Monday, 26 November 2012

New recruitment service for global agri-food businesses

Specialist support service provider for the global agri-food business, Red River People, is now moving into recruitment with two new appointments.

The UK-based company has undergone considerable growth over the past two years and is moving into this field to help maintain its position as a leading training and development business in the food, agribusiness and biotechnology sectors.

Angela Lock has been appointed senior recruitment consultant to head the company’s new recruitment services, and is joined by another experienced specialist Jane Hobson.

Angela Lock has 16 years’ experience in this field including 10 years running her own successful consultancy. Previously she held senior management roles in the retail recruitment sector, and in recent years has been involved in human resources as well as training and business support.

Jane Hobson has worked in advertising, marketing and logistical recruitment, and over the past decade has worked on a variety of private and public sector contracts.

The Red River People recruitment services provide innovative executive search for high-level appointments to specialist consultants for key assignments, graduate programmes and individual counselling.

Duncan Jones, business development director, says the move into recruitment reflects the increasing demand for talented, skilled people to fill key roles in expanding business in the food sectors.

“We are building on our team’s experience of large, integrated businesses particularly in the food sector at the highest level in the UK and internationally,” says Duncan Jones, who has himself wide experience across agriculture, finance, retail, travel and energy, with particular interest in developing leadership skills.

“At Red River People we’re very familiar with the specific demands of the sector. We appreciate the need for talented people, professional support services — and not least capital and equity resources to drive success.

“Many of the major players in our target markets, such as the poultry and pig sectors, are global businesses who recognise the need for high-level management and leadership skills.”

After progressing to executive board level in a nutritional feed and supplements business, Mr Jones developed his own consultancy in 1987 providing development programmes in leadership, management and team development for multi-national organisations.

His expertise in managing change and culture integration is reflected in being an adviser to a major multi-national company’s world leadership programme, and he also serves on a regional government advisory group.

? Red River People, headquartered in Essex in the UK, with satellite offices in Australia and South Africa, offers agri-food industry expertise in operations, technical, innovation, people and change management.

The development services enable companies to outsource their human resources, providing advice on employment and contractual issues, change and transformation, management and business training, remuneration, rewards and executive coaching.

The business enterprise services focus on management ‘buy in’ activities, mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, business alliances and greenfield projects. A further service will link clients to specialists in the agribusiness, food and biotech sectors.

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