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SF Recruitment continues business transformation plan with significant engineering investment

By Fiona Frudd

 Mark McGowan and Alex Kent have both joined the team from Optima, bringing more than a decade of experience to the firm. The new roles form part of SF Recruitment’s ambitious business transformation plan, which sees the firm hire expert, entrepreneurial recruiters who have full autonomy to meet their ambitions.

Mark McGowan
Mark McGowan, Divisional Manager

Leading the charge will be Divisional Manager, Mark McGowan, who will utilise his seven years of recruitment experience in the sector to drive SF Recruitment’s ambitious development within engineering. Prior to working in recruitment, Mark was a trained sheet metal worker and fabricator welder, meaning he brings technical expertise to ensure the right people are hired.

Also joining the team will be recruitment consultant, Alex Kent, who brings extensive experience in hiring talent across the engineering sector, including welders, fabricators, CNC machinists and maintenance engineers.

Mark commented: “SF Recruitment is a dynamic and exciting company to be part of, and I’m looking forward to leading the engineering talent team. With my industry experience both as a welder and recruiter, I am well placed to ensure the best engineering talent is positioned in the right roles.

“On a personal level, SF Recruitment’s vision was a big draw for me. As a family man, I was eager to work for a forward-thinking organisation that truly encompasses what it means to work in the modern world. As my wife works shifts and we have always needed a childminder to help with school runs, however, joining SF Recruitment means this is no longer required. I am looking forward to sharing the school runs with my wife and make new memories as part of the flexible working policy.”

Saira Demmer, CEO at SF Recruitment, said: “Welcoming a brand-new engineering team to the business is another statement of our post-pandemic intent to continue our growth. We have already made significant investment into our working environment and employee experience, and the high calibre of new recruits we are now welcoming is a strong indication that our people-first approach is truly working.

“Our aim is to create a modern working culture, which puts autonomy in the hands of all of our experienced team. This latest investment will mean engineering companies can entrust a team which lives and breathes the industry, ensuring we create the perfect fit between an individual and organisation.”

The new engineering talent team will be working across the UK. Mark and Alex are now the 17th and 18th new team members to join SF Recruitment since the turn of the year. Earlier this year, Best Companies named the firm among the top 20 small companies to work for in the UK for a second successive year.

Fiona Frudd
Fiona Frudd
Head of Marketing