance improvement and innovative solutions across all business disciplines both operationally and through major cross functional projects made him the ideal choice of expert to discuss the impact AI is having on Procurement and Supply Chain industry.

We delved into several questions over the course of the interview and have broken these down into short videos that will be shared across our socials in the coming weeks. This blog highlights some of the key insights covered by Neil.

The subject of the interview was Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the impact on the supply chain industry. AI refers to the development and use of computer systems that can perform tasks and make decisions that would typically require human intelligence. In simple terms, AI takes data and turns it into information, this is then turned into insights and the insight are used to mimic human decision making.

One of the first things we discussed with Neil was whether we should be afraid of AI. While some have expressed concerns about the potential negative impacts of AI, such as job loss and ethical considerations, it is important to recognise the potential benefits that AI can bring to the supply chain industry.

Neil identified that AI can bring efficiency and cost savings to the supply chain, helping a company to make good database decisions that will in turn improve processes. The technology has become much more accessible in recent times, making it more available and easier to implement. However, it is important to understand what you and your organisation can gain from the technology before you deploy it.

As with any new technology, there are always going to be challenges. Neil identified that lack of knowledge around its capabilities can be a downfall. In addition, the sensationalised media coverage surrounding generative AI can influence people’s perceptions. Neil advises to ‘Stop, think and understand’ before implementing.

There are numerous benefits to using this technology effectively, the most pertinent from a supply chain perspective being forecasting. AI looks at multiple sources and databases and runs algorithms to build a forecasting model that is more substantial than the one you may currently be working with. While it might not be perfect from the offset, over time this can be altered to create an extremely effective forecasting model, in turn allowing for better certainty, improved planning and meeting demand.

One of the biggest fear factors from the candidate market when it comes to AI is that a robot will take over their job. Neil advised that the need for human involvement remains as strong as ever, maintaining the need to keep it personal to avoid disenfranchised staff. There needs to be an understanding about how to take the expertise of the technology and use it to the organisation’s advantage, which can only be done if you have the skills and knowledge about the industry and a complete understanding on how this will work in your organisation. Neil makes the point clear – you need people with experience to compliment what you can bring with AI.

Neil touched on sustainability as a hot topic, explaining that the 3 key challenges in supply chain have always been cost, quality and quantity. Now the added factor of sustainability through managing carbon gives another challenge making the process even more complicated. One of the benefits that AI can bring to the table is that the data can help you understand your own carbon footprint as well as the wider supply chain and gives you the opportunity to use it to share best practises.

Thank you to Neil for joining us to provide his invaluable insights on this topic. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and were able to take some key nuggets of information to help with the ever-changing world that is AI.

For the full interview, click here.

I decided I wanted to work in recruitment when…

About a year after graduating from University, some of my friends who worked in recruitment recommended that I look into it as they thought I would be a great fit. I applied for a role at MM Search through an advert on LinkedIn, and the rest is history!

I joined the MM Search team…

I joined at the start of August, after applying on LinkedIn, Natalie reached out then I met with Ken and Derek. The supportive, friendly vibe of the company was so apparent from my first few meetings, I knew this was the company for me!

The first thing I do when I get to the office is…

Get a coffee and check my emails!

My working day involves…

My day involves supporting Natalie and the rest of the resourcing team on live roles, reaching out to potential candidates, getting involved in client briefings and setting up calls with the lead consultant working on the role. I am still learning the processes and systems, but have been very hands on since day one which is such a great way to learn!

My greatest professional strength is…

Communication and organisation.

The highlight of my career so far was when…

I would say joining MM Search, so far I am thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to what is still to come!

The thing I love most about working with the MM Search team…

I love working with the team, everyone is so supportive and friendly, the culture really shines through every member of the team. It is the kind of environment I always envisaged myself working in.

When I’m not in work, you’ll usually find me…

Walking my dog, out with friends or family or on the sofa with wine!

My motto is…

Better an oops than a what if…

My goals for 2023…

To progress and advance my career at MM Search and on a personal note, to pass my driving test by the end of the year!

My secret skill/party piece is…

I used to be a bartender so I am a great cocktail maker – my friends call me the hostess with the mostest!

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I got my friend a bracelet for her birthday.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A dog as I see myself as outgoing, sociable and very energetic!

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Loyal, optimistic and sociable.

How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?

Outgoing, bubbly and supportive.  

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