Harry Barsk Recruitment is a personal search and headhunting consultancy focused on the fast moving consumer goods sector.
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Harry Barsk Recruitment
Welcome to Harry Barsk Recruitment, a specialist company that offers a personal search and headhunting service to clients who need to find specific competencies for their organisations and whose core strengths lie within recruiting for FMCG companies with strong brands in the B2C channels.
Our objective is to provide a personal, straightforward service in a transparent and honest way that is above expectations for both our clients and candidates.
Our network consists of a variety of people who are at different stages in their careers and with whom we communicate on a regular basis to keep up to date with their circumstances and requirements. Over the years many of our contacts and candidates have become personal friends, which is an invaluable bonus that comes with the job.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my colleagues for a personally tailored search or headhunting assignment and we will advise you of the time frame and estimated fee.
An assignment begins its life for many different reasons such as resignation, re-structuring, new ownership, expansion, or when a demand to find a specific skill sets appears. I am usually contacted or I am in dialog with the line manager of the company when the need is identified.
The search assignment is then discussed and a way forward is agreed. A proposal is drawn up and both parties sign an agreement. To be as effective and to represent the company as professionally as possible the company needs to disclose facts that can be shared with candidates. Demographics and other issues are also included.
I always aim to have a personal meeting with the line manager and if necessary with other team members to gain a clear understanding not only of the structure of the company but also of the culture within the company. We will then cover the job description, performance expectations and discuss what experience is vital for the new recruit. We also agree if the search should be confidential. Confidential would mean that I would not disclose the name of the client until candidates are identified to have the relevant competencies and can be short listed and invited for an interview.
Should the client wish to advertise, I will assist with the booking of advertisements on behalf of the company as soon as possible to coincide with the start of the search. Please note that in my experience advertising does not always attract the best candidates as they do not tend to read job advertisements on a regular basis.
Depending on the role that is to be filled the time it takes to identify target companies that have people with the relevant skill sets will vary, but is usually within a few days. This list is then shared with the client so they can remove companies that might be off limits for some reason, for example suppliers, customers, business partners etc. My off limit companies are usually those for whom I am recruiting and companies that I have ongoing contracts with. This list will be shared on a case by case basis.
When the company target list is agreed, the name gathering commences, this can take up to two weeks depending on how many companies are targeted, the geographical time zones involved and which roles potential candidates hold. The list is then shared with the client so that names already known or those who are not suitable for the role can be removed. This will save time and can help to avoid uncomfortable situations further along in the process.
With an agreed long list, screening of candidates will commence in a confidential manner without disclosing my client. In this process some people will be eliminated for various reasons, but those who match the criteria will be included on the list and will be asked to submit a CV and current salary level. The candidates who are not interested in the role will be asked to recommend people from their network.
At this stage applicants who have responded to any advertising will be included and replied to. If the client has received direct applications they will also be included and professionally responded to.
Potential candidates will be interviewed in person and at this stage, advised of the identity of the client and given a thorough presentation of the company and the challenge. The candidate and I will go through their work history, education and other related information. In this process I will also identify the type of person and what career aspirations and expectations they have. It will also be ensured that the candidate has as good understanding of the client’s company and the role that is being recruited for. Should the candidate not be suitable I will justify this with constructive feedback. The objective is always that the candidate, successful or not, should come out with a positive experience from the process.
Three to four weeks into the search I will present a short list of candidates who I have personally interviewed and have evaluated as being suitable for the role. The client will then receive a detailed CV for each candidate; all candidates will meet the criteria discussed at the initial stage of the search.
From these candidates the client usually selects three or more to take forward for a first interview. I will manage the communication, set up the meetings and liaise between the client and candidates to save time for the client. The candidates who are selected to go further for a second interview will be subject to reference taking with which I will assist. The candidates who are not successful will be advised accordingly and professionally with clear reasons as to why they have not been selected for the role.
I can provide testing and assessments for final candidates that I will outsource to selected specialists in this field, however, most commonly the client will have established testing methods which we tend to use to maintain continuity for company records.
I am also happy to support all parties with negotiations regarding the remuneration package with selected candidates if required.
I will of course follow up the whole process until the candidate commences employment. I always aim to have a follow up meeting with the line manager and relevant contacts to ensure the assignment has been delivered to expectations and to find out if anything could be improved upon for future assignments.
Roles which I have successfully recruited for and for which I target my services include : General Managers, Commercial Directors, HR Directors, Senior Sales managers, Corporate Relations Managers, Marketing Directors, Marketing Managers, Market Research Managers, Trade Marketing Managers, Brand Communications Managers, Brand Managers, Key Account Managers, Senior Product Managers, Category Managers, Product Managers etc.
Clients that I have completed successful searches for whilst working for my previous employer include: Abba Seafood (part of the Orkla Group), Arla Foods, Altia Corporation, Diageo, Ciba Vision, BIC Nordic, Electronic Arts, General Mills, Heinz, Husqvarna/Singer, Red Bull, Scan, Unilever, Nike, Campbell Soups and Valora Trade to name but a few.
If you are a recruiting manager and are reading this, I can only assume that you are interested in my service! Thank you for finding this Link to my website and please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your requirements
Should your company recruit on a regular basis within certain functions, please enquire about my tailored partnership agreement which is a concept I have developed to enable you to replace or recruit relevant personnel quickly and very cost effectively.
If you would like some references regarding my previous work and methods please feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with recent clients and candidates who will be happy to comment.
I would like to address a special thank you to all candidates who have supported me by submitting their CVs. To those who I have supported career wise so far, I would welcome any comments or testimonials which could be published here for others to view. I would also welcome any ideas on how to further develop my service to benefit you further. Please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.
If you are new to my service and would like to become a candidate please feel free to send me an e mail with your CV attached and I will contact you in complete confidence. I will confirm receipt immediately and will contact you within a couple of days to discuss your profile and any relevant opportunities. Great candidates are my biggest asset!
Registered candidates in my network will be contacted when roles I am working on match their profiles. I will contact candidates regularly to update their situations and occasionally for referrals or recommendations.
Helena Cooke Randquist
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My parents were both Finnish and moved from Finland to the north of Sweden in the early sixties to a small village called Muonionalusta above the Arctic circle, a name that is hard to pronounce even for a Swede! My journey then took me via Overtornea and Haparanda in the north of Sweden to New Jersey and Los Angeles in America, Hastings and Newcastle in the UK, Copenhagen in Denmark and now to Surrey with Stockholm as a target for next year.
Over the years I have held several professional positions and was fortunate that one of my hobbies led to my first job. My career first started when I stole my older brother’s electric guitar and started my first band with my friends! One opportunity has lead to another and I have always been fortunate enough to enjoy my work.
My activities as a hobby musician finally led to my first permanent employment at Holmberg Cases after completing the National Service. This gave me an opportunity to learn about sales and marketing. I soon became a partner in establishing their business in Finland. In 1993 Penn Fabrication, one of our suppliers, offered me a position in the USA. It did not take me long to decide to go for it, I sold my record store to an employee, resigned from my job and partnership at Holmberg Cases and moved my family to Pompton Plains in New Jersey. I learned the job and the language and was offered a Sales Representative position for the west coast of California. My interest in developing the business further led me into product development to increase sales to current customers and to gain new customers for the company. Manufacturing was based in the UK at the time so I moved there to head up new product development and product launches at one of the sites in Hastings.
At Penn Fabrication I developed products that still today stand for a substantial part of the company’s sales. I also developed and implemented system, communication channels and procedures to control and manage the overall business functions including, procurement, inventory control, sales and marketing and finance. In 2001 I was invited to join the board of directors where my official title was that of Purchasing Director.
In 2004 I enrolled at the Newcastle University Business School and started my studies to gain a Masters Degree in Business Administration on a part time basis and graduated with merit in 2007. The studies and interaction with other executives gave me a fantastic personal development boost. During my time at the university I found out about Nigel Wright and their plans to develop business in the Nordics. I changed my career path and in May 2006, with a team of other Scandinavians in Newcastle, I started building up a client base for business opportunities in recruitment assignments throughout Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The expansion of the recruitment service progressed very well. I developed many personal and professional relationships and gained a good network of contacts in leading FMCG companies throughout the Nordics and gained an increasing amount of assignments .In 2008 I was promoted and tasked with another manager to start up the Nigel Wright offices in Copenhagen where I also supported the recruitment of new staff for the new Nordic organisation.
In January 2009 I launched my own company and have had a very positive feedback from all my contacts. I am confident that having read this so far clients and candidates alike will realise that I am committed to offering a uniquely professional and personal service which will benefit all parties. If you would like some references regarding my previous work and methods please feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with recent clients and candidates who will be happy to comment.
I look forward to working with you and many thanks for visiting my website.