Founder of Signature Career Management and recruitment aficionado, Emilie is a detail freak with an inherent fear of failure. As it turns out, these characteristics make her an incredible consultant and Signature was borne out of her desire to instil these afflictions on anyone prepared to join her recruitment revolution. Never satisfied, Emilie has earmarked 2028 for achieving world domination; anyone who thinks this is unrealistic doesn’t really know her. What she doesn’t know about FMCG Sales & Marketing, isn’t worth knowing. The same principles apply to the people she knows in the industry.
What Andrew says about her:
Emilie is the hardest working person I’ve ever met by a country mile; it can be exhausting just watching her. It’s not uncommon to wake up in the middle of the night to find her in the kitchen huddled over her laptop. I tell new team members that if they can work at anywhere near 60% of her capacity, then they’re doing well!
Co-founder and long-suffering husband of Emilie, Andrew took 4-weeks off work to help her set up Signature Career Management; he’s too afraid to point out that this agreement expired over 4 years ago. Having spent 9 years in a previous life working as a bailiff which he described as… ‘a glorified sales job with the caveat that most of your customers want to hurt you’…his customer service style is somewhat primitive and as such he is rarely let out from behind his desk or even allowed to answer the phone. When asked to describe his role in the business, he often pauses then proclaims, ‘everything that’s involved in running a successful recruitment company other than actually recruiting.’
What Tom says about him:
I don't see much of Andrew because he hides in the corner of the office behind his ‘big screen’, and I’ve heard Emilie prefers it that way. For the first few weeks I thought there were two of them behind there because everyone kept referring to ‘Greg’, however I’ve been assured they are one in the same person? When he does pop his head out, he’s friendlier than he looks, however, I’ve been told that I shouldn’t say this as it’s a bit of a backhanded compliment?
The first employee to join Signature, Liam came from a retail banking background. He displayed all of the right attributes to join this ambitious company, namely that he was a member of the extended family and didn’t mind working out of a bedroom-turned-office at the co-founder’s home. A big Game of Thrones fan, he is the self-proclaimed ‘King of the North’; it is therefore ironic that he has built up an extensive network of sales professionals across the South of England. It may have been thrust upon him, but Liam has developed a great understanding of the intricacies of the Out-of-Home channels and is the go-to man for advice on salary benchmarking, distribution and growth plans in this arena.
What Meghan says about him:
He looks like Karl Pilkington and shares very similar theories about life to him. When he’s not living and breathing FMCG Sales Recruitment, he spends the rest of his spare time talking about football or music. Whenever he comes back from working in London, he always describes his working day as, ‘Riding the Rail’.
The first ‘outsider’ to join Signature Career Management, Sarah was the catalyst for the business moving into purpose-built office space. Sarah pretty much knows every FMCG Marketer in the North of England by name and is rapidly extending her network nationwide. Sarah also worked in retail banking at the same place as Liam; then briefly followed him to a car finance business. A lovely person and a natural at recruitment, everyone is glad she made it a hat-trick of moves by following Liam to Signature Career Management, however no one is quite sure why Sarah hasn’t used any of the numerous opportunities to get away from him.
What Will says about her:
Sarah is always immaculately turned-out, and the friendliest and most polite person that I've ever met. She is definitely a real Jekyll & Hyde character though because despite looking like butter-wouldn’t-melt, she spends her spare time going to Rock & Thrash Metal gigs and chugging beers. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the pictures!
One of the more recent team members to join Signature Career Management, Bruce is a keen sportsman who competed at a high standard in athletics during his youth. When his promising career was cut short by injury, Bruce decided it was time to get a ‘proper job’ but settled upon a career in recruitment instead. Thankfully, Bruce brought with him to Signature all the tenacity, resilience and committed approach needed for sporting achievement and is replicating his success in FMCG recruitment. The speed at which he has picked up his role is second only to his pace down the right wing for the amateur football club he regularly plays for.
What Liam says about him:
“Young, sporty, good looking and a natural aptitude for recruitment… but that’s enough about me. Bruce is also quite sporty, although his choice in football teams leaves a lot to be desired. On a serious note though, he’s well suited to recruitment; likes chatting to people, has a good memory and is happy to do long hours. We couldn’t ask for more from Bruce, although he often delivers it!
Despite being fully briefed on what a job in Recruitment entailed, Meghan still decided to join Signature Career Management as an Apprentice Recruitment Resourcer. The team was immediately left in awe of Meghan’s organisational prowess incorporating a notebook of perfectly handwritten to-do lists, an intricate colour-coding system for her vast array of highlighters and perfectly aligned tick-boxes to signify task-closure. It came as little surprise that Megan achieved a Distinction in her apprenticeship and was immediately snapped up as an Associate Consultant. She is often likened to a Sat-Nav because you wonder how the hell you got by before you had one!
What Sarah says about her:
Meghan joined just before her 18th birthday and based on other 17-year-olds I know, I expected her to communicate in a series of grunts. As it turns out she is very mature; she’s more advanced than the boys at Signature despite being half their age and I’ve even seen her intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft drinks while we’ve been out which is unheard of at this company.
With several years of FMCG recruitment experience already under his belt, Tom had to prove to the owners that he wouldn’t bring any bad habits with him. Having nearly fallen at the first hurdle by leaving used teabags on the side, Tom passed the remainder of his tests with flying colours and has since settled in as a welcome addition to the team. Tom likes to pace around the office whilst he’s on the phone and has recently set a new record for the most daily steps completed by someone in a desk job! Despite it wearing a groove around the edge of the room, his energy and drive adds an extra dynamic to the group and is a vital step on the way to Signature Career Management’s world domination.
What Bruce says about him:
I sometimes wonder whether Tom wanted to join Signature to further his career, or he just wanted to be closer to Liam to foster their golf-buddy bromance! Once you’ve witnessed his enthusiasm though, it’s impossible to question his drive, and despite him sometimes sending me dizzy while he’s pacing around the office, we wouldn’t have him any other way.
A former lifeguard, Will retired his red shorts several years ago to pursue a more customer-centric, rather than life-preserving, career. Having then honed his consultative skills in the motor trade, Will found out about the exciting project afoot at Signature Career Management from his childhood friend Bruce, and decided to pivot into recruitment to get in on the action. Will has two ears and one mouth and uses them in perfect proportion enabling him to really understand the requirements of candidates, so although he’s no longer selling cars, he’s helping people to drive their careers forward instead.
What Josh says about him:
Will keeps his cards very close to his chest so is not the greatest person to take on in a challenge. When he tagged along for a game of golf in his first week, he forgot to mention he used to play off 8 and had his own set of made to measure clubs. He’s turned his hand to recruitment so quickly I had to double check his LinkedIn profile to make sure he didn’t already have experience in that as well!
An avid football fan and aspiring coach, Josh manages his local football team and is hoping he can help Bollington Town FC replicate the previous on-field successes of his beloved Manchester United. A clearly driven individual, Josh brings organisational, as well as ambitious characteristics to his recruitment game which is already proving to be a winning combination. His competitive nature is proving to be infectious in the office and as well as being intent on outperforming his teammates in the recruitment stakes, he’s happy to rise to any challenge whether that be playing golf or eating chilli chocolate!
What Emilie says about him:
Josh is extremely passionate about the two main things in his life; football and recruitment. As a City fan, I’m glad he got tired of United’s form over recent years and sought to follow the winning team at Signature instead. I certainly can’t question his work ethic because he gives it his all, but for some reason that doesn’t translate to his tea drinking hence his nickname, ‘Half-a-Brew Brown’.