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HR Assistant Manager at a Top 50 Practice

Savant is a pleasure to work with. Always very personable and professional...taking the time to understand the recruitment requirements of the role but also the culture fit. They understand the demands of a HR team and accommodates with patience and a smile. Long may we continue to work together!
 
 
 

Senior Software Engineer for a globally traded public company

I had an enjoyable experience dealing with Savant. They took the time to understand my skill set and worked hard to match me with the prospective clients they had contacts with. Savant were friendly and helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them!
 
 
 

Project Manager for a leading global Investment Bank

We would be happy to have Savant to provide candidates for new roles through our contractor desk. The roles in question required a specific skill set and experience in terms of development of core IT architecture, for which we know we will only find a limited pool of suitable consultants in the market. Savant sent us 12 CVs from which 42% of candidates where selected for a 1st interview, which was one of the top performers compared to the other suppliers were in contact with. Savant was able to source excellent candidates in terms of skills and experience for our budget.
 
 
 

CFO for a global branding, marketing and design consultancy

Professional, not pushy and behaving like a top end executive search company rather than a run-of-the-mill recruitment agency. Savant listened to and correctly interpreted the brief, quickly and painlessly identified and closed the process with an excellent candidate, with regular, but not pushy, communications with all parties throughout. I would use Savant again and highly recommend thier services.
 
 
 

Finance manager for a leading entertainment company

I would recommend Savant as we have used them in the past and this was a quick placement. in just two weeks Savant were able to find different (suitable) candidates, set up an interview and finalise everything. They carefully select the most suitable candidates and do not inundate us with too many CVs. Savant is very attentive to their customers' requirements and provide a very one of a kind service, overall they are friendly, professional and personal.
 
 
 

Financial Controller for a leading UK Charity

Would definitely use Savant in the future because the service provided was not only professional but personal too and efficient. The temp they provided was productive and efficient and I had no issues with the administrative procedures. I would rate Savant's service high. Perhaps more importantly I liked the fact that the communication was kept to the minimum. No weekly/biweekly checks on the progress of the temp. This can be a nuisance especially during busy periods.
 
 
 

Senior Finance Manager for UK's leading shopper media agency

I would use Savants services again as Savant was fast, attentive, and they provided me with a wide range of candidates on a short time scale. I would recommend them as in this recruiting job, time was a real focus as we wanted to employ someone as soon as possible. Thanks to the great work from Savant we were able to get a bunch of candidates sent over, run a series of interviews, and make a job offer all within a fortnight of meeting Savant. Other recruiters I have used have been very salesy and will hound me with calls/emails etc. even when I have no job spaces to fill. Savant were never pushy or overbearing, and this is one of the reasons I will be choosing them for future jobs rather than other agencies.
 
 
 

Head of Tax for a leading chartered accountancy firm in London.

I would use Savant again as the service I recieved was honest and more personal than other agencies I have used. The best aspect of the service was the attentive approach and the understanding of the practice.
 
 
 

Finance Assistant for a growing Real Estate firm

I would highly recommend Savant, the service and communication was excellent, the agents seemed to go out of their way to make sure that the process ran smoothly and that all the information needed was covered for all sides involved. The service I received was impeccable.
 
 
 

HR Manager for a Mid Tier Practice

I have found Savant to be a very straightforward and honest recruiter and I appreciate their friendly and upfront approach. They were very responsive throughout the process, coming back quickly on queries and I would happily work with them again in the future.
 
 
 

Expense Assistant for one of the UK's leading garden centres

I would definately recommend Savant as my consultant was very efficient, very caring and knew what was best in order to build my career. Very approachable, anyone would feel comfortable working with them. I was most satisfied by the swift responce, most recruiters can be hard to get hold of, however, this was not the case with Savant.
 
 
 

CFO for an AIM Listed PLC

I would use Savant in the future as I found the consultants proactive, they tailored the candidates they submitted to match our size and scale. There is plenty of competition however, the personal relationship is key. With Savant we have this and I would highly recommend their services.
 
 
 

Technical Author and Trainer at a world-leading telco company

Savant worked relentlessly and professionally to secure me a fantastic new role that really uses my skills and experience. They were focussed and persevering during a long and occasionally bumpy process. I would highly recommend working with the team at Savant.
 
 
 

Director of Internal Audit for an IT Hosting company

I have worked with my contact at Savant over the past 12 years and he has placed more than 10 audit professionals with me. He fully understands my requirements, is hugely collaborative and presents his candidates extremely well. I would absolutely recommend Savant to my colleagues and contacts as I get a great service and a friendly and personable approach above other recruiters. Savant take the time and effort to build a relationship and to understand the needs and requirements of the recruiter. Savant is far above the rest.
 
 
 

Group Financial Controller for a security solutions business

I would recommend Savant as the consultants were efficient in all aspects of the process. I was most impressed by the transparency and frequent communication which provided confidence that the position and company was the right fit for me. Savant was able to quickly understand my needs and wants on the position I was searching for from a company and role point of view. I feel this made the fulfilment of my placement to be efficient and effective with a turnaround of approximately 1 to 2 weeks from start to finish.
 
 
 

Trainer for a world-leading telecommunications provider

I recommend Savant as a diligent and highly professional company. I thoroughly appreciate all the work they did on my behalf including being contactable outside of regular business hours. The consultants were easy to work with and clear communicators. I wish the organisation every success in the future.
 
 
 

IT Senior Manager for a global consulting, technology service

Throughout the whole recruitment process Savant has been very much in-touch and kept me posted all the way on how things were progressing (in my case through 3 stages of interview). The consultant was very articulate, conscientious and cares about matching potential employees or contractors with a matching company. I have worked with a large number of recruitment 'experts' throughout my career, but none have come close to Savant's professionalism. I hope to continue working with them going forward.
 
 
 

Head of Internal Audit for a leading Utilities firm

I would continue to ask Savant for support with recruiting members of the team as they have found good candidates in the past and have shown commitment to understanding both my requirements and a good fit for our company. I would recommend Savant as they have shown commitment to understanding my industry and business and the skills we would need for developing a first rate Audit & Assurance service. Ultimately there were good candidates identified for the roles on offer. On a personal level, the consultants have been easy to get along with and showed commitment to our objectives. The better agencies, like Savant, are becoming more effective at building longer term relationships with clients, rather than simply being there when a vacancy comes up. Such that, if a “good fit” candidate comes up we have the option to consider them even without a vacancy.
 
 
 

Network Engineer for a Telecommunications company

Savant consultants are highly professional with hardworking personalities. They hold diverse skills and knowledge within recruitment and are always willing to mentor people towards their ultimate goals and career.
 
 
 

Project/Programme Manager for a Telecommunications Company

I have recently had the pleasure of working with Savant in a placement into the UK. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a professional agency, with a high level of competence and sensitivity. They are able to quickly build a trusted relationship and are good at matching complex and demanding roles with a high degree of competency matching.
 
 
 

CTO for an Architecture & Technology Group

I found the experience of working with Savant an esay process as thier communication is consistent and timely. They care passionately about their work with both candidates and clients. The consultant was professional throughout. I will not hesitate to recommend Savant's services to respective candidates and clients.
 
 
 

Treasury Consultant for a Management Consultancy firm

I would recommend Savant, primarily because you are treated as an individual rather than just a candidate.  I was most satisfied by the attention to detail and negotiation skillset. Overall, very happy with the service I received and would hope to repeat the process in the future with another assignment.
 
 
 

HR Business Partner for a Telecommunications Company

We have been impressed by the way that Savant have operated in the short time that we have been working with them. From the outset, they spent time to understand our requirements, even travelling to the north to meet us on a face to face basis to ensure that they fully understood our culture and role in detail. The domain that we operate in can be challenging in regards to recruitment but Savant show a great understanding of this market and they continued to search actively for candidates and each was represented with detail on their background and expectations. We had regular updates on the progress of the process throughout. We have now successfully placed a new employee into our business as a result of their efforts and would like to say a massive thank you to Savant.
 
 
 

VP Consulting and Analysis / Head of Insight

Through the help and guidance of Savant I have successfully secured a contract that is perfectly aligned to my skills and experiences. Savant were excellent, representing my interests with diligence and courtesy at every stage in the process. With so many recruiters failing to uphold promises or maintain communications it has been a breath of fresh air working with Savant on this opportunity. I can happily recommend the services of Savant Recruitment to anybody looking to find their next position.
 
 
 

Finance Director - Global Pharmaceuticals business

I have known Richard for over 15 years and he has placed me at some of my best roles as a candidate, Richard has always really listened and taken onboard what I was looking for finding opportunities that would help me grow and develop. I knew when we had a challenge finding the right candidate to fill a senior accountant role that Richard would be able to help. Richard didn’t disappoint, the attributes I relied on as a candidate Are equally valuable as a client. In a short time frame, with a demanding brief Richard identified candidates and ultimately filled the role. I look forward to working together again in the near future.
 
 
 

Finance Assistant - Global Travel Business

I’ve known Shirin for almost a year now, and I’m extremely grateful for her continuous support! She has believed in me and helped me with the beginning of my professional career. Being an expert in her field, Shirin ensured I was well equipped and prepared for the role. Even after being successfully hired, Shirin regularly keeps in touch, and never misses a follow-up call! I’m sure Shirin’s diligence and dedication will help others find great employment and receive the support I did. Thank you :)
 
 
 

Recruitment Manager - A leading UK retailer

Shirin has worked with me to source two outstanding qualified financial professionals. I am the Recruitment Manager at Robert Dyas, but I also have responsibility for group roles. Shirin worked with me to find a Senior management accountant and a group financial accountant. For one of these roles Shirin worked in competition with another agency, but always ensured she took a full brief, visited our premises to understand the role and then ensured the applicants were fully briefed on the role, business and challenges. Shirin truly believes in building a relationship with the businesses she works with, which ultimately means she succeeds when sourcing applicants - she will not send the most cvs, but the ones she does you will want to meet.
 
 
 

Director Of Internal Audit - UK's Leading Gambling Company

Over the past 5 years, I have regularly called upon Savant for assistance with filling roles from junior auditor up to Director of Internal Audit. Their hallmark has always been a deep desire to understand not just the parameters of the role and the required candidate skills required but the culture of the business, the styles of the key stakeholders and what characteristics would be needed for a candidate to thrive and succeed long-term. This has meant that candidates put forward for consideration tend to be very appropriate and the successful candidate tends to become a long-term valued employee. I know that I can trust Savant to work quickly and effectively and I believe in their strong knowledge of the candidate market, meaning that I only receive appropriate CVs and my time is respected in the recruitment process. They are also very pleasant and friendly to work with, and I feel that they are a genuine business partner to me.
 
 
 

Head of Internal Audit & Risk - UK leading housing developer

I’ve worked with Paul Clutton for over 10 years in a number of Risk, Audit and Compliance roles who’s been on hand to provide a range of candidates - from senior experienced professionals with relevant experience, right through to entry level graduates looking for their first job in industry. What I like about Paul is he understands that a modern business assurance function needs more from an applicant than just a strong CV. Softer skills such as communication, personal resilience and the ability to show empathy is now equally important as any professional experience. The fact that he takes the time to get to know the candidates personally means he really understands their wider skill set, rather than just the job titles they’ve had. This is the value-add that Savant provide.
 
 
 

HR Consultant - Consulting Firm

I have known Malcolm Stokes for many years and he is the first and only person I call when recruiting. He is a perceptive recruiter knowing that you don’t hire paper you hire people and is keen to understand the elements that aren’t on the JD, be that team fit or the fact that I need an Excel guru who is “bombproof” and can hit the ground at a gallop. He has a comprehensive understanding nuances with the accounting world and is comfortable working at all levels. Without fail he provides great candidates who can do the job and fit in with the wider organisation many of whom I have offered permanent roles to. Using Malcolm means I have one less thing to worry about as his candidates have all been screened and are well briefed on the role and company. I cannot praise him highly enough and would recommend that everyone has him on speed dial.
 
 
 

Finance Manager

I chose to become a professional contractor as the flexibility and variety suited my skill set. By contracting, I am able to concentrate on providing a professional service without the hinderances that impede permanent roles, such as office politics, fear of redundancy and trying to prove you are better than your peers. By working in different organisations, I am able to obtain a variety of experiences and apply them to future assignments, enhancing the benefits for both the client and myself. Networking and reputation are key to successfully contracting, and Savant act as a business partner to myself in utilising their network to obtain assignments and enhance both our reputations. If Savant provide good assignments and I do a good job then it is mutually beneficial. I have found the team at Savant really helpful in understanding my key skills, identifying appropriate opportunities and selling my profile to the client. They have assisted in interview preparation to maximise my chances of success.
 
 
 

Head of Business Assurance - A UK leading Utilities business

Paul and the Savant team have taken the time to understand our organisation, our culture and our people. Paul has found a number of great candidates, many of which are now part of my team. Paul takes the time to keep in touch, to ask how people who have joined are adapting to the business and to provider a wider view of what is happening in other sectors. Recruiting for good risk and internal audit professionals can be a challenge, but Paul is one of a small number of my ‘go-to’ people’ as he always delivers.
 
 
 

Network Engineer placed with a Bio-Technology Company

Laura is a professional and reliable recruiter. Very quick in responding. Laura got me a very exciting role, there was no communication gap at all and Laura kept me posted throughout the process. I found her helpful and supportive. I highly recommend her.
 
 
 

Manager placed at a Satellite Communications Company

I had the opportunity to meet and work with Laura from SAVANT Recruitment. Laura has shown to be a very reliable, dedicated and hardworking person. Always available, fully committed to support and to deliver a high service level as a recruitment consultant. It was a pleasure to work with Laura and it is an honour to recommend and write this endorsement.
 
 
 

Head of Customer Delivery - On site at a large Telecoms Company

I have been working with Savant Technology for resource augmentation on a large Digital Transformation Programme for a Telco in the UK for 2+ years. This was a complex greenfield stack implementation in which the best of breed products were integrated for the first time in the world. So the challenge was to find the right set of SMEs who could (i) guide the various stakeholders in niche technologies and (ii) demonstrate right behaviour to execute complex transformation programmes in multi-vendor environments. I am very happy to say that Savant Technology understood the requirements of the programme very well and supplied the candidates with the right skills (technical and behavioural) right the first time, every time! In fact it was because of this key differentiator that resulted in us recruiting the majority of the contractor SME requirements from Savant Technology for 2+ years in succession. Some of the key roles that we have fulfilled from Savant were Programme Managers, Solution Architects, Release Managers, UX Consultants, UI Designers, Business Analysts, Contact Centre SME, Business Insights SMEs. I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism shown by Savant Technology and attitude to go the extra mile in understanding the exact requirements and suggesting the right fit candidates for every role which was a welcome change compared to the experience that we have had with many other recruitment firms. Hence, I would like to wholeheartedly recommend the services of Savant Technology to other clients as well.
 
 
 

VP Digital Transformation - On site at a large Telecoms Company

I have used Savant Technology for a large Digital Transformation Programme with multiple stakeholders as well as 3rd parties, making the programme challenging and complex. They supplied me with resources across the digital landscape covering: Programme Director/Manager Business Insight Consultant UX Programme Manager UX/UI Experts Technical Architect BI Consultant Savant Technology met our challenges throughout the programme, supplying credible candidates with the relevant skills, as well as a personality match to the complex nature of the programme. I found them to be good communicators across the supply chain with a real desire to add value throughout the programme. I will not hesitate to use their services or to recommend them to other clients.
 
 
 

Programme Manager placed in to a large Telecoms Company.

Savant Technology first contacted me through Linkedin and immediately impressed me with their insight into Telecom industry requirements and challenges. They were able to place me in a large telecom digital transformation programme in Programme Manager role, explaining not just the role but also the stakeholders involved, context, history and culture, keeping close contact throughout the engagement. They also placed other quality professionals to build a high calibre team resulting in recovery and successful delivery. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to organisations and candidates and will work with him anytime.
 
 
 

Lead Architect supplied into a Consultancy

Savant Technology secured a Technical Architect opportunity for me on a large Digital Transformation Programme with multiple stakeholders as well as 3rd parties, making the programme challenging and complex. I have found my communication with Savant Technology to be extremely helpful in all aspects of our relationship. They have been able to support all of my various queries, even in very complex areas such as IR35. I have been engaged with Savant Technology for over 2 years now. During this time there have been a number of contract extensions, changes to roles and many discussions about IR35 compliance. Savant Technology have demonstrated a very high level of expertise in dealing with the complex issues surrounding IR35 – they have been extremely proactive to both client and consultant in determining the correct status and ensuring everything was in place to meet compliance requirements. They have demonstrated a very personable approach to their dealings – they are responsive and extremely helpful in the event of any query. Savant Technology have demonstrated a very high value add – particularly in negotiating contract terms and dealing with IR35 queries. In short, I can highly recommend Savant Technologies to both new clients and to new consultants
 
 
 

Programme Manager placed onsite at a large Telecoms Company

Savant Technology secured me a CX Programme Manager opportunity on a large Digital Transformation Programme with a prolific UK brand. The opportunity included significant stakeholder engagement with multiple partners of which added to the complexity and demands of challenging engagement. Why Savant Technology? I chose to work with Savant because from initial contact they gave a sense of confidence, expertise and professionalism in their approach and ways of working. They buck the trend of poor recruitment agencies by their actions. They understood the role and what the opportunity required. From skillset, depth of experience; as well as behaviours required, to succeed in a complex and challenging environment. Our Relationship? I describe Savant as a premium agency. The reasons being they have a culture and engagement model that brings out the best outcomes for all. I pride myself on my reputation and ability to provide a quality service in all my engagements so the mutual respect allows for a great partnership. Expertise? Savant have and continue to demonstrate a vast knowledge and understanding of specialist topics, not just industry and role specific; but also in terms of business, general commerce, negotiations and resolutions. I had originally expected a 6-month contract and 2year later, the engagement is continuing to thrive. Savant has supported my ability to set expectations with the client throughout the course of contract extensions and including IR35 compliance. Personal Approach? Savant are ‘people - people’ they respect the human factor and engage in a way that makes you feel valued and not forgotten. Whether it is an email for formalities or a call to check in on how you are doing (especially during the 2020 COVID Lock-down) is a welcomed and thoughtful gesture. Value Add? Without Savant’s detailed support I would have been lost in IR35, their ability to simplify this was exceptional! They are seamless in their representation of both the client and candidates; they genuinely have a balanced and equal relationship - striving to manage both relationships with honesty and trust.
 
 
 

Programme Director placed onsite at a large Telecoms company

Savant Technology secured me a Programme Manager opportunity on a large Digital Transformation Programme with multiple stakeholders as well as 3rd parties, making the programme challenging and complex. Why Savant Technology? Having worked with numerous recruitment agencies over many years, both as a contractor and as an employer, I have been encouraged by Savant’s methods and in particular Mehran’s tenacity in investing the necessary time and analysis in evaluating both the client and contractor needs, goals and objectives. In my experience this achieves the most successful outcomes, with all parties having confidence in mutually rewarding contracts. Our Relationship? Savant’s relationship doesn’t just stop on placement, it is nurtured and developed over the duration of the placement. This goes far beyond typical body shopping with regular face to face meetings, irrespective of whether issues exist, or not. Savant take the time to ensure that all parties are aware of how contracts are settling in and are able to guide, influence and optimise the ongoing placement. Expertise? Savant understand the complex organisational structure and phases of large programmes in various vertical markets. In my case this was a telco transformation. Savant were able to build a team of specialists that were able to integrate into key phases of the programme, working with and complementing the end client, various 3rd parties and off-shore development teams. Savant have a deep technical understanding of their vertical markets and I found they were able to provide the support and expertise where necessary. If help was ever needed, I always felt Savant were a phone call away, or more than willing to attend site meetings. Personal Approach? As an employer you’re bombarded by phone calls from agencies, as a contractor it sometimes feels like the phone never rings, or your calls are never returned until an agency wants something. Savant strike the right balance, keeping all informed and engaged during the process. From the initial stage of engaging with Savant you feel like you’re on a journey, not just a single placement. This becomes evident with the amount of time and effort that Savant continually invests in understanding the individual and broader project scope, this is compounded further as Savant contractors and team members collaborate and support each other on larger engagements. It is clear that Savant are developing a network of highly experienced and proven professionals that can be deployed as a team, or on an individual basis. Value Add? It is refreshing to work with a recruitment expert that reinvests in its contractors, more so where it provides free training for softer skills, such as in emotional intelligence. Of course, it is mandatory for candidates to have the technical skills and experience, but softer skills provide the more rounded candidates and thereby increases the longevity and success of placements. Personally, I see this as having the vision to think beyond the single engagement, instead it seeks to develop and nurture longer term relationships. This is certainly one factor that sets Savant far above the typical recruitment agency.
 
 
 

Solution Architect supplied into a large Telecoms company

Savant Technology secured me a Solutions Architect opportunity on a large Digital Transformation Programme. The programme itself is highly complex and challenging, as it covers the telco's end to end BSS and OSS transformation with multiple stakeholders and integrators. Why Savant Technology? Savant’s communication during the interview stage of the engagement was exceptional, they kept me informed and were helpful in providing me as much information as possible to ensure that everything went smoothly. After being selected for the position, Savant helped make my transition from an employee position back into contracting as smooth as possible, putting me in contact with all the necessary people. Our Relationship? Mehran and his team have kept in constant contact with myself and others from the Savant team with monthly get togethers and coffee to make sure that we had any necessary information that we might need. Their personal approach is much different from other agencies I have dealt with in the past. In addition to this, during the period gearing up to IR35, Savant were active in making sure that the Savant Team had as much information as possible so we understood where the negotiations with the client were and how that would affect us individually. This took away a lot of the stress from an uncertain time in the contracting market. I have to say Mehran and his team have been awesome to deal with and provided a great service with a personal touch.
 
 
 

Consultant supplied onsite at a large Telecoms company

Laura is a very professional and effective recruiter. She was able to help me find a very exciting and interesting role extremely quickly. The interview process was smooth and on-boarding went very well thanks to her preparation. Savant Technology secured me a Business Insight opportunity on a large Digital Transformation Programme with multiple stakeholders as well as 3rd parties, making the programme challenging and complex. Savant Technology were well placed to understand the needs of the client, the end business and myself as a contractor so the asks and work to be done was better understood from day 1.Savant went out of their way to keep in touch with me. This is the most engaged I have ever been by a similar agency. They represented my interests through regular meetings to make sure they knew how I was and to ensure I had everything I needed to succeed in the role.
 
 
 

Head of Accounts for a Large Financial Services Business

Webinar was excellent. Many thanks Zoe and Mark. Impact of current situation on finance in particular!
 
 
 

Finance Director for a Financial Services Company

I found Savant webinars and consultancy services very relevant as I manage a team of 24 people across 4 locations and due to Covid 19 we are all based at home and I have found the managing more stressful and challenging, so there are things that I have learned that I will implement.
 
 
 

Owner and Investor of a FinTech Businesses

Savant offers useful practical tools. I'll aim to find opportunities to embed them in my behaviour.
 
 
 

Senior IT Professional

I did find the webinar really helpful, and certainly picked up a lot of good tips as well as a deeper understanding of EI. I would normally jump at the chance to take up 30 minutes of Zoe's time
 
 
 

Senior Finance Contractor engaged by Savant

I chose to become a professional contractor to allow me to more specialise in the area of work I do. It allows me the opportunity to make a positive impact on more company's financial processes or a specific area I have expertise in. By improving a company's speed at processing reports, long term financial models or develop new KPI's and reporting requirements. I also enjoy new challenges and learning new things in new environments. This is the second time I have used Savant and both times the service has been excellent. One of the main frustrations in job searching is 'not knowing', the lack of communication from recruiters. At all times I knew exactly where I was at in the process and the approximate timescales. So thanks for that. The feedback is also very specific to me and the role, rather than a generic phrase passed on to every candidate, both when successful and unsuccessful. The roles were suited to my wants and experience. I believe I have been to two interviews and been successful on both occasions. Of course, It's mainly down to my excellent interviewee skills, but being the right type of person with the right skillset helped! From my point of view, every time I spoke with anyone at Savant, I always felt that my job search was in the hands of experts. The clarity and certainty that you spoke with at the beginning of each search gave me the confidence you would find me not just any role, but the right one. I have no plans to change from being a contractor any time soon, so I hope there will be many more opportunities to work together in the future.