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Can you Relate to the Symptoms of Decision Fatigue?

Can you Relate to the Symptoms of Decision Fatigue?

It’s 6AM, you wake up to the sound of your alarm – the sound of which once was a good decision you made, but now regret as you can’t bear to hear it each morning. Do you snooze it… or get up and start your day? Finally, getting out of bed and your struck with the thought, ‘what should I have for breakfast’. A quick decision of toast and honey is made once you realise you are running late and al...

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Maxwell Drummond Charity Raffle: Thank you to our sponsors.

Maxwell Drummond Charity Raffle: Thank you to our sponsors.

We would like to thank all of these generous companies for donating to our raffle in aid of Marie Curie this Christmas!! You can check out these companies to find out more information about them from their websites below: Paul Lawrie: https://www.paullawriegolfcentre.co.uk/ Experience Days: https://www.experiencedays.co.uk/ Aberdeen Football Club: https://www.afc.co.uk/ Johnstons of Elgin: https...

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The Misalignment of Sales and Marketing

The Misalignment of Sales and Marketing

The time of sales and marketing being separate departments are long gone and now it is time to join forces and tackle both business area's through supporting one another. 87% of the terms sales & marketing use to describe each other are negative, but this shouldn’t be the case. The purchasing process has changed and sales teams now need to start promoting more effectively to their audience thr...

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Bringing Order V.S Chaos to the Search Process

Bringing Order V.S Chaos to the Search Process

How often have we been given a job description that has been dated two years prior to the job that the clients need us to fill? Then the business is double or half the size. While it is a job description, it’s not necessarily what the business needs at that moment. It’s the idea that when we get handed a job description and say, “that’s really nice, thank you” and then turn it over. We need to kn...

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Top 5 Executive Search Trends to Watch in 2020

Top 5 Executive Search Trends to Watch in 2020

1.Offering the Correct Assessment According to McKinsey the war for talent began in 1997 when the evolution of the internet began within the recruiting industry. Now, moving into 2020 It isn’t just about clients fighting for the candidates they want. Those being selected to fill positions have just as much impact on the decision when it comes down to choosing what companies they want to work with....

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What Makes Maxwell Drummond Different?

What Makes Maxwell Drummond Different?

Apart from the hundreds of years’ experience we have got between us(ha-ha) … It’s difficult sometimes to condense all of that into what makes it really work. It’s good sometimes when you’re speaking with someone and you think, what we are doing is working! It is also perspective, because people must go through a process, and they are being challenged. We have had it a couple of times whilst doin...

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2019 HR Overview within the Oil and Gas Industry

2019 HR Overview within the Oil and Gas Industry

In many organisations human resources is regarded as an essential department in ensuring success through the effective management of their people to gain a competitive advantage. They are used to help maximise the performance of employees, aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives. Human resources also play a crucial role in the recruitment and selection process of every organisation wi...

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Why the Maxwell Drummond Brand?

Why the Maxwell Drummond Brand?

The Maxwell Drummond brand is a strong brand that is known by many. Maxwell Drummond was up there in the competitor’s group, whilst its offering was unique it wasn’t boutique. We wanted to prove the model of our concept and our approach. When the idea was brought to one of our Directors Lynn Carter, she was excited about the approach because it was something different. Our approach was a key fact...

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The Digital Era of Executive Search

The Digital Era of Executive Search

The route technology has taken over the last 15 years is nothing that could have been predicted. The speed that things are changing, it’s almost impossible to keep up! Technology evolving in Executive Search has brought not only opportunity, but it has made a significant change in the industry. It has changed the way companies carry out their processes using features such as Technological Talent ...

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Global Energy Executive Summary - Americas

Global Energy Executive Summary - Americas

The gulf activity that features in this area means for exciting times in 2019. New projects such as GCGV and Golden Pass LNG obtained FID this year. Having their specialist onshore Oil & Gas division allows them to continue strategic positioning ensuring a certain level of skill is being delivered. This is needed for onshore shale operators and their projects across the U.S Affordable natur...

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Global Energy Executive Summary – Asia Pacific

Global Energy Executive Summary – Asia Pacific

The industry will be reviewed on progression, concerns and potential opportunities. Asia Pacific It has been reviewed that there is opportunity across the Asia Pacific region. New projects are gradually coming through the FEED stages in other regions of APAC and hiring is increasing. It may have an impact that skills within this area are not readily available due to the industries skills shortag...

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Global Energy Executive Summary – Middle East

Global Energy Executive Summary – Middle East

The industry will be reviewed on progression, concerns and potential opportunities. Middle East There is high prospect for investment with it to rise on the back of shallow water brownfield expansions. In the Middle East it has been predicted that oil spend is to increase 9% year-on-year to $56 billion, citing expansionary projects and offshore projects. ADNOC and other firms within this region...

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Global Energy Executive Summary – Europe & Africa

Global Energy Executive Summary – Europe & Africa

The industry will be reviewed on progression, concerns and potential opportunities. Europe & Africa Several new project opportunities are expected within Europe and Africa with $15.6bn is to be spent on new Oil & Gas projects across the North Sea up until 2025. This is positive movement for the North Sea after the previous drop in market conditions during 2014 and 2015. Shell and BP are...

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Overcoming the Oil & Gas Skills Shortage

Overcoming the Oil & Gas Skills Shortage

Over the past year it is clear the skills shortage is really starting to affect the Energy and Oil & Gas industry. In a previous post, we covered ‘Is your company prepared for an oil and gas skills shortage’ – we now focus on how companies are taking on this challenge. The 2019 Oil & Gas employment outlook guide gave insight into the skills shortage this year. According to this guide 4/5 e...

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Talent Development: Present It Course

Talent Development: Present It Course

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The Dilemma of Proven Innovation in Energy and Oil & Gas

The Dilemma of Proven Innovation in Energy and Oil & Gas

The Dilemma Talking about great innovation, Steve Jobs, one of the greatest innovators of all time! “The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” (worth reading) the only business-related book on his list of favourite books. So, what is the overall dilemma of innovation? It all comes down to whether companies want to proceed on meeting their customers’ needs or focus o...

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Testimonial: Leading Independent E&P Operator

Testimonial: Leading Independent E&P Operator

“Maxwell Drummonds methodology and approach was a welcome change to what I’d call industry standard. The word disruptive is overused and can actually be negative rather than positive. In this case, their disruptive approach to Search yielded excellent results.” Going above and beyond in order to deliver the best service to our clients and candidates, our approach creates positive disruption. A...

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When can equality in the workplace stop things being equal?

When can equality in the workplace stop things being equal?

Equality and discrimination are currently hot topics that are being regularly discussed and reviewed to create greater opportunities for all in the workplace. Many companies are being proactive and focusing on these areas, but can it become too much? Creating a bigger focus on cutting out any discrimination is something the country are putting a lot of funding into which means change is on the way...

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Life after Higher Education – Is there Enough Support?

Life after Higher Education – Is there Enough Support?

Handing in final course work and moving away from the comfort of the laid-back library surroundings straight into a fast paced, vigorous, working life is a daunting prospect! “With great power comes great responsibility” many of those transitioning from education to employment may relate to this as they enter the intimidating world of work. Accepting a role after education, no matter what sector ...

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Testimonial: Private Investment Firm

Testimonial: Private Investment Firm

“One of the key messages was that as well as an extensive network, Maxwell Drummond had the ability to find and attract hard to reach talent. This was visible when working on a difficult but extremely important board appointment when they brought forward a short list of exceptional individuals unknown to myself and my colleagues.” Our framework fits around the Success Criteria™ chosen to fit y...

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SME’s Tackling the Global Market

SME’s Tackling the Global Market

Working with many international clients it is understood how hard it is for a company to become a global success, but what does it really take? Maxwell Drummond have placed candidates in over 42 different countries working with many companies who scale out all over the world. In 2017 SMEs exporting to overseas markets increased by 6.6% to 232,000. Currently SMEs have to fight to stand out althou...

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Flexible Working: “What a way to make a living”

Flexible Working: “What a way to make a living”

In the words of a well-known song- “Workin' 9 to 5, What a way to make a livin'” But is Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, no longer the best way to make a living? An iconic song sharing the frustrations of many people stuck working hours that are set in stone by their employers. Numerous news articles have featured the current Flexible Working Bill, alternative ways of working and companies who are choos...

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The UK's Misconceived Market - The Gig Economy

The UK's Misconceived Market - The Gig Economy

Recent changes in the world’s working environment, the increase of apps and services that everyone knows aren’t necessarily going to last forever. Now, this isn’t true for every business, but it is a choice that is frequently becoming more popular! The Gig Economy, offering what appeals to people the most - flexible working hours, creating their own teams and building a career on their own ter...

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Blending Your Brand and Culture

Blending Your Brand and Culture

It was once said that branding was about giving your product a first-class ticket through life... Today that first class ticket requires more than having a good-looking logo that matches your alliterated brand slogan and corporate colours that were created to entice your customers. Like everything does, it has become more complicated. The trick is fusing it all together, portraying all the aspects...

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Testimonial: A Leading Provider in Design, Manufacture and Supply

Testimonial: A Leading Provider in Design, Manufacture and Supply

Maxwell Drummond were given a brief to find BDM and Regional Sales Manager… “In the past 12 months I worked directly with Maxwell Drummond to identify candidates for a BDM and Regional Sales Manager role based out of Aberdeen covering Europe and African Regions. Maxwell Drummonds process was unique and detailed, providing multiple high calibre candidates.” Utilising our Talent Matrix™ c...

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OGA Announces the 32nd North Sea Licensing Round

OGA Announces the 32nd North Sea Licensing Round

The Oil and Gas Authority has launched the 32nd UKCS licensing round with 768 blocks up for grabs. The map below highlights the latest acreage on offer, which is in the Central, Northern and Southern North Sea, along with substantial blocks on offer around Shetland: The blocks are in “mature” exploration areas and this aligns with the OGA’s 5-year forward plan, which ends with another round of “f...

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Part 3: Scaling up Your Business on The Back of a Downturn

Part 3: Scaling up Your Business on The Back of a Downturn

Finally, we have part 3… These last points are crucial for scaling up your business and link with all those previously mentioned. Find your Niche Where possible, discover your niche and hone your expertise in a particular area. When a company tries to offer too many services or products to too many audiences, the quality of the service can suffer, which makes customers want to do business with ot...

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Part 2: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Part 2: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Your target market, market conditions, and building a holistic plan are good starting points when it comes to scaling up your business… Following on from part 1, how do you scale your business up on the back of a downturn? Analyse the Market It is important to understand your surroundings, whether that is directly within the area you are working in or the larger economy. Assess supply and de...

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Part 1: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Part 1: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Scaling up your business, something very raw to those in the Energy Industry. Finding your feet and springing your business back into the developing market isn’t always going to be easy. According to Deloitte Insights after heading into the downturn in 2015 the Oil & Gas industry started to show signs of “coming out of the woods” by the middle of 2018. They also stated that many companies...

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A ‘Clean’ Breath of Life for Carbon Capture Use and Storage in the UK?

A ‘Clean’ Breath of Life for Carbon Capture Use and Storage in the UK?

In its recent policy position published this week (The OGA’s role in the energy transition) the Oil and Gas Authority stated that when taking decisions it would consider ‘as appropriate, re-use and recycling opportunities, in particular with regard to carbon capture usage and storage projects, as part of the cessation of production and decommissioning processes’. This raises the profile, once aga...

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Attracting Talent

Attracting Talent

Attracting talent is a dilemma that all employers face, regardless of the industry they operate in and support. It could be argued that this is a particular challenge that confronts the Oil and Gas industry, given the focus on Global Warming and the urgent need to transition to a lower carbon economy. The reality of the issue has now struck, people want to know companies are trying their best to...

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Research and Development Spend in the Energy Sector- BP’s A.I. Example for the North Sea

Research and Development Spend in the Energy Sector- BP’s A.I. Example for the North Sea

The recent findings from the 30th Oil and Gas survey, conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and partners, found that around 45% of contractors have increased investment spend in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in the past 12 months. Alongside this, almost half reported they have started to use artificial intelligence (A.I.) or will do so in the next five years. An example of us...

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Talent Development: The Other Coffee Machine

Talent Development: The Other Coffee Machine

“A manager of an oil company went into work each day, going straight to his office, sitting at his desk and inspecting his emails. Through the course of the day he would leave his office, only on the occasion of a meeting or to grab a coffee from the coffee machine just outside his office. "One day, he went out to get his coffee discovering the machine was broken and out of use. This then left hi...

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A Simple Solution: Hiring Sales and Business Development in the Oil & Gas industry

A Simple Solution: Hiring Sales and Business Development in the Oil & Gas industry

Throwback to 2014, the beginning of the downturn; a time for companies to start standing out from their competitors and become more adaptable, as it was no longer just a quick pitch over coffee to make a sale anymore. Because it wasn’t just about making the sale anymore; it was about understanding your customers and building long term relationships. Time has moved on, there is now more ...

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The Changing North Sea Ownership Landscape

The Changing North Sea Ownership Landscape

Private Equity firms have funded independent players to buy up North Sea assets in the last few years, taking advantage of the recovery in oil prices. - There has £10-12 billion worth of North Sea acquisitions by private equity firms since the November ‘16 purchase by Siccar Point Energy of £800m worth of assets from OMV, the Austrian O+G company. - Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultancy, has es...

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Bridging the skills Gap to Executive Level

Bridging the skills Gap to Executive Level

Have you noticed a growing skills gap between the advancement of your company and the development of your staff? A skills gap… existing as the current skill level of your staff does not match the future needs of your business. Moving your company forward without creating time for your people will always be unprofitable. According to a 2018 survey carried out by the Association for ...

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Recruitment vs Key Appointments in Oil & Gas

Recruitment vs Key Appointments in Oil & Gas

Is it the traditional model of Oil and Gas recruitment that's the reason the recruitment industry is getting a real hammering these days? It begins with a mindset. The need to find someone to fill a role. This then brings around an approach that follows, a process of matching a CV to a job specification – Recruitment. Focused on skills and tasks, based solely on the market value of tho...

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Testimonial: Market Leading SME

Testimonial: Market Leading SME

“Maxwell Drummond approach and Craig's commitment has saved our business time and money and mitigated against the risk of getting this appointment wrong. I can hand on heart say this is the most confident I have been about employing a business development manager.” – CEO A Business Development Manager is a very important role in a company and finding someone to fill this role can prove challengi...

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Event: Realising The Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times

Event: Realising The Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times

Over the course of the year Maxwell Drummond will be hosting a series of Business SUCCESS events… Kicking off this series the first event that was held focused on “Realising the Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times”. Maximising growth development over the next few years is something that is key to our business and we want to engage to build SUCCESS. For this interactive event we had a speake...

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Testimonial: Global Oil Field Service Company

Testimonial: Global Oil Field Service Company

“Creating a new approach in the world of recruitment is a difficult thing, it is clear that Maxwell Drummond's approach is innovative and, importantly, highly successful in finding people tailored to our needs.” What is our new approach to search? Here at Maxwell Drummond we stand out in the market as we have a unique new approach to search. Why put up with old systems and processes when you can ...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 3

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 3

In the final part of our discussion over a pending skills shortage in the oil & gas industry we will consider the impact of the sector’s move towards digital technologies. The Upcoming Digital Transition In order to plan for the next five years, companies must also consider the effects of an industry that is leaning further towards a digital future. A recent survey by EY found that 89% of e...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 2

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 2

In Part 1 of this guide we discussed the oil & gas industry’s fears over a pending skills shortage. In Part 2 we look at how to fill gaps in your organisation as the market recovers. Buying and Building The oil industry’s downturn was a wake-up call for the frivolous spending of the $100 per barrel era; for a generation which had only known boom times. The industry still has a bright future...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 1

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 1

A recent survey has suggested that nearly half of oil and gas professionals are concerned about an “impending talent emergency”. The third annual report from the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), which interviewed 17,000 people in the oil & gas industry, revealed that 20% of those felt that the crisis had already arrived, whilst another 28% expected further problems within the next five year...

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Testimonial: Market Leading Production & Manufacturing Company

Testimonial: Market Leading Production & Manufacturing Company

“We have worked with Maxwell Drummond on two key appointments. Both of which we had previously tried to fill using other agencies. We all found Craig and Phil a joy to work with – they are diligent in their approach and the key success factors works really well for us as a business” – HR Director At Maxwell Drummond we were working alongside a market leading national construction business who rea...

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A Summary of the UK Decommissioning Landscape

A Summary of the UK Decommissioning Landscape

The House of Commons ordered the National Audit Office (NAO) to provide a report on the financial implications of decommissioning in the UK. “Oil and gas in the UK – offshore decommissioning” was released on the 24th January 2019 and the following is a summary of the current landscape. There are currently around 320 fixed installations, primarily in the North Sea, of which 100 are forecast to be...

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