FutureYou Executive Recruitment has signed a permanent property deal that will accommodate the company’s plans to double in size over the next 12 months. The move clearly sets down the foundations for the company’s next phase of growth in the Melbourne market
“Having an equal focus on Sydney and Melbourne, and launching in the same year, has always been a key strategic decision for us,” said Simon Meyer, founder and CEO of FutureYou. “Whilst other firms have a satellite office, we place equal importance in both locations as it allows us to have a helicopter view on the executive talent market. The move is an exciting milestone in the FutureYou Melbourne journey from startup to super boutique, as our plans to become Australia’s leading talent partner unfold. Our new space in central Melbourne will comfortably allow for a team of forty, but our primary focus is building a team measured by quality of recruiters and based on customer insight rather than on headcount alone.
“Our purpose, the power to connect without limitation, has been a driving force behind our rapid growth in Melbourne and in Sydney,” continuesWe genuinely believe that by connecting great people across the market we are improving the talent position in Australia. Recruitment is a by-product of what we do at FutureYou, not why we do it. We are taking a more strategic approach to the Australian market, which has become increasingly commodified and short–sighted.”
Talking about FutureYou’s plans, Meyer also highlighted purpose and values as fueling talent attraction and retention. Over the last ten months FutureYou’s presence in Melbourne has strategically grown to a team of 20 senior recruitment professionals, each with a track record of around eight years’ specialist experience and who have joined from a dozen of Melbourne’s most recognised specialist boutiques and global multinationals.
“We are a new proposition in market,” he said, “bringing together like-minded, mature and highly experienced individuals aligned on purpose and values, has enabled us to create an entrepreneurial workplace where we are building business leaders in our industry, not just recruiters. Many liken working at FutureYou to a practical MBA.”
Meyer believes ‘challenging the status quo’ in the recruitment sector is as much about our colleagues as it is about how we engage with clients and candidates. “The FutureYou value proposition seeks to support and nurture the very best future for our people - from our industry leading remuneration packages and transparent incentive models, through to our tailored learning and development frameworks, approach to flexible working, in-office health & wellness programs and how we give back through the FutureYou Foundation.”
Over the last decade, Meyer has seen the professional human capital market in Melbourne become increasingly polarised by two distinct types of recruitment offering: the global multinationals at one end and the local boutiques at the other. As a super boutique, FutureYou competes favourably with both - an Australian-based, Australian-centric recruitment firm that operates with the depth and expertise of a specialist boutique, but on a size and scale meaningful to the business community.
“Melbourne is a huge opportunity for FutureYou. What is resonating most with the business community here is our customer insight first approach to talent and local connections, combined with our unique strategic view of the Australian and international talent landscape,” Simon Meyer said.
Led by Melbourne-based FutureYou co-founders and equity partners, Joe Vize and Marc Richardson are building on loyalty in a local customer base. Through the Sydney-Melbourne connection the talent community in Melbourne, as in Sydney, benefits from the strategic oversight of the senior leadership group across both markets. Sydney-based co-founders and equity partners including Richard Wynn, Emily Wilson and Corin Roberts commit equal time to connecting with clients and candidates face-to-face in both cities.
“The personal commitment of the FutureYou leadership across Melbourne and Sydney translates in our approach to building long term relationships with clients and candidates, which goes well beyond transactions,” Simon Meyer said. “And the Australian business community is recognising this with an overwhelmingly positive response to our presence in here.”