Talent Acquisition Manager - SUMO SHEFFIELD

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Job Title Talent Acquisition Manager - SUMO SHEFFIELD
Job Category Recruiter
Job Description Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team spread across four UK Studios; Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and The Chinese Room in Brighton, along with our India studio in Pune. It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo; we are growing across all our studios to support a very bright and busy future.
We have a host of well known partners that we work with including Microsoft, Sega, Sony, Disney and many more. Working alongside them our previous successes include Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360), LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3), Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box Speedway (multi-platform), and our first self-published title Snake Pass (multi-platform).
Looking down the road we have several exciting but unannounced projects that we are working on (all very hush hush!), but we can share that we are incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 (Xbox One), Dead Island 2 (multi-platform), Project Nova (PC) and Team Sonic Racing (multi-platform).
Here at Sumo we are planning for big things. Don’t miss out. Join us.
The Role: Reporting to the Group Director of HR, the Talent Acquisition Manager has ownership of the recruitment function across the Sumo Group and is responsible for the development and execution of innovative talent acquisition strategies and methods to deliver the brightest talent into the business. Responsible for managing all internal and external relationships throughout the talent acquisition process to ensure consistency and best practice while maintaining focus on quality of hire. The Talent Acquisition Manager is the public face of Sumo Group’s recruitment activities with a significant social media presence, and a speaking/representation schedule at conferences and university recruitment events. 

Responsibilities
• Ownership of the Group’s talent acquisition function with responsibility to continuously research, develop and implement new and innovative ways to attract talent in line with Sumo Group’s medium and long-term strategic plans
• Line Management, coaching, support and mentorship of the team of 3 Recruitment Coordinators responsible for the day-to-day recruitment processes and administration for the Sumo Group
• Consult with and support the Executive team / Studio and Senior management with succession planning and forecasting of staff
• Responsibility for Executive and Senior hires within the Group utilising proactive sourcing and selection of passive candidates
• Responsibility to for the continuous development and evaluation of recruitment processes to ensure a timely, efficient service that is fit for purpose with a positive candidate and hiring manager experience
• Responsibility for Sumo’s applicant tracking system: Ongoing configuration and development of system functionality for improved internal and external processes and reporting
• Employer brand development and recruitment marketing: working closely with the Marketing department to develop and communicate Sumo’s recruitment message.  Increase Sumo’s global profile and promotion of Sumo Group as an employer of choice via social media, advertising campaigns, Glassdoor, events and university activities
• Talent development and university liaison: Promote Sumo’s sponsorship of student competitions and lead Sumo’s university liaison. Partake in wider education liaison, exploring opportunities to collaborate locally and across the games industry to promote careers in games and the creative digital industries
• Attending various national and international recruitment events and conferences; networking at industry events, often with speaking and presentation opportunities
• Advising on international hires requiring relocation and liaising with immigration solicitors on complex visa and immigration matters
• Keeping up to date with changing legislation that will affect recruitment; researching and advising on proposed changes to accommodate the recruitment process and approach
• Regular analysis and reporting of various recruitment and retention data to drive and evaluate recruitment activities
• Production and analysis of weekly, monthly and annual recruitment reports to support headcount forecasting and report against budget
• Agency relationship and PSL management: Building, monitoring and evaluating agency relationships; negotiation of terms
• Working with the Recruitment Coordinators and Hiring Managers to ensure all candidates have a positive experience at all stages of the recruitment process, despite time pressures
• Development of onboarding resources for new hires and often offering direct assistance in candidate relocations
• Involvement in ad-hoc HR/recruitment projects

Skills/Experience/Qualifications
• Experience owning and developing an in-house recruitment function within a highly skilled, technical or creative industry
• Experience managing and mentoring junior team members
• A history of successful direct sourcing and headhunting campaigns for Senior and other difficult to fill roles
• Hiring from overseas: Experience dealing with complex immigration and visa issues and international relocations
• Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop and implement new processes
• Ability to solve problems creatively
• Good copywriting skills and an enthusiasm for engaging on social media
• Confident presentation skills
• Ability to communicate confidently, build relationships, influence and challenge when necessary
• Ability to operate with diplomacy, tenacity and patience when dealing with multiple stakeholders
• High levels of energy and enthusiasm with a ‘can do’ attitude
• Educated to degree level
• Knowledge of the video game industry would be distinct advantage
Salary Based on experience
Location Sheffield
Job Category HR / Recruitment
Date posted 09/12/2018
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