“At Robert Walters, we define ourselves as intrapreneurs. When I heard about the opening of the Geneva office, a better opportunity could not have presented itself for me to turn this concept into a reality.”
Manager – Commerce
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I started my career as a financial auditor and worked within the ‘Big 4’ companies for nearly five years. There, I was incredibly lucky to work for a wide range of clients in various industries and services, from SMEs through to large multi-national companies. This first step in my career made me realise that I am incredibly solution-oriented and enjoy having daily contact with my clients. When I met a Robert Walters consultant during an interview, she actually talked me through the prospect of becoming a recruiter with Robert Walters – explaining the entire process of accompanying clients and candidates through their recruitment journey from start to finish. At a crucial moment in my career, this really spiked my interest and I decided to make the move from audit to recruitment.
I started at Robert Walters France nearly eight years ago as a consultant within the finance practice. During the first five years, I dedicated my days to sourcing the best candidates to fit my clients’ requirements for top and middle finance positions. I also worked hard to develop incredibly strong relationships with different private equity firms, supporting them in the recruitment of CEOs and CFOs for their portfolio companies.
At Robert Walters, we define ourselves as intrapreneurs. When I heard about the opening of the Geneva office, a better opportunity could not have presented itself for me to turn this concept into a reality. This was the perfect point in both my career and personal life to take on a new challenge and demonstrate my ability to build and develop the interim management business in Romandie – setting up a new practice in a recently-opened office within a very competitive landscape. I’ve headed up the interim management practice in Romandie for three years now and have taken the team to a group of three.
What really makes working at Robert Walters so unique is our team spirit. We all have high expectations of ourselves and understanding your client and candidates’ needs can sometimes be quite demanding, but you can always feel the support from both your team members and managers – everyone is always so keen to pass on tips or excellent candidates in order to share success with others.
If you’re interested in working in recruitment, I have a few pieces of advice to share with you: firstly, stay connected to clients and candidates as much as you can. This is the only way to consistently have fresh leads and an accurate view on the market. Secondly, manage the emotional impact of this role: our job can be very fulfilling, so take the time to enjoy and share any success with your team - this is always so refreshing! – but always remember to remain focused on your next steps.
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