Technology drives change in businesses.

Finding people to drive that business and technology change is crucial.
Technology is a major driver of change.
And managing that change needs a highly specialised candidate.
It’s not an easy skill to find – strong change leaders need a wide array of expertise. They’ll have excellent communication skills, to engage senior stakeholders and users alike. They’ll need to understand training and organisational change, regulatory frameworks and technical limitations and opportunities. They’ll need to be able to influence where they can’t insist; they’ll need to be excellent planners and able to manage vendors and third parties. In short, they’re broad, capable people with lots of opportunities.
So how do you find them? And if you find them, how do you secure them?
That’s where Vocative come in. We’ve had over 25 years of experience in working with candidates who combine technical expertise with significant business acumen – and we’ve helped place many of them to help them drive huge programmes of change and market defining projects.
  • We’ve placed a Global Head of Business Change to drive transformation across the finance business of a world leading energy company.
  • We’ve placed a Change Programme Director to take responsibility for data governance transformation across a large insurer.
  • And we’ve placed numerous Change Managers and Directors into interim and permanent roles with a variety of customers.
In most cases we’re engaged at board level with our customers, helping shape role definitions and working with candidates whose combination of technical skill, domain knowledge, leadership capability and good old fashioned business nous have made them the right person to change the business.

Click below to read case studies; or to get in touch, whether we can help you find the right person to embed change in your business, or help you with your next career move.

Case Studies Get in touch

Finding the right candidate is a challenge in a crowded market

30th July 2020

Finding the right candidate is a challenge in a crowded market.   It’s no secret that there are a lot of candidates in the market at the moment. So it should be easy to find the person you need, right? […]

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Why do companies engage us?

2nd July 2020

What is “The Art of Recruitment”? One thing recruitment companies are notoriously bad at is articulating how they do what they do. Or to put it another way, they are terrible are explaining why you’d want to use them. Partly […]

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What our Clients & Candidates Say

  • Client (Head of Recruitment)

    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)

  • Programme Manager, Client and Contractor

    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

  • HR Director

    Alastair was introduced to us as we had a senior recruitment need. I was really impressed with the time Alastair spent getting to know our business and our culture so that he understood the uniqueness of what we do. This was a new role to us and it was important to get it right. Alastair was able to balance ours and the candidates needs and worked with us not for us which is where other recruiters, I think, go wrong. I felt in control of the process from beginning to end and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend without hesitation.

    - HR Director

  • IT Director

    I've worked with Justin off and on for 7-8 years and in recent times he has become my "go to" recruiter, having placed 20+ staff, with the businesses I've lead . Finding a recruiter that values the strategic relationship, satisfaction and well-being of his client, over the commission of making a placement, is a rare thing. Combined with Justin's adaptability to the needs of those he is working with, his flexible approach and candidate quality - you have a winner. Justin takes the time to understand the dynamics and personalities within the businesses he is recruiting for and finds candidates that fit the qualifications needs and culture of your business. I'd recommend Justin and Vocative to any technology company looking to find great talent and work with a likeable, professional and effective recruiter

    - IT Director

  • VP People

    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

  • Candidate – placed as Project Manager

    Justin contacted me with reference to a vacancy at Atkins.He guided me through the process with excellent results. I can not thank Justin enough for his support, integrity and super service.during this time. Thanks again.

    - Candidate – placed as Project Manager

  • Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

    Justin was far more professional than any other headhunter I've worked with.

    - Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

  • CTO candidate

    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

  • CIO/CTO

    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.

    - CIO/CTO

  • Contractor – placed as Project Manager

    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