I decided I wanted to work in recruitment when…

I was working in a call centre and I found myself longing for more opportunities to grow and advance in my career. While I wasn’t particularly drawn to pursuing further studies, I still had a strong desire to find a higher-paying profession. That’s when I had a conversation with a friend who worked as a recruiter. I was amazed to learn about her rapid promotion within just one year and the incredible earning potential that came with it. It was a real eye-opener for me, and I realised that recruitment could be the perfect fit for my aspirations.

I joined the MM Search team…

I joined MM Search because I was drawn to the opportunity to work with recruitment heavyweights Ken and Derek. I truly believe that the best way to grow and develop in my own career is to learn from the best. I have already had the opportunity to join them at client pitches to watch them in action which has proven invaluable to me.

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

I usually come in about half an hour early so I can go through my emails from the previous night, respond to any LinkedIn messages, check my schedule, and make a to-do list for the day. All of this while enjoying a delicious bowl of oats!

My working day involves…

Calls, meetings, lunch, more calls, more meetings – you get the jist!

My greatest professional strength is…

I’d say my greatest strength is being upfront and direct. When working with clients, I believe in building lasting relationships based on trust and I make it a point not to oversell or make false promises. This approach has created strong working relationships, some of which have even turned into friendships. It’s all about open communication and mutual trust!

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

The collaboration is second to none! It’s amazing to see how everyone works incredibly hard, but still manages to have a great time and share lots of laughs along the way. This collaborative spirit not only fosters creativity and innovation, but it also creates a supportive and enjoyable work environment. I truly appreciate being part of a team where we can work together, learn from each other, and have a lot of fun in the process.

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

Travelling! I make sure I spend every day of annual leave in another country! This means I can still see the world and not put any pauses on my career.

My motto is…

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming”.  – Richard Branson.

My goals for 2023…

I want to become a recognised name within the Sales and Marketing senior recruitment industry.

My secret skill/party piece is…

I’m a bit of a lyrical genius. I bet if you played me 5 songs, I would know the words to all of them – yes even those way before my time!

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I bought my younger sister concert tickets to Tate McRae!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A cheeky Monkey – not sure if I really need to elaborate?

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Brave Funny Independent

How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?
Proactive, Enthusiastic and Confident!

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.

At MM Search, we firmly believe in fostering a strong community of HR Leaders who drive change and shape the future of the industry. From conversations with some of our clients and contacts within HR, we realised there was a gap in the market for an informal, thought-provoking community – so we created one!

Late 2023 saw the launch of our ‘HR Leaders CoMMunity’ consisting of an ever-expanding group of esteemed HR Leaders from Scotland and the wider UK from diverse sectors. So far, we have hosted 3 successful sell-out roundtable events which serve as a platform for sharing insights, exchanging ideas, and generating innovative solutions to the challenges faced by HR professionals today.

The MM Search HR Leaders Community exists to create an informal environment where HR professionals can connect, collaborate, and learn from one another. By uniting experts across various sectors, we aim to facilitate knowledge-sharing, empowering leaders to share experiences and insights. Some of the feedback we have received from recent events has been phenomenal, see below:

“The structure was great and allowed us to get to know each other much better than a large event with many people at it.  The conversation was good and useful, I was surprised that other HRD had similar experiences with CEO’s.” Jill Breignan, HR Director

 “Last night’s HR event was, by a country mile the best I’ve been to.   Rich authentic discussion, no one person hogged the conversation, and everyone shared their experiences with integrity.” Maureen Ross, HR Director

Some of the hot topics covered by our HR Leaders to date have included talent acquisition and retention, the impact of hybrid working patterns and the phenomenon that is AI.  During the events, the HR Leaders shared their experiences and strategies for overcoming these challenges and supported each other in identifying collective solutions and best practices.

We’re committed to empowering the HR community and inspiring best practice in HR and look forward to welcoming more HR Leaders into the growing Community.

If you are in this space and would like to know more, please reach out to Aria Naughton on aria@mmsearch.co.uk for more information.

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!

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