Q1. Hi Rob thanks for taking the time to chat today, firstly tell us about your new office in Zuidas, Amsterdam
I love it! Genuinely, it feels fantastic to be in the heart of the finance and business district of Amsterdam, plus our views are not bad either! The espressos are far superior here too!
Q2. So Rob, why technology focused recruitment for over 8 years?
I am a firm believer digital transformation is the future of all businesses. The digital movement transcends industries, and affects us all, from how we work, to how our personal lives are managed. Technology is a complex, challenging and exciting industry, all of which fascinate me. It is technology’s complexities that bring out the best in me and my team which drives solutions, keeps us on our toes, helps maintain our agility and ensures we deliver the best we can on a daily basis.
Q3. What are your favourite elements of being involved in recruitment?
As clichéd as it sounds, I love communicating and connecting with people. I really enjoy affecting people’s lives in a positive way, through the roles my consultants want that can be life changing, to consistently finding the solutions to my clients’ ongoing challenges and needs.
Q4. Which technology silo excites you the most?
It has to be big data and analytics. For me, data brings everything to life. Profitability, competitiveness, agility, digital transformation….data is the lifeline to success.
Q5. Name the three characteristics that are an ideal fit within your team in Amsterdam.
Based on our team’s current culture; we’re self-motivated, intensely proud of what we deliver for our clients and candidates daily, try to better ourselves each day, appreciate that delivering the recruitment solutions we provide sometimes can’t be delivered within a 9-5 time-frame and are open-minded and un-swayed by assumptions of what recruitment is. If this sounds anything like you, then you may wish to find out more about being a part of Team Netherlands!
Q6. Do you live by any maxim?
Drawing on my sports experience in field hockey, I would say ‘you only fail once you give up.’
Q7. Describe your current Dutch team in 3 words.
Ambitious, specialist, local-experts.
Q8. Who have been your mentors to date in your tech recruitment career so far?
First off, my mentor in my professional and personal life has been my dad. Essentially, he taught me by example to never give up, and always search for solutions to challenges. I would also like to add Nadeem my CEO as my mentor in recruitment. He gives me the freedom to implement my vision, supported by his expertise every step of the way; I could not ask for more.
Q9. What is more important to you, relationships or profit?
Relationships, because profit comes from an excellent relationship.
Q10. What has been your most challenging scenario to date, and how did you overcome it?
I had a scenario around a year ago when one of my technical consultants was diagnosed with a serious illness, a few days before they were about to start their ideal contract at a high-tech international client of ours. I quickly realised, that working very closely together was the only way to move forward, with an aligned plan. I was completely transparent with everyone involved, and ensured the steps of the plan were managed sensitively and keenly alongside the candidate’s progression. The outcome? Timelines were shifted, needs were adjusted and my consultant started only a few months later, in full health.
Q11. Lastly, what do you think are the three key specialisms of the Templeton team?
In-depth market knowledge, global presence, and the ability to build long lasting relationships.