A career at SRM

Jane Paton career at SRM
Jane Paton career at SRM
Jane Paton, Senior Consultant

The recruitment industry is well renowned for being process-driven, and that environment can pose challenges to many consultants. Jane Paton, Senior Consultant in our Wealth Management team, explains how a career at SRM Recruitment is a very different proposition.

Tell me a bit about your background

When I left school I went straight to work, selling advertising in a local trade magazine. For a while, I worked in sales for a coffee company, but after a move to Guildford, I contacted a recruitment agency to find a new role. They ended up offering me a job as a trainee consultant. I progressed there into specialist recruitment – engineering then financial services. Now my focus is on investment and wealth management. 

Why did you decide on a career at SRM?

I’d become disillusioned with the firm I was with – they’d changed the commission structure and it didn’t meet what I was looking for. I was introduced to Stewart and Andrew and they really seemed like a different breed! I got the impression they had a more grown-up approach than most recruiters – a bit more in line with my own.

I was also able to set up the wealth management division for SRM. Stewart, Rory and Andrew could see how this would benefit their existing business – they have that entrepreneurial spirit.

What’s kept you?

For me, the goalposts never moved. The management team is always helping us to achieve and develop, but they’re not micromanaging us. They give us the tools, the support and most importantly, the encouragement to get going. 

What’s great about the business in your eyes?

The team environment in all the offices – everyone is willing to help everyone else. 

How would you sum up the culture?

SRM is a grown-up environment. You’re not expected to be chained to your desk, but you do need to work smart and produce results. It’s a good work/life balance. Everyone gets on well, there’s no rivalry, except the normal banter!

What sort of people will do well here?

You need an outgoing personality to bounce off everyone else. We need people with a positive outlook, but we’re not looking for any recruitment mavericks – that wouldn’t fit with our team ethos. 

Sum up for the top three things about a career at  SRM 

  1. Being able to work part-time is a huge plus, as I’ve got 2 children. I’m able to work from home, and the support I’m given is great.
  2. The commission structure is fixed and very clear – no one is going to move the goalposts. That’s really attractive – it’s fair, simple and you know where you are. 
  3. The people – this is a great team to be part of

What’s next for your part of the business and your career

We are keen to add more team members to drive the business forward, there’s huge scope to develop.

What would you say to someone thinking of making their next recruitment move – why should they consider a career at SRM? 

At SRM you will be in control of how you evolve your career. We work hard here, we get on well, and it’s a great place to develop.

Sum up how SRM is different…

SRM is different because each person who works here is different too – it’s not one size fits all. We’re not KPI driven, so we’re not targeted for how long we spend on the phone or how many CVs we send out. We have the autonomy to control our diary, our work, and ultimately, our career at SRM.

Find out more about working for SRM Recruitment in our Work For Us section.

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My Career Path to SRM

Andrew Pal career path to SRM
Andrew Pal career path to SRM
Andrew Pal

Andrew Pal, Senior Consultant – Tax, UK & EMEA at SRM Recruitment shares his story on his career path to SRM and what’s so special about working here.

From Toronto to London

After graduating university in Canada I got into the insurance sector as a number of my family members worked in this area. It was a great experience and had elements I really enjoyed, but I knew that I was looking for something different. A good friend of mine suggested recruitment, which ultimately led me to join one of the large recruitment firms in Toronto. 

Personal circumstances drew me to London so I began looking for another recruitment role. This is where I met Andrew, Stewart and Rory (co-founders of SRM Recruitment) as I interviewed with them at another of the large recruiters.

I worked closely with Rory for a number of years focusing on tax recruitment. Whilst the culture and environment of the firm I joined was closer to my style I knew that longer-term I was looking for more freedom and flexibility. 

Why did you join SRM?

After Andrew, Stewart and Rory established SRM Recruitment I thought this could be a step in the right direction for me long term. I liked the idea of building my part of the business from scratch and being trusted to just get on with it. 

Ultimately I wanted to be responsible only for myself, and steering my career path to SRM offered this in an entrepreneurial environment.

Greater freedom

Now, my focus is still on tax but I can pursue other specialist opportunities to make money. I’m also able to work globally, rather than just pass on roles to counterparts in other locations.

Transparency of earnings

The general transparency around earnings was a key draw for me as well as being closer to the planning of the business. I can see the impact I’m able to have on the business. 

What’s kept you?

It’s simple – the leaders of the business followed through. It’s been exactly as advertised! They are investing in the business, it’s growing and we’re hiring. There’s still a family feel but the leaders are ambitious and want to expand.

What sort of people will do well here?

Someone who has a maturity about them (and that’s not an age thing) as well as confidence in their abilities. You need a strong work ethic, with the ability to work out in the open. In a larger firm, the spotlight might not be on you, people can hide to a certain extent, so to do well here you need to be someone who wants to take control of their future. 

Why should other recruiters join SRM?

It’s a cliché but the world is your oyster here – there’s no restriction to your growth and you know exactly what you will get. I trust and like these guys – they deliver on what they say. This is a very good place to be. 

Sum up how SRM is different

It’s very simple, the leadership team focus on recruitment fundamentals, treating each search as an individual project whilst getting rid of the politics and red tape. You’re empowered to get on with it.

What’s next for you?
Continuing to grow my name and the SRM name in the market, I see those as one and the same thing. Looking for opportunities that will bring in a number of roles and help grow the wider business. Who knows, maybe North America is next!  

Sum up the top three things about working for SRM

1. Transparency in payment: If I bill X I will get Y – that was always a grey area at other recruiters.

2. Empowerment, trusted to work flexibly: I’m at a place in life where I will get the work done.

3. The culture: Just being in the office is enjoyable, we like and respect each other. It doesn’t feel corporate, we are on the same wavelength.

To learn more about how you can grow with us here at SRM Recruitment, take a look at our ‘Work For Us‘ section and get inspired.

Why work for SRM?

Andrew Setchell, CEO at SRM Recruitment
Andrew Setchell, CEO at SRM Recruitment
Andrew Setchell

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.

Real flexibility

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.  

Alicia Loates why work for SRM
Alicia Loates, Senior Consultant, Finance

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.

Tom Barlow why work for SRM
Tom Barlow, Senior Consultant, Finance

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

  1. Transparent, individual commission
  2. Relaxed but industrious environment
  3. Individual responsibility focus, not KPI driven
  4. Work with experienced recruiters
  5. Face-time with the leadership team
  6. Clear and fair
  7. Flexible
  8. Have a say in the direction of the business
  9. Your future is in your hands, not someone else’s
  10. Access to all the recruitment tools you desire

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