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Working in executive recruitment gives us a unique vantage point.  Our close involvement in such a diverse range of sectors enables us to offer interesting insights and asides.  The information contained in this part of our site is constantly updated.

Success through new skillsets (Supply Chain Digital)

Success through new skillsets (Supply Chain Digital)

Author: Date: 14 Aug 2019 Type: Press News

Despite procurement’s traditional ‘cost-cutting’ reputation, success in supply chain sourcing is about far more than driving down price. From procurement specialists with an understanding of AI and business performance data, to suppliers that are bought into a business’ ethical stance, strategic sourcing has a key role to play in an organisation’s overall success. 

Categories: Procurement & Supply Chain Recruitment

The Future CFO (Finance Digest)

The Future CFO (Finance Digest)

Author: Amy Parkinson Date: 05 Aug 2019 Type: Press News

With today’s CFO often described as a ‘financially literate CEO’, the challenge for aspiring CFOs is to develop their leadership skills and business acumen as well as their financial intelligence. With guidance on how to achieve this and why, Amy Parkinson, Principal Consultant and financial leadership specialist at executive search firm Berwick Partners, offers insight into the changing dynamic of the CFO role.

Categories: Finance Recruitment

The importance of employer branding & business as a force for good

The importance of employer branding & business as a force for good

Author: Simon Walton Date: 29 Jul 2019 Type: Leadership Insights

The UK job market remains resilient despite rising Brexit uncertainty, with faster than expected earnings growth and the lowest unemployment rate in decades. ONS has the current UK unemployment rate at 3.8 per cent, the lowest since 1974, while the share of those in employment remained close to a record high. Simon Walton, Head of Berwick Partners’ Consumer Practice, explains how the importance of strong, attractive and relevant ‘Employer Brand’ is more essential than ever before; especially within the talent scarce UK marketplace, where high calibre individuals are assessing potential future employers on much more than their offer of an attractive salary and remuneration package.

Categories: Consumer & FMCG Recruitment

The future talent shortage within the Procurement industry

The future talent shortage within the Procurement industry

Author: Tom Graham Date: 18 Jul 2019 Type: Leadership Insights

The talent shortage and talent management were again major topics of discussion at the World Procurement Congress in May. Yet, these are not new topics. The fact that this subject remains on the agenda for most leadership teams is what makes it more alarming. A 2018 CIPS survey found that 56% of employers are struggling to find talent, with this figure rocketing to 73% for senior leadership and executive positions, according to DHL. Tom Graham, a consultant in Berwick Partners’ Procurement and Supply Chain practice, investigates the reasons why this gap exists; why is there such a disconnect between what a business wants and what we think is available; and on whom is the onus to improve this?

Categories: Procurement & Supply Chain Recruitment

How 'Purpose' strengthens a talent management strategy

How 'Purpose' strengthens a talent management strategy

Author: Katie Hart Date: 11 Jul 2019 Type: Leadership Insights

Katie Hart, a Consultant in Berwick Partners’ Consumer & Retail Practice, recently hosted an event on ‘The Role of Purpose in Business’. A CEO of a small consumer goods business asked the question ‘How do I get my stakeholders and investors to see the value of Purpose, when ultimately their focus is the bottom line and growing shareholder value?’ The conversation around the table of CEOs from FMCG businesses of various sizes quickly turned to talent value, and that the angle for convincing investors of the importance of Purpose should be talent, as Katie explains.

Categories: Retail Recruitment

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