Every month, we take time out to get to know one of our superstar recruiters a little better. This time, we sat down for a catch up with Andrew Midgley to find out more about his Henry Nicholas experience, and discover what marketing and PR candidates and clients are looking for today.
Andy is a senior consultant placing marketing and PR candidates with agencies across the south of England. He is also the exclusive recruiter for a Bristol-based charity. He has been part of the HN team for 7 years.
Hi Andy. Thanks for chatting with us today. Can you start by telling us about your role?
I’m a Senior Recruitment Consultant, mainly working across Wiltshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire with marketing and PR agencies. I also work with a science-related charity here in Bristol. My role mainly consists of managing client and candidate relationships, advertising roles, and maintaining and building my network. I have been doing this for nearly eight years, so I know a lot of people in the industry!
What are some of the common roles you recruit for?
A key focus of mine is placing client services roles for agencies, so that could be, Senior Account Directors, Account Directors, Account Managers, and Account Executives. Then there are the roles on the creative and technical side, including, Digital Project Managers, Designers, Developers, people like that. A lot of my clients are working with big tech companies, so it can be focused on candidates with experience in that niche.
Can you tell us about your career journey so far?
Well, I went to Bristol Uni and did a drama degree. I originally wanted to be an actor, and then went on to do a cameraman internship at Granada studios – I’m originally from up north. That didn’t work out, so I decided to head back to Bristol and sort of fell into recruiting.
My first role in recruiting was working in a huge firm and it had a very intense atmosphere that wasn’t really my thing. I knew Tony Allen, he was a good friend from uni, and I asked him if I could come and work at Henry Nicholas. He thought it would be weird to be my manager! When a position opened up in another part of the business, it was perfect timing. I haven’t looked back!
What are candidates looking for in a role at the moment?
It’s more and more about company environment for candidates, they want flexibility and the opportunity to work remotely. In my industry, people are also often interested in working for an established company, so a lot of it comes down to client reputation as well as the type of brands they work with. I do a lot of work with agencies in B2B tech marketing and although it’s not everybody’s thing, some candidates love it. One factor for junior candidates is finding a role where they can get a wide experience across a number of areas. It is quite easy to get pigeonholed at an early stage if you’re not careful.
What about clients? What do they want from candidates?
Most of my clients want someone with agency experience, they are also looking for relevant sector and campaign experience. Many of my clients are integrated, this means they wouldn’t be happy with just a social media specialist or someone who can just do video production – they want generalists who have experience delivering first-class campaigns across the full marketing mix.
What do you love about working for Henry Nicholas?
I really like the atmosphere. I love that everyone gets on and that, even though we are all quite different, we all have areas of interests that overlap. I like that we are a close group and tend to go out for a drink on a Friday night!
What do you get up to in your downtime?
At the moment, DIY. My girlfriend and I just bought a house, so most of my time is spent on that right now. Aside from that, I love football, and I support Leeds United in a big way. I also like socialising and going to gigs; I should probably get some proper hobbies!
Thanks for speaking with us Andy!
Looking for your next marketing or PR challenge? Or ready to find the talented candidates you need to grow your agency team? Drop Andy a line. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.