Chad Harrison International Launches Technology Practice

May 30, 2018 – U.K.-headquartered executive recruiters Chad Harrison International (CHI) has expanded with the launch of a global technology division. The new division will be headed by executive search professional Alison Smith.

The division brings together the expertise of numerous CHI consultants with significant experience and diverse perspectives. “With backgrounds in pharmaceutical, life sciences and print technologies, they bring a unique blend of experience of placing technology profiles within these sectors,” the firm said. “The team’s expertise has already helped CHI successfully establish its divisions within packaging & print, mining & metals, pharmaceutical & life sciences and the built environment.”

With more than 17 years in the technology sector, placing technical specialists, executive and board level candidates globally, Ms. Smith was previously a divisional manager at a Liverpool-based search consultancy. During her recruiting career she has held various positions at companies such as NES Global Talent, JAM Recruitment and Computer People.

“Our clients today face unprecedented challenges as the technology sector continues to expand rapidly,” said Ms. Smith. “Never before have technical specialists been more important, which reflects new and difficult challenges for executives, board members and key stakeholders. This coupled with significant transformation driven by volatility and complexity in global markets means it is more important than ever that companies get their talent acquisition strategies right,”

“Our new, global technology division will ensure that our clients are connecting with the best in the international market and being provided with talent delivery solutions that are successful in our other divisions,” Ms. Smith said.

The technology division provides talent acquisition services to match various levels. This includes technical specialists, executive level and board level appointments. Consultants will focus on: DevOps/infrastructure, automation testing, mobile development, frontend development and business intelligence/data analytics.

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Chad Harrison International is a global search and selection firm providing talent acquisition services in the built environment, packaging, print, chemical, life sciences and the mining & metals sectors. It works with global corporations as well as family-owned and SME organizations, sourcing and placing talent within senior management and board level roles.

In February, Chad Harrison expanded with the opening new offices in Brussels and Frankfurt. The firm said it sees the cities as viable locations to develop business and build stronger connections within their specialties. “The strategic office openings will facilitate easier interaction with candidates and clients in the two countries and the rest of Europe helping consultants connect with the best in the international market,” said the firm. “They will also allow Chad Harrison International to build its team presence in Europe, a key vision for the international headhunter’s growth.


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Luke Robbins-Wells, managing director of Chad Harrison, said the potential for Brussels and Frankfurt became apparent over time. “After working with many clients in the region, we identified these two cities as important areas where we can strengthen relationships with our clients and candidates,” he said.

The firm also recently added Damien Davies and Ryan McFarlane to the team in its Liverpool office. Mr. Davies brings deep experience in the chemicals and life sciences division. Mr. McFarlane previously worked in talent acquisition at Babcock International. Both are international search consultants.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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