Why join Marks Sattin?
A rewarding career can transform a person’s life. We have witnessed this from various perspectives; whether that be through developing and rewarding our employees, helping professionals to secure an opportunity that will add a new dimension of purpose in their lives, or indeed working with hiring managers who have, in turn, trusted us to guide their personal career choices. We understand that it is a privilege to be able to transform a person’s professional life.
When you work with us, your commitment is well rewarded and we definitely know how to have fun! We make sure that there’s plenty of opportunities to recognise each and every person who has contributed to our success by organising events where we can let our hair down and create lifetime memories. There’s always lots going on such as pub quizzes, trips abroad, competing in Tough Mudder, climbing Mt Snowdon and who knows what’s next!Visit our Instagram
What we can offer you
We believe in our people, and instil values of autonomy, flexibility and progression. We operate an open door policy and encourage everyone to offer their ideas, suggestions and feedback, no matter how big or small. Our benefits are tailored to our people and encourage freedom to be ambitious and exercise entrepreneurial flair. If this sounds like somewhere you would like to work - get in touch for a confidential chat.
Gym at lunch or an appointment? We understand and value work life balance, and offer autonomy and flexibility to all our people.
We’ve got you covered! From a comprehensive health plan to learning and development, we want you to feel empowered to progress in your own way.
We love celebrating success together. We focus on integrating our specialist teams and regional offices by hosting various professional and social events throughout the year.
Welcoming, motivating, flexible and fun! These are just some of the words used to describe what it’s like to work at Marks Sattin, and our office locations echo this.
We operate across seven key co-working spaces in the UK and Ireland. Our London HQ is located in the beautiful Labs building in central Holborn. In Reading we work out of a Work.Life space in the renowned White Building with it's rooftop terrace and easy accessibility. In Surrey we are in the Regus building, a classy workspace.
Moving further north, our Leeds team have recently taken up occupancy in the new Spaces building on Park Row, a stone’s throw from the city’s hub. In Birmingham we are in Alpha Works, centrally located in the iconic Alpha Tower, one of Birmingham's well-loved landmarks. Our Manchester and Dublin offices have taken residence in WeWork spaces, both at the heart of their business districts.
Meet our leadership team
Our people are what set us apart, and most of our leadership team have a long tenure with Marks Sattin, with the majority starting off as recruitment consultants, developing into directors and looking after multiple teams. Each person in our leadership team is unique with their own personal style, and we respect everyone’s opinion and way of working. We aim to work collaboratively and learn from one another to continually develop and evolve.
If you would like to learn more about our leadership team - head over to our dedicated page.
Hear from our people
It’s not every day an employee celebrates 15 years working with a company – and certainly not every day that employee is the Managing Director of the organisation! To recognise our MD’s significant achievement, he wrote this piece about his career journey at Marks Sattin so far, how the recruitment industry has evolved, and his ambitions for Marks Sattin’s future. “Marks Sattin was referred to me by a friend, and I haven’t looked back” I heard about Marks Sattin from a friend upon completing my business degree. I liked the sound of the company culture and was particularly keen on the idea of leaving Cheltenham for the bright lights of London. Despite having never considered a career in recruitment, I jumped at the chance to join Marks Sattin and started as a graduate, focusing on the part-qualified temporary market. “Marks Sattin – and in particular the temporary market - is a great place for anyone wanting to start their career in recruitment” Despite taking the job largely as a way to get myself to London, I was soon embedded in the recruitment world. The part qualified temporary market was the perfect breeding ground for a successful career. The rapid pace and high volume of work taught me that you need a deep understanding of your market and the organisation to be able to operate with quality and at a high intensity, something I have carried on throughout my career. My next move was to the qualified finance team, which I started managing after three years in the business, and within five years, I was Director for the London banking and financial services team and focusing personally on executive and interim roles. After identifying an opportunity to combine the interim and contract service offerings into one streamlined business area, I grew that side of the business before being appointed to Managing Director in 2016. “I’ve enjoyed rapid career progression at Marks Sattin” By my late 20’s I was running a 40-person division, and I put my success down to a couple of factors: as a fast-growing business, Marks Sattin presented many opportunities for career development, particularly within the financial services and banking space, which was an underdeveloped practice at the time for Marks Sattin. Furthermore, I was very focused and determined about where I wanted to get to. As a big rugby follower I have always seen the value in teamwork and camaraderie to get you through the good and the bad times, something that rugby ingrains in you from a young age. The Marks Sattin way is to promote based on execution and potential, not age or experience. If you deliver great results, uphold our values and have the ability to do more, we will always have a way of growing you and furthering your career. “I’ve made many long lasting friendships along the way” I always have, and still do have fun at work. We have a strong focus on company culture, and I have made friends for life throughout my time here so far. A good proportion of the current management team come from my early days with the company and two of my first team of three are still with the business today. I even met my wife Sarah through Marks Sattin! “The recruitment landscape has shifted dramatically in the last 15 years” One of the most significant changes I have seen is the move to more RPO models and direct hiring, plus the obvious technological transformation that has permeated every sector in the past decade. Technology has had both a positive and negative impact on recruitment, with more data available to inform choices and improve lines of communication, this definitely boosts accuracy and efficiency. However the downside of digital is that it can create laziness on all sides of the recruitment equation. The industry’s best recruiters are still those out there building human relationships and making personal contact with candidates and clients, which is one of Marks Sattin’s strengths as a brand and one of the reasons for my own personal success. Barriers to entering the recruitment industry are low, which means many agencies come and go, and the strongest surviving companies are those that are willing to evolve with technology while still retaining that personal touch and building relationships. “2019 was Marks Sattin’s first year under new ownership” Marks Sattin was acquired by Gi Group in 2018, a move that has helped not just with the reach of our business, but also the services available. As well as leveraging each other’s client portfolios, the acquisition has allowed us to be part of a truly global full-service HR and Staffing business, using Gi Group’s expertise in executive coaching, training and career transition services to offer an end-to-end recruitment solution under one umbrella. With Marks Sattin now operating from seven different locations in Ireland and the UK, the scope of the business is much broader than the London-centric days of old, and the acquisition has certainly helped with this and will continue to support further growth both domestic and internationally. “There have been a lot of learning curves since I began my professional career” If I were to give a young professional some advice, (not that I’m very old!), I would say it’s important not to be intimidated by someone’s job title or seniority, even when you’re just starting out with little experience. Being open, friendly and polite along with acting with honesty and integrity is generally an approach that works with everyone, and it has stood me in good stead throughout my career. “2020 is a huge year for us, with even more growth expected” 2019 was a strong year for Marks Sattin and I predict that 2020 will be even bigger. We launched four new revenue streams last year (risk, compliance, internal audit and HR) and a new office location (Surrey), so this year we will focus on investing in these as well as looking at adjacent revenue streams to help grow the business. As always, we will invest in our people. I am committed to growing offices and introducing teams and business lines where the demand lies. There will also be a focus on relationship-led recruitment, building on from 2019 when we hosted or partnered on a whopping 30 events across our offices. This is only possible when you have committed sales teams to do the work on organising events for their clients and candidates, as well as a fantastic marketing and support team. “Our client base is unique and provides massive opportunities for us as a business” Marks Sattin is not a business that relies heavily on just one or two major clients, which is unique within recruitment. Our largest client accounts for less than 3% of our total revenue, this is a testament to our stability and presents further opportunity for growth with existing and new clients. “We know what we do is good, but we always want to improve” While Marks Sattin has experienced great success in recent years, it’s important to always be evolving and look at ways to improve. We are proud that of our ten Directors, five are home grown graduates and across them the average tenure in the company is twelve and a half years, which makes us truly unique. Resisting the institutionalisation that can befall other recruitment companies we do also make a point of hiring from different backgrounds and businesses, gathering new ideas and trialling different ways of working. I have big ambitions to take our business to new heights, as a team anything is possible, and we’ll support each other all the way. Interested in joining a forward-thinking, relationship-driven recruitment company that genuinely cares about its people? We’d love to hear from you. Find out more about careers with Marks Sattin or get in touch to start a conversation.
At Marks Sattin we pride ourselves on supporting our people to be as successful as they can be. One way we do this is through our Road to Success initiative, which provides incentive for our new recruits who have between zero to three months experience in recruitment. The aim of this initiative is to encourage them to hit a billing target within their first two years and, in return, they receive £2,000 towards a holiday of their choice! A career in recruitment can be extremely rewarding and is one of the few industries where you are in control of your own earnings. We provide excellent training programmes for our new and inexperienced consultants, meaning you will receive the best in house training to help you fast track your career and get established in your specialist market. Some short stories from our previous winners: Denford Mukarati joined us in 2016 and is the first winner of our Road to Success initiative. He has consistently worked to hit his goals and continues to drive new business. Well done Denford - read his story here. Alex Simmons joined us in 2018 and is another winner of our Road to Success initiative. He is hardworking, likeable and is always pushing himself to hit personal and organisational goals. Congratulations on winning, Alex - read more of his story here. Nick Georgiou joined after leaving his role of an electrical apprentice in 2016, at the ripe age of 19, and never looked back! He is a committed team player, who believes strongly in the statement that "fear kills more dreams than failure ever will." Congratulations Nick - read more of his story.
When did you join us? I joined Marks Sattin in November 2016 at the ripe age of 19. What’s the best thing about working at Marks Sattin? For me it’s the flexibility and autonomy. Of course, when you first start you need to find your feet, but once you hit your KPIs and are established in your market, you are trusted by people of all levels to do your job. Do you feel like you’ve got a clear career path with us and why? Definitely. When I joined Marks Sattin, I am pretty sure I was the first non-grad junior hire. At the time, I had no experience or understanding of the financial world or recruitment. The management team accommodated this and I spent my first two months as an intern, learning from the best on all things from what our clients do to the full recruitment process. After a few months I was promoted to Associate Consultant where I was solely working with candidates. After yet another promotion to consultant, I was challenged with starting a new desk from scratch. This proved really successful and the compliance desk has flourished ever since. This challenge led me to my new title of senior consultant. The next step would be either working towards becoming a manager or a principal consultant. The value at Marks Sattin lies in the way you aren’t syphoned into one path, they give you options! How do you keep yourself motivated on the rollercoaster of recruitment? This is a great question as it is one of the hardest things. Recruitment is known to have a high turnover, I think this is due to people enjoying the highs but not being able to deal with the lows. For me, the best way to keep motivated is to realise that you cannot control everything and fate/luck will play a big part in most of the processes you go through. The second is to have a balance in your life. In my first nine months as a 360 consultant I did nothing else apart from live sleep and breathe recruitment, which resulted in great revenue but led to me being burning out. It’s safe to say I have learnt my lesson. It’s really beneficial to have an end goal in recruitment and be disciplined in order to achieve it, such as buying a house, making £10,000 or buying a new car. Mine has always been the ability to own my own time and manage that myself. I discipline myself and live by the code “fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” and apply this to all aspects of my life. By having these goals you know you are constantly working towards something. What is your most memorable placement? My second retainer definitely! I was emailed by a client saying that another client had passed them over my details. Great start in my mind! The initial conversations were very consultative and they let me know they were speaking to other agencies in order to determine who would get the role. They decided to work with me and I quickly found them a number of suitable candidates and placed one resulting in a total fee of around £40k! Where will we find you at the weekend? At the gym. I do a sport called Crossfit which is essentially a horrible mix of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and cardio. Random fact about you? I am a really good cook. Read more 'Road to Success' stories here.