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Michael James

UK Talent Acquisition Lead

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Sutton, Greater London, United Kingdom

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UK Talent Acquisition Lead

June 2015 to Present

London, United Kingdom

Transport for London

Recruitment Business Partner (Contractor)

September 2014 to June 2015

London, United Kingdom

Systech International.

Internal Recruiter (Contractor) - International Recruitment

July 2014 to September 2014

London, United Kingdom

Michael James's Education

Croydon College

Edenham High School

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Playtech is the world's largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange Main Market, offering cutting-edge, value added solutions to the industry's leading operators. Since Playtech's inception in 1999, its approach has been centred on the continual development of best-of-breed gaming products and content, and its success built upon strong partnerships with our licensees....

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About Michael James

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Highly experienced Internal Recruiter with a proven track record across various disciplines within the Online Gaming, IT, E-Commerce, Legal, Construction, Financial Services, Broadcasting and Consultancy industries. Highly resourceful, creative and dexterous in facilitating the life cycle process of recruitment, involving practical application of direct recruiting, internet sourcing, networking, relationship building, candidate screening and closing techniques; establishing strong relations and effectively working in cohesion with Directors, Hiring Managers and Human Resources to negotiate employment, salary ranges, obtain and define job requisitions under cost and budgetary constraints, and advise and discuss industry trends to provide top level staffing solutions. Specialties: Facilitating the life cycle process of recruitment; direct recruiting, internet sourcing, networking, relationship building, candidate screening and closing techniques; establishing strong client relations; provide top level staffing solutions. Executive Networking, Internet Sourcing, Business Development, Cold calling, Diversity staffing, Competitive intelligence, Internet Research, Social & Professional Networking, Boolean search strings, Data Mining and ATS and staffing databases.UK Talent Acquisition Lead @ Playtech is the world's largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange Main Market, offering cutting-edge, value added solutions to the industry's leading operators. Since Playtech's inception in 1999, its approach has been centred on the continual development of best-of-breed gaming products and content, and its success built upon strong partnerships with our licensees. Typical vacancies include: Java Developers (Graduate/Mid/Senior) Front End Developers (Graduate/Mid/Senior) Middleware Specialists (WebLogic) QA Testers Product Managers After Effect Designers Animators Our teams work within an agile environment If you are interested in career opportunities with Playtech, please send your CV to [email protected] From June 2015 to Present (5 months) London, United KingdomRecruitment Business Partner (Contractor) @ SHL Trained Assessor - Occupational Testing Course (BPS Eligible - Ability Test User - Level 2) Initial 6 months assignment has been to drive the recruitment process across Finance within Transport for London within the Specialist Services team. Currently project managing a recruitment campaign for a brand new business area within Commercial Development team across Property Development, Property Management and also Asset Management. We own around 5,700 acres of land across the Capital. Therefore, in addition to being responsible for more than 30 million journeys every day, we are also the custodian of one of the largets and most valuable estates in London. From September 2014 to June 2015 (10 months) London, United KingdomInternal Recruiter (Contractor) - International Recruitment @ Systech International provides responsive, high quality multi-disciplinary managed services to contractors, supporting them in the delivery of complex and challenging projects on time and to budget. We are the leading global provider of commercial management, project controls, planning and scheduling, claims, expert witness, dispute resolution, legal and visualisation services on construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Our team of professionals provides services over the full lifespan of projects – from bid to handover – from our offices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. We understand the requirements and risks of projects and the need for robust and professional cost and schedule control throughout the duration of a scheme. We also have the expertise to manage and resolve claim or dispute situations should they arise using our commercial and legal consultants who provide a co-ordinated and seamless service, avoiding the abortive work that often arises when using multi-party advisors. My role within Systech International is to drive the recruitment process across the international area of the business within MEA, APAC and the Americas. I take accountability for pushing forward the direct sourcing model in the recruitment of Quantity Surveyors, Paralegals, Commercial Managers, Contract Administrators, Contract Managers, Project Planners and also Associate Directors From July 2014 to September 2014 (3 months) London, United KingdomInternal Recruiter (Contractor) @ Brought onboard in a contract capacity to deliver into a high profile recruitment spike across the technology area of Performing the role of a full lifecycle internal recruiter across permanent and contract staff that consists of hiring UI Developers, UX Designers, Java Developers, Agile Project Managers, QA Analysts, Datawarehouse Managers/Architects/Designers/Developers, Linux Systems Administrators, Wintel /Virtualisation Architects, DBAs and Database Architects. I work closely with the CTO, Head of Departments, Marketing, HR Team and also 3rd party agency suppliers in order to drive the recruitment strategy, ensuring a streamlined process for all parties. A key focus of this contract has been to reduce agency spend and to ensure agency usage across the business remains below 30% and time to offer is around 4-5 weeks. This a headhunting approach with the use of LinkedIn Recruiter and also Google as a recruitment tool Project work: • Redefining all job descriptions across Technology to adhere with company tone of voice and also to reflect accuracy of job requirements • 8 direct hires in 3 months across JavaScript Developers, UX Designers, Java Developers, Agile Project Managers and also Linux Systems Administrators (DevOps) • Setting a fresh approach within the recruitment process for consistency in weekly update meetings with senior stakeholders • Negotiating with preferred suppliers on rates and SLAs • Meeting with and collaborating with a recruitment advertising company to produce copy on new job descriptions to add consistency across advertising • Working closely with Senior HR Advisors in the research and uplift of company salary bandings to keep abreast of market place and competition • Building a fresh talent pipeline (talent pooling) via LinkedIn Recruiter and creating in Taleo • After 3 months, I have moved from 100% agency dependency to 62% direct sourcing resulting in circa £70,000 savings across agency spend From March 2014 to July 2014 (5 months) London, United KingdomResource Business Partner (Contractor) @ I was brought on board at Reed Professional Services to work closely with the Head of Resourcing and the Resource Manager onsite at Barclays in managing the competency based interview process for all associates being considered for roles at Barclays and also BBC. I would also take ownership of direct sourcing across digital requirements (Project Managers, Business Analysts, Front End Developers and also Automataion Testers) From January 2014 to March 2014 (3 months) London, United KingdomSenior Recruitment Consultant @ We are a specialist recruitment agency providing focused end-to-end staffing solutions for companies in the iGaming, E-commerce and Games sectors. The online environment is quick-paced and dynamic and mirrors who we are and how we work. EyeSpy recruitment is a close-knit team with oodles of enthusiasm and bundles of passion. We will leave no stone unturned in our search to find talent and compatibility. Perfectly placed to provide an unrivalled service, we consult, advise and deliver a quality bespoke service for each and every client. iGaming – With a nearly a decade of industry experience EyeSpy Recruitment is a leading provider of specialist talent to the iGaming industry. We have worked hard to become a trusted and acknowledged source of talent acquisition. We are passionate about iGaming and are dedicated to keeping abreast with the latest industry developments so we can instantly react to the recruitment requirements of our clients. Ecommerce – We love the rapid pace of the online commercial environment and cover all types of roles in this space. Our team of dedicated recruiters work on roles with focus on technology, e-marketing, customer support, sales and strategic senior hires. We’re tuned in to how technology affects businesses, which means we make recruitment work for our candidates and clients. Games – The gaming landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with the emergence of social and mobile gaming. We are excited about the extraordinary growth of this sector and recruit talent for some of the world’s premier studios and software development companies. Our experienced recruiters can find the very best artists, animators, producers, programmers, developers, designers and executives for your business. Specialties:Online Gaming - Recruitment Poker/Casino/Bingo/Sportsbook From August 2013 to January 2014 (6 months) GibraltarPrinciple Recruiter - Serve (IT / Change / Operations / Customer Contact) @ Wondering who we are? Well, we're the first people in the UK to offer you TV, broadband, phone and mobile - all from one place. The future is bursting with fresh entertainment and communication possibilities. That's why we're here - to bring all the excitement to you and make your digital place the brilliant place it should be. Suddenly, everything is coming together, and we're the first people to provide you with a unique combination of: - TV that puts you in control - Superfast and reliable broadband - Phone packages that fit around you - Mobile service that gives you just what you want What we do in Serve - We are the part of Virgin Media that covers Customer, Technology & Networks. We’re called ‘Serve’ in recognition of the fact that our whole purpose is to serve our customers and colleagues on the front line. Technology and systems are key to delivering a superb customer experience by successfully managing the costs associated with faults, calls and trucks. Our mission is to deliver our goal of being the Customer’s Choice – First for NPS. From January 2013 to August 2013 (8 months) HookOnsite Recruiter @ Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2010 pro forma revenues of EUR 8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transport; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organisations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting and Technology Services, Atos Healthcare, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. Responsibilities: • Liaising with key stakeholders to fully qualify requirements in relation to recently approved requirements across the Systems Integration (Development), Managed Operations (Infrastructure) and Business Consulting practices within Atos. • Managing work load of requirements on the applicant tracking system (iGrasp). • Managing current PSL for permanent hires in Dublin – Liaise with UK PSL for candidate attraction • Attracting candidates to the business by selling the brand and model whilst offering candidates a healthy career option • Sourcing all IT related candidates directly, utilising tools such as talent pool, job boards, LinkedIn, Head Hunting, Referrals, Internal Applicants and Networking • Screening all candidates prior to being sent to hiring management community • Performing competency based interviews to candidates invited for interview • Offering successful candidates • Updating all required tracker sheets for recruitment meetings and processes From March 2012 to January 2013 (11 months) London, United KingdomTalent Acquisition Specialist (Onsite at 2e2) @ My recent projects include; 2e2(Formally Morse Group) Mar 2011 – March 2012 My daily duties consist of: • Liaising with key stakeholders and Service Deliver Managers in relation to roles acquired via sales team from current and existing clients. • Managing work load of requirements on the system (Job Partners) and work to the business process to best engage with business heads and clients • Managing current PSL for contract hires, arranging contracts of engagement and supplier requests, minimising PSL use • Creating job descriptions for candidate attraction, both contract and permanent • Sourcing all IT candidates direct from utilising tools i.e. database, job boards, LinkedIn, Head Hunting, Referrals, Networking • Screening all candidates prior to being sent to Service Operation Managers / Service Delivery Managers and clients. • Offering successful candidates • Obtaining PES forms to reference and screen/vet candidates going in to the Investment Banks • Attending key weekly stakeholder meetings and department deliverables Project Endorsement: "Project Rewind at RBS is responsible for bringing the IT support of the existing ABN Amro systems from the Netherlands over to RBS in the UK. The support of these ABN Amro systems was managed by HP (EDS), but the bank cancelled this contract to bring the support in-house. We have been awarded 31 Managed Service roles to provide support during the transition period whilst they scale up their own full-time staff to take on the work. This order is for around £1m for the first 3 months and the total value of the project is expected to be around £2.8m of professional services and security roles. Well done to Mark Nicholas and the Professional Services’ Resourcing Team of Michael James, Mike Dignan and Ashley Welfare" From March 2011 to February 2012 (1 year) LondonSenior Consultant - Infrastructure & Software/Web Development @ From June 2007 - February 2011 I joined Networkers PLC to work as a key member within the managed services / key accounts division, where I was required to supply IT professionals to a variety of clients that consisted of IT Service Providers (Consultancy), E-Commerce businesses, Digital Media companies, Investment Banks and also SME's. Key skills: New Business, Account Management, Candidate Attraction, Networking, Full candidate qualification, Building rapport and Offering candidates, I gained thorough and in-depth knowledge of technical recruitment in the supply of; Network Engineers/Designers/Architects 1st/2nd/3rd/4th Line Support Engineers Desktop Support Engineers Server Support Engineers System Administrators (All platforms) Infrastructure Designers/Architects PMO's Project Managers Solution Architects Enterprise Architects Java/J2EE Developers C#.NET Developers Testers Application Support Specialists Middleware Support Engineers Storage & Virtualisation Specialists From June 2007 to March 2011 (3 years 10 months) Supervisor - Sales Team @ I led a team of 8 Sales Specialists for an International Automotive company based in Central London From June 2002 to June 2007 (5 years 1 month) Lead Procurement Specialist @ I led a team of 10 procurement specialists for a national engineering company in London From February 2000 to May 2002 (2 years 4 months) Accountant @ I was required to work within a small team of accountants for a residential lettings company based in Croydon From January 1999 to February 2000 (1 year 2 months) Michael James is skilled in: Direct Sourcing, HR Transformation, Talent Acquisition, Technical Recruiting, Contract Recruitment, Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Vendor Management, Permanent Placement, Stakeholder Management, Interviewing, Screening, Full-cycle Recruiting, Candidate Selection, Interviews, Sourcing, SDLC, Screening Resumes, Account Management, Onboarding, Management, RPO, Recruitment Advertising, Applicant Tracking..., Business Development, Executive Search, Recruiting, Telecommunications, CRM, Human Resources, Temporary Placement, Consulting, Networking, IT Recruitment, Strategy, Internet Recruiting, Professional Services, Personnel Management, Project Management, Integration, Sales, Business Process, Agile Methodologies, Leadership, Change Management

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Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

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1 year(s), 4 month(s)

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