HW Global Talent Partner has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Spencer Jinks

29th November 2016

He takes over from founding director John Wakeford, who had headed the business for six years and will now concentrate on growing the firm’s Financial Services, CFO and Chair & NED practices.

Spencer, has been with the executive search consultancy for almost a decade, having joined as a director in 2007 after six years as Executive Recruitment Director at the Caudwell Group.

He will continue to lead HW’s Consumer division, which operates in more than 70 countries throughout Europe, Latin and North America, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, and boasts global relationships including Mars, Kellogg’s and GSK Consumer Healthcare, among its impressive client base.

The father-of-three, from Wilmslow, explained the move: “It is evolution rather than revolution as far as the business is concerned, ensuring all the directors play to our key strengths.

“Over the past decade we have developed a broad range of both local and global clients across various industry sectors and specialisms, and thanks to John’s leadership we are on a firm financial footing, with the business well positioned to further invest and push on.

“We are now moving in to a new phase with an emphasis more on brand communication, nurturing global client relationships, building deeper knowledge in the digital and big data arena, whilst investing heavily in systems and developing core talent within the business. We are also pursuing potential merger and acquisition opportunities to help us achieve our ambitious growth strategy.

“John has a real passion for the Chair & NED market and consumer financial services and after six years combining these with the CEO role will now be able to commit more time to developing these key strategic areas of the business.”

Spencer, who spends the majority of his time working with global clients, locally and internationally, will lead the business in the UK working between the Manchester, Leeds and London offices with John Wakeford and fellow founding director Adrian Hitchenor.

In the past decade HW has completed more than 1,000 executive searches and placed over 100 interim executives on behalf of numerous international businesses, working across the world.

The consultancy’s ever growing and varied client portfolio boasts some of the biggest names on the UK high street including food and non-food retailers, banks and building societies, as well as global consumer brands.

It also counts an international online retailer, low cost airline, price comparison website, telecommunications provider, pharmaceuticals giant and a multinational security services company among its FTSE 250 clients.

HW Launches New Strategy Practice

11th October 2016

Top-level strategic, commercial and technical specialists have never been more in demand . With the launch of HW’s strategy practice, headed up by Mark Foster, we will be looking to utilise current and new business relationships to represent this key talent area. We work with top tier individuals who will have worked for one of the top tier strategy consultancies (Bain, BCG, LEK, McKinsey, OC&C and Roland Berger, with and without industry experience). Specialist practice sectors are Consumer, TMT & Financial Services.

We work alongside individuals who are targeting opportunities across:- Strategy (Analysts, Managers, Directors, VPs), Strategic Marketing, Product Management/ NPD, Digital Strategy, E-commerce/Omni Channel Marketing/Strategy, Mobile Payments/ Strategy, Innovation Strategy, Channel and Distribution Strategy, Category/ Brand Performance, Transaction Services, Commercial Due Diligence, Market Entry, Business Modeling, Financial Modeling. Operational Excellence, Organisation Design/ Operating Model, Supply Chain Optimisation, Business Transformation, Performance Improvement, Cost Reduction and Purchasing.

Industries that have already seen a significant increase in demand for strategy talent include: Retail, Consumer Goods, Leisure, Media, Technology, Social Impact/Not for Profit, Healthcare, Pharma, Life Sciences, Energy, Utilities, Natural Resources, Financial & Business Services and Private Equity .

Significant Increase in Interim Demand

27th September 2016

HW Interim has seen a significant increase in the number of Interim HR assignments over the last quarter. Demand has been particularly notable within Financial Services. Candidates with exposure to change and transformation programmes with offshoring, outsourcing and redundancies. Contract lengths are shorter but the proliferation of interim to substantive continues. HR interim within Commerce & Industry has also seen a significant surge. This has been primarily within the Tech industry.

Reward and C&B specialists continue to be in demand and be at a premium although this is more on FTC then day rate.

Another significant increase of interim demand has been with in the IT security arena. The technical capabilities required to ensure robust information assurance are constantly changing. The demand for mobile and immediately available IT security experts is both global and UK centric.