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BLT are hiring!

£25 – £27,000 base, depending on experience + generous commission structure

Want to be part of the BLT story? We’re looking to recruit two Recruitment Consultants in London, one to join our award-winning Management Consultancy Recruitment Division, and one to join our Indirect Tax recruitment Division, the pre-eminent name in this niche field.

  • Recruit for some of the most prestigious names around
  • Be treated as a grown up; we’re not a KPI driven business.
  • Capitalise on the strength of the BLT brand; our reputation is second to none
  • A company characterised by a strong ethical approach.
  • Friendly, supportive culture; team work is valued and encouraged.
  • Work with and learn from a team of vastly experienced recruiters.
  • Your efforts will be competitively rewarded.

BLT is one of the longest- established recruitment businesses in the UK, with a great track record and reputation. We’re a small business with a real ‘family feel’, that punches well above our weight.

The role in our Management Consultancy Division will see you handle positions in the fields of Strategy, Change Management, Operational Improvement, Corporate Development, International Development, Brand & Innovation Strategy. You’ll be learning from and working with a highly experienced team, and will be recruiting for a range of strategy houses, mid-sized and boutique consultancies, in-house corporate teams, not-for-profits and start-ups.

The role in our Indirect Tax Division will see you work closely with the Directors on the continued development of our market-leading recruitment offering in the specialist (and rapidly expanding) field of Customs Duty & International Trade. You are also likely to work on junior to mid level VAT roles both in the UK and overseas. Our clients include all the major professional services firms, boutiques as well as some of the biggest and famous corporate names around.

To apply, you will need to demonstrate all of the following:

  • Prior recruitment and/or sales/marketing experience in the UK.
  • Individuality – our recruiters stand out, and you’ll need to too.
  • Genuine ambition to forge a career in recruitment.
  • Empathy.
  • Hunger to generate revenue for the company and yourself.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Self-motivation whilst being a team player.
  • Confidence on the phone and in person.
  • Keen to become a recognised expert in a niche field.
  • Willingness to learn; recognisant that you’ll need to walk before you can run!
  • Resilience and adaptability.
  • A good sense of humour.
  • High degree of professionalism.
  • That you can operate in a small but growing company where everyone looks out for each other. No prima donna’s round here!
  • Good networking skills, both in person and on social media.

What do the team at BLT say about us?

  • The consultants here are professional consultants, not CV jockeys or wideboy salespeople. BLT is in it for the long term.
  • We’re really good people to do good business with. Our strong ethical values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • Very supportive and open environment, no-one gets their head bitten off for piping up with a question or asking for help.
  • You’re encouraged to be an individual and find your own way of effective working. We’re business partners to our clients, rather than mere suppliers.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV to Guy Barrand, Director at gnb@blt.co.uk

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Orca Laws VAT & Property Conference

BLT’s Indirect Tax team are delighted to be sponsoring Orca Laws VAT & property conference for the 5th consecutive year. Inimitable VAT & property guru Martin Scammell has once again attracted a wide audience to this great event which has now become a firm favourite in the Indirect Tax calendar.   It will take place this year on the 6th November at County Hall and  BLT’s Guy Barrand will enjoy catching up with many familiar faces!

Women In Indirect Tax Networking Group – 1st Anniversary! by Liz Watt

This week we’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Women in Indirect Tax networking group. Celebrating success isn’t something that sits comfortably with many of us, but this does feel like something positive to share, given that nothing similar existed before and the past year has seen the network grow in numbers, energy and momentum.

I started the WIT networking group because, as a long-standing recruiter in the Indirect Tax space, I could see that there were many women who felt isolated as they climbed the career ladder; as they became more senior, so their peer group diminished. There was a sense that that the sector was losing talented women because many felt that they had no forum to discuss the issues and challenges they were facing and did not have wider network to tap into.

As I had shifted my focus to running an Executive Coaching business for BLT, I was in a position to be able to establish this networking group. From 2 small focus groups, a year on we have progressed to having two thriving groups, a waiting list of people wanting to join and lots of plans and ideas as to how the network might evolve.

Members are drawn form the accountancy profession – big 4, mid-tier and smaller firms, from industry and commerce and the legal profession. The members of the current groups are mainly at senior manager level and above, but we have also involved some at a more junior level too and this has worked well, so there are plans to widen the networks demographic.

For those of you not familiar with the WIT network, what’s the format? We meet for an afternoon once a quarter and at each session we have a guest speaker who delivers a workshop or seminar, we have round table discussion where attendees can raise issues that are important to them and tap into the combined experiences of the group, and of course there’s plenty of opportunity to network. The content is most definitely not technical! Our excellent speakers have covered a diverse range of topics, from developing communication skills, resilience, personal presentation, dealing with ‘perfectionism’ and styling your working wardrobe. Coming up we will be exploring how to navigate organizational politics, enhancing emotional intelligence and developing confidence.

 The sessions are very interactive and the aim is to offer a learning and development opportunity and to have fun doing it!

I also think the sessions provide our members with the opportunity to take some time out for themselves, to act as a ‘pause’ in their busy working lives and provide some space for personal development and reflection.

Looking to the future, a key initiative is to establish a group for more junior indirect tax specialists, as I believe the issues they face are different and deserve dedicated focus.  This will also be a chance for them to look beyond their own firm or business and start making those vital connections within the wider indirect tax population. Plans are afoot to establish a regional group too.  And also a mentoring scheme that will draw together women at all stages of their indirect tax career.

It’s an exciting time! If you would like to find out more about the Women’s Indirect Tax Networking group, either for yourself or one of your team members, please contact me: e mail : bltcoaching@gmail.com or phone : 020 7405 3404

And if you would like help in establishing a networking group for your own niche sector, I would love to speak to you.

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Orca Laws VAT & Property Conference

BLT’s Indirect Tax team are delighted to be sponsoring Orca Laws VAT & property conference for the 4th consecutive year. Inimitable VAT & property guru Martin Scammell has once again attracted a wide audience to this great event which has now become a firm favourite in the Indirect Tax calendar.   It will take place this year on the 7th November at County Hall and  BLT’s Guy Barrand will enjoy catching up with many familiar faces!

Voice at the Table Conference : Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions

Liz attended the Voice at the Table conference : Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions on June 21st. Held in the magnificent surroundings of the Lansdowne Club, Berkley Square, the event celebrated the extraordinary contributions and achievements of ordinary men and women at work. The keynote speaker was Miriam González Durántez whose excellent speech really set the tone for the day.  We were shown how to bring our complete self to work and how to make use of our hidden talents. An important focus of the day for leaders was  how to look beyond the obvious in their colleagues and to leverage each person’s individual passions and strengths, thereby creating a truly inclusive culture. A key message of the day was to respect the individual and everything they have to offer. A really inspirational day!

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VAT and Financial Services – Orca Law, sponsored by BLT

21st June 2017 – London EC3

For more details, and to register, go to www.orcalaw.co.uk/fs

Following last year’s successful conference, BLT is delighted to be sponsoring this event.

Brexit, the OTS VAT simplification review, Making Tax Digital, updated holding company guidance, VWFS, Associated Newspapers Ltd, DNB Banka, Aviva, Sveda … there is a great deal happening in the Financial Services VAT world.  At a time when there is so much uncertainty we all need to know something about it, even if we don’t do FS work every day.

Drawing on the knowledge and practical experience of a range of expert speakers, this conference will cover current and future developments in insurance and financial services VAT, all at a fraction of the price of competing events.

BLT newsletter subscribers, can claim a 20% discount. To take advantage of this price, go to www.orcalaw.co.uk/fs, and simply write BLT20 in the ‘notes’ box on the booking form.  

While visiting the website, you can also register interest in Orca Law’s VAT and Property conference in November.  This will ensure that you receive details while places are still available.

2017 marks BLT’s 30th year in business!

We’ll be no doubt getting out the party hats and partaking of the occasional glass or three of champagne throughout the coming year, but it’s worth pausing for a little nostalgic reflection on the past three decades – such longevity isn’t exactly the norm in the world of recruitment!

When we were founded by Mssrs Beament, Leslie and Thomas all those years ago, the aim was to provide ‘inch-wide, mile-deep’ specialist knowledge of the recruitment markets we operated in; we wanted to be the recruiter of choice in our specialist markets, and we wanted to be known as good people to do good business with. Those values remain to this day and we find the BLT of today remaining at the top of the game in all matters related to Indirect Tax & Management Consultancy recruitment.

2017 will be remembered for shock results (cf. the Brexit referendum here in the UK, the surprise Trump presidency etc etc) which has resulted in a general sense of uncertainty in many quarters. However: looking back to when BLT was founded back in August 1987, a few months later ‘Black Monday’ on Wall Street happened – £50 billion wiped of the value of shares on the London stock exchange. Whilst we’re sure there was no link (or was there?!), we’re well used here to expecting the unexpected. Having lived through a number of recessions as well as taking advantage of those market upturns as and when they happen, there’s not much that fazes us round here at BLT!

A quick glance at the well thumbed ‘placement book’ from ’87 sitting proudly on a shelf at BLT towers (and held together by yellowing Sellotape), sees appointments in Tax and Consulting on salaries between £11,000 and £24,000 – these days recent BLT appointments have ranged between £25,000 and £200,000! The other thing that immediately strikes you is the range of accountancy firms recruiting: Arthur Andersen, Arthur Young, Binder Hamlyn, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Whinney, Grant Thornton, Hays Allen, Moore Stephens, Pannell Kerr Forster, Peat Marwick McLintock, Price Waterhouse, Spicer & Oppenheim and Touche Ross all took staff on from BLT in those early months – what it must have been for a candidate to have so much range of choice! Lovely to see that all those early clients back then are still our clients of today (albeit in rather changed forms post a zillion mergers/acquisitions!). On the corporate front, British Gas and Prudential hold the honour of our first ‘in-house’ placements – these days our work is split much more evenly between corporate in-house appointments and the professional services firms, with key recent clients including the likes of Amazon, Bloomberg, BP, Burberry, GSK, Legal & General, Liberty Global, Samsung, Thomson Reuters etc etc.

Our work has taken us beyond the UK borders too – we’ve worked in Australia, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

So what else has changed in the world of recruitment since?

In the last three decades, BLT have gone through 3 offices, the retirement of the three founders and employed a mere 75 recruiters and 22 support staff. Looking at the current BLT gang, the average length of tenure here at BLT is just over 12 years – unheard of in the world of recruitment!

Some highlights from the Management Consultancy team: the first recruitment firm to specialise in the recruitment of Management Consultants; consistent winners of team and individual awards in the annual Top Consultant Recruiter awards; assisting the Big 4 to build specialist consulting practices, partnering with boutique and niche consulting firms to establish their brand; introducing fast stream Public Sector individuals to the growing Public Sector consultancy market in the 80/90s; recruiting individuals from all walks of life into strategy consultancy; supporting a range of corporates as they look to build their own in-house consulting capability; extending our reach to the international market.

And from the Indirect Tax team: Identifying Indirect Tax as a niche field in its own right separate to the rest of the tax profession; helping those early Indirect Tax pioneers move into the private sector in the late 80’s; establishing in-house Indirect Tax functions in the 90’s and working with the large accountancy firms on setting up the graduate training programmes at the end of that decade; working in Australia on GST implementation at the turn of the Millennium; giant growth of the Indirect Tax profession in the 00’s and adapting to the increased scrutiny on Indirect Tax compliance post Enron and Sarbanes Oxley; technology advancements in the last decade and currently Middle East VAT implementation and being poised for the growth of the Customs & International Trade market in the run up to Brexit.

We’ve worked hard to remain consistently relevant in a rapidly evolving recruitment landscape, one such example being the addition of our new Executive Coaching Division.

I’ve just typed in ‘longevity’ into an online thesaurus, and it came up with some dubious results such as ‘old age’, ‘lifetime’, ‘endurance’ and even ‘dotage’, so I won’t be using THAT online tool any more. Typing in ‘constancy’ comes up with more cheerful synonyms: ‘dependability’, ‘trustworthiness’, ‘loyalty’, ‘tenacity’, ‘determination’, ‘integrity’…all these sum up what BLT has been all about, we feel.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those we have worked with over the years, whether as clients, candidates or former colleagues. What great fun we’ve had on the recruitment rollercoaster, and we look forward to keeping our recruitment offering as fresh, relevant and agile as it was back in the day.

 

30th Anniversary


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