Meet the MD: Beth Brierley-Jones of Brierley J Recruitment

Describe your role in brief:

As managing director of a relatively new business my role is to build the brand by ensuring that we are delivering a customer-focused recruitment service to companies and candidates.

I’m always looking for ways I can add value to clients not just with the recruitment of staff but trying to complement their businesses in other ways.

I manage everything from the client development and the professional aspirations of candidates, to the day-to-day running of the business including marketing and invoicing.


What is it the company does?

Brierley J recruit candidates for companies within the Built Environment which includes disciplines such as Architecture, Surveying, Engineering, Project Management and Facilities Management; essentially white collar construction.

We support our clients and candidates through the recruitment process, managing the expectations of each party to reach a positive outcome.

We pride ourselves on helping a business recruit a certain skill set that is needed to move their business forward or helping a candidate make a move that advances their career.   


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I started in recruitment as part of my placement year at Northumbria University, I worked for an international recruitment agency supplying temporary technical construction staff to employers in the North East, the majority of work was focused in the public sector.

It was high volume and very much about thinking on your feet – putting the right skills in the right place at the right time. 

My career moved forward when I was approached by a company to establish their Built Environment business.

Despite the recession taking hold shortly after starting, I enjoyed developing my skills in networking, learning to partner with clients and building a reputation within the private sector focusing on permanent positions.

I’d always had the desire to have my own business and the thought of creating my own recruitment brand really appealed.

In 2014 I’d been in the Built Environment industry for eight years and felt I had the support of clients around me to branch out on my own.

I started small, working from home and built the business one step at a time, bringing in the resource as and when required (accountants, marketing agency and so on) so that I can concentrate on what I do best.

I’ve now taken at office at Hoults Yard and hired my first member of staff.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

A great leader to me is someone who listens, collaborates, continually wants to learn themselves, and then coach and mentor others to do well.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

Hiring someone – it means it’s not just about you anymore and you’ve got serious responsibility. My role has become a juggling act, I need to ensure that my staff feel engaged with the business, understand the brand that I’m trying to build as well as helping them with the huge learning curve that recruitment brings. All whilst I’m trying to continually moving the business forward through developing new clients and bringing in new assignments.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I have a really supportive network of people, especially my partner who lets me sound off on him when I need to and tries to helps me see clearly the direction I should take.

I also love to cook; I love the challenge of trying to create a dish that looks exactly like it does in the cookbook. Quite a challenge! Also living only a mile away from the coast means I can take full advantage of the beach and walk my 18-month cockapoo Freddie who always put a smile on my face with his crazy antics!  


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A judge. I liked the idea of making the world a fairer place and looking after those that needed help.

I still would like to do something along these lines whether it be a Magistrate or setting up a charity foundation with the business.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

Arrogance. I’ve always believed that everyone within a business is as valuable as each other.

I always try and communicate and engage with those around me so it’s an environment where everyone is contributing results in a happy and well-balanced team.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

I’d like to cement our position as a professional recruitment consultancy within the Built Environment in the North East.

This means hiring a few more like-minded individuals who like autonomy when working and buy into the work ethos of Brierley J.

I’d then like to expand the sectors we work in, perhaps offering our services to the Marketing or Finance sectors.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Plan! Take calculated risks. Get a good support network around to sound ideas off on and be yourself.

Those that will want to work with you will, it’s all about personality in business.

If clients see you as keen and conscientious they’ll come back to you time and time again.

Also know what you’re talking about, know your brand and product or service inside out as this gives you confidence that customers and clients will buy into. 

Published: 08 March 2016

Article by BQ News
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