Recruitment Lead

Sumo Group is one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end creative development services to the video games and entertainment industries. Comprising of veteran video game studios, an agile publishing team and an award-winning creative services studio, Sumo Group teams are delivering on ground-breaking projects across the globe. 
 
Sumo Group currently employs over 1000 talented team members across 15 studios in the UK, Poland, North America and India. In the UK, Sumo Group received the top level of accreditation from Best Companies in 2021, receiving a 3* World Class Award and listed as one of the Best Large Companies to Work for within the UK. 
 
With a reputation for developing deep relationships with some of the world’s largest video game publishers, developers, platform manufacturers and entertainment brands, Sumo Group is dedicated to growing a sustainable business that provides security for its people, whilst delivering a first-class experience to partners and players.  
 
There are opportunities to join the central Sumo Group team across multiple disciplines including HR, Finance, Marketing, IT and Recruitment, with industry-leading benefits and a flexible working environment.  

The Recruitment Lead is responsible for clearing the runway for the recruiters to attract, assess and recruit talent into the Sumo Group from as much of the external talent pool as possible. This will be achieved through identifying process bottlenecks, capability gaps and developing plans to improve our recruitment opportunities.

We’ve been really lucky to be experiencing a long period of sustained and considered growth. This has created a need for us to develop our talent acquisition function in order to deliver the people needed and to offer a great candidate experience.

We aim to hire the best talent in the shortest possible amount of time whilst ensuring that the candidate experience is constantly improved. The role is varied, with the your hands on the recruitment process, you’ll be able to steer how it evolves with the growth of our existing studios and the injection of new studios. You have an integral role in helping the function evolve alongside the business. 

Coming into the Sumo Group, you would be welcomed to a friendly, inclusive environment within a sustainable but growing business where you can learn and collaborate with some very talented people in the industry. 

The role would best suit a candidate with previous full-cycle recruitment experience and some management experience.

In your role you will:

  • Lead the discipline specialist recruiters within the team.
  • Interrogate the processes to drive improvements to our existing recruitment processes.
  • Develop great working relationships with your hiring teams.
  • Support and nurture the Recruiters and the Talent Acquisition Manager to deliver a first-class service to the business.
  • Identify areas of improvement to achieve a better candidate experience and/or candidate pipeline conversion
  • Develop an industry events plan to attend/create and promote the right events to attract talent
  • Work closely with the Sourcing Lead to drive great processes and ensure all candidate input channels are maximised.
  • Own recruitment for non-development areas. 
  • Identify and work with the team to develop capability, championing and supporting their development
  • Be the ambassador for Sumo studios at industry events throughout the year.
  • Develop strong reporting on recruitment success.
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize data and trends in order to prepare recruiting and hiring reports.
  • We need you to have:

  • Previous experience in recruitment
  • Prior management experience with the ability to demonstrate skills is key, from either direct line management, project management or task management
  • Experience of engaging and collaborative management techniques
  • Experience of assessing talent and offering recommendations to the wider team and hiring managers.
  • The confidence to share and implement process change to continue to improve our maturing recruitment function.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft office suite of products and have experience with Applicant Tracking System’s (ATS’s).
  • The ability to build great relationships with the wide range characters across the business, with our service providers and most importantly with our diverse candidate pool.
  • Strong communication skills, whether that be in a face to face scenario, over the phone or via email.
  • What we offer:

    . Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
    . ULEV car scheme
    . Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits        
    . Salary Sacrifice Pension
    . Flexible Working  
    . 21 days free-use holiday
    + your birthday off
    + 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
    + a duvet day
    + Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
    + Bank Holidays
    + extra allowance accrued for longer service
    . Free dental insurance 
    . Life Assurance 4x Salary
    . Income Protection of 75% for 5 years           
    . Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    . Employee Assistance Programme:
    . Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
    . Free financial & home buying support consultations
    . Cycle to Work Scheme
    . Payroll Giving Scheme
    . Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    . Career Development Pathway  
    . Wrap Parties.
    . Project Completion Awards
    . Game/Creative Jams
    . Big Family Events
    . Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
    . Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group 
    . Free fruit and drinks in our studios
    . Employee Referral Bonus     
    . Relocation Support to the UK
    . Visa Sponsorship

    Where do we stand on diversity? 

    At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, and know that it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment. 
     
    We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. 
     
    More about Sumo Group: 

    Sumo Group is proudly founded on the pillars of Family, Security, Trust and Collaboration, and upon joining, our team members become part of a growing family of operating businesses around the world who strive to achieve wonder together. 
     
    Within the Sumo Group umbrella sits a myriad of outstanding studios and brands, including: Sumo Digital (and all subsidiary studios including The Chinese Room, Lab42 Games, PixelAnt and Red Kite Games), Secret Mode, Atomhawk and Pipeworks (including Timbre Games). 
     
    Built on creativity and imagination, our staff are some of the most talented minds in the industry. We respect our colleagues, support innovation, show determination in achieving goals, take accountability for our actions, celebrate excellence and – above all – we have fun whilst doing so. 
     
    Recent releases and projects from Sumo Group businesses include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Apple Design Award winner Little Orpheus, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Rival Peak, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder. 

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