The move into the UK tech scene can be a minefield. Which company is best for you? At Taylor Jones Partnership, it’s our job to know how to make this decision. There are so many factors we consider before connecting our candidates with our clients, because we want to build lasting connections between the people we place and the companies they join. Here are a few that we think are particularly important…
Many start-up founders believe that their company will scale globally and become an industry leader. But what sets the high-growth, disruptive leaders apart from the rest? In competitive markets, it’s essential that the founders have the technical capability of producing a leading global product. Finding out whether a founder understands their market can be a good indicator of how successful a company might become.
It’s also useful to learn about a founder’s current influence within their sector. This might present itself as a previous success or being invited to speak at a global conference. At TJP, we work with founders who are influential and charismatic thought leaders in their fields, or on their way to becoming one.
What kind of funding has the company had? Plans for explosive growth is always good to hear. Having the funds to deliver that growth is even more important.
It is also worth looking at the people behind previous investments. Knowing who opened their cheque book can be very telling. At TJP, we work with some of the most successful tech investors in the world and have faith in their decision to back the right products. This allows us to present opportunities to candidates where the product has genuine potential to be a global market leader.
Finding the right culture can be as important as finding the right role. This goes beyond finding out if the company has an air hockey table or free fruit and at times it can be quite hard to decide. At TJP we pride ourselves in getting to know our candidates and clients on a deeper level than most. This means understanding your skills, your temperament, and your goals. But it also means knowing how our clients think and work, so we can successfully create relationships between you that last. Here are three of the factors that help us to decide whether a company’s culture is right for you.
People: To create and maintain a high-growth and talent-focused environment, it’s important to have the right people around you. Good colleagues can become our work family and go on to be close friends, but we need to get the mix right in the first place.
Progression: For a lot of our candidates, education wasn’t just about getting from A to B, it was a passion that drove them there and kept them on the right path. They’re typically very ambitious and keen to keep learning, so the opportunity to progress in both their knowledge and their career is vital. High-growth tech companies often provide lots of opportunities to progress and take on more responsibility, which will provide you with the opportunity you need to grow.
Leadership: Your career will be always be shaped by the people who influence you, so it’s important to have a senior team you can learn from. From heads of department through to founder level, senior figures are usually crucial for your learning and development, so it’s essential that we find you the right fit based on your goals but also your values.