We rate the collective-i team very highly as professionals. They deliver significant levels of expertise in the technology recruitment field, understand and are excellent ambassadors for Qlik, and have a strong and natural ability in identifying top talent and attracting them into our global organisation. They are a joy to partner with and have delivered significant return on investment.
Global Recruitment at Qlik
I was introduced to collective-i search through James Isherwood, who I have known for many years. As a candidate I worked with Sean Walsh on a couple of key roles and I found Sean extremely knowledgeable, open, honest and professional with his agnostic opinion and as an overall 'sounding board'. Sean clearly understands the relationship and recruitment process, considering both the client and candidate requirements along the route. No matter what the questions, Sean and the collective-i team understand and address them to find the right answers - very much as 'first line support' - which helped to guide me and make the right decision for my future role.
Ed Hill, Sales Director in the Enterprise Software Market
The collective-i team understand our marketplace and do an excellent job in listening and fully understanding the brief we have for our roles. It can be a challenging process to identify and propose candidates that are best suited, but Sean and his colleagues clearly possess both the talent and the relationships to help accelerate the interview and recruitment process. They clearly have quality in their talent pool and their experience characteristics consistently deliver.
Jason Bath, Sales Director SAP - Specialist in Innovations, Big Data and Big Accounts
collective-i delivered a constructive overview for my role at Qlik and had clearly done a lot of research on me and whether I had the right profile for the job. I worked with Robin Cooper and he really took time to get to know me as a character in a very personable and professional manner. Robin instantly put me at ease and answered my many and varied questions, with great follow-up and checking I was truly happy before match-making the role. Robin encouraged and focused on me as a person on whether I would fit into the culture of Qlik and be the right person to join the team. Overall, I found the whole process instrumental and smooth. In my career so far and working with recruitment, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with collective-i as they don't just place people, they have everyone's interests at heart. They reassured me and exceeded my expectations, and are a delight to work with. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.
Maria Darke, Manager PreSales, Qlik
When I was contacted by collective-i search I immediately assumed this was just another recruiter getting in the way of my work, however, the team were very quick to engage with me in a style and approach that felt very trusting. I was in my previous role for 9 years, so was not going to give up that commitment easily but decided to work with them because they understood my personal style and character attributes, and that I needed to listen and understand the role as well as the background of Qlik as a company. Their knowledge of Qlik was excellent. Working with James Isherwood I was impressed with the time spent with me, the constant contact and feedback on progress, and the help and support to prepare for interviews. Again, the knowledge of Qlik was a key factor to me considering the role and this didn't feel like a recruiter who was simply looking to make their target. To me, the decision to change jobs is right up there with getting married, buying a house and having a family. It is a key decision. I personally never expected to agree to leave my previous company; however, the nurturing and coaching I received helped me to take the leap. This was superb and I never felt under any pressure. I cannot speak highly enough of collective-i and particularly the great support given to me by James, and for that I wish him and his colleagues all success.
Paul Winsor, Director EMEA Market Development, Retail and Services, EMEA Region
Collective-i contacted me via my Linkedin profile. The initial communication was personalised and relevant and showed that there was a clear understanding of my skill set. There were two key elements that I liked about collective-i. The first was their deep understanding of the client organisation and a good articulation of why I should consider a position with them. The second was that I was never pressured into any decisions, I always had the feeling that the most important thing was that the fit was right. The team at collective-i impressed me as they were clearly experienced in connecting the right professionals with the right organisations. This leads to good business outcomes for all parties.
Bruno Calver, Senior PreSales Solution Architect, Qlik
I was introduced to Robin Cooper at collective-i search by our HR Manager at ACL. Robin and his team bring a unique perspective to search and placement of senior sales and business development candidates with their background and experience across the entire enterprise software space. Their methodical approach in terms of understanding the culture of our organization, along with the requirements for the position and identifying and vetting candidates so that we were presented with a carefully selected short list - made the whole hiring process a lot easier. We were able to attract top talent thanks to their efforts. The level of service and professionalism delivered by collective-i search is superb.
Vasu Desikachary, formerly VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, ACL
At a time when I was looking for a new challenge in my career, Robin at collective-i contacted me via my LinkedIn profile and what immediately struck me was the polite and informed manner of contact, demonstrating detailed knowledge of the role and thought leadership in the industry. At the outset, great care was taken for me to understand the role and the organisation, and the alignment with my skills and needs. I felt coached and comfortable throughout the entire process, particularly during the 'middle ground' communications, which can often be complex in relationship building. Robin and the collective-i search team delivered a one-to-one consultative approach with the experience and expertise that, I believe, both organisations and candidates benefit from.
Paul Zeila, Enterprise Account Manager - EMEA at ACL
I worked with Sean at SAP and was always impressed with his professionalism and results. When I needed to work with a trusted external provider I thought of Sean and have been really pleased with the results. The collective-i search team have a well-structured and professional approach as they take time to really understand what a company stands for and build strong and collaborative relationships with all the key people involved in the process. To date, we have initiated 2 searches with 2 results both within a short time period, and I consider that the main differentiator in working with collective-i is their open and honest approach, which has been really well perceived within Basware.
Jane Broberg, VP HR Europe Operations/Global support Sales & Marketing at Basware
Robin and Sean were part of my team in the world's largest business software company - Robin as a senior recruiter of specific and new business assignments spanning Nigeria, Turkey and other emerging markets; and Sean as a lead sales recruiter with his excellent client interface expertise in very competitive European Markets. Both were very dedicated and extremely successful. Most recently, I worked with them as a client in my role as the International Staffing Leader for the largest Human Capital Management solutions company. Their remit was to help build a brand new strategic marketing organization, which required in-depth industry, product and solution knowledge. Both Robin and Sean have a deep domain expertise in SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, HCM, ERP spaces and were successful recruiting top Product Marketing, Social and Digital Marketing Experts. Both Robin and Sean excelled in this, clearly understanding both business and desired goals and recognizing our needs and the candidate process. I consider them and collective-i search as exceptionally talented and am always delighted of the prospect of working with them.
Francois Scholtz, a Global Head of Recruitment and Marketing at an Industry Leader
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