Winner: Michael James – Darwin Recruitment
Joining Darwin Recruitment in 2012 as a graduate trainee recruiter, from day one Michael has lived and breathed the Darwin values of passion, relationships, integrity, responsibility, accountability and drive. He has moved swiftly up the ranks, promoted to senior recruitment consultant by 2014, team leader in 2015, team manager in 2017 to his current role of business manager for North Germany earlier in 2018.
Uses his warm, engaging and effective management style to inspire his team, who ‘go the extra mile’. His team are highly engaged with the company, energised to contribute, derive personal and professional fulfilment, and perform at their optimum. His team works as a single unit, despite focusing on different technologies and cities across North Germany.
Michael is coach and counsel to those who need it. He proactively aims to develop, empower and motivate his team, and manages under-performers effectively. He is genuinely concerned for staff wellbeing, and as a result, staff morale is increased. He values everyone’s contribution and influences the positive culture of his team.
His recruitment vision is in stark contrast to the ‘pray and spray’ tactics often associated with the recruitment industry. As his team are wholly invested in building lasting relationships with both clients and candidates, consultants are able to set aside certain search tools as they’re able to source via recommendation and word of mouth.
He spends a lot of time mentoring and training his team on Darwin’s value-added services and the benefits of a recruitment partnership so they are fully confident in the true value they add to clients and candidates beyond candidate sourcing.
Michael and his team are extremely active in the Berlin tech community, founding the AI in Data Science Berlin Meetup. Hosting events every few months, they invite the most innovative data scientists in their network to come and share their knowledge and experience. Attracting 60-90 budding and experienced data scientists to each event, the team doesn’t use them to ‘sell’ – they are purely educational.
“The judges were struck with how Michael demonstrated genuine empathy for his team and their needs. He was willing to do things differently and challenge the status quo.”
“The judges were impressed by Freddie’s maturity and drive, especially in his enthusiasm to change perceptions about the industry at university careers fairs.”
Freddie Short – Opus Talent Solutions
Martin Navne – Source Technology
Madona Rixon – Term Time Teachers
Andrew Wilson – Opus Talent Solutions