Meet the team - Greg Quinn | FMCG & HR
18th Sep 2019
Interview with Greg Quinn, Senior HR & FMCGs Recruiter at Corvus Recruitment
What was your first job?
My first job was working behind the bar in a local hotel back home in Tyrone, it was a great role to help develop my communication skills and taught me how to deal with a variety of customer types and situations. I went on from this role to develop a good career within the hospitality sector, before moving towards the FMCG sector to pursue my career in Human Resources and Recruitment.
How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?
I am a very good listener and can be empathetic yet have no issue asking those hard questions or providing constructive feedback, I always approach things professionally and have good ethics.
Who do you look up to in business?
There is no one person specifically, over the years I have worked with many great leaders and have taken learnings from them all. I enjoy following Richard Branson and reading his material. Richard has such an amazing story and has built his success by having a vision, building the right team, empowering them to make decisions and not being afraid to fail.
How do you get the best out of your candidates?
I have been working in the industry for over 20 years, I know what great looks like and can ask the appropriate questions of a candidate to get a true understanding of their career goals. I ensure I take the time to get to know my candidates and enjoy providing career coaching throughout the process, that could be helping a candidate to tidy their CV or provide interview coaching.
What has changed in the FMCG sector in the last 5 years?
I work primarily on salaried roles across all key functions and do see the FMCG sector being attractive to talent currently working in other sectors e.g. Heavy Manufacturing. People always need to eat so producers will be required to produce a quality product. The sector provides great opportunity for progression!
What’s the most sought-after skill for a Manager within the FMCG sector today?
Employers are very interested in talking to candidates that are not only technically strong but those who can demonstrate experience of adding value through delivery; have had exposure to continuous improvement tools and route cause analysis; have effective communication skills and can bring teams on a journey; and are KPI focused and have a good understanding of a balanced scorecard approach.
What’s your top tip for today’s FMCG professionals who are thinking about changing their job?
I would advise candidates to be specific about what they want and consider how they go about obtaining their next opportunity. If you choose to use a recruitment agency I would discourage working with numerous agencies as this dilutes your brand, you should choose an agency who will get to know you, understand your career goals and will help you obtain them, avoid being just a recruiter’s number in their KPI’s, be a valued candidate!
Also, get in touch earlier rather than later, the more time we have together to work on helping you find your next opportunity the better, we will then talk career goals, personal branding, amend your CV, identify and approach your employers of choice and help with interview coaching should you get shortlisted for an opportunity.
If you’re in the FMCG or HR industry and are thinking of a career move, why not get in touch for a chat on email@example.com or 028 9091 2872
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