Meet Richard Sutton

What is your role at Scantec?

I am the Executive Search Team Manager for Scantec, a division that was launched 18 months ago. The team recruits executive and senior-level positions across our divisions.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It is our job to assess candidates and to create synergy by ultimately placing candidates into roles that are perfect for both candidates and clients alike.

After 15 years in the industry, I have ensured that I have stayed in touch with many candidates and have witnessed how their careers have progressed, and of course, seen first hand, the positive outcomes for clients. This is very satisfying.

What has been your proudest moment?

Soon after joining the organisation, I made the very first executive placement using our Scantec Skills and Behavioural Competency Assessment Tool. Along with this great methodology and my previous recruitment experience; it was also now backed by the in-depth industry expertise that exists within the team. This placement was highly successful and marked the start of a long-term relationship with a new client. I look forward to the further opportunities that it will bring. .

Why should some someone consider a career with Scantec?

Scantec is a business that values people and has a vision to exceed expectations. It is a smart, learning-rich organisation. Self-management and achievement are promoted at all times as the organisation listens to individuals to understand what they want to achieve from their role and makes it happen wherever possible.

What attributes are needed in recruitment and executive search?

Persistence and resilience for sure. It is essential to build a network and stay connected to all of your contacts. This was demonstrated so clearly during an assignment when I placed a candidate in a leadership role with an FTSE 100 company. One of the shortlisted candidates was particularly keen on working for the business and was very disappointed when he did not get selected for the position. Whilst we had made the placement for the original role, it was my job to keep moving forward, and I stayed in touch with both the client and candidate for 18 months until eventually another role became available and enabled him to successfully secure a position with a company he had always dreamed of working for. Five years on and he has flourished within the role and he is very happy.

What is your personal motto?

A while ago, I came across a phrase from Vince Lombardi, who was best known for leading the Green Bay Packers American football team to win five NFL titles – “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?” Working in a fast-paced industry and as a sportsman and sports fan who thrives on competition, this really resonated with me – I now use this on my Twitter profile.

Who do you admire?

Professionally – Richard Branson. He has a no nonsense attitude to work, play and life and has so many entrepreneurial achievements. Sporting – Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. He was never the most talented cricketer ever, but his own performances inspired and carried others to reach levels they never thought they could reach and ultimately to numerous Ashes wins.

Favourite pastimes?

Outside work, my two children who are aged 6 and 4 keep me fairly busy! I also play cricket, football and tennis and am really enjoying teaching them how to play when I get the chance.

What is the worst job you have had?

I worked in a call centre where it was our role to cold call to sell advertising space. There was no training or coaching provided, and although it was way back when I was studying for A-Levels, I can remember the awful feeling of being unsupported only too well. At Scantec, we are lucky to have a dedicated Learning and Development Manager and it is every manager’s job to support and develop staff. When I started here, it was great to find that all employees have high expectation from Scantec as their employer in terms of on-the-job learning and career progression – as they see it in practice everyday.

The top 3 of highlights of your life?

Being a parent to my son and daughter. Travelling around the world for four months in 2005/2006 with my Wife. Having the opportunity to set up the Executive Search Division at Scantec. (And this is not just because the MD will be reading this!)

Tell us something people would be surprised to find out about you?

Whilst I was studying at Hull University, I travelled all around the UK playing National League Hockey; I even still have my stick somewhere!

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