Tell us about the professional journey that led you to your current role as Resourcing Manager for Procurement Heads.
After college, I joined P&O cruises as an Administrator in the Procurement department. I progressed quite quickly and had been promoted to Buyer when the company was taken over by Carnival. I really enjoy challenges and new opportunities, so when my role became a little stagnant, I began to look elsewhere. I bumped into an old college friend who was working in recruitment and he suggested I try something different. I was keen for a new challenge and really liked the idea of influencing how much money I could take home so I decided to take the plunge and changed my career path, recruiting within the Social Housing industry. At the time, I didn’t know what had hit me – but I really enjoyed it! As a Buyer I dealt with lots of suppliers, and this new role was almost reversed; I was the supplier. I’ve always really liked the people element of my work, to know people and building relationships so recruitment really suited me.
After Social Housing, I moved into Architecture Recruitment for 18 months before the recession began to hit. I was working in the Winchester office at the time and got chatting with somebody who worked quite closely with Rupert. He made the connection, which led to me doing 3 years of recruitment with Rupert, before making the biggest jump in my career to date. We had been holidaying in Sydney visiting friends (who also worked in recruitment) and were eating dinner one night by the water and I thought to myself, “this is the life – let’s try it,we’ve got nothing to lose!” So we came home to the UK, put in our applications, had skype interviews and 5 months later we were on our way. I was in Australia for 5 years working in Procurement Recruitment and in that time Rupert had launched Procurement Heads, so on my return to the UK I went back to working with Rupert and have done ever since!
What does a typical working week in the life of Emma look like?
Predominately my role is to support the consultants in their recruitment, mainly in London, connecting with relevant procurement professionals, overseeing processes and ensuring all internal systems are running correctly. As I have hands on experience in both recruitment and Procurement itself, as well as experience of managing teams, this mentoring role works very well for me!
What is your favourite thing about working with Procurement Heads?
For me, it’s the people and the environment together. Outside of work, everybody in the team shares our core business values, such as acting with integrity. I find that creates an environment I really enjoy working within.
Describe your personal self in 3 words…
Organised. Consistent. Sociable.
What does success mean to you?
Achievement is success to me. If I can see that I’ve achieved something, then I feel that I’ve been successful. It can be a tangible achievement, or recognition from people that I work with.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Not to stress as much as I did in the early days of Recruitment. The highs and lows can be all-consuming and emotionally draining at times, so you have to be able to step back. Make sure you don’t stress about the things you can’t control and keep believing that you’re doing a good job – which you are.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
At Procurement Heads, we do promote good work/life balance. I work part time at the moment because I have a young family, and Rupert is very supportive of me being flexible and making sure work fits in with my life, which is brilliant.
What qualities do you value the most in people?
Honesty, Integrity, Politeness.
What is the best place you’ve ever visited?
This is a tough question because often it’s a place, and other times it’s a memory within a place that makes it so special. I’d say my favorite place is our honeymoon destination because of the memories I have there. We went to Moorea, a small island next to Bora Bora.
What is your greatest Professional success?
Transitioning into procurement recruitment when I moved to Australia, and my success leading to the management of the entire Procurement and Supply Chain team of 12.
What book are you currently reading?
At the moment I’m reading a Marion Keyes book – The Break. I always have a book on the go.
Horseriding since the age of 6!
If you could spend the day in someone else’sshoes, whose would they be?
Kris Jenner– she’s a pretty savvy business woman and she has made a strong fortune –nothing has been left to chance.
What’s your signature drink?
Who or what always makes you laugh?
Wine and cheese. Together!