My Job in 5: David Martin

My Job in 5: David Martin

Describe your role
I work as a recruitment consultant in publishing and associated sectors. Prior to Atwood Tate, I worked in technology recruitment, and prior to that, I worked for a rights and licensing agency for the newspaper and magazine industry, so I’m not new to publishing. My role at Atwood Tate is to focus on digital, technology, business change and transformation, data and analytics, and information-security recruitment for our publishing clients.

What do you like best about your role?
The satisfaction of helping people find their dream job in publishing.

What skills do you look for when placing a candidate in a technology-related role?
The technology landscape is so vast that it would really depend on the role and what skills are required for that specific role. For instance, at the moment I’m looking for solution architects with a software-development background, a business change manager with supply chain experience, a business analyst with data-protection knowledge... and a variety of other roles, too.

What skills do you need for your role?
A broad understanding of technology, changes in data use, etc—those types of areas and interests mean that I’m more likely to be able to identify candidates that have the right skillset and general fit for our clients. Also, keeping up to date with the latest trends in tech is vital.

What do you think technology will look like in five years’ time within the publishing industry?
The technology sector changes so quickly that it would be quite hard to envisage what it will look like in five years’ time. I think more content is going to be pushed onto our devices (mobiles, iPads, etc) as more of a primary source of usage. Publishers will need to adapt accordingly.