‘The Hunt For Engineering Talent – Present And The Future’ – A Round-Up

‘The Hunt For Engineering Talent – Present And The Future’ was an In-house Recruitment Network breakfast held in London, in March 2016 in partnership with reed.co.uk.

An absolute full house of 30 in-house recruitment professionals joined us for breakfast and a morning devoted to recruiting engineering professionals. Recruitment within engineering is one of the most niche areas we’ve covered and the feedback to this event really has been phenomenal so, first things first, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who joined us on the day.

As with all of our events, this breakfast meeting was an opportunity for in-house recruiters from various businesses within the engineering sector, including Mott MacDonald, Nestle, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, CH2M and British Airways, to empathise shared challenges when recruiting engineers in what is an ageing, male-heavy industry.



Mark RyanOur first special guest speaker, Mark Ryan, Recruitment Manager for Europe at CH2M,  introduced the morning’s roundtable discussions with an informative presentation that highlighted in detail, the ways in which his recruitment team at CH2M work as a unit. Being a global engineering organisation, CH2M know a thing or two about hiring skilled engineers and Mark represented this perfectly in his presentation.

As Head of Talent Acquisition and Internal Deployment for Europe, Mark is responsible for a team of 15+ in-house recruiters who’s primary objectives are to fulfil staggering headcount growth demands within Europe. Mark and his team recruit Engineers and Business Leaders for various large scale projects. Mark’s experience in the arena is unrivalled and coupled with an obvious passion for his sector.

Click below for Mark’s full presentation:

Stewart EdwardsOur second special guest speaker of the morning was Stewart Edwards, Talent Acquisition Partner at Nestlé. Stewart is currently working as Recruitment Business Partner where he focuses on providing the very best service to generate talent for Nestlé Global Functions. Stewart gave an insightful presentation on the challenges Nestlé face where recruiting engineers is concerned, and how this differs to the ‘sexier’ disciplines they recruit within their commercial departments.

Stewart explains how Nestlé can’t rely on their brand name where engineering is concerned and divulges his expertise and tips on what works for his team and how his fellow in-house recruiters can implement new ways of working into their strategy seamlessly.


Click below for Stewart’s full presentation:



mark rhodesOur third and final speaker of the morning was the incredibly knowledgeable Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director at reed.co.uk. There aren’t many people who aren’t aware of reed.co.uk, being the biggest job site in the UK, but what many people don’t know, is that reed.co.uk have a huge network of engineering candidates who use their site as a major job-searching tool. Mark delivered some fascinating facts and statistics in his presentation, all of which were derived from an engineering specific, job-seeker survey.

Mark gave us a rare insight into the behaviours of the job-seeking engineer and left our audience of in-house recruiters with a plethora of questions and requests for content post-presentation.


Click below for Mark’s full presentation

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During the interactive roundtables, we discussed the following questions:

  • What does your recruitment team and strategy look like and what are your main challenges?
  • What’s working well right now and what tips can you offer your peers?
  • What are your main and most successful sourcing channels?
  • How do you onboard and retain your hires?
  • What 3 things will you take from this event and look to implement within your team?


We would like to say a huge thank you to reed.co.uk for partnering with us in this event and for their undeniable recruitment prowess and knowledge on recruitment within the engineering sector:






As a follow-up to this highly successful breakfast, we have created a whitepaper in conjunction with reed.co.uk to give you all the hints and tips you need to improve your recruitment efforts in the engineering space. Click on the image below to view:


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