Job Advertisement: Director of Permanent Sales, Cpl Recruitment

Job Description: 
A Director of permanent sales is needed in Cpl to develop consistent processes and drive the execution, development, and measurement of our permanent placement business in Ireland. You will need to detail and measure our progress towards achieving our strategy of becoming number one in each of the sectors in which we operate. Number 1 in particular in terms of customer satisfaction, (client + candidate) and number 1 in terms of profitability & efficiency. You will support the CEO, by directing all permanent placement activities and inspiring and influencing managers to deliver their best as a part of the senior leadership team.

Responsibilities include:

       Directs and coordinates all aspects of Cpl’s permanent placement day to day activities.

       Reviews previous day’s send outs, interviews and placements and challenges upcoming day’s and week’s activities as a result.

       Understands key metrics in each area and supports managers and sales team to improve fees.

       Agrees fees and recruitment plans

       Develops relationships with existing and prospective customers to strengthen customer relations.

       Will work with the Business Development Directors to create and implement sales strategies.

       Oversees permanent placement budget activities in order to sustain cost-effective business practices, maximize profits, and increase efficiency.

       Works with Managers and CEO to develop talent pool for future talent needs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Leadership Competencies

  • Vision creation – Study issues in light of past practices to understand current strategy of each team. Then work with managers to develop innovative strategies built upon both previous experience and company history.
  • Technical – Must be able demonstrate excellence in permanent recruiting and a deep knowledge of how to get results for both candidates and clients
  • Engaging – Capacity to quickly establish solid interpersonal relationships. Someone others want to follow.
  • Tactical – Emphasizes the production of immediate results by focusing on short-range, hands-on, practical strategies.
  • Process/Structures – He/she must have the ability to develop a systematic and organized approach in order to systematically achieve the required fees and results
  • Strong Communicator – Very strong listener and consultative approach He/she asks questions to obtain understanding of the situation. States clearly what he/she wants and expects from others.
  • Control – Adopts an approach where nothing is taken for granted, deadlines are set and persistent monitoring ensures activities are completed to expectation.
  • Management Focus – Seeks to take “ownership” and accountability. Leads and directs the efforts of others.
  • Achievement Orientation – Holds high expectations for self and others. Pushes self to achieve at high levels.

For additional information please contact Anne Heraty, Cpl on 01-6146015 or email

Independent: Headhunters hit by the recession

independent-dublinBy Anne-Marie Walsh Industry correspondent, Monday June 15 2009

OVER a third of recruiters have lost their own jobs, due to the record hike in unemployment.

The industry dedicated to matching vacancies with workers has itself been decimated over the last 12 months with a total of 4,500 jobs lost in what was once a 12,000-strong sector.

Many employment agencies have drastically reduced their staffing levels as the numbers signing on soared by 97pc.

The group representing employment agencies, the National Recruitment Federation (NRF), saw just a handful of clients go to the wall but has recorded a massive drop in the number of employees.

NRF president Frank Collins, said he knew of one agency where staffing levels plummeted from 12 to just one person, and another where they fell from 28 to eight.

He said “green shoots’ were visible in some sectors of the economy, although employers were waiting to see if this would lead to a recovery.

Managing director of recruitment website, Ivan Stojanovic, said his business survived purely because it was not heavily dependent on placement adverts.

“Recruiters have been the hardest hit of any sector,” he said. “As time goes by, it’s getting worse and worse. I believe the figure of those who have lost their jobs in recruitment could be around two out of three.

“If there are no signs of the unemployment rate dropping, we are facing the current Spanish rate of 18pc.”

However, Mr Collins was more optimistic about the prospects for recruiters following a pickup in ads in the past few months.

“January and February were the worst months, but since then it has picked up,” he said. “Recruiters had to cut their cloth to suit their revenue.

“Without placements, there is no revenue.”

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry correspondent