PRESS RELEASE: Nakama London prepares for growth with three new hires

Data and Events Marketing hires ensure Nakama London’s future growth plans

 

Nakama Group plc (AIM: NAK), the AIM quoted international recruitment consultancy providing staff for the Web, Interactive, Digital media, IT and Business Change sectors, has appointed three new consultants to the London office across their Data and Analytics and Events Marketing teams. The new hires are a timely response to the strong growth the Group has seen both in these markets and across their London and recently launched New York offices.

Experienced recruitment consultant, Mark Stevenson, joins Nakama London from Salt Recruitment and has been appointed to the position of sales manager. The team also welcomes Samuel King, joining from the consultancy firm Datatech, as a senior consultant. Samuel will be working closely with Mark recruiting for data science and analytics roles across both the London and New York offices. Both new consultants possess a wealth of experience in building data teams both nationally and internationally.

Mark Stevenson commented: “Data is big. It is influencing and disrupting our cities, businesses; transforming the way organisations speak to their customers and to each other. We are able to draw parallels between the London and New York recruitment scenes. Clients here and abroad share the same vision for their data and analytics teams and we are able to connect them with experienced specialist candidates.”

“I totally agree with Mark”, added Samuel King. “The market is experiencing a boom; the world of data science is buzzing and it’s an exciting time to be a part of it. For candidates looking to make the move, there are some truly interesting opportunities emerging across a raft of new industries.”

 

Fiona Craig, also joins the London team from Stopgap, where she will be focused on growing the events marketing and digital marketing roles within the creative agency sector.

“Effective campaigns encompass a multi-channel approach, integrating the online and offline experience”, Fiona added. “I’m excited about joining the

Nakama business as it looks set to further expand from its strong digital heritage within the experiential environment”.

Paul Goodship, Managing Director Nakama London commented:

“Our vision is clearly set for growth. I am very pleased to welcome these new senior hires who will enable Nakama to scale our digital recruitment service lines both in London and New York.”

 

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If you’d like further information on this release or you would like to arrange an interview with Nakama London Managing Director, Paul Goodship – Contact Courtney Walker – Marketing Specialist Nakama London and New York 07505 418 0234

About Nakama Group plc:

Nakama Group plc is a recruitment group of two branded solutions placing people into specialist and management positions:

Nakama operates in the digital, creative, media, marketing and technology sectors all over the world from offices in the UK, Asia, Australia and North America.

The Highams brand specialises in the Financial Services sector, specifically Business Change and IT in Insurance and Wealth Management currently in the UK and Europe.

Nakama Group plc was created in October 2011 through the acquisition of Nakama Ltd UK and its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne by AIM listed Highams Systems Services Group plc.

Since forming in 2011, the Group has opened an office in Singapore and New York for Digital, Creative, Media and Marketing.

Our aim is to offer all our services from both our brands in all our locations.

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Meet Ash Budden – Nakama Sydney’s Senior Consultant – Client Services & Digital Marketing

Ash Budden Sydney

Name:  Ash Budden    

Title: Senior Consultant

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? Sydney

What sector do you specialise in? Client Services, Digital Marketing, Social, Online Acquisition and Strategy

What are you known for professionally? Larrikin, Loud, Approachable

What do you love about recruitment? PEOPLE, the fast-paced ever changing environment

What intrigues you most about your sector? The emergence and continued evolution of digital, innovation and tech. In addition, it’s always interesting to notice trends in the market around how businesses are slowly, but surely, moving in to digital.

What’s the next big development in your sector? Even though ‘disruption’ is a very commonly used term in the industry, the reality is that digital will eventually be the ‘only’ way to move forward. With the ever-changing market, and the evolution of digital, there is bound to be innovation on a scale that we haven’t yet witnessed, or envisaged! 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Track days on my Ducati and Skydiving

What would be impossible for you to give up? Football!! The one youonly use your feet to play!

What is your social media channel of choice? Facebook, however, over the last few years, LinkedIn has definitely come in at a very close second.

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? Massive football fan, motorcycle enthusiast, travelling, movie and beach buff. Also able to consume copious amounts of coffee!

If you’d like to speak to Ash Budden – Consultant – Client Services & Digital Marketing about a role E: ABudden@nakamasydney.com or P: +61 (2) 9221 0060

If you’d like to know more about Digital Recruitment Specialist Nakama Global visit our website www.nakamaglobal.com

Nakama Melbourne at Pause Fest 2016 – Highlights from the day

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Pause Fest 2016 – Overview from Nakama Melbourne

Last week Nakama Melbourne visited the city’s premier Digital, Tech & Design innovation event Pause Fest, where our very own Social Media and SEO Specialist Consultant, Maggie Partsi was representing her side project “VibeDate” among the start-up exhibitors.

Pause Fest brings together Australia’s brightest minds in the digital space to showcase over 3 days ideas, knowledge, thought leaders & products that are putting the land down under among the forefront of the technology – in essence a creative environment to foster new ideas! We were able to get a few shots of the day and attend some great sessions delivered by the likes of Sina Krisse from Yoke, Tony Lees from Ntegrity and Gavin Becker from Clemenger BBDO.

PEOPLE POWER

Envato’s HR Director, James Law hosted a presentation around ‘People Power’ and creating experiences your talent will love. It was great hearing how a company voted ‘Coolest Tech Co. 2015’ and ‘Coolest Co. for Women 2015’ attract and retain staff.

Three key take away points from his presentation were:

  • The only thing that matters is relationships
  • Place focus on trust this needs to be the “default” and flow through the entire business
  • Focus on output not input

 

SURVIVING AND THRIVING THROUGH BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Presented by:

  • Sina Kresse, Yoke
  • Tony Lee, Ntergrity
  • Mark Cowan, Acorn Brands

Sina said perfectly that “Digital business transformation is not that hard” and the adoption of it should be approached with this mindset.

They identified that businesses fall into three groups when it comes to digital transformation:

The Dead (or laggers): This defines more than half of Australian businesses (67%), this can be mostly attributed to not having the right culture in place.

The Try Hard (or barely surviving):

“Most business’ fail at digital branding”

It’s a digital jungle out there and to be successful you need to self educate, be proactive and be hungry to learn.

You have to keep learning, educate the leaders in your business, become industry experts and give back and share the knowledge.

The Savvy Operators (or the thriving)

What sets the Savvy apart from the rest?

Robust strategy = Drives innovation = Success

These companies are humble and are not scared to go back 3 steps if something is not working.

Focus for the stage of transformation is to create a shared language!

A brilliant point made by Sina, something that really resonates with me working in the digital space, I too believe that we need to standardise the language, titles and roles in digital to avoid confusion and replication of titles and roles.

Tony Lee of NTegrity also gave an excellent overview of the digital space in Australia, from pace to adoption, to how the space can respond to the digital talent shortage:

“In the last two years we have seen more change in marketing then in the last two decades”

“Digital is moving and evolving faster then the industry can keep up”

My favourite quote of the day was “Digital Distress” – I absolutely love this and have been using it a lot this week – it’s my new buzzword (for anything digitally distressing…)

Tony also spoke about the talent shortage in the market and how we should be educating the teachers not just the students, which I agree with 100%.

How Creativity is driving innovation in Australia

BBDO clients were among the open table discussions, with big name clients on board like: Mars Petcare, Drinkwise, Visit Victoria and TAC.

Moderator was Gavin Becker, Creative Technologist at BBDO spoke about the importance of creativity in producing solutions and customers today having a ‘voracious appetite for new content’.

It was great seeing and hearing from BBDO’s clients on how the campaigns were successful and the results they achieved for them. I really loved the Mars Petcare app ‘Found’, a brilliant use of mobile tech that helps owners find a lost pet – the uptake by owners was incredible and subsequently they won a lot of awards and received recognition for the app – of course I downloaded it while I was listening to the presentation, and it has my seal of approval.

Julia Falcone, MD Nakama Melbourne 

If you wanted to know more about Digital Recruitment Specialists Nakama Melbourne visit our website Nakama Global

Nakama London to sponsor London’s first Vue.js Meet-up

Nakama London is very pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring the very first London Vue.js meet-up.

Vue.js is a library for building interactive web interfaces, powerful enough to build full-scale applications. The framework is still fairly new but the uptake by the development community has been very strong, from those with intermediate JS knowledge through to full-time JavaScript developers.

With the popularity of the library predicted to grow even more in 2016, we’re expecting it to be a required skill by employers. The evening will (re)introduce the framework, and explore topic which will show you why it’s getting a lot of attention from the developers across the board.

Talks on the night include:

Building a UI style guide with Vue.js components

– By Jack Barham @jackbarham. Product designer and developer.

Vue.js, Vuex and Redux-like State Management

– By James Browne @onejamesbrowne. Full-stack engineer.

There are limited numbers for the event and registration opens today via the meet-up link.

The event will be held at The Nakama London offices, Thursday the 3rd of March, 2016.

Nakama London Tech team are really excited about the future of Vue.js and will be actively seeking out opportunities within the market, meanwhile if you’re a looking for a contract or perm role across the following skillsets speak to David Riley at Nakama London or email: driley@nakamalondon.com.

  • ReactJS
  • AngularJS
  • BackboneJS
  • Ember
  • JQuery
  • Underscore
  • JS

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Nakama News – Our Group CEO speaks to Shortlist

Nakama Group plc CEO, Rob Sheffield speaks to recruitment publication Shortlist on the HR challenges of growing a business.

Read the full article here:

Short list:

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Merry Christmas from Nakama Global

A big thank you to our wonderful clients, candidates and suppliers for a brilliant 2015! Here’s to another big year of All Things Digital in 2016.

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