The wider picture and why it matters
Annie is our principle consultant for finance and resource management roles. She joined The Industry Club last October, bringing eight years of experience in these specialist disciplines with her.
Before I came to The Industry Club, I spent several years in teams that focused solely on recruiting for finance roles in the creative comms and digital media industries. Over time, we became experts. We had a niche: few people were better resourced, better informed or better connected in finance and advertising than us.
My insights were deep, yet narrow. So, it was energising to join The Industry Club where I’m now working closely with specialists across all the key disciplines in our multi-faceted industry.
Today, I work with people who are as entrenched in project management, account management, senior client services, strategy, social media and content, creative, graphic design and UX as I am in finance.
It’s been a real eye-opener. At our team meetings and social events and through general interaction with my workmates, I get insights – both into the industry as a whole and about specific clients – that never would have come my way before.
It means I can team up with colleagues to provide clients a service that extends beyond my own specialism. It means I have a broader view of the creative comms industry than my previous laser focus allowed for. And perhaps, less obviously, it means I benefit from my colleagues’ experiences with – and inside knowledge of – many clients to better understand their culture.
I knew as early as last Christmas that these insights would prove invaluable. But what’s happened since has made them even more so.
We recently ran two ‘Back in Business’ webinars, Prioritising people: your options as an employer and Where next for your agency? Maximising opportunities. (If you didn’t make them, you can catch them here and here respectively.)
While these webinars were geared towards owners, founders and CEOs of SMEs, they tackled a universal question: how to restructure your business post Covid-19 lockdown. They examine options around people and employment law and numerous ways for businesses to grow, consolidate and diversify organically and non-organically.
We expect to see a lot of change in the way agencies of all sizes operate as they adapt to new economic realities. We’re also convinced that people in resource management and finance roles at all levels will be at the centre of the planning and implementation of those changes.
What isn’t changing is my focus on finance and resource management as a recruiter. So, whether you need an entry level recruit for your finance department, a CFO or a resource manager, permanent, temp or freelance, let’s talk.