Andrew Setchell, co-founder of SRM Recruitment shares his thoughts on why the firm is the ideal place for a recruiter to grow their career. Learn about the culture at SRM, our commission structure and 10 reasons to come and work for us.
Why work for SRM, if you’re a potential recruitment consultant?
We started SRM as we felt the recruitment industry was increasingly focusing on process rather than consultancy. Our belief has always been to listen and collaborate with our clients; building trust so they have confidence in our delivery.
It’s a very straightforward approach but one that has enabled us to attract an experienced and ambitious team of recruitment professionals who believe in doing things the right way.
Clear commission structure
Transparency in the way we reward our consultants is critical. At SRM we operate a very clear commission structure and it’s one of the best in the industry. Each consultant can easily calculate what they will receive, there are no surprises. In a team-based commission structure, you rarely get rewarded for your success.
There’s a strong team ethic though and we listen and learn from each other. We take work seriously and we’re professional in all we say and do but life comes first and we shape the working day to suit us. Everyone needs balance and you’ll find yours here.
Celebrating success is important and we usually do that through team lunches rather than nights out – driven by what they desire to do. For example, we recently experienced Maos, the exclusive restaurant owned by Nuno Mendes, the Michelin starred Chef.
Run your own business
We expect everyone to operate their own part of the business and each SRM consultant is really motivated by that. Once consultants are given real freedom, they feel they have a stake in the business and their achievements become more rewarding.
Get back to real recruitment
We hire experienced consultants and support them day to day to build lasting relationships with clients and candidates. There are no outside distractions, everyone continues to learn from the team around them. Management at SRM is about mentoring, suggesting and leading, not hands-on training of unqualified personnel. You have time for what really counts: your clients and candidates.
Why work at SRM now, when the market is in flux?
We are an established business with repeat clients and a strong foundation. Clients say to me that they like our honesty and transparency, they trust us. They appreciate the advice we give, not solely our ability to deliver and that’s why we’ve been successful.
We focus on finance, tax, public practice and wealth management recruitment – all are doing well, including interim and temp. There’s huge scope for continued growth and expansion, both in our core teams, new disciplines and geographies. We want to hear from consultants who believe they deserve a broader market to succeed in, fewer operators, more clients.
We have discovered challenges such as Brexit don’t duly concern us; we are nimble and flexible, we work internationally, able to change tack and adapt quickly with continuous growth and success.
Who does well at SRM?
Capable recruiters do well as they gain access to a much bigger market than they are used to, and it’s their own to develop. Those who bring positivity and want to be part of the SRM community will also enjoy working here. If you want to be rewarded for your efforts whilst working in a warm team atmosphere, this is the right place for you.
We are looking for consultants who are ready to take on individual responsibility as we don’t focus on KPIs, it’s more about achieving the broad objectives for your part of the business.
What are your aims for the business?
To keep building on our strong foundations. There really is scope to more than double our market and income over the next couple of years as we expand our core businesses and open offices in new regions.
Andrew Setchell, CEO, SRM Recruitment
Why work for SRM Recruitment: 10 reasons
- Transparent, individual commission
- Relaxed but industrious environment
- Individual responsibility focus, not KPI driven
- Work with experienced recruiters
- Face-time with the leadership team
- Clear and fair
- Have a say in the direction of the business
- Your future is in your hands, not someone else’s
- Access to all the recruitment tools you desire
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