Meet Sam – Nakama London new Senior Consultant – Data & Analytics

Samuel King


Name: Sam King

Title: Senior Consultant – Data Science and Analytics

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? London (and eventually New York)

What sector do you specialise in? Data Science, Data Analytics

What are you known for professionally? Solid industry knowledge, proactive, enthusiastic, upbeat, never taking myself too seriously, value a strong team work ethic and lead machine!

What do you love about recruitment? Being able to influence and shape careers and a genuine belief I can make them better! The hard work and the reward.

What intrigues you most about your sector? Data and Analytics is ever-changing and I get to speak to some pretty interesting characters.

What’s the next big development in your sector? To take on New York! Data is MASSIVE in the UK but it’s also saturated – and the window of opportunity in the States is where it’s at, as it’s relatively untapped – for now!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Star Wars Secret Cinema – it’s INSANE!!!! I also got knocked down by a bus once, which wasn’t so cool.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Cheese and my beard

What is your social media channel of choice? MySpace

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? Sign language, I can also quote every single ‘The Office’ episode, making tea – and I’m the BEST boringly average Oasis hits guitar player you’ll ever meet.

If you’re looking for a Data & Analytics role speak to Sam King – Senior Consultant at Nakama London & New York E: sking@nakamalondon.com P: +44 7568 394 836

Find out more about Digital Recruitment Specialists, Nakama Global by visiting www.nakamaglobal.com 

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.

Meet Mark – Nakama London’s new Sales Manager – London & New York

Mark Stevenson

Name: Mark Stevenson

Title: Sales Manager – Data

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? London / New York

What sector do you specialise in? Data & Analytics

What are you known for professionally? Being a Mr Data Data Data

What do you love about recruitment? Helping smart people get exciting jobs

What intrigues you most about your sector? The world of Data, the Internet of Things and machine learning is changing the face of how we interact within business and life in general.

What’s the next big development in your sector? The rise of the machines as IoT becomes ever encompassing

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Watching my beloved Pompey play in the FA Cup final at Wembley or the Back to the Future Secret Cinema at the Olympic Park. Amazing.

What would be impossible for you to give up?
Noodles, Salt & Vinegar Crisps & Podcasts

What is your social media channel of choice? Twitter @agent_analytics or Instagram @datadatadata

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? A man of many voices any requests?

If you’d like to speak to Mark Stevenson – Sales Manager for Data Jobs get in touch with him by emailing mstevenson@nakamalondon.com M: +44 7814 397 783

If you’d like to know more about Digital Recruitment Specialists Nakama Global www.nakamaglobal.com

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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Flight mode: Simple steps to disconnecting

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We are in the age of the notification. That silent but deadly little red icon that makes you aware that someone in your personal or work life has reached out to you and of course, you must immediately respond or risk harming your relationship, or appearing like your sense of urgency is lacking, or fear you might leave that person feeling like you just don’t give a damn. This thought process could be hugely damaging to not only your own mental well-being; but also that of other people in your life.

The Internet of Things has led to our lives being pulled at from every angle, at all hours of the day. Phone, iPad, Laptop – I am always online. I wake up, check my work emails, check Facebook, check Instagram, check Snapchat, check Whatsapp check my gmail. This ritual is then repeated throughout the day and generally again before I go to sleep at night. Often I end up feeling like I don’t know where to start when it comes to replying and leads to feeling a sense of exhaustion towards people in my life who are important. It isn’t their fault – it’s technology.

Why haven’t they replied to me? How could they have forgotten – they would have seen my email! How many times a week does that thought go through your head? If I replied to every single digital/social notification I’d never make it to work or actually have a real conversation with anyone, and this feeling; I am sure is reciprocated.

My solution was empathy and ironically – communication. Learning to switch-off respecting when others want to do the same. This isn’t about not answering that work email, or being lazy, or cutting people out – communication is what develops relationships, ensures people don’t feel neglected and keeps the everyday elements of our jobs and lives ticking along.

This is about communicating your right not to communicate. Unfortunately, going stone cold silent at work isn’t an option. But there are a few simple solutions to maintain a little more balance in your life and subsequently eliminating what I call ‘communication distress’ outside of hours:

  1. Let your nearest and dearest know you are going off the grid so they don’t think you’ve been kidnapped or arrested.
  2. Prioritise – Will that person really mind if I don’t get back to them straight away and does it need a response right now? Leave a time in your day where you get back/respond where necessary.
  3. Notification centre – that’s right you can turn those little silent alarms off! Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Whatsapp – determine when you want to check them by turning off notifications – feel the immediate sense of relief.
  4. Detox days: once a week decide to have a day (more practically done on the weekend) where you don’t connect digitally.
  5. I’ve even taken to banning my phone when I’m in the kitchen – create spaces in your home where it is a “phone free zone”.
  6. Building solid relationships won’t come down to double-tapping an Instagram post (while it’s nice to share the love) – ensure you are still maintaining real human interaction. Have a coffee for an hour, go browse a gallery or grab a juice with your friends.
  7. For god’s sake turn your phone on flight mode! That’s right switch your phone on flight mode a few hours before bed and until you get to work (if possible).

 

There are initiatives and resources where you can find out more about “switching off”. Be Kovert is a great site dedicated to streamlining your digital touch points and being mindful with your approach to technology. Another one of my favourite sites is Mindful who’ve also shared a brilliant article with simple tips on taking control of your tech habits.

Organisations are even starting to recognise the effect of technology is having on their employees mental well-being; Volkswagon have implemented “digital dams” to stop employees checking emails after-hours and the country (yes country) of France even brought in a labour agreement where employees are allowed to switch-off after hours.

We want to know how you’ve taken to switching off after work? Share your tips with us in the comments or Tweet us @NakamaGlobal 

Courtney Walker – Marketing at Nakama London

Nakama London is growing! Meet Max Coltart – Resourcer Engagement Marketing

Max Coltart

Our London team is growing and we want to introduce our newest member of the Nakama team Max Coltart – Resourcer for Engagement Marketing

What are you known for professionally? Coming from a background working in Michelin star restaurants, I’m known for my work ethic and working in an intense, high-pressured environment with a close-knit team. I can also fry a pretty decent egg.

What do you love about recruitment? The dynamic nature of the industry, there’s always something going on! Also the diverse nature of the people you meet in digital, helping people take the next step in their careers.

What intrigues you about the world of Social Media and working with people who are in the field? Looking at how much social media has changed how we communicate in the last 5-10 years, I’m excited to see what the future holds, and to be a part of that change.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in London? Serving up culinary experiences for a few A-listers. The cast of the Big Bang Theory, and the English Football team, Gary Lineker, Trevor McDonald to name a few.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Restaurants! I can’t resist a new pop-up or restaurant opening. My favourite at the moment is City Social and Somsaa

What is your social media channel of choice and why? Instagram, it’s simplicity, personalised content and the ability to get up to date imagery from events, curators, brands is incredible, not to mention the bloggers. It gives you a ‘noise’ free behind the scenes glimpse into your interests. I’m also getting really into Periscope, a live feed to contributors and content creators around the world, who could resist?

Any hidden talents you want to let us know about? I was a chef for 5 years, so my BLTs aren’t too shoddy.

If you’re looking for a role in Social Media, Content & Editorial speak to Max at Nakama London by emailing mcoltart@nakamalondon.com