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In the first of our Spotlight interview series focusing on senior leaders in the world of Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics, we speak with Laurent Ramanathan MCIPS, MILT, former VP of Global Supply Chain Distribution Operations at Xerox. He tells us, among other things, about what attracted him to the world of Supply Chain, his most challenging project, his biggest achievement, what he’s looking for in terms of his next challenge and what he might have done for a career had he not got into Supply Chain.
Link to the video is https://youtu.be/yPFoYwxa0cE
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- MD at SME PR Business
Simon has provided a number of key personnel for our business. He takes time to understand both the culture and the key attributes of each role we require, I would highly recommend him as your next choice if you are looking to place a senior position within the supply chain.
- VP at Global Distribution Business
Simon worked for me on recruiting for a Site Manager at one of our new operations. He spent time to understand the culture of our company and the type of person we were looking for. Ahead of the interviews we spoke about each of the candidates, and his knowledge of them showed that he had taken time to understand them, and their fit with us. Almost every candidate we saw would have been a good fit for the role, and even creating a shortlist of three, resulted in some really tough decisions, due to the calibre of all candidates. I am really pleased with our new Site Manager, and was also extremely happy with the recruitment process, and the service provided by Simon. I can provide no higher compliment than to say, I would be happy for him to be helping me in my search for a new challenge.
- UK Country Manager at Major Food Distribution Business
Simon has a unique ability to really understand the needs of both the client and the candidate. His research and networking skills are second to none which always ensures a right match. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Simon.
- Logistics Director at Global Manufacturing & Distribution Business
Simon assisted me finding my current role. From the onset Simon took his time to get to know me as a candidate, through telephone conversations and meeting me in person. He provided me with a breadth of information about the role and organisation to help me decide if this role was the right move for me. My opinions and requirements as the candidate were just as important to him as the role and company he was representing. He maintained constant contact with me throughout the selection process, which took several months and has continued that contact months into the role. Simon has always had the time to take my calls, offer advice and guidance, all of which have helped me through this new role transition. His time, consideration and effort have been greatly appreciated and I have no hesitation in recommending Simon as a Recruitment Consultant to any organisation looking to fill a role or to a candidate looking for a new role.
- Contract Manager at National Utilities Business
Simon was faultless from initial conversation right through to following up with me once I had started my new role. He made sure that throughout the process I was involved and knew what was happening every step of the way. He supported in reviewing my CV and later down the line with preparation for the interviews. I felt fully supported throughout the entire process and was able to contact Simon without concern if I had any questions. All in all probably the most engaged experience I have had with a recruiter for a role and would highly recommend to anyone seeking a new opportunity.
- Procurement Category Manager at International Construction Business
Simon really took the time to understand my background, current situation and career motivations, having met with me in person to discuss my requirements. This meant that, rather than attempting to push me into applying for roles that were not of interest, he could present me with some strong options that ticked my boxes. I found Simon to be perceptive, knowledgeable and reliable, with his communication being regular, helpful and always professional. My search with Simon led to some great offers to choose from. He would be the first person that I would recommend to any prospective candidate.
- Senior Procurement Manager at Leading Consultancy Business
Simon is an exceptional recruiter who never loses sight of the fact that he must balance an employer's need with a prospective candidates skills and expectations. He expertly guides candidates through any employers recruitment process whilst remaining true to any company's timeline and specific requirements. A consummate professional who is trustworthy, honest and easy to do business with.
- Head of Programmes at Major UK Distribution Business
Simon was a breathe of fresh air as a recruiter, whilst searching for a new position Simon was the most helpful person I know, he took the time to have in-depth conversations about my experience and understand where I wanted to take my career going forwards. Simon really listened which is rare these days and nothing was too much trouble. As a candidate searching for new roles I would highly recommend Simon and if the occasion ever arises where I need to recruit I will definitely be contacting Simon, I have complete faith in him to find the right candidate for the right role every time.
- Senior Stock Controller at UK Engineer Parts Distributor
Simon was an excellent ally during my recent job hunt. Ever the professional, he took the time to get to know me and my background, ensuring that I was a good fit for the position and for the company. He always went that extra mile to keep me informed at every step of the recruitment process - including making numerous international phone calls as I was living overseas at the time. His professionalism and dedication to his job are a great asset. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone who is either job hunting or recruiting.
- Head of Procurement at Leading Financial Services Business