Mandy Jones

Mandy Jones: How ACR met a specific job criteria

Mandy Jones was very prescriptive about her next career move.

“I wanted an HR job with a charity in the local area,” said Mandy. “I simply wasn’t interested in anything else.”

Mandy’s career background involved head of HR roles for international corporations in London and overseas. Having moved to the area she was keen to find a similar job that didn’t involve a long commute, and allowed her to be more flexible.

“I was realistic and expected it to take at least six months for ACR to come up with a role that ticked all the boxes,” said Mandy.

Just eight weeks after registering, Mandy was contacted by ACR about a job as HR Director with national conservation charity Buglife.

“Some agencies call regularly with vacancies that aren’t of any interest but the ACR staff had really listened to and acted upon what I’d told them.”

Mandy was delighted to discover Buglife offered the values and ethics she was looking for and she started work with the charity in March 2012.

“I was so impressed with ACR from my experience as a candidate that I wouldn’t hesitate as HR Director to ask them to help fill future managerial, professional and administrative vacancies,” said Mandy. “Knowing they have the systems in place that match candidates so perfectly with job roles, as they did with me, is very reassuring.”

Buglife Chief Executive is Matt Shardlow. With the 10-year-old charity growing and the number of staff increasing towards 30, he realised the need to draft in HR support.

“I was spending too much time addressing HR issues and knew I needed to bring someone in who was capable of managing the entire HR function,” said Matt.

The Peterborough-based charity had always relied on placing its own adverts to recruit staff. Matt was persuaded to try an agency by one of his staff, a former Anne Corder Recruitment team member.

“We saw a number of individuals for the role but Mandy was ideal,” said Matt. “I was very pleased with the whole experience, and the result.”