Senior Consultant Wayne Fry is celebrating two years with Hunter Campbell. We talk to him about his job and what he enjoys doing at work and outside of work.
Wayne works in our Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement team, specialising in recruiting a variety of roles within these areas.
Hunter Campbell Founding Partner Ken Webb says: “Wayne has a great depth of knowledge across these disciplines, and his expertise and experience is valued by clients and candidates. We get a lot of great feedback about the excellent work Wayne does and about how he always goes the extra mile.”
Wayne – what do you like most about your job?
I genuinely like the team I work with. They are very supportive and when you have roles to recruit, people work together to help you out. Everyone is fully committed to doing a good job, they are driven but also laid back at the same time. There is a high level of trust in everyone and there is a good work life balance here with flexible working.
I enjoy the Supply Chain area and running the end to end recruitment process. We work with really neat clients from start-ups and rapidly growing companies through to global brands so there is a lot of variety.
Tell us about your career journey so far?
I studied Social History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. After that, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I ended up getting my first job as a Brewer’s Assistant making craft beer. It was good fun and because it was a small company, I was involved in everything including the marketing. With this experience, I was recently able to install a micro brewery at Hunter Campbell.
I was at the brewery for five years and then went on to work in other jobs in the hospitality and retail industries. My recruitment career started in 2002 in the UK when I got a position recruiting Accounting roles.
After a few years the opportunity came up to move to Australia, Canada or New Zealand and set up a new office for the business I was working for. It was time to try something different, so we ended up coming here in 2006. I continued working for that business for a few years recruiting Accounting roles and about 10 years ago now, I made the change to recruiting Supply Chain roles. I’ve since worked for a number of firms and moved to Hunter Campbell two years ago.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
It’s not one or two things in particular, however it is rewarding to be recognised as an individual and collectively as part of Hunter Campbell as the first port of call for clients and candidates when they have recruitment and search needs. We are known for being specialists and I think we’re successful when we are the “go to” people for those we work with.
What does your average work day look like?
Communication is a critical part of my role as keeping clients and candidates informed is important.
I spend a lot of time networking, keeping up to date with the market, providing advice and making sure companies we work with are aware of top talent that we know are looking for opportunities.
Then there’s also time spent searching and interviewing as well.
What would you do on your perfect day off?
I would lie in for a start because generally I’m up early and it’s nice not to have to get up and go. A good walk, a good book and spending time chilling out with family would be a pretty great day.
What is the nicest (or strangest) compliment you have received?
Again, it’s probably not one thing but I’m always grateful when clients and candidates go out of their way to say thanks for helping them.