Associate Director - Emerging Talent Lead
Group Services, UK
Michael has spent over 13 years working in graduate recruitment and development with experience in retail and banking as well as construction. After starting his career in retail management, Michael joined Mace in 2014 – bringing with him a wealth of knowledge to help develop our emerging talent.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
I find it incredibly rewarding to support people at the start of their career and then see them develop.
I have to admit, I also enjoy the competition with other employers when it comes to recruiting graduates - especially those who have construction related degrees in the UK as it’s a small pool. Over the last few years we’ve increased the profile of Mace as an employer that offers great opportunities for people just starting out in their careers, as well as those who are experienced. We’ve really increased our graduate intake and have doubled the number of our offers that are accepted.
- What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
- For the last three years, Mace has been voted as the number one construction and civil engineering company for graduates by The Job Crowd (the UKs leading graduate job review website). It’s based entirely on reviews from employees in their first three years of employment, so it shows we must be doing something right. I’m incredibly proud of this.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
While it is initially seen as a specialist sub-discipline within Human Resources (HR), in our Talent & Development team we get involved in work across the whole HR lifecycle as we manage both the recruitment and development of graduates, undergraduates, apprentices and trainees.
To succeed, you need to be able to understand both how to work effectively with operational and other HR colleagues, but also understand the external marketplace for emerging talent. A competitive instinct, strong organisational skills, effective communication and drive also help. Being actively interested in what we are doing with our existing and potential clients and being able to share that enthusiasm is really important.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
There’s a real challenge for all employers to engage with students at school, but in construction it’s even more important because there are so many misconceptions. People still believe it’s all men working in manual jobs. There are so many different opportunities in a company such as Mace, we need to speak to young people before they discount us.
Our work to recruit apprentices and trainees into Mace is linked to the need to broaden our engagement with students at school to ensure we can continue to develop our pipeline of talent.
- What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
- I wanted to be a Jedi Knight – I’ve always been ambitious! Shame it didn’t work out, although it was probably for the best as my life insurance premium would have been sky high.
- If your 20-year old self could see you now, what would he think?
- He’d probably wish I had more hair and he’d be completely surprised at what I am doing now. Going from paperboy to trainee radio journalist to working in recruitment and development wasn’t a predictable career path, but it has been a good one!
“Over the last few years we’ve increased the profile of Mace as an employer that offers great opportunities for people just starting out in their careers, as well as those who are experienced.”