Name: Gary James
Job Title: Managing Director
How long have you been with Avanti: Since July 2010
How long have you been in the Recruitment Industry: Since 2006
Career Path at Avanti:
Principal Consultant > Team Lead > Business Manager > Sales Manager > Managing Director
Top Biller 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
MVP 2011, 2014, 2015
Favourite Lunch Club Restaurant: “Dinner” by Heston Blumenthal
Holiday Incentives Attended: Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Las Vegas, Marbella, Ibiza, Dubai, Monaco, Cancun
What attracted you to Avanti:
I joined the company right at the start and the opportunity to grow a business from scratch using the skills I had gained in my career was very appealing.
Favourite Avanti moment:
There have been many over the years. To this day, I still love the holidays and have created great memories with great people in some amazing destinations all over the world. Additionally I have watched many of our staff progress from their first day in the business to achieving goals both inside and outside of work. Every time a company record is broken, someone gets a promotion or ticks off a personal goal outside of work – these are all great moments for me.
Proudest Avanti achievement:
Becoming the MD of Avanti
Why would you recommend a career at Avanti:
We have a very in depth and structured training programme, delivered in house by our Training Manager. You are not just thrown in the deep end with no training. Every person that joins the team is fully trained in all the areas required to work as a 360 recruitment consultant.
The training doesn’t stop there. You will be supported with both internal and external training, relative to your experience throughout your career at Avanti.
Managers sit with their teams and are on hand to provide help and guidance to ensure you are fully supported to be the best recruiter you can be and achieve both career and personal objectives.
As a more experienced consultant, you are treated like an adult at Avanti and supported to really maximise your potential. Avanti allow our experienced consultants to run their own desks and work with them to set strategy, process and objectives to maximise performance rather than dictate KPI’s and use a “one size fits all” approach. We understand that people work better when they feel valued and are allowed autonomy and freedom to excel.
The company culture really is different to the majority of specialist recruitment business’s. You can expect a more relaxed environment, and a management team that values quality over quantity. Staff retention is extremely high and the atmosphere is friendly, open and honest with a family vibe.
Every employee at Avanti knows exactly where they currently sit on the career structure and what they need to do to achieve their next promotion. The culture is meritocratic, meaning the best people are given opportunities in the company – there is no “glass ceiling” or “time served” and you do not have to wait for someone to leave to be considered for promotion. You can have a great career here and have a lot of fun at the same time