We have a number of new job roles: March 2021

We are really excited to share some new job opportunities:

Insight Manager (Property Landlord), London

  • Working with the development and portfolio teams to develop a commercial proposition based on data and insight.
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative research methods to generate insight that will deliver the assets business plan; drive asset performance & improve customer satisfaction.
  • Run data analysis, this will include providing strategic insight & opinions to help decisions ranging from investment to commercial support.
  • Experience of consumer research development and execution needed.

If interested, please email paul@redtigerconsulting.co.uk

Senior Insight Manager (Property Landlord), London

  • Working with the development and portfolio teams to develop a commercial proposition based around data and insight.
  • Develop and manage a research programme that will deliver a clear vision and proposition for the repurposed assets.
  • Need experience in consumer research development and execution.
  • Wide range of experience with a variety of data sets and research methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative) driving actionable insight.
  • Need strong communication skills and ability to liaise at all levels.

If interested, please email steve@redtigerconsulting.co.uk

Portfolio Insight Analyst ~ Client-side, Field Based (head office in SW one a month)

  • Develop sales and margin forecasts to enable robust investment recommendations and decisions.
  • Includes Location planning within the role.
  • Help maintain network plans, taking account of changing consumer behaviours and expectations, whilst providing achievable targets for potential acquisition and financially viable opportunities.
  • Prepare impact assessments of future competitor store openings to inform commercial and marketing decisions on nearby branches.
  • Need a strong understanding of spatial analysis methods (e.g. Gravity Models).

If interested, please email paul@redtigerconsulting.co.uk

Retail Consultant, Flexible (UK) with travel to London 2x a month post-COVID

  • Great opportunity to progress your career in a well-respected and growing team.
  • Opportunity to work with a variety of clients.
  • Must have location planning and data analysis experience – ESRI and/or Alteryx skills are a bonus.
  • Opportunity to learn or progress technical skills like Python.

If interested, please email paul@redtigerconsulting.co.uk

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Our Objectives for 2021

We all set ourselves objectives for the coming year and will be revisiting these throughout the year, to make us each accountable and to track our progress.

Steve’s Objectives

  1. Book week (every week) – I will be reading a range of both fiction and non-fiction books this year with the objective of at least 52 books read in 2021.  Any recommendations are welcome.
  2. Look smart, feel smart – I have not been making the effort every day during lockdown 2020 to look and feel the part, particularly during the working week.  Now my old t-shirts and scruffy hoodies are banished from my workwear wardrobe as I adopt a smart casual ‘Pep Guardiola’ look for my working days (well that was my justification on spending money in the January sales!).
  3. Write a book – I will write it, topic to be confirmed, whether I can publish it will be a different story but I will write one in 2021.
  4. Do a podcast – Some claim Podcasts are falling out of favour due to reduced time commuting but my podcast consumption has only increased in 2020.   I’m late to the party but I will jump on this particular bandwagon.
  5. Tell (more of) the world about how Red Tiger Coaching can really help individuals achieve their business goals and see that come to fruition with more tangible testimonials on the value we provide.
  6. Go to a live gig (again) – Surely the re-scheduled, re-scheduled gigs that were originally planned for 2020 will happen later this year?!
  7. Sit at a bar and chat with friends – says it all really.  Value the small liberties!
  8. Learn how to SUP (that’s Stand Up Paddleboard) – I tried, and failed, on Anglesey in the summer – I’m ready to give it another go once we get to warmer weather (and when I have lost enough weight to be able to get into my wet suit!).
  9. Spend more quality time with my kids – My kids are growing up so fast that before you know it they will be adults.  This time is going in an instant and I need to be more present (particularly away from other distractions like phone!) if I am to encourage them to do the same.
  10. Feel the warmth of the sun somewhere, preferably on foreign shores.

Paul’s Objectives

  1. Spend more quality time with my daughters by finding things that they like to do (And some of which I don’t like to do) – schedule some days even if shopping and lunching with one, learn to draw with my arty daughter and go out for beers with the eldest two
  2. Go to a live gig – hopefully more than 1 – 3x festivals lined up but have my doubts they will go ahead – if they don’t make sure I go to at least one gig before end of year.
  3. Sit at a bar with the dogs and family/friends – make sure I visit the 2x Beer Dens
  4. Finish learning to swim so I am at the level required for triathlon (ie able to swim a mile front crawl without stopping)
  5. Cycle over 100 miles in one day
  6. Relax more – I felt close to burnout towards xmas – make more ME time
  7. Work more efficiently rather than longer – find ways to cut corners without losing quality, make sure effective meetings
  8. Yoga and/or meditate each day
  9. Look at news/twitter a lot less – I find myself expending too much time and energy looking at news feeds
  10. I need to be more strict with work and down-time – switch phone off, check emails less (have say 2 times a day to check emails) don’t constantly think of things to do, try not to work weekends

Meg’s Objectives

  1. Coursework – Aim to motivate myself to start my college coursework earlier so I have longer to think, plan and write assignments.
  2. Go to the pub with friends – able to have a reason to look forward to the weekend.
  3. Finally get past having to wearing a mask– be able to socialise and interact with people freely.
  4. Try to take a course and learn a new skill to improve my knowledge and skillset – something to add to my CV.
  5. Holiday – get away with my friends, and with my family- in drastic need of some sun!
  6. Start more regular exercise – keep fit and healthy in 2021.
  7. Festivals! Missing the atmosphere of live music.
  8. Celebrate missed birthdays of 2020– having a big meal out with all my family to make up for lost time.
  9. Try to read more – I spend way too much time looking at my phone and laptop, I need to take a break from screens.

Ruth’s Objectives

  1. New Book – Publish my second book of poems by end of March 2021
  2. First Book – Promote My first book with some giveaways for the new year
  3. Run and walk into 2021– set my alarm and try to do some early morning walks or runs. I love that first part of the day as the sun rises but have been missing it due to over sleeping and fatigue. It’s then easy to get stuck into work, use the weather as an excuse and just not get around to getting outside!
  4. Get on top of sleep – Go to bed earlier, reintroduce positive sleep tactics and get better sleep
  5. Meditate daily – morning if possible. I use the Calm app and am currently on a 38 day streak of meditations or relaxation sessions of some sort. It really helps me with my mental health, anxiety and positivity so I want to continue with this, but try to really come to the mat with focus and calm mind.
  6. Yoga – has got me through 2020 so I really want to continue with this. It’s hard to motivate myself sometimes so I’m going to set some time in my diary with myself to get my practice done. I know how much it helps and how much I love it. I use Adrienne on YouTube and have two lovely yoga teachers who do classes on Zoom so I have no excuses!
  7. I WANT A HUG! This is one of the things I am missing most – any kind of human contact. As someone who lives alone this is really hitting me now. I don’t come from a tactile family but I really miss hugs.
  8. Read more! I seem to have lost the art of reading properly. I’ve been devouring audio books and podcasts because my brain can cope with that. But I have been really missing the pure escapism that reading books gives me.  As part of my plan to promote my book I’m building my Goodreads profile so want to start reading again. And I mean back to the 4 books a month that I used to manage! Let’s do this!
  9. Self care focus – Like Paul I felt close to burnout at the end of 2020 and had a complete downtime over Christmas. No work and little blogging. It really helped, but I need to work this properly into my day to day routines.
  10. Focus on my skin – Some of you may know I cut out Topical Steroids about two years ago. My skin has deteriorated into a flare and inflammation period since December and it’s getting worse. It’s hard to deal with, to juggle work, life admin and self care and skin care.  But I’m still healing and I need to be kind to myself and give myself a break. 2021 is going to be a year of eating better, foods for less inflammation, going vegan-ish where I can, less alcohol and self love. I will get through this.

Steph’s Objectives

  1. Health – Rest/sleep more and don’t feel guilty about it.
  2. More health – Exercise daily, in the daylight, see the outdoors – it’s too easy to stay inside and lose whole days with my head in books and spreadsheets (and on Zoom/Teams calls!)
  3. Financial – Mortgage free by end-March – cut those financial ties!
  4. Personal Development – Progress my PGCert qualifications by studying, reflecting &writing.
  5. Family – build and rebuild family relationships, paying attention to their needs. We’ve all had a tough year, and 
  6. Business – consolidate business interests (I have too many!), focus on the opportunities that matter, the ones that stimulate and motivate me. In the words of the great book “Do it, or Ditch It”.
  7. Partner – take time to support and nourish a new relationship, being conscious about what’s really important to us.
  8. Fun – take time for laughter, find a boxset that actually makes me laugh (just got introduced to The IT Crowd – that works)
  9. Hobbies – I have a few that I love, however I don’t spend enough time doing them. So this year I will consciously make an effort to spend some time every week indulging in time doing things I love, whether that’s a good crossword, a jigsaw, crochet or beadwork. 
  10. More fun – Learn how to drive a virtual car on the PS4 without needing to use the brake and steering assist! Seriously, only if you’ve tried will you know how hard it is. 

My advice to me – take each of these one month at a time. Don’t put too much pressure on myself to create big plans. See what the year brings. Try and enjoy it.

Andy’s Objectives

  1. By next New Year play Auld Lang Syne on the chanter (practice instrument for the bagpipes) and by 2022 on the bagpipes!
  2. Read something for 30 mins each day that’s not on a phone or iPad!  I love books and can’t resist the temptation to buy…. but can’t seem to find the time to commit to reading them…..
  3. Volunteer for a local charity.
  4. Sort out my digital photos, printed pictures (pre 2000’s) and digitize my slides (pre 1990s) so that I can bore my whole family and all my friends about what I did in the past and how good looking I was in my 20’s 
  5. Watch a sunset from a beach on an island off the West Coast of Scotland with the people I love.
  6. Exercise everyday just to feel good and for no other reason.
  7. Learn to fly a drone…. drones are cool and take very cool video and pictures, I want to learn to do that!
  8. Buy a sea kayak and do an overnight trip, catch and eat some fish and sleep under the stars.
  9. Teach my children how to make a proper cup of tea!  A life skill the Zoomers, Generation Z do not have, and it will die out if we are not careful!
  10. Watch a live sports event and/or go to a gig… have really missed the social interaction and energy of many people enjoying the same thing, that’s a big part of being human.

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What I learnt on the Excel for Analytics training course…

Other than for extremely basic calculations at school, I’d never really been taught how to use Excel, so when Steve and Paul suggested I attend the course as part of my induction I was interested in learning more and gaining a valuable skill. I believe it’s very beneficial to be trained in Excel as it is such an important skill to possess, and is used in a lot of daily, vital tasks at work. I felt the course at Red Tiger gave me the perfect opportunity to grasp basic and more advanced skills to practice and develop as I continue my career.

What things did I learn?

The course covers everything from the basic ‘SUM’ function to more complicated formulas like ‘VLOOKUP’ and ‘CONCAT’. With the steady, easy-to-follow pace of the course, I learnt a range of different level skills, in a relatively short amount of time. The introduction to some basic skills at the beginning of the course helped me, as a beginner, to become comfortable with the essential skills and functions to use Excel. Throughout the course, the content progressively became more advanced, finishing with more complicated skills such as pivot tables. Despite these being much more tougher skills, Steve and Paul explained them in a detailed yet straightforward way, so even I (a novice) could follow the instructions easily. By learning this range of different skills, I was able to learn how to sort data, and how to use functions in order to read and find certain pieces of data or information within the spreadsheet.

The best bits

The best part, in my opinion, is the post-course workbook which includes a set of data and instructions to complete the spreadsheet in order to practice your newly learnt skills. I feel it really helped me consolidate the skills taught in the course, as I was able to practice them within a realistic dataset. Once sending it through, the feedback I received from Steve helped further as I was given tips on how to improve the whole look of the spreadsheet by making it look more professional. After completing this I received a certificate, which makes the course even more worthwhile, as you have proof of your newly learnt skills.

Would I recommend the course?

I would most definitely recommend this course, it is highly informative and easy-to-follow, and I feel I will value it in years to come as I continue to develop the skills. Paul and Steve are exceptional in ensuring everyone is keeping up and understanding, so I never felt like I was falling behind or losing track. The post-course workbook is a brilliant way to practice the skills, and the instructions that came with it are extremely helpful in order to help complete the exercise. The range of skills I think were great, as it starts basic and progressively gets more advanced, with each function being thoroughly explained throughout.

I really value what I learnt in the course, as Excel skills are so important and relevant within the workplace. As well as Excel training being useful for work, I also feel it will be valuable in personal life, with things such as budgeting money and planning revision.

For more information on Red Tiger Training courses, please email meg@redtigerconsutling.co.uk

‘Gizza job’ and fresh hope on the horizon

Recent news does not make great reading as the ONS reports that there have been 819,000 job losses in the UK since the start of the pandemic. You can read the article, ‘Hospitality worst affected as unemployment rises again‘ here. It is now a case of when, not if, this number exceeds one million as we head into the critical trading period for most consumer businesses, with significant swathes of the country in tier 3 lockdown. The sectors most significantly hit by unemployment are hospitality and retail, which ultimately supports many of Red Tiger Talent’s clients.

Some of you may not know about this blog’s title ‘Gizza job’ which references a phrase commonly used in 1980’s Liverpool based series Boys from the Blackstuff, a desperate plea from those on the dole. Whilst the current economic downturn is certainly showing a two year high in unemployment rate (at around 5%) it is nowhere near that seen in the early 1980s (when in 1982 it peaked at 13%). 

This current unemployment is disproportionately hitting the working class and younger workers.  Red Tiger Talent contributed in a very small way by taking a decision against a backdrop of zero recruitment revenue, to add a new member to our team with our apprentice Meg in September. We also work with a freelancer to help with marketing strategy and campaigns, an area of business that we could have put on hold to save money. We could see that in order to get through this we needed to invest and to free up some of our time for what we do best.

Take Me Out

It is fair to say that Red Tiger Talent’s recruitment income dropped off a cliff for the last six months as a direct result of the pandemic.  In February 2020, nearly halfway through our financial year, Paul and I reset a stretch target that would have resulted in our best year yet by a country mile.  This was after four years of hard work to firmly establish ourselves as the trusted recruitment partner for clients and candidates in the UK analytics market. Needless to say, we didn’t get anywhere near our original target.

I often refer to our experience in March 2020 as a bit like going on the dating show Take Me Out.  Red Tiger Talent had many lights illuminated (not potential dates, but active roles) and then in an instant they were all switched off as our clients rightly put their recruitment plans on hold. In my mind this included the comedy noise as one by one every opportunity disappeared.

This quieter period was a bit of a godsend, Paul and I could drop down the pace of life a bit, supporting our families through the pandemic, and work-wise we were able to divert time to improving our database, and develop new propositions, notably Training and Coaching; more on that later.

Recruitment freezes are finally thawing

Since November 2020, Red Tiger Talent (recruitment) has never been busier.  We have been inundated with live roles and the pipeline into 2021 looks very healthy.  After a period of inactivity we have a number of new people starting roles in the first quarter of 2021. 

I think the phrase to describe the general sentiment of businesses is ‘cautiously optimistic’ – those of our clients that have had recruitment freezes are now able to recruit for specific roles where there is need.  Businesses are also very conscious of the impact increased workload has on existing teams who are typically having to work remotely.

Being an analytics professional gives me extra cause for optimism – never before have we had such a perfect storm of significant structural changes in the way people shop/eat/play/work in a business world where most are looking to data and analytics to provide the insight needed to emerge on the other side.

We mustn’t underestimate the news of a vaccine rollout has positively impacted on business and consumer sentiment.  This has given renewed optimism that the end of the current restrictions will happen sometime in 2021. 

We are also finding that candidates are more optimistic.  Early in the pandemic, a number of potential candidates had an understandable reluctance to move roles due to the uncertainty in the market.  We are now seeing a number of candidates re-ignite their quest for a fresh challenge as they don’t want to allow this pandemic to stall their career progression any further.

Training to expand your skills

We identified a need for training in Microsoft Excel; this incredible versatile piece of software is used across many departments, but few people have had formal training on the extent of its capabilities. We have now trained over 200 people on Excel for Analytics, from absolute beginners to experts, and every participant has learnt something new.

The feedback speaks for itself and we will be rolling out our 2021 training schedule early next year.

Coaching to stand out from the crowd

To use a sporting analogy, consider you are a runner and your objective is purely to win the race.  If you are the only competitor in the race then you may not require any help in ensuring that you meet your objective of winning. The only chance of you not meeting your objective is if you failed to complete the race.

If you are in a competitive field of 10 runners then surely you would try everything in your power to ensure that you win the race?  Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. The most successful professional athletes have specific coaches for different areas that can impact performance e.g. fitness coach, conditioning coach, mental coach, sprint coach etc.

This is the reason why we created Red Tiger Coaching. Our proven coaching ethos is to support people on their career pathway with timely, cost effective support to ensure they stand out from the crowd at the various stages of the job search process.  If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch.

Steps towards a brighter future

Hopefully this blog has provided you with optimism from both a candidate and hiring managers perspective.

If you are one of the unfortunate people who have been or are likely to be impacted by redundancy then we can offer the following tips:

  1. Don’t panic and take time to reflect – think about your previous career successes and what motivates you.   Defining roles that are likely to trigger these motivations can be beneficial; in the application or interview stage it will be easier to sell yourself, and when you are successful you will find yourself motivated in your role.
  2. Plan and set yourself targets before you execute on your search – it is important that you divide up your daily tasks in order to keep things fresh.  Whilst the end goal is to get a new job, set yourself small weekly/daily/monthly targets along the way e.g. job applications per week, new connections on LinkedIn, identification of new businesses that you would like to work for, refresh your CV.  These ‘marginal’ gains will make a difference in the long run.
  3. Stand out from the crowd – this is a wide topic and worthy of multiple blogs but its everything from the application process (application form, CV, cover letter), the interview process, to unlocking the ‘hidden’ job market (i.e. circumventing those roles that have large amounts of applicants).
  4. Consider using a coach – ‘You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime’ (sorry Eminem!).  Our coaches make a tangible difference and our solutions range from a couple of hours help to a three month transition engagement – speak to us if you are interested in finding out more.

If you or your business are recruiting:

  1. Be prepared to be inundated – with many people chasing relatively few roles you will tend to get a wide diversity and large volume of people applying. Whether they are the right candidates remains to be seen.  Some candidates, in full on panic mode, are adopting the mud-slinging approach – if you throw enough at the wall then something will inevitably stick.  You will receive applications where you really have to question whether the applicant actually read the job specification!
  2. Don’t underestimate the time required – Reviewing CVs can be time consuming, and soul destroying if you have a large pile to review!  Similarly, sitting through a number of interviews which are short of the mark is extremely frustrating.  Think about your filtering process in order to ensure that it’s only a handful of quality candidates that make it to a face to face (or video call in the new world!) stage.
  3. Consider using a specialist agency – Recruiters, like Red Tiger Talent, will help by reducing your workload and providing a selection of vetted, qualified candidates that go straight to interview (blatant plug!).

We’ve written loads of other blogs about many of the subjects discussed here so take a look around for tips on interview techniques and interviewing, updating your LinkedIn profile and How to stand out from the crowd, to name just a few.

We hope that our predictions are correct and that the employment market will continue to improve. And we also hope that you are all ready and raring to embrace that change, whether you are a business or an employee.

We’d love to hear from you even just for a chat to hear how things are going for you. If you would like to talk to us about anything you’ve read here, please give me a call on 07979 756 257 or email steve@redtigerconsulting.co.uk for a no obligation chat about your options and how we might be able to help you.

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We have a number of new roles: November 2020

We are really excited to have a number of new job vacancies available. It’s a good sign that things are looking up.

Head of Logistics Consulting, London Based Consultancy

  • Key senior role responsible for driving forward the logistics consulting practice
  • Logistics and consulting experience a must
  • Great at dealing with all levels of stakeholder, including senior decision maker
  • A strategic thinker, with a range of ideas on how to develop and grow a sustainable consulting practice

Spatial Data Science Engineer, National Grocer (flexible working)

  • Working as part of a respected Analytics and Insight team who develop leading edge spatial applications and data for use across the business
  • Technical skills are a must: ideally strong in SQL, Alteryx, Tableau, ESRI technology (ArcGIS Pro/Server/Online), Snowflake
  • Ideal candidate has a good blend of technical skills and solutions oriented with the ability to translate stakeholder requirements into technical specification
  • Great opportunity to learn new skills and technology as part of a dynamic and growing team

Data Scientist, London Based Consultancy

  • Would suit a data analyst or junior data scientist wishing to take that next step in their career working in a small team within a big location analysis consultancy
  • You would be applying data science to a wide range of verticals, from retail, leisure, automotive and public sector
  • With a strong maths background you must have experience using large amounts of data (SQL), of building predictive models and algorithms (using tools such as Python, R, or Alteryx) and familiar with BI platforms (such as PowerBI or Tableau)
  • Ideally someone with experience of delivering solutions in one of the above verticals

Senior Data Scientist, London Based Boutique Consultancy

  • Requires someone with statistics/modelling background, ideally within customer analytics experience
  • If you like to challenge convention and like to think about new solutions to new problems then you could be ideal for this company
  • Requires someone who is passionate about data, ideally spatial data, and likes the challenge of using a data science toolkit to find solutions to client problems
  • Strong programming skills – in Python or R

Location Planning Associate, London Based Boutique Consultancy

  • Growing consultancy requires an experienced analyst/consultant to work as the link between clients and the delivery team
  • Must have experience of managing analytical projects and client facing activities
  • You must be passionate about the use of location data science in helping drive a range of business decisions
  • The ideal candidate has come from an analytical background, wishes to keep one hand in the technical, whilst also be thinking strategically about other solutions that the client may need
  • Finally you must be a confident communicator in person, on the phone or on video calls.

Senior Insight Analyst, London Based Boutique Consultancy

  • Established small consultancy require someone who is looking to step up from being an analyst and play a big part in the next stage in their own and the company’s growth
  • You must be a high energy analyst with an inquisitive mind, passionate about using data to support a variety of clients in the retail/property/public sector space.
  • Strong skills in Excel, Powerpoint and Word and very good at story telling with data
  • Experience of liaising directly with a range of client contacts is a must

Account Manager, London

  • Primary point of contact for all our clients that licence our GIS solution, as well as our data and BI solutions.
  • Candidate must expertly manage expectations of both clients and internal stakeholders and proactively account plan and develop roadmaps of future opportunities within each client account.
  • Required to be organised, good attention to detail and can multi-task across several requirements at any one time.
  • Proficient in all elements of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel & PowerPoint.

Junior Data Engineer, London

  • Unique opportunity to develop your technical skills, analytical techniques and commercial knowledge.
  • Reporting to the technical lead while working closely with project managers and analysts, supporting them from a technical point of view.
  • Experience with a Business Intelligence platform, a programming language (Python/R/SQL) and ETL tools (e.g Alteryx) needed.
  • Interested in processing spatial data, knowledge of the retail property market and awareness of machine learning techniques.

If you’re interested in any of the above positions, please email Steve Halsall: steve@redtigerconsulting.co.uk or call 07979756257.

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