M&S is going through an exciting period of profound change across their whole organisation and culture. Their ‘Never the Same Again’ transformation has impacted their ways of working, with a focus on delivering a faster, more streamlined digital multi-channel business. Agora was asked to partner with M&S throughout this transformation to deliver a high volume of quality corporate hires across Finance & Strategy.
M&S engaged with Agora as a true business partner, and that level of knowledge sharing and trust enabled the Agora team to act as an extension of their brand; attracting great talent from a wide range of backgrounds. We were tasked with sourcing a high volume of roles, on both an Interim & Permanent basis. Given Agora’s specialism and reputation in the Retail & Consumer markets, we were well positioned to deliver high quality shortlists within short time frames.
“I trust them, I trust their knowledge. That comes from what they've been able to deliver. They put their money where their mouth is. They’ve found us some great talent for the business. Felix is an absolute gem with group strategy and Caroline knows our business extremely well. She really understands the business and what makes us tick. That allows us to be confident with candidates and I feel confident with what she's saying to candidates. One of the things that is important is what the experience is like for candidates, when they’re representing us. All the candidates I’ve spoken to through Agora said very positive things. It’s about the candidate journey as well – Agora represents M&S, our partners have to provide a great experience. I don't want to encourage other businesses to use them, I want them to myself!”Paul Hunter - Recruitment Lead – Senior Leadership Hiring, Corporate Services, Technology, Digital & Data
In the last 12 months, Agora has supported the M&S team to make 16 key finance hires, and 5 key strategy hires, crucial to delivering against the needs of a listed retail group undergoing a seismic transformation. Agora has also successful partnered with M&S on retained searches for leadership level hires. Our partnership with M&S remains one of most successful to date and we’re really proud to partner with such a great British brand.
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