Being kept waiting for an hour, with no apologies or explanation, before an interview for a Chief Finance Officer role was an eye-opener. Being subjected to interviewers who were poorly prepared and unclear about the role was further confirmation that financial recruitment was not responding to changing times and expectations. Travelling home in the rush-hour on a crowded, hot commuter train gave me plenty of time to consider how both candidates and companies were being poorly served.
My experience, as a candidate and as the Finance lead in various organizations, has been that recruitment in the sector is a production line characterized by misrepresentation, incompetence and a lack of knowledge. Candidates are real people with hopes, anxieties and busy lives but, until employment markets get tight, they are often treated with casual disregard. Company finance leaders are under serious pressure and have become too used to living with inappropriate candidates, lengthy delays and inexperienced recruiters.
My first day as Quotacom’s Global VP Finance was an energizing and inspiring experience. It’s a technology sector recruitment agency that gets worked up about quality service to clients and candidates. No corners are cut and no effort is spared to sharpen the brief and be clear about the role. Companies are treated as partners and recognize their role in appointing the right people. Searches for the best candidates are exhaustive, innovative, and executed efficiently. Candidates are treated with respect and fully understand their responsibility to prepare properly. Repeat business is high because Quotacom is valued as an adviser and confidant to get the right person in the right job.
Watching a business excel in the competitive world of technology recruitment was transformative. It’s a tough business where good candidates are highly-prized, talent is in short-supply, and companies are aggressive in hiring and retaining the best people. At the heart of Quotacom’s success are thoughtful, focused people who find a better way of working with clients and candidates to achieve the best solutions. That’s what I realized could and should be delivered in the finance recruitment sector and was the basis for founding TALTRAN Global.
President and Co-Founder
President and Co-Founder
The Vision: Preparing Finance Organizations for the Digital Revolution!
Values: I’ve always been a firm believer that if you get the right people, the rest will follow. Most search firms have limited operational experience in the fields where they recruit. This is where TALTRAN Global’s point of difference lies: to truly help a finance organization optimize its resourcing in a period of technological disruption and manual process displacement, one must both optimize cutting edge executive search methods as well as know how to position a finance organization for current and future success. We have the executive finance experience to ensure optimal outcomes for your organization.
Experience: John has 17 years of domestic and international financial experience. He earned a European CPA through a combined degree program with Oxford Brookes University, and he spent the first half of his career working in audit/assurance and consulting. Over the past 8 years, John has held Director, Vice-President and Group Controller positions. He currently serves as Finance Director of the Quotacom group, of which TALTRAN Global is a part. John has a proven track record of leading and assisting a variety of companies from startup through medium-sized, equity-backed organizations navigate hyper growth phases from people, process and technology perspectives.
SVP Client Development and Strategy and Co- Founder
Values: Finance will see a significant impact from digital transformation over the next 10 years, with many traditional and manual processes rendered obsolete. This will create the need for a new breed of finance professional that will hold the power of data at their fingertips: new finance superstars. TALTRAN Global will provide this talent the opportunity to connect with forward-thinking companies in order to redefine the modern finance department. Having lead the global expansion of Quotacom over the past four years in partnership with visionary blue-chip companies, I’m excited to be taking digital transformation one step further and offering a finance specific solution.
Experience: With a recruitment career spanning over a decade, John has a wealth of experience. He recruits across the digital space, with a specific focus on the data driven market place: Decision Science, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, IOT and Cloud, helping a diverse range of international clients to identify, engage, measure and secure the best possible candidates for their business. John has completed searches for hundreds of clients across the globe and maintained longstanding relationships with thought leaders across digital transformation. Over the last four years, John has led the global expansion of Quotacom, now positioned as one of the leading executive search and consulting services business within the area of Digital Transformation and a trusted partner of some of the world’s most recognizable enterprises.
Vice President, Account Management and Delivery
Experience: Daisy heads up TALTRAN Global’s account management and delivery function. She brings a wealth of experience having spent many years managing key accounts for our sister company Quotacom. During that time she has delivered numerous key and senior appointments, to leading enterprises and start-up vendors on an international basis.
Experience: Karla brings nearly a decade of professional accounting experience to the company, most of which was spent in management positions. During that time she has led various accounting teams where she has hired, trained and developed multidisciplinary staff to optimize the performance of the Accounting organization.
Karla believes that the future of the accounting profession belongs to individuals who are both technically and operationally proficient. They will also harness the power of emerging technologies to push Finance to the forefront of the data and machine learning revolution.
Kate brings over 10 years’ experience in sales and business development, having held senior national management positions for some of the largest international travel companies. Through her previous roles and extensive travel, Kate was able to grasp a strong understanding of how diverse markets operate and the cultural complexities and barriers which can challenge individuals and multinational corporations. Kate has thrived in developing new business in addition to managing several key accounts.
At TALTRAN Global, Kate works with financial thought leaders to identify skillset gaps on their teams and furnish candidates who provide commercial insight. Her dedication and determination has enabled her to maintain long term working relationships with both clients and candidates. As a result, she has been able to consistently deliver excellent results whilst exceeding the needs of her customers.
Nikko has been responsible for delivering bespoke contracts, employee onboarding and optimizing interdepartmental operations with organizations as diverse as global higher education and restaurants. His extensive experience of project management and executive administration ensures that TALTRAN Global’s operation maintains the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness. He also brings additional bilingual support to the business.
Nikko is focused on adding value by creating and maintaining a framework of exemplary support for colleagues, clients and candidates. His previous work in high growth, complex businesses focused on customer service and tight financial disciplines has developed a powerful commitment to finding practical solutions that deliver exceptional outcomes.
Consultant VP of Marketing and Strategy
Alan brings over thirty years of global marketing, operational, consultancy and Board-level experience to TALTRAN Global’s team. He has been an executive manager in the retail, utility and education sectors and has provided consultancy support for businesses in edtech, financial recruitment, manufacturing and leisure. His business experience ranges from three-person startups to large scale quoted companies.
Alan provides guidance and operational support in all aspects of the TALTRAN business and works with colleagues to enhance client service, operational efficiency and communications. As a manager with extensive client-side experience of working with search and selection companies, he offers insight and practical understanding of the issues that hiring managers face as well as the ways they can be resolved.