A Day in the Life of the CEO of Remtec Search and Selection

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31/01/2017

To kick off our brand new “A Day in the Life” series we thought we’d bring you a day in the life of someone who plays a key role in our business – our CEO Nigel Job! I interviewed him on a cold and frosty January morning; but his office was warm and welcoming. The consultants were on the phone or in meetings and the office was busy – but Nigel took the time to answer these questions for us:

What is your current role?

I’m the CEO of Remtec Search and Selection. We’re a specialist recruitment company that works for the medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceutical industries. We operate internationally to fill middle to senior level roles.

 How long have you been in your position?

19 years.

 What are your 3 main job duties?

My main job duty is generating business; which includes managing existing clients and ensuring they are well looked after and happy, as well as searching for opportunities with new clients. My other main job duties are overseeing performance of the company and managing reports.

 Who are your co-workers?

I work very closely with my Operations Director, Lorna. She plays a pivotal role in the smooth running of the business. She looks after the KPIs (key performance indicators) and the finances of the business; just to name a couple of her key roles! I also work with a team of sales consultants to achieve the best for our clients.

 What do you like best about your job?

Seeing happy, smiley faces first thing in the morning! Internally, I like to see people develop and learn. The best part of my job externally is when clients are pleased with the outcome of our services.

 What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

Trying to balance all the different things that there are to do in a day. I manage this by ensuring prioritisation of different demands to make sure that everything gets done. I always prioritise my client’s needs and then the business.

 What experience have you had previously that helped you to get into the role you’re in now?

I’ve worked in marketing, sales and application support for medical devices in the past – all of which have helped me in this role. I also have a Science degree from Kingston University which enabled me to get my original job in the medical device sector.

 How did you end up in recruitment?

I actually worked in recruitment following university, I fell into this because I went to find a job through the company and they ended up offering me a job with them! I then went to work in the medical device industry. Several years later, I decided I wanted to set up my own company that was a life science recruitment company. We set up in 1998 – and here we are now!

 What advice would you give to somebody seeking the same line of work?

Be resilient!

 What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?

My proudest accomplishment is without a doubt setting up Remtec Search and Selection.

 What are your interests outside of work?

My family are my main interest outside of work and I like rugby too!

 What would a typical day look like for you?

Every morning I wake up at 5:30 and the first thing I’ll do is go for a run with my dog, a black Labrador named Poppy. I’ll return home and have something to eat, and then most mornings I’ll take my kids to school. This means that I’m mostly in the office around 7:45/8, if I’m not meeting clients that day. If I am meeting clients that day, I’ll be catching a plane or a train to a very exciting or unexciting location!

 If I’m in the office for the day, the first thing I’ll do is check my diary. I’ll make sure I know what commitments I have for the day, and then I will begin to plan my day. I prioritise projects that I’m working on – looking at where the developments of these projects are and checking that they are conforming to time scales and the standard of quality required for the client.

I will then determine what interviews need to take place that day, review candidates CVs and prepare questions tailored to the project, regarding expertise and competence required for the role.

I will also plan for my business development activities and for the general management of the company. I will monitor the business development and marketing activities at that current time and will confirm that the objectives are being achieved. I’ll also have discussions and meetings with the team to ensure that their needs and requirements for resources are being met, so they can do their job to the highest standard for our clients.

The day normally goes very quickly as I’m fortunate to have a role that I thoroughly enjoy, and I really like my team and clients! I feel very blessed to be in the position that I’m in.

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