Meet the MD: Richard Hogg of Jackson Hogg Recruitment

Meet the MD: Richard Hogg of Jackson Hogg Recruitment

As managing director of Jackson Hogg Recruitment, Richard Hogg has worked with his team to find and supply talented working candidates to innovative companies in the UK. We caught up with him to find out more about his journey.

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

Having previously worked in engineering consultancy I founded Jackson Hogg with a view to supplying talented engineering, operations and commercial candidates to the most innovative engineering and manufacturing companies in the UK. As with anyone running a new enterprise my role ranges from new business development, executing projects, attending networking events through to overseeing all the administrative functions of the business.

What is it the company does?

We have been successfully offering search and selection services to discerning clients who need high quality appointments for key roles in their businesses. We have built entire technical departments for key customers and have placed candidates that developed world class products in addition to supplying senior management and executive appointments that have added strategic value to rapidly growing companies.

Give us a brief timeline of your career so far.

I completed a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University whilst being kindly sponsored by Siemens Power Generation, which included extensive summer periods of practical work experience across the company and UK wide.

As Siemens were downsizing I was offered a role in Site Services. To avoid power station site life. I chose instead to accept a position at RCID as a Mechanical Design Consultant providing engineering services to North-East SMEs.

In 2007 after 4 years behind a computer and recognising the opportunity to work in sales I was encouraged to make a move into specialist search & selection. I’ve been there ever since and I still love it!

What do you believe makes a great leader?

Vision and excellent interpersonal skills to motivate others to achieve that vision. Great leaders in my opinion should have a passion for success and growth with the desire to be the best.

What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

We work in a highly competitive market where there is a limited number of available talented candidates. For this reason, there is often a significant amount of work undertaken to attract the most skilled individuals which often starts well in advance of us receiving a new requirement.

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

I am blessed with a loving wife and a high-energy 3-year-old. When I’m not doing business I’ll either be found out in the Northumberland countryside, eating out with friends or at church.

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

I’ve always had a huge passion for both people and business from a young age. At one point I considered a career as a financial trader but as I progressed through my degree I thought I’d lead a product business. My inquisitive nature seems to have me perfectly placed in my current networking profession.

Any pet hates in the workplace?

I can’t stand laziness and believe that everyone should be working hard together towards a common goal.

Where do you see the company in five years time?

I’d like to see the business double in size within the next five years. We will naturally need to find some high calibre individuals who are equally passionate about engineering, people and business!

What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Work hard to achieve your goals and maintain the highest values of business ethics.