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  • AO.com

    AO.com is a high growth, pure play ecommerce business based in Bolton. A major online player, AO.com became one of the UK's biggest commercial success stories when it was valued at £1.2bn as it debuted on the London Stock Exchange. Pre IPO, AO.com partnered exclusively with FR Executive to recruit a ‘best in class’ senior team consisting of the following: Director of Ecommerce Head of Retention Head of Multimedia Studio Head of Content Strategy and Delivery Working with the Commercial Director and Marketing Director to shape role specifications and salaries for roles which were new to the business. Working with the Marketing Director to help shape structures for two new departments. Mapping the UK market for best in class talent in the above specialisms. Using a multi-channel candidate attraction methodology from niche advertising to headhunting, to ensure maximised candidate reach. Results All roles successfully filled within the scheduled 6 weeks. Candidates placed from high profile brands such as The Hut Group, Amazon, Play.com and Waterstones. From a low base level of awareness, Forward Role helped build AO.com’s talent brand in the North West market and beyond, working alongside the AO.com social media and PR teams on talent engagement strategies. What AO say about us AO.com chose FR Executive, because their ethics and values fit well with our own. We wanted to develop a true relationship approach with an Executive Search Consultancy who understood our culture and brand. At AO.com people are our ultimate differentiator, so by using FR Executive we ensured we reached the best people in the market place, and made hires that will be crucial to the continued success of our business. Thanks to Steve and FR Executive for their hard work and considerable success to date. Alex Braddock - Head of Talent at AO.com

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  • On the Beach

    On the Beach are a FTSE 250 B2C online travel business driven by cutting edge technology and a disruptive customer proposition. The challenge We were briefed in January 2014: To find the business a Head of Digital Acquisition to deliver aggressive online growth targets. To find a potential successor for the CMO, who had a clear timescale around his own exit from the business. The strategy A retained head hunt assignment to target the UK’s most talented Digital leaders. The result Alan Harding placed with the business from Phones4u Alan drives huge digital growth leading to an IPO valuation of £240m Alan is made Marketing Director of the business in 2018. business growth ✅ excellent retention and career growth ✅ What on the beach say about us “Steve contacted me at a time when I was starting to think about my next big career challenge. The opportunity to join a high growth business like On the Beach and have a clear career pathway to leading the Marketing department and equity made this the ideal move for me. Steve is a leader in his space and is the go to Executive Recruiter for senior Digital and Marketing roles in the North of England” Alan Harding - Marketing Director, On the Beach

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  • Shop Direct

    Shop Direct is the multi-brand online retailer behind Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk. The home shopping giant, based in the Speke area of Liverpool, boasts some of the most sophisticated ecommerce and UX teams on the planet. Last year Forward Role worked with Shop Direct on their Employee Value Proposition (EVP) for their UX department, conducting an extensive paid research project. The research Shop Direct launched its own UX Lab two years ago and it is widely considered to be a leader in the UX field in the North West. This research was commissioned by Shop Direct to identify key trends in the North West UX talent market to improve their EVP within the UX team. Key findings 46% of UX professionals surveyed spent less than two years in their previous role Business culture and quality of work are the top drivers for UX professionals when choosing a new organisation 74% of UX professionals surveyed did not plan for a career in UX and only 2% studied a UX related degree. As a result of the research project, Forward Role proposed that Shop Direct needed to engage their UX talent audience proactively. A new event was born; UX Cubed. We worked with them to populate and run a 120 person UX event at their Speke Head Offices and on a number of initiatives to link up with future talent through closer links with local universities. What Shop Direct say about us Agencies that embrace added value services like this are the true recruitment partners for companies in 2017. Absolutely love that you helped our UX team make this event happen and showcase UX in the North West. #ForwardRole #ShopDirect #UX Comment on a Forward Role LinkedIn post by Simon Halkyard, Leading Talent Acquisition for Shop Direct I've worked with Tom at Forward Role over a number of years to recruit multiple UX Design professionals. His ability to find candidates who are both personable and passionate about the field of UX is second to none. All of the recruits he's helped source have been a pleasure to manage and to work with, which is a testament to Tom's excellent skills in the field of UX recruitment. Alex Kelsey - Product Owner at Shop Direct

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