Tom Dubber | My first quarter with Procurement Heads

Having recently celebrated my first full Quarter with Procurement Heads, the past few weeks have been an ideal time to reflect on my experiences, achievements and lessons learned thus far.

My move to Procurement Heads was fuelled by my desire to secure a role within a more specialist and consultative organisation, rewarding long term relationships and allowing me the opportunity to develop and refine the raw skills I’d acquired during a year in Education Recruitment within a large multinational agency.

In the space of a single morning in the office it was clear to me that I’d come to the right place. The depth and magnitude of knowledge each consultant has for their market and network was immediately apparent. The value placed on face-to-face communication, attention to detail and facilitating genuine partnerships was something I had not been exposed to previously.

If the unique approach to recruitment wasn’t enough of a culture shock, a mere 4 days into my new role I was whisked away to Dorset to be used as target practice at a team paintballing trip, in celebration of the end of financial year.  Nothing says team bonding quite like organised war-games! Leaving the venue battered, bruised, but having given a good account of myself in turn, I already felt like part of the Procurement Heads family.

The evening offered brief respite and the chance to refuel with a 5-Star meal at the Christchurch Harbour hotel.  From there it was off into Bournemouth to let our hair down with a few drinks and some questionable dance moves.  Needless to say, as the curtain closed on my first full week at Heads, I was utterly exhausted, but right at home!

Being a consultant at Procurement Heads means working with genuine autonomy, but also representing the ethos and practices of an organisation with a truly unique identity.  Suffice it to say, the learning curve was steep.  From my earliest conversations within the Hampshire & Dorset Procurement network, the reputation and high esteem in which Procurement Heads is held was clear, and I made it my personal mission to ensure that I lived up to the standards the team before me had set.  My early days were centred around making introductions to my immediate network, as well as servicing requirements for some of Procurement Heads’ longest and high-profile partner organisations.  As with everything here, the focus was on quality of service, thought leadership, engagement and innovation.

It wasn’t long until I began to reap the rewards of my hard work.  Towards the end of my first full quarter, a swathe of successful placements landed in the space of one week, and I found myself with 4 immensely satisfied candidates and organisations whose new relationships show all the signs of long term success and contentment.  It really does make it more satisfying to have been working so closely with these individuals, and to have developed lasting relationships that have and will continue to be rewarded going forward.

The marriage between myself and Procurement heads has really been the perfect storm thus far, both in terms of developing and enhancing my recruitment career, and as a sign of the exciting ongoing growth of the organisation as a whole. Not only have I managed to refine and improve my raw skills and understanding of how recruitment works, but Procurement Heads is continuing to exceed expectations within the sector, and is now looking to add to the team even further with exciting new roles for promising Consultants with “the right stuff”.


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