In a region that it is all about building relationships, brand awareness and proving that you know your stuff, Asia is not an easy continent to crack. Where many have spread themselves too thin and failed, it is somewhere where Barrington James have flourished and to our testament, this year we celebrating 10 years in Singapore so it is no surprise that we have made a key hire and appointed Stuart Clark to the Board of Directors.
With over 17 years of recruitment experience, 10 of which have come in Singapore, Stuart joining Barrington James shows just how much commitment the company has to the continued success and expanse in Asia. We catch up with Stuart about how he got into recruitment, moved to Singapore and his hopes and plans for the future.
Firstly, welcome to Barrington James. What was it that attracted you to recruitment and most recently to joining Barrington James?
‘I was attracted to the money that I could earn and the opportunity to earn massive amounts of commission which would pay off my student loan. It also gave me a chance to learn new skills and develop a career, which I really did when I was offered the chance to setup an office in Singapore. Having lived in Glasgow all my life, the offer of working somewhere with year round sunshine, an excellent quality of life and amazing holiday destinations within easy reach it was a no brainer! Again, as soon as I started talking to Dan and Jonathan about their plans and vision for the APAC region it was a very easy decision to join the team at Barrington James’
What are your plans for the future?
‘It is such a big deal for us to be celebrating 10 years in Asia. In the last decade Barrington James have got themselves in a position that we know the key players in the market and have consistently delivered the right candidates in a timely and professional manner. Our candidates also recognise this and reach out to use ahead of anyone else, the faith that they are have in us to find them the right role is such a satisfying feeling for both myself and the team. We are specialists in our market and region and are proud of this and look forward to continuing to do this for the next 10 years and beyond. The people and the culture in the office that our Country Manager, Ann Marie, has created is second to none and will make my plans to grow the office, by adding Permanent and Contract Consultants, so much easier – the office is a great place to be! With our bar already set pretty high and with an excellent reputation in the market, I want to establish Barrington James as the number 1 life science agency in Singapore. As for the next 5 years? I hope to have 50 plus recruiters across our core market areas which will mean establishing new offices and developing a management team here in Asia.’
Without a doubt the future is very bright for Stuart and the team in Singapore and we look forward to seeing what happens in the next 10 years. If you are already working in Singapore or interested in relocating and would like to join the team, then please get in touch with Lauren Tait for an informal chat. Still not sure if Asia is somewhere you want to go, check out our blog from earlier in the year.