We are a specialist IT recruitment agency based in tech-central Old Street, working across SAP, Info Sec, Cloud and Software, and Microsoft Dynamics across the UK and Europe. We work with some of the biggest tech companies in the world, finding top opportunities for leading industry talent.
Our number one customer at Montash are our employees. We are all about growing you as a person as much as we are about growing our business. We all work towards KPIs but are not defined by them. We work with people, so we measure success on behaviours and support you to become the best you can be.
Montash is an agile, fast-paced agency. We can fill niches that others can't, we’re open to change and we are not scared to push the boundaries. To meet the needs of the high-paced tech industry, we believe in doing things a little differently. We may take what we do seriously but also have fun along the way. And by combining in-depth industry knowledge with our commitment to long-lasting client relationships, Montash recruitment consultants are known to deliver award-winning service across the globe.
We are currently hiring for several roles at Montash, looking for potential recruitment consultants who are keen to work in the industry. You will be able to learn on the job while receiving extensive support, with the ability to access external sales training, in-house expert training, group coaching and one to ones.
We'll take your passion for technology and help you develop an exciting and rewarding career in recruitment by investing heavily in exceptional training, rewarding career prospects, attractive salaries and unique perks. We’re looking for ambition. If you want to be accountable for your own success and have the energy to thrive in a fast-paced and progressive organisation, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Montash AGM, held on the 24th floor of The Shard, was a day designed to inform, motivate and support Montash employees. Most importantly, we aimed to display how it really is all about the people.
Recruitment is a pressured environment; our consultants are working hard every minute. It's important that our employees feel happy in and outside of work and we wanted our AGM to reflect that, ensuring that the content of the day was relevant to everyone in the room.
This year's theme was, 'Discover You', focusing on three areas: identify your weaknesses, discover your potential and realise your ambition, along with an overall look at the company direction, plans and strategy. Read more about the day.
The Montash team are not only equipped with in-depth market knowledge, but also know about the the best ways of working through building close relationships with candidates and clients alike. Through Voices of Montash, our Consultants share tips and insights, which they have gathered along the way.
Whether you have a background in technology, market-stall sales or are fresh out of school, we offer you the platform you need to thrive in the industry. Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but it’s the values we share that make us successful.
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To help our teams thrive in the German market, Montash provides in-house German-speaking lessons with a focus on business and technology. Just part of a range of specialist training programs, designed to support our recruitment consultants to develop their skills.
“Montash is an agency that thinks and acts differently to other recruiters, we treat our staff with respect and I personally make sure that every single person has the chance to succeed.
It’s the new people entering the Montash business that have the potential to be the most influential in shaping what this business will look like in the future. New methods of sourcing, ways of building networks and communities, embracing social media and tools that are becoming more critical to sourcing niche candidates.
As a result, Montash is on the rise, expanding successfully into new international markets. If you have enthusiasm, drive and believe in being the author of your own success, we’d love for you to join us on our journey.”
- Roy Dungworth, MD
We believe in investing in our people to help them discover their potential. One of the benefits of working at Montash is the access to sales training, in-house expert training, group sessions and one-to-ones. We also collaborate with leading experts from internationally recognised training organisations to offer interactive sessions and value workshops for the Montash team.
The 2020 winners trip has been announced. Our lucky high-performers will be heading to Dubai this year!
Make an impression by earning a brand new Rolex watch when you achieve outstanding billing figures.
Will you be one of the 13 that attend the Directors Top Table? Each quarter our consultants earn the chance to be wined and dined at a top London restaurant.
We offer our consultants plenty of opportunities to kick back, relax and hang out with their fellow employees. Whether it is a team dinner, a trip to the pub or a bowling night - we know that a happy workforce makes for a better company.
We’re currently hiring researchers and consultants to join our diverse team. Why not get in touch?
“SAP S/4HANA is an entirely new generation of SAP Business Suite that is characterized by simplifications, massively increased efficiency, and compelling features such as planning and simulation options in many conventional transactions,” states SAP News. So, what is the best approach to moving into the S4/HANA job market? We asked our SAP network at Montash to share their thoughts. Is it more about experience, qualifications or both? “When I hired consultants a few years ago for ECC projects I never asked or cared for if someone was certified and in my eight year consulting career no one ever asked me about it. I got my first certification before I spent one single day on a project, so certifications are more to prove you haven't slept in the classroom while training. It doesn't really say anything about a person's ability to implement ERP.” - SAP Programme Manager “I’ve seen quite a few requests from S4 HANA Customers, where S4 certificate was listed as ‘would be a plus’. That’s reasonable, as S4 experience is still rather limited, and Customers do not want to pay for time spent on education. Certification does not mean that a consultant has actual S4 project experience (especially when it comes to associate certification level), however, it means that they have spent a significant amount of time studying the new system version, That’s a good start, especially combined with project experience with older SAP versions. Definitely nice to have, but still beneficial. We have to learn the new SAP version anyway, so I personally see no reason not to get a certificate as well.” - SAP S/4 Hana Consultant “I got my first Fi certificate 20 years ago, no one has ever asked about it. I guess it gives you some self-confidence if you are a junior with no prior experience. A good CV is more important than certificates. S/4 in general, even in Fico, is still so much same as ERP that it seems people are too scared about it. Fiori is then of course new if you are used to just Gui but then again Fiori is a separate topic and indeed some clients use it with ERP6. And almost everything in S/4 works with Gui as well so Fiori then comes if client wants and needs it.” - SAP Consultant OTHER TOP TIPS FOR MOVING INTO THE MARKET: 1. Firstly understand if/ when your current organisation will be migrating to HANA and can you be involved in this project? 2. Create a network of recruiters who specialise in this space. You will have a better chance of being offered roles in this area. 3. Build your LinkedIn network around people who are experienced in this field, your content and opportunities related to HANA will increase. 4. Apply for roles in this area! You will have a better chance of getting picked up for roles if you apply, rather than waiting to be headhunted. Do you work in the S4/HANA market? If you have any top tips to add then please let us know - we’d love to hear from you.
Mental Health Awareness Week sparks lots of conversations and campaigns around how to maintain your mental wellbeing, and one of the hot topics is around managing stress in the workplace. There will often be times where we are under pressure and, unfortunately, this is a factor that is not always in our control. A key skill is to recognise the signs of your body when feeling stressed, as we don’t always know we are stressed until there is either a physical or mental health issue. Also, talk to someone about how you feel, whether that is a colleague, your manager or your doctor. We are often reminded that there is not a one-solution-fits-all for tackling this issue. But what we do know is that it’s good to open up the conversation and share experiences. The more we talk about it the less taboo the subject of mental health is. Today we are sharing insights from Suzanne Homes, from Shawbrook and Montash team members on how to manage stress: Suzanne HoLTHAM, SQL Developer at Shawbrook We all need time off, even if we don't feel like it. It can be tempting just to wait until you know more about when that go-live date for your project will be. But don't fall into that trap. Project deadlines can get rescheduled many times over and the next thing you know it's been a long time since you had a break from work, and you're exhausted. Book holiday time away from work. Even if you have nothing planned or nowhere to go, get the time booked off in the calendar. Lack of sleep can accelerate the path to burn out. Try to be strict with yourself and stick to a routine where you can get 7-8 hours sleep regularly. I use a schedule on my phone to automatically turn on the blue light filter after a certain time at night - it really does seem to make a difference. For those who are interested in an insightful read, my favourite self-help author is Brian Tracy. His books around goal setting and achievement gave me the kick start I needed at challenging times. Nandip Aulak, Head of Marketing, Montash One thing I do is to plan and organise my workload. I also make sure I prioritise each day. This may sound simple but, through doing this, I ensure that I am not only being effective and reaching my deliverables but I am also reducing the potential of work stress. Stakeholder management is also key; saying no when a deadline is not realistic is good work management for you and the business. I also always take a lunch break. This ensures I get time away from the screen and enjoy some fresh air. Katrina Macatangay, Finance manager at Montash Be part of the conversation around mental health and share your top tips on how you manage stress. One thing I’ve also learned on the way to relieving stress is asking for help. Many people think that when you ask for help from your colleagues or your friends, it means that you can’t do the job. For me that’s not really it, asking for help is a way of learning and getting assistance at the same time, and doing the job efficiently. It’s not a sign of weakness or incapability. Take a break! Reward yourself! I always make sure that I do this. Whether it’s having lunch/dinner with my colleagues after a long week of work or jetting off for a weekend break with family and friends. How do you manage stress in the workplace? Join the conversation - come and find us on LinkedIn, Instagram & Twitter...
One of our valued Montash candidates is Suzanne Holtham, who works at Shawbrook Bank as an SQL Developer. We took 5 minutes with Suzanne to gain an insight into her experience as a developer, her passion for tech, working as a woman in the industry and what advice she has for budding young developers with a tech career on the horizon. DESCRIBE IN ONE SENTENCE, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN SQL DEVELOPER? In a nutshell it is creating and maintaining databases, database objects and automated jobs to generate reports, extracts and batch loads. Beyond the nutshell, it is also likely to include elements of analysis and investigation, testing, documentation and support. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING AN SQL DEVELOPER? I’m implementation-focussed, so I always enjoy creating a solution to a problem/requirement and seeing that project through to go-live. The project length can vary from a 2-hour emergency ticket or a project over 2 years. The reward at the end is solving the problem and delivering the solution. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO WORK IN TECH? I was a good all-rounder at school and didn’t have any firm ideas at the time of any specific careers to go into. Having said that, tech has always been a strong influence in my life as my father had a long career working for an early computing firm and by best friend also was into computing. I remember my Dad bought me a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K one Christmas as a child. He had me typing in programs from the manual on Christmas day. I was hooked. It was around the time of selecting university courses that I realised I could select a course in something I not only enjoyed but would also lead to a fruitful career. The girls 6th form I studied at did not offer IT at A-level at the time though, so it was a bit of a leap of faith. Thankfully, I landed on my feet, working on my passion. HOW HAS THE TECH INDUSTRY CHANGED? Specialisation and outsourcing. Early IT job adverts would specify “programmer wanted”, then you would learn whatever programming language was required on the job. Now, as the amount of different technologies in the market has grown, it is common for job specs to require the candidate to be trained in a string of specific technologies and to have substantial commercial experience in the particular business sector. Competition has tightened up and not just locally. Globalisation means that outsourcing companies are able to provide services from lower cost locations and compete with the local market place. As the economy has peaked and troughed and conditions have tightened I have known friends who have been made redundant multiple times and also kept their job multiple times. WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Pressure and stress. There have been various stories in the media of IT projects that over-run or fail to deliver altogether. We hear about live systems that crash, causing chaos, reputational damage and financial loss. There is a constant pressure to deliver on time or fix a critical problem, and quite often those times are when your laptop will crash or an even more urgent problem that needs your attention will crop up. It can be a very stressful job. HOW HAS AUTOMATION CHANGED YOUR ROLE? Remote working. It is quite common now for desk-based office roles to have an element of remote working in them. Companies are quick to realise that office space costs can be reduced if hot desking and remote working is embraced. In addition, this removes the commuting element for workers and can help with work-life balance e.g. personal appointments are more easily fitted in without losing half a day of productivity. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER WOMEN STARTING OUT IN TECH? You will face challenges, and they will not necessarily be technical. Be flexible, be open to learning new skills and find out who your customers are – the project sponsor, the person who signs off your timesheet or completes your performance review at the end of the year. Work hard to build relationships within the business and with stakeholders, but also accept that you can’t please everyone all of the time. Have the confidence to say no. The very nature of the work you are doing may put you at odds with some people. This is OK. Try to handle it professionally, you’ll thank yourself afterwards. When I first started my career I would frequently hear the comment, “You don’t look like you work in IT”. It was a comment based on my looks, gender and a preconceived stereotyped image of a techie. I would take it as a compliment though, and I think it helps to try and find the positive in these experiences, even if it is just a takeaway of a life learning experience. WHAT ARE THE SOFT SKILLS THAT MATTER THE MOST? Good team fit, flexibility, ability to manage stress / pressure, even if that is by not working late most of the time! Always look to increase your knowledge to become more valuable. WHAT OTHER SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT IN YOUR ROLE? Listening, take notes (you won’t remember everything) and learn from others. Soak up everything you can. You cannot solve a problem if you don’t understand it. Looking for your next career step? Take a look at our open vancies here.
How easy do you find it to wind down after a long, hard day at work? After hours of meetings reports, calls, time spent at your desk and plugging away day-to-day, it can feel all-consuming both physically and mentally. It is important to remember that we aren’t robots - we can’t possibly do it all. You should avoid burning out and take the time to rest and refuel for the next day. Here are 5 tips on how to switch off from work: 1. Turn off your technology We hear it time and time again, but taking a screen break is a great way to help you unwind. With 5G just around the corner and our phone apps so easy to access instantly, technology has been incredible for streamlining the way we work. But it can also be a hindrance when we need to give our brains a rest. Put your phone to one side, avoid the urge to check your emails, turn off push notifications, turn on ‘do not disturb’ and leave your browse of social feeds to the next day. A mini digital detox can do you wonders. 2. End of work routine When you have been in back-to-back meetings and the workload is piling up, you can find yourself leaving the office with a rushed feeling. The brain responds to routine, so even clearing your desk and closing down your computer can send a signal that it’s time to switch off from work mode. Another positive step to end your day smoothly is to write out a list for the next day. Check your calendar, organise your priorities and have a well planned to do list, which means you are one step ahead of the game. 3. Get a good night’s sleep Sleep is one of the pillars of health and is up there with a good diet and exercise. That’s not surprising, given that we spend around a third of our lives asleep. Making sure you get enough of it has been proven to sharpen your brain, improving your concentration, productivity, problem-solving skills and memory. If you manage your 7-8 hours a night, the benefits will not only increase your daytime performance, but your emotional wellbeing too. 4. Give mindfulness a try “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us,” explains mindful.org. It can be a powerful tool, which not only helps you to switch off after work but during it, at times when you need a break. You don’t have to be a pro, either. With resources such as the Headspace app, beginners can learn all about the meditation process with helpful hints and tips along the way. 5. Find your own relaxation activity Mindfulness isn’t for everyone and many find alternative ways to relax after a hard day. Hobbies in people’s leisure time can vary from solo exercise, team sports, arts and crafts, photography, reading and more. The benefit of having a hobby is that it allows you to get away mentally, giving you a focus and distraction that brings enjoyment along the way. What do you do to switch off?