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Upward in 10 answers

/ 01
Axel, who are you ?

A recruitment expert who is deeply convinced that recruitment consulting is the right lever to help move organisations forward!

/ 02
Could you give us more information about your background?

I have nearly 13 years of experience in recruitment consulting and a specialisation in consulting professions, especially strategy consulting. I’ve worked for different consulting structures, before spending 4 years working for the BCG as an internal headhunter. This experience allowed me to develop a very large network in all economic spheres, mainly on high potential profiles!

/ 03
Why Upward? What changed since you got here ?

I came to Upward in 2014 with an essential belief, that was the importance of forging real tripartite partnerships between a company, high-potential candidates and a truly specialist firm.

I’ve earned quite a long experience in the recruitment consulting business, with a strong specialisation in consulting, a small world where everyone knows each other!

My internal evolution has finally been quite natural with the commercial development of many key accounts for the firm and the management of a very high level internal team!


/ 04
What makes Upward special ?

Upward is a different company from those I’ve come to know throughout my professional life, one committed to three fundamental values: expertise, benevolence and ambition!

Expertise that allows Upward consultants to position themselves as partners with both clients and candidates. The “consulting” approach is fundamental to our business. Our clients and candidates alike need the visibility and knowledge of an expert to successfully carry out a strategic recruitment or an impactful career choice!

Benevolence is one of Upward’s hallmarks, we accompany our candidates at every moment of their questioning. We have developed our website with a lot of content available to everyone (job descriptions, experience sharing…). We were the first (and certainly remain the only ones!) to finance specific coaching for strategic consulting processes for example (preparation for business cases), to set up a blog for those who have questions…

Finally, ambition, because recruitment is a strategic investment, and we do not hesitate to innovate in order to improve every day! Result: 70% of Upward’s recruitment missions are linked to introductions of former candidates or word of mouth. This is a recognition of the quality of our work!

/ 05
What is the extent of your knowledge of the consulting business?

I have had the chance to work with some of the world’s most prestigious consultant firms during all these years, which are recognised as more confidential players. The network that I developed there allows me today to work for large corporate players in a wide variety of sectors (retail, financial institutions, catering, mass distribution, aeronautics, industry…) on very fine mandates with a strategic orientation (strategy departments, PE funds, right-hand man, N-1 Comex…).


/ 06
What are Upward Consulting's projects?

We are constantly innovating!

When I started in this business, Viadeo was barely growing and Linkedin had just launched its French version! Since then, social networks have taken a very important place in recruitment! So there are a lot of challenges for us, with the sole objective of seeking excellence and proposing new services!

/ 07
What are the main challenges you come across on a daily basis?

My main objective is to align Upward’s objectives with those of our clients and the candidates we support. You have to be an educator, we work on the human factor, so nothing is predictable in our profession!

/ 08
Could you tell us about a mission that stands out for you?

All our missions are different! They are all difficult and require a maximum investment from us. We work for demanding clients in a competitive environment and on highly demanded populations. There is real satisfaction in helping each other to find themselves around a common goal!


/ 9
In your opinion, what are the 3 roles of the Manager on a daily basis?

Tomorrow’s manager will be more coach than chief! He must listen to his employees, encourage initiative and be very flexible!

/ 10
What do you enjoy most about your job?

It is an absolute pleasure for me to exchange with clients and candidates who are all different and who need to be listened to, understood and accompanied.

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