Stuart MacSween is the newly promoted managing director for London, which houses our Commodities, Global, Interim and Associates brands. Stuart did things a little differently: he began his career in the military, but was attracted to the world of recruitment. He discusses his experiences in the industry and why he enjoys working at Proco below.
Where did you work before joining Proco?
My career started in the military, but after almost nine years, I developed itchy feet and was eager for a significant change in direction. This led me to Michael Page, where I primarily recruited internal auditors and finance professionals. After a few years, I jumped ship and moved to another large corporate recruitment firm. While it was broadly an enjoyable experience, I became frustrated with generalist nature of their recruitment strategy and the unpredictability surrounding their quarterly discretionary bonus scheme. After having this epiphany, I started looking to join a business more in line with my expectations.
What attracted you to Proco?
There were two elements that really stood out and separated Proco from the other firms that I was speaking to: the people and its specialist focus. I was convinced that Proco was a business that could grow and genuinely differentiate itself from other recruitment companies.
What do you enjoy about your role?
It sounds clichéd, but the variety. Every engagement with a client is different and presents a unique set of circumstances. I genuinely enjoy working alongside consultants to find a practical hiring solution for clients. The opportunity to travel is also a huge advantage.
What are some highlights of your 2 years at Proco?
I get an enormous amount of satisfaction out of seeing individuals progress, whether they’re being promoted into a new role, developing a particular skill set, or earning a lifestyle-changing commission. During my time at Proco, I’ve seen many of my colleagues transition into bigger roles within the business, each of them playing a significant part in helping the team achieve its objectives.
How has Proco helped you in your career development?
Unlike other companies that I’ve worked for, where processes were bogged down with bureaucracy and red tape, Proco is focused on finding workable solutions. Rather than accepting the status quo, our teams and management present practical solutions that we agree upon and action. I feel that it reflects our image as a specialist business; this method of working has been incredibly useful for me to apply to my own management strategy.
What advice do you have for prospective Proco candidates?
Never underestimate your ability to influence an outcome. If you truly believe in the value that you provide to your clients and candidates, Proco can be a platform for you to positively challenge others and create a favourable outcome. An optimistic outlook matched with a high-energy attitude is also a very a good start!
What are three words that you would use to describe Proco?
Progressive, fast-paced and fun.
Has your idea of recruitment changed since joining Proco?
An emphatic yes! In this industry, you really do get out what you put into it and the working environment at Proco reflects this.
What do you think sets Proco apart from other recruitment companies?
Prior to Proco, I worked for two of the largest global recruitment firms. While I took away many positives from this period of my career, working for Proco has demonstrated to me that recruitment can be done differently (and better!). The days of a ‘bums on seats’ mentality, which was applied by my former employers, is long behind me. The opportunity to be challenged with (and by) a brilliant bunch of people is very much the future!
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