Manufacturing recruitment specialists Clarico are advising businesses to adopt digital recruitment techniques in 2020 or risk never hiring top talent again. Russell Metcalf, who officially took over as managing director last week, has fired the warning after overseeing an overhaul of Clarico's strategy as it continues to expand its influence and impact in global manufacturing recruitment.
Metcalf, who joined the company in 2018, has been instrumental in reshaping the business through its adoption of digital technology recruitment techniques and a focus on securing talent for management and senior executive roles for manufacturing companies.
Metcalf said: "This has been a rapid and successful journey with Clarico. We've got the best innovation and tech that's out there and got the best people to deliver it, which is why we're in a position to support global businesses.
"We have delivered for companies in Sweden, Holland and the Czech Republic and have projects coming up Bahrain, Oman, France, Italy and Belgium.
"We have adapted our techniques to deliver for businesses because they are not in a position to do so. If they don't adopt new practices they are missing out on the best talent available, which results in a poor hiring strategy. That is ineffective and costly and so business must change.
"What we have implemented already is delivering results and with the support of the Clarico team, we are continuing to establish beneficial partnerships in manufacturing recruitment."
Metcalf is looking to make more of an impact in 2020 after replacing Jamie Town as managing director. Town retains ownership of the company and will continue in an advisory role.
Explaining the decision to stand down now he said: "My strategy was always to find a managing director who could lead the business, was passionate about recruitment and passionate about building a team.
"Russ came in a just over a year ago and has implemented the right culture and delivered my vision for the business. Russ owns the decision-making progress, will lead the business and build up a network of clients to grow the business."
Over the past year, Clarico has proactively positioned itself to be a global recruitment company incorporating AI technology, data science and candidate nurturing to deliver high-achieving results for a range of manufacturing clients across Europe and the Middle East.
"We've achieved what we set out to do which is to work with successful global manufacturing businesses that have a culture to match ours and are actively hiring people based on the positive aspects of recruitment," said Town.
"We have purposely employed technology and knowledge to source the right candidates that are really making a difference to these companies. Our methods enable us to target the top 15 per cent of talent across the manufacturing sectors and the passive candidate market.
"We're industry leaders in terms of the technology we're using and recruitment methodology, but we still maintain a dedicated team of consultants as they remain a fundamental key to the whole process."