Consultant Spotlight – Rachel Sim

Rachel Sim joined Livingston James Group in 2021 where she completed a three-month training programme as an Executive Search Researcher before transitioning into her role as a Consultant. Rachel is a functional specialist at Livingston James within the technology market, with a clientele spanning from SMEs, to public sector organisations, to global corporations.

We asked Rachel about her Livingston James Group journey so far, and what it’s like to be a Recruitment Consultant in the technology space.

“I graduated from Robert Gordon University in September 2021 with first-class degrees in Management with Marketing and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. Eager to apply the business skills and knowledge acquired during my university years, I sought a position that would not only utilise these skills but also allow me to make a positive impact on those I work with. Discovering the opportunity with Livingston James, I recognised that a role in the recruitment industry aligned perfectly with my aspirations.

“As a Consultant at Livingston James, my role is diverse and covers research, market mapping, candidate and client management, business development and marketing (to name a few). My focus on permanent senior business change and technology appointments in Scotland has allowed me to develop specialised expertise. Although I have worked across a range of technology appointments, I have developed a particular interest and expertise in data and supporting Scottish-based businesses to set up and grow their data teams.

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is the opportunity to work with such a diverse range of organisations within the Scottish ecosystem. With technology a key function within organisations of all sizes and sectors, I have had the opportunity to make key appointments within smaller teams where a highly skilled technology professional can make a significant impact on the growth and progression of an organisation, as well as within more established teams where additions can help organisations with continuous improvement and overcome skills shortages – an issue which is prominent within the technology market.

“As someone who has never thought of themselves as particularly technologically minded, I have been amazed by how interesting I have found working within the technology market. In the interest of continuing to enhance my understanding of technology and the professionals I support, I am currently undertaking a SheCodes certification, learning to code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and VSCode. Working within Executive Search at Livingston James has allowed me to develop skills and interests that I might not have otherwise explored.

“Out with the day-to-day responsibilities of my job, I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting Livingston James events and charity initiatives, most recently at the Wooden Spoon Charity Wine Tasting event: an evening which not only was a great social occasion but raised a fantastic amount of money for the Wooden Spoon charity.

“I am passionate about becoming a recruiter who prioritises creating and nurturing meaningful relationships with clients and candidates to allow them to realise their potential. I am looking forward to 2024 and continuing to build relationships within the Scottish technology ecosystem, and honing my executive search expertise.”


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