Hiring Reynald Bourdeaux could have been considered a risky manoeuvre on the part of SThree. Twelve years on, however, Reynald is still with the company. Read on to find out how Reynald has proven his worth over and over again and how he has become a sound investment for SThree’s future.
Seizing the chance and moving up the ladder
Having finished his studies, Reynald, who was born and raised in France, applied for a job as Junior Marketing Assistant within SThree brand Progressive Recruitment in Birmingham. Although he had a Masters in Marketing, Communication and Advertising, Reynald had no directly-related work experience to speak of.
“The first thing that I appreciated about SThree is that they looked past my CV and really probed my attitudes and ambition," explains Reynald. "The department was new, and there was no long term plan as yet, but they said we will give you the opportunity and give you the chance. I really did like the company – I thought, this is a company that shares my values, I can really step up and climb the ladder here."
What Reynald lacked in experience for that first job he made up for in natural talent – he had motivation, creativity, problem solving ability and a commercial mindset. In his four years in the role the results spoke for themselves, as Reynald explains:
"We managed to support our consultants enough to allow them to be even more successful. Our marketing efforts really started to add value to the business, we were generating both client and candidate’ leads that could be used by the consultants."
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The next step
As the company grew and expanded into Europe, Reynald seized the opportunity that came with that:
"I put my hand up for a job running the European side of things," he explains. "It was both an opportunity for promotion as well as a move back to France. I would still be running marketing activities but the role was also more operational. In marketing you are involved in loads of different areas of the business, and this gave me the knowledge suitable for an operational role."
Reynald spent two years as International Customer Care Manager for Progressive, based in Paris but covering France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Then came another opportunity, to do the same job but for all brands within SThree France, reporting directly to the Country Director:
"It was a similar role, but also dealing with customer care contract management. I was also a lot more involved in operational projects, and the role and the responsibilities got wider. I really started to understand how the business works. I think this is something that SThree really recognises, the fact that its employees gather unique knowledge along their career that can really be made good use of. In every career move, I’ve made myself really relevant to the company."
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No golden rules
What does Reynald put his successful career to date down to?
"There are no golden rules," he states. "No change ever happened the same way, but there are two main elements. One, SThree is great at creating opportunities, and has a really strong meritocratic DNA. But secondly, you have to take charge of your own career. They are open to you saying: "I can see myself doing this, this is what we can achieve," and they like initiatives. They will listen.”
Twelve years on and SThree’s initial risk-taking has paid off; Reynald has just begun a new role, perhaps his greatest challenge yet - keeping SThree ahead of the curve in the digital age:
"I’m now running the Innovation Programme for SThree France and Benelux, and I'm responsible for building up this programme to enable innovation and “intrapreneurship” in the region.
"That's what I like about SThree, we are always trying to do better, to get closer to our clients. Our project work is proactive and in areas of business that can be great pillars for future growth. It's about constantly keeping our competitive advantage."
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