Data insight drives business transformation.
A decade ago, when I first began recruiting in the data space in earnest, the primary focus was data insights.
In other words, most of the companies I dealt with were focussed on BI and MI development.
That changed very rapidly and for two main reasons. Firstly, the business of visualising and analysing data quickly became more user driven thanks to tools like Tableau. But secondly, the very act of trying to get insights from data exposes the flaws in the data.
If the underlying data is rubbish, so are the insights you gain from it. But still – data insight drives business transformation, so that is a problem that needs resolving.
So companies began to focus much more heavily on data governance and quality, and that activity was reinforced by closer attention from regulators, culminating in the implementation of GDPR.
All that means that over the past 10 years companies have spent a lot of time and money curating and thinking about their data.
Data is a fascinating area to recruit in because it is almost the epitome of the overlap between technology and business. If you know how to build a data warehouse but have no understanding of what the data is or what the business might do with it, your solution may be elegant but it will likely be useless. On the other hand if you know what you’ve got and what you want to know but you have no technical capability, you’re stuck.
So the demand for people with strong functional business knowhow and deep technical understanding of data is high.
And more so today than ever; because that combination of skills is exactly what numerous CDO’s I’ve been speaking to are looking for to help them drive new opportunity, process improvement and better integration across their companies.
Many companies are planning transformations of one kind or another at the moment . Whether driven by Covid, or Brexit, or regulatory requirements or something else. And data insights will inform a good proportion of those projects.
Because data insight drives business transformation!
I’ve been in the data world for 10 years. But I’ve spent longer still working with companies to hire candidates who have both technical capability and business knowledge. They’re hard to find and tricky to hire but they are the secret sauce when it comes to harnessing the power of technology to transform companies.
I can demonstrate the work I’ve done with case studies and references. I have a hugely valuable network of experts with deep data capability and business transformation skills. Every one of them is unique, just as every one of the situations they face is unique. Some are permanent people, looking for the opportunity to own something in the long term. Some are interims, driving change and acting as external advisors. All are worth their weight in gold.
If you work in that space and would like to talk – or if you want help in finding the right people to get your transformation off the ground – do get in touch. I’d love to talk to you.Browse Jobs Submit CV Submit Vacancy Contact Justin
I have worked with Alastair as both a client and a customer. As a client the service he provided was A1, he listened to my requirements and carefully vetted candidates to ensure they met my needs. He provided great information regarding candidate types and salaries and helped address any concerns I had about individual interviewees. As a customer, he gave me relevant information about the role and ensured I was briefed sufficiently to interview effectively. He sorted contract issues and gave me honest and sage advice. I whole heartedly recommend Alastair and will definitely be using his services again.
- Programme Manager, Client and Contractor
Justin is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated professional. He has a unique knowledge and in-depth experience of the IT sector and candidate market. He provides a credible and commercial resourcing service to the business. Rather than throwing CV’s my way he absolutely gets our vision. Justin has a real knack for understanding the needs of the business and sourcing quality candidates to match those needs. His approach is refreshing and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.
- Candidate – Placed as IT Manager
I first engaged Justin when I was recruiting manager for Microsoft Australia. Because of the quality of his work, he became a preferred vendor and we used him repeatedly to source technical people for product support, technical evangelism and consulting. Justin is a straight shooter, builds and effectively leverages an impressive network and operates with integrity. I would have liked to have hired him to be an employee but he prefers to be an independent agent. I would work with Justin any time, either as a client or as a candidate.
- Client (Head of Recruitment)
Alastair demonstrates the perfect mix of a professional and personable approach to drive successful outcomes for both clients and applicants. He spends quality time in understanding the challenge and provides excellent support with a real attention to detail. As a result is he perfectly suited to help navigate complex recruitment scenarios whilst building trusted and long term relationships. An absolute pleasure to deal with!
- CTO candidate
Alastair has successfully supported a number of opportunities that I have had, orchestrating his teams and aligning them to the needs of his client. This is born from his customer focus and desire to fully understand the environment, culture and team dynamic, all essential requirements needed to ensure that the short lists presented not only match the skills and experience required, but also the organisational fit. His proactive, professional and diligent approach has eased what can be a time consuming and difficult process when building high performing teams.
Alastair is extremely client focused and always looking for the win-win in every situation. He has considerable experience delivering complex Exec Search, MSP and recruitment campaigns in both the private and public sector. He has exceptional stakeholder management skills, and is an all-round good bloke!
- Recruitment Director
I can't say that I enjoy dealing with Recruiters but Justin changed my opinion - honest, follows the client's lead, does the hard work and not a pressure merchant. Will use him again when I need to recruit.
- Client (Head of IT)
Having worked with Justin on a number of assignments both at my current organisation and a number of those that I have worked at over the past few years I am please to recommend him and his organisation as an excellent provider of quality candidates to fulfil your entire IT sourcing needs. Justin becomes an extension to your organisation when seeking new talent on both a contract and permanent basis as takes the time to understand your organisations workings before searching for and matching the skills you need. Justin balances the technical, cultural and interpersonal skills of each candidates so the fit your requirements very closely and prepares each candidate before they even walk through your door so they have the best possible chance when faced with attending an interview. Justin fast tracks the process of hiring new staff by only putting forward the right sort of candidates first time so you don’t need to go through hundreds of interviews before finding a shortlist of possible candidates that fit.
- Client (CIO)
Justin and I have worked very closely on a number of particularly challenging and complex campaigns. As a business woman I appreciate the work he puts into the twin perils of senior level recruitment - 1. sourcing quality candidates and 2. ensuring he keeps them interested in our opportunity through what is nearly always a 'long and winding road'! As a person I appreciate Justin's candour, sharp observations and his sense of humour. Through what are often fairly knotty propositions, we have fun and get the job done.
- VP People
The terms under which Justin worked very hard to ensure that my weekly timesheets were processed so quickly, far surpasses all of the other agencies that I have worked for in the last 25years – top marks!
- Contractor – placed as Project Manager