Phil Young

Group Managing Director

Please provide a brief background about yourself

From the midlands (Leamington Spa), have a baby girl called Genie who is 1 and a Poodle called Dudley who is 2 at the time of writing this……

I started in recruitment in the late 90s with Progressive (SThree), spent 4 years as a European contract recruiter then went to work for Simon Mustafa at Abraxas where I spent just over 2 years before following Simon to Claremont to start it all up.

I have been a consultant doing contract and permanent, worked delivery and account management globally and then went onto be a Team Lead, Sales Manager, Sales Director and now Managing Director.

How would you describe your day-to-day role at Claremont?

Everyday is different. I deal with everything and anything to do with Claremont to help the company be successful.

What led you to choose a career in this field?

I fell into recruitment like a lot of people do as I didn’t know what to do but knew I liked dealing with people.I didn’t particularly want to go into ‘sales’ but did because I knew I could earn decent money and was confident………then stumbled on recruitment and ended up being pretty good at it.

What’s the most exciting part of your role?

For me it’s the growth and development of the people I’ve hired into Claremont over the years, both personally with their lives and how good they have become at the job.

Seeing the company grow with these people who have become the backbone of Claremont makes me extremely proud.

What’s the most challenging part of your role?

New challenges all the time from people and their mindsets to making the right decisions for the good of the company.

How is working at Claremont different from previous roles you’ve had?

Here at Claremont I’m responsible and accountable for people, teams and sales figures.

Previous roles I’ve just been responsible for my own desk.

What is your greatest accomplishment since joining Claremont?

Being a huge part of the Claremont growing from 4 people in a tiny office back when we started to becoming a successful global consultancy with an excellent sales team as well as running successful RPO and MSP services and accounts.

Oh and Becoming Managing Director.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

Family, Daughter, Dog, Friends, Golf, Sport……

If you could describe your day in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Stressful, educational……

What’s the best piece of advice you would offer to candidates?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who work in our industry that aren’t very good so don’t assume that every consultant in every agency is the same.

At Claremont we have a fantastic portfolio of accounts that we have worked with for a long time delivering anything and everything within the tech space too……aswell as teams of consultants specialising in niche technologies for the UK, US, DACH and Nordic markets.

So my advice would be – depending on what your skill and experience within tech is – to do your homework on what certain agencies specialise in and who works with clients that hire for your specific skillset.That way you will minimise the possibility of agencies/consultants not coming back to you because they don’t have anything for you.

Work with agencies and consultants that understand and work within the tech space you are experienced within so you can have informed and real conversations about the market and potential jobs that could be good for you.