John Stafford-Mills, an experienced Public Affairs professional, was looking for his next career challenge and knew where to turn.
Hanré Rossouw began his career as a metallurgical engineer at Anglo American and subsequently worked for Accenture and De Beers before joining Xstrata plc as a Manager in the Strategy and M&A team. He has been Head of Investor Relations at Xstrata since 2007
When Laura Shevlin went back to work after having children, she decided it was time for a change. A Londoner by birth, she wanted to work outside the UK to broaden her experience and have the opportunity to use her language skills.
Aviva Investors is one of the largest institutional asset managers in the world. Deanne Raseta, its head of internal communications, had worked with VMA Group both as a candidate and a client for over fours years.
In 2008 The National Commercial Bank, the largest bank by capitalisation in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East approached VMA Search, part of VMA Group, to advise on the hire of their most senior Communications Director.
As specialist recruiters in the communications arena, VMA Group is used to helping clients with their specific requirements. So, the team was particularly interested in the task that Bupa offered them at the end of 2009.
“Els has been an extraordinarily helpful resource providing advice and input at each step, from Besix to Cargill. Her excellent analysis and precise judgement have allowed me to be well prepared for each encounter. And after each interview, her client feedback was constructive and to the point. No doubt, managing the process from the first interview to signature within six weeks, and generating greatest satisfaction to both, the customer and the candidate, Els has done a brilliant job. ”
Louis de Schorlemer, Corporate Communications Manager at Cargill
“I am indebted to the friend who recommended Oskar Yasar at VMA Group to me. I have found him unremittingly professional and personable in all his work supporting me onto the next stage of my career. Anyone dealing with VMA Group soon realises how they have built up such an esteemed and deserved reputation for providing an all-round first rate service. I will now gladly be joining my friend in recommending Oskar and VMA Group to anyone looking to move jobs.”
Mike Girling, Associate at Brunswick
“VMA Group has always responded efficiently and accurately to our recruitment briefs. The team has been excellent in developing a deep understanding of our needs and presenting candidates of the highest calibre, which has been instrumental in the development of our Communications Function. I would have no hesitation in recommending VMA Group to any business looking for PR professionals across the range of communications competencies.”
Director Brand & Corporate Promotion, BAE Systems plc
“I can’t rate the service provided by VMA Group highly enough. I have been fortunate to work with them as a candidate, and also as a recruiter. Whist the scenarios were different, the outcome was the same; a feeling that you were being looked after and that there was care and thought being given at every stage of the process. ”
Head of External Communications, Barts and the London NHS
“We have used VMA to fill a number of positions within Bentley. They have always been able to provide a range of top quality candidates backed up with sound advice as to their character and aptitude. Invariably this presented us with the very welcome problem of a difficult final decision. The fact that we have returned to them again and again is probably the best endorsement one could make of any recruitment company.”
Michael Hawes, Director of Corporate & Government Affairs, Bentley Motors Ltd
“Having moved to BUPA through VMA myself, I was impressed by their specialist knowledge of the internal communications market and as such they were my first port of call when it came to recruiting an Internal Communications Officer. Having found an exceptional candidate for the role who has fitted in extremely well both in terms of skills and cultural fit, VMA has since successfully found us another Internal Communications Officer for our hospitals division.”
Internal Communications Manager, BUPA
“VMA Group intuitively understands what it is that I need and what I will be looking for. I see personality fit, attitude and willingness to get involved as key, often ahead of specific ‘technical’ PR skills. The team there can spot the people that I will like and that will work well in my team. VMA Group has got smart people, holds effective events and has a great network.”
Paul Lockstone, Global Director of Corporate Affairs - Aviva Investors
“PR isn't what you say about yourself, it's what others say about you so I always ask candidates what they think about their recruitment consultancy. Without exception they always say that they have been very well briefed by VMA and that the one to one service they get from VMA is both helpful and reassuring at what is sometimes a stressful time. ”
Brian Beech, Joint Managing Director, Euro Biss Lancaster
“VMA in Manchester has excellent professionals, very experienced and uniquely focussed on recruitment for communications roles in the North. This regional bias enables them to be extremely well networked with all the businesses in this thriving region, with the back up of a well established London based division too. They successfully and quickly helped me to insource a great team of individuals, which in my 20 odd years in the business is one of the best. No mean challenge when, despite the temptation of the Kellogg brand, we are competing with London based businesses.”
Chris Wermann, Communications Director. UK and Northern Europe, Kellogg's
“We were pleased with every stage of the search - from your help in getting the job spec and job ad right, through the initial choice of candidates, to the shortlist, to your counselling as we made our choice (at which stage others would have given us the number for the Samaritans!), to your help in brokering salary negotiations. I will definitely recommend VMA to friends and colleagues!”
Head of IR & UK Public Relations, Reuters