Meet Our New Business Development Manager, Maeve Bouvier

Please introduce yourself!

I'm Maeve Bouvier, Business Development Manager at Premiere People. I have over 12 years of experience in sales and business development working with private, public and voluntary sector clients. My own in-house experience spans engineering, training and development, education and advertising and my experience in the language industry and in export give my profile a valuable international slant. I am really excited to have been appointed Business Development Manager with Premiere People and looks forward to reaching out to private sector companies and existing clients as they embrace the challenge of post pandemic recovery.

What are your main responsibilities and key focus at Premiere People?

I would like to consolidate and continue to build on the relationships with Premiere People’s already impressive client base and strive to expand on this client base with a particular focus on the private sector. I hope to build relationships with HR and Procurement professionals in key clients in the Greater Belfast area and across the province. I will be tasked with designing and delivering temporary and permanent bespoke solutions that are compliant and are created using a consultative and collaborative approach to produce mutually beneficial relationships.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience in Recruitment?

While my experience is mainly in solution selling of products, services and training, I worked on the team that managed a government funded Export Marketing programme. The programme was designed to match Northern Ireland companies with skilled graduates who were tasked with conducting export marketing projects in overseas markets. We worked with sales and marketing professionals in participating companies and with the universities and FE colleges to attract the most suitable talent to undertake the required projects and that were the best match for the company culture. Recently on a company visit I met one of the candidates we placed still in the company heading up the export division now.

What are the key challenges you see clients face?

One of the key challenges clients face will continue to be the acquisition of highly skilled candidates especially those with STEM skills. Companies are competing with the European Market and Global markets for highly skilled workers and this factor, along with Northern Ireland recruitment legislation demand, is proving to be quite tricky. At Premiere People, the consultants think like marketers and are skilled at understanding what appeals to candidates. They are skilled in the psychology of the applicant and they are well placed to deliver on candidate aspirations. In terms of relationship building with our client companies, we aim to create long-term working partnerships by co-designing bespoke solutions that deliver on the aims and objectives of the client. Premiere People work with honesty and integrity in the way that best suits the company. They make it their business to know client companies and understand what is important to them. Being part of the Cordant group offers an extension to the reach and expertise and enhances the value proposition.

What do you think the biggest trend will be in the Northern Ireland recruitment sector this year? 

I have few thoughts on trends in the sector this year. I think there will continue to be scope for job opportunities in ICT and agri-food as well as life sciences. Having been very buoyant during the pandemic; healthcare, pharma and life sciences may well continue to thrive. The demand for high level skills seems likely to continue and will continue to be a challenge for companies and agencies. It seems inevitable that businesses will have post-pandemic recovery high up on their agenda which may bring about an acceleration in talent hiring. Employers will have to work harder to attract and retain good people.  I look forward to the lifting of restrictions which have impacted so considerably on the hospitality and social/not for profit sectors - we are all hoping for a significant rebound in these sectors. A rise in the demand for contract and temporary workers especially in sales, marketing, pharma and tech can already be seen on job platforms, as companies are poised to resume pre pandemic activity. There is a sense of prudent optimism in the market in Northern Ireland.

What are your key objectives for the next 6-months in your new role at Premiere People?

My key objectives are to build on the research and work already carried out by the team at Premiere, to inform strategy and help to consolidate this. I am really looking forward to contributing to the database and getting out in the field to meet with company contacts, listen to their recruitment plans, goals and methods and uncover opportunities to collaborate and add value.