Pizza, beards, and cultural fit……… (Sagittarius)

Sagittarius’s current growth is down to its people as much as the fantastic web services they offer.  My full time role “Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management” is testimony to the importance and financial investment Nick (MD) and Paul (CEO) have placed on this. Keeping and growing our existing talent and attracting new talent supports our growth and drives out success. Inspiring the teams, supporting them professionally and personally and investing in their development and providing a fun and creative environment for them to work in is key to maintaining our success as an organisation. We spend a lot of time discussing “cultural fit” and I spend a lot of time researching the latest metrics for measuring it! And as much talking and reading that we do, the formula eludes us still…

However I think understanding what makes your people happy and engaged is the first step to understanding how you find the right cultural fit. We know what we do well and where our strengths lay – and we take on this kind of work not stuff that we don’t have expertise in. So our devs are working with great tools on well-defined projects and in collaborative teams. There is no point having all the tools and all the knowledge if your people don’t work well together – so we look for people who have good communication skills and people who want to mentor, or learn or play with new tech – people who are doing tech stuff outside work – people who game – people who enjoy what they do and the people they do it with – and if you have a beard currently that will help too! Understanding what makes people tick individually is also required – you can’t design a reward system for “one size fits all” we are all wonderfully different and different things excite us all differently. Some of the team want to stay on and game after work – and others want to get home to children and families – mind you everyone seems to like pizza and beers at 5pm on Fridays…….

We spent a lot of time identifying our company core values, a lot of time! And this helps us identify these traits in potential new team members – we look for adventurous and open-minded people who are remarkable and go beyond, people who are insightfully and effective and also helpful and humble – but are also passionate and determined. This is us – so that’s what we want you to be when you join us.

Because we are an agency, the work is varied, loads of projects all on the go at once – so our teams are flexible and agile and able to switch from one stream of work to another without getting stressed – but we have created good structure and support network within the organisation to make sure knowledge is shared and problems are solved together – this means we have got time to try new methods and new tech and be innovative about trying new things. We encourage our devs and our creatives to get out there and find out what is new – the only condition is, you bring home the knowledge and share it over lunchtime pizzas. Both our CEO, Paul Stephen and our Digital Marketing Director, Josh Whiten are known as industry leaders – public speaking all over the place to promote innovation in our sector.

My role is equally exciting, I have some really great projects to work on in the next 6 months – setting up an academy to keep the flow of extraordinary talent coming through the doors, getting the remarkable club relaunched and a training program  that ranges from  Sitecore certification to training techies how to run great interviews with other techies. The new appraisal system is almost in the bag, and once I have sorted out the Big Summer Social Event, I have the “Day in the Life” project to work on…. Not to mention a bit of recruitment in between.

We are always on the look for exceptional front end web developers – I have just taken on a really talent experienced developer (welcome Perran) but need a good .Net dev with some C# and SQL if you know anyone? We also have an amazing Account Manager joining us so I have been busy on the run up to Christmas. Never too busy to talk to you if you want to know “what’s in it for you” and would like to know more about what we do.

The photos … (Below) Our team last year skiing celebrating a great year – and (above), some of our devs at Race of Champions this year, where they were working. Honest!

– If you are interested in working for Sagittarius, get in touch!


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