Ireland were victorius in the inaugural Gateway Cup golf tournament, which took place just before the Aer Lingus American Football Classic in Dublin in the first weekend in September. This “business version of the Ryder Cup” welcomed over 100 US and Irish business leaders, politicians, and representatives from Boston College and Georgia Tech to Woodbrook Golf Club in Co. Wicklow, which has hosted of 18 major international championship events. The tournament was followed by dinner which attended by distinguished guests including Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Boston Consul General, Fionnuala Quinlan, among many sports and media personalities. Newstalk broadcaster George Hook captained team Ireland to victory, with help from All Ireland winner Alan Kerins who serving as vice captain. Robert Mauro, Director of the Irish Institute from Boston College and Jeff Laue, CEO of N3, co-captained the US team. The event was run by Ireland Gateway To Europe, a not-for-profit collective of Irish service providers who promote Ireland as Europe’s premier investment location to US executives. Sigmar is a founding company of this initiative. Find out more at www.gatewaytoeurope.org. L-R: Dessie Farrell, Alan Kerins, Boston Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan, Bernard Brogan, Adie McGennis The Golfers at Woodbrook Golf Club, Co. Wicklow L-R: Adie McGennis, George Hook (Ireland Captain), Alan Kerins (Ireland Vice Captain), Jeff Laue (US Captain)
Sigmar Recruitment have joined the global fight to end hunger and poverty by announcing a charity partnership with international development charity Gorta Self-help Africa. The partnership was selected by Sigmar’s 100 strong workforce and will be led by employees who aim to raise much needed funds for Gorta-Self Help through sponsored events and fundraising initiatives. Gorta-Self Help Africa, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, is one of Ireland’s leading development organisations. The charity implements a broad range of agricultural development projects that are designed to support rural communities to grow more and earn more from their small farms. CEO Ray Jordan said that they were delighted with their new partnership with Sigmar. “It is fantastic to be able to call upon the expertise of one of Ireland’s top recruitment consultancies, and to draw upon their knowledge and skills so that we can deliver the best results that we can for the rural poor people of Africa.” Sigmar Recruitment Director Adrian McGennis said: “we are so pleased to announce Gorta-Self Help Africa as our new charity partner, an organisation which makes such a difference in the rural communities of Africa and we look forward to supporting the good work that they do. The charity’s commitment to tackling hunger with projects that empower farmers and equip them with the tools to start businesses and become self-sufficient, is an incredibly worthy cause.” 250 million people in Africa, farmers and their families, suffer hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extreme rural poverty without enough food; left behind by rising economic growth. Gorta-Self Help believes that it is only by tackling the challenges faced by rural farming communities that real and sustained economic progress can be made across sub-Saharan Africa.
On Friday March 4th, Sigmar Recruitment was named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the 2016 Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the eighth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 800 people from the Irish business community. Frank Ryan, chair of the independent judging panel, was keynote speaker on the night. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The network of 115 Best Managed Companies now employs over 47,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €10bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in export sales of 161% over the last three years. Commenting on the award, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment said: ““We are delighted to be recognised as a Deloitte’s BMC which reflects the breadth and depth of leadership, innovation and capability across the entire organisation. Our people are truly world class and this award is a testament of their hard work, spirit and determination to always go further to deliver for clients and candidates. We are proud, and humbled, to lead on multiple fronts and from an industry perspective, to be the example.” This award comes off the back of Sigmar’s ranking as #4 Best Place to Work in Ireland (Great Places to Work Institute), the highest ranking recruitment company in Ireland. Commenting on the award, Adrian McGennis, CEO adds: “At Sigmar, we really value this recognition as a Great Place to Work, particularly as the highest ranked recruitment company. The values we embrace and initiatives that we undertake are devised to fulfil our company objectives and include truly valuing all staff so it is great to receive external validation for affirmation. All the recent awards that have been presented to Sigmar reflect the commitment and talent of all the team and will be celebrated by all the team!”
Sigmar are delighted to have won ‘Best in Practice IT, Telecoms & Technical’ at the National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards 2015 held on Friday last (4th December). Presented by Gavin Duffy, the awards ceremony was held at the Shelbourne Hotel where over 370 of Ireland’s leading recruitment industry figures were in attendance. The awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in recruitment in Ireland. Commenting on Sigmar IT’s success Sigmar Associate Director Eoin Langdon remarked “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award, it recognises the hard work and dedication of our team. We constantly strive to deliver recruitment excellence to our clients and candidates alike”. Sigmar CEO Adrian McGennis added; ‘I am delighted for all the Sigmar IT team, as I know it’s a very competitive category and a very competitive sector! We have had great growth in permanent and contract IT recruitment this year and it is a strong testament to the talent, professionalism and commitment of everyone in the team. Certainly as the area is growing steadily, we are planning for continued growth/development in coming years.’ Also honoured on the night were Sigmar employees Fiona Joyce and Orlaith Dingley who both were amongst the Top 4 Graduates of the NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice.
An Tánaiste Joan Burton launched National Employment Week 2016, which took place from February 29th to March 4th 2016. Now in its seventh year National Employment Week (NEW) has become the largest series of HR conferences in Ireland. Founded by Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig CCO Sigmar Recruitment, NEW is a not-for-profit initiative to help stimulate employment in Ireland where recently we have seen unemployment rates fall from 15.1% to 8.6%. Says founder Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig: “As the war for talent intensifies, the National Talent Summit each year, looks at the central pillars required to attract and retain talent through a central theme of creating a Culture with Purpose. “We believe that the question of why people do what they do transcends generations at work and different ways of working, and is emerging as the fundamental competitive advantage to attract and retain the best.” “With an international focus on best practice, we had a line up of over 40 contributors with 12 international speakers from the US, Canada, UK and across Europe. It was great to share global Irish innovation and international thought leadership on the above themes and to shine a light on some lesser represented cohorts of talent.” Topics that were covered during employment week included diversity – aligning individual values with company vision; the voice of the employee – the employer brand of 2016; recruiting for the future world of work; values cased leadership – creating a culture of leadership; engagement in action, retention strategies and mental health & employment. Keynote Speaker: Patty McCord was the headline speaker at the Talent Summit 2016. Patty served as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix for 12 years and co-authored the Netflix Culture Deck, a presentation that has been viewed more than five million times. According to Harvard Business Review it “reinvented HR” and Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”
On Thursday the 9th of October, Fire Restaurant on Dawson Street provided the setting for a breakfast briefing entitled ‘Grow – Drive Your Business Into its Next Phase of Growth’. The event, organised by Sigmar Recruitment and CurrencyFair, featured three speakers from three relatively young companies who have experienced major expansion since their foundations here in Dublin. The three speakers were: Michael O’Donovan, COO, CurrencyFair; Michael Cunningham CCO, CarTrawler; and Dermot Costello, Head of Operations EMEA, Qualtrics. Sigmar Recruitment’s Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig moderated a discussion between the three companies’ representatives, where the panel outlined the fascinating evolution of their respective companies. The audience were given an insight into what drives these hugely successful organisations and what has helped them to grow and become what they are today. Listening to the speakers, a pattern began to emerge and it was evident that the twin pillars of ‘hiring the right people’ and ‘customer service’ has been inherent to their growth. Hiring the right people It’s often said in business that employees are a company’s most valuable asset. Each speaker emphasised the importance of hiring people who are the right fit for their company. Michael O’Donovan spoke how it’s crucial to hire the right people for the right roles. CurrencyFair look for candidates with energy, people who will deliver on what they promise to deliver. They like people that are a bit pushy as that usually indicates drive and a will to succeed. Positive people are especially valued as they have the ability to energise those around them. Michael Cunningham talked about how they invest a lot of time and trust in their staff at CarTrawler. 25% of employees were promoted in the last year as part of their growth while 10% of employees are getting their 3rd Level education paid for by the company. The organisation is very mindful of having people working in roles that they are suited to. Dermot Costello outlined the traits they look for in potential new hires in Qualtrics. They seek out people who are super smart, motivated and possess great interpersonal skills. Crucially though, they also look beyond the here and now when recruiting. Can this person work at two levels above what they’re hiring them for, in the future? Can they pivot? Do they have the ability to scale into different roles as the business is constantly evolving? Customer service Ensuring that an excellent level of customer service is maintained is a core philosophy of all three companies, and has been a key element in their growth. Michael O’Donovan (CurrencyFair) stressed the value of everyone in the company being very good at customer service. Every new hire spends time working as part of the customer service team so as to get an appreciation of the importance of providing great customer support. Michael Cunningham explained how CarTrawler tailor their service to suit all their different customers. A person hiring a car in Germany may have different needs to a person hiring a car in Ireland. Dermot Costello emphasised how crucial providing top notch customer service is to Qualtrics. They have a policy in place where if a phone rings more than three times, a light goes off. Somebody has to get to that customer. Keeping the customer happy is always at the forefront of their thoughts. Finally Sigmar Recruitment would like to thank our partners for the event CurrencyFair for their support; our speakers for their insight; and our attendees for battling the rain on the morning. We look forward to seeing you again at future events. For more pictures from the morning see https://www.flickr.com/photos/currencyfair/sets/72157648148550189/
Sigmar Recruitment placed in Ireland’s top three organisations to work for 2013 (under 100 employees). This prestigious accolade was presented at the Great Place to Work Awards in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on Thursday 7th March. The event was attended by Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton who complimented all the organisations for creating high trust workplaces which she said leads to a clear competitive advantage especially when trading internationally. Commenting on the wonderful achievement by 49 organisations, CEO of the Great Place to Work John Ryan, said that competition for places on the list was at its highest in 10 years as more organisations had chosen to go through the assessment process, clearly appreciating the business benefits of having a high performing workplace where employees are seen as having a critical impact. “This is a fantastic achievement particularly given the difficult economic backdrop, proving that if you invest time and effort in developing the right culture in your organisation your people will be your best asset and will be key to your business success”.
Congratulations to Sigmar’s Chief Operating Officer Frank Farrelly who has been re-elected as President of the National Recruitment Federation (NRF). The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and improve standards and codes of practice for the Recruitment Industry in Ireland. Representing recruitment agencies throughout the country, NRF Members aim to communicate their commitment to providing quality service by agreeing to abide by a strict Code of Conduct. Founded in 1971, the NRF seeks to provide its members with the best possible service in terms of support, communication, advice sharing and problem-solving and in doing so to promote professional competence within the industry. As part of this mission the NRF has inaugurated a formal education programme in Recruitment Practice to ensure all new entrants to the industry have a solid ground in legislation, customer service operations and sales to equip the graduates of the programme with the tools and knowledge to provide a quality service to Clients and Candidates alike. Over the last 40 years the Recruitment Industry has changed beyond all recognition, the introduction of job boards and social recruitment have all presented challenges to the fundamentals of how the industry operates. The NRF has supported its members through the adoption of all these new tools each of which have revolutionised the industry in its own way. One of the key roles of the NRF it to promote excellence in recruitment by ensuring all member organisations comply with the NRF’s Code of Conduct which ensures NRF Members deliver a professional service to job seekers. The NRF also acts as the voice of the industry lobbying at National and European level in relation to legislate changes that impact on the NRF’s members. This is Frank’s second year as NRF President and no doubt it will be another fantastic year!
Sigmar Recruitment is today the first class to complete an educational programme designed and executed by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame. This is the first time that Ireland’s premier university and the number 1 ranking in Bloomberg’s Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools have teamed up, offering the first half of the course at the Trinity campus in Dublin City centre and the remainder at the Notre Dame campus in Kylemore Abbey in Galway. The programme undertaken by Sigmar Recruitment was the Executive Leadership Programme, a programme programme designed to enhance leadership capability and accelerate growth trajectory. “The Stayer Center for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to be able to design and conduct a bespoke programme for Sigmar Recruitment Consulting Limited at historic Kylemore Abbey,” says Paul Slaggert, Director of the Stayer Center. “This is our first custom programme in Ireland and we are honoured to partner with Sigmar on its design and delivery. The programme will assist the executive team at Sigmar further develop their leadership depth and capabilities It builds on and extends work they have already completed with Trinity College. This unique partnership allows all three organisations to combine to deliver a unique programme with both immediate and lasting impact.” “Leadership has become a vital element to our continued success at both home and abroad so it seems only natural that we would choose the leading universities in both Ireland and the US to benefit from the most cutting edge education available,” says Sigmar Recruitment COO Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig. “We are of course delighted and honoured to partner with the University of Notre Dame and Trinity College in participating in this unique Executive Leadership Programme – the first of its kind in Europe. This programme sees the first executive education programme in Notre Dame Global Center at Kylemore with a unique transatlantic twist. We believe that undertaking this prestigious course will further consolidate our position as one of the most respected and progressive recruitment agencies in Europe.” About Notre Dame in Ireland The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre works closely with the Dublin Global Gateway to dynamically broaden Notre Dame’s engagement within Ireland and foster international connectivity, serving as a conduit between campus and the wider European and American university network. Programme activities at Kylemore are comprised of courses, retreats, and cultural opportunities that enliven students’ experience and enhance Notre Dame’s mission in Ireland. The focus is on academic excellence, faith formation via connectivity and partnership with the Benedictine community at Kylemore, and community outreach. In addition to Kylemore Abbey, the University of Notre Dame has several major initiatives in Ireland. Nestled in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Dublin Global Gateway hosts academic programs and summer internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Modern facilities make this Gateway—also known as the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center and the O’Connell House—an ideal location for scholarly conferences and special events of up to 80 participants. Notre Dame has agreed to steward Newman University Church in Dublin, and to found there the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason. Built by the then-rector of University College Dublin, Blessed John Henry Newman, the church opened in 1856 and has since been an iconic landmark in Dublin’s city centre and a testament to the harmony of faith and reason.