Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

Sarah Moran, Divisional Director

Sarah is Divisional Director and Head of Focus Interim, the specialist interim division of Focus Management Consultants. With extensive experience in recruitment sector and a great personality, Sarah is a key member of the team.

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I have over 12 years recruitment experience at mid to senior management level. My passion sits within the interim arena, and I find the individuals who are drawn to this world a fascinating breed. They are not 'temps', they know their discipline inside out and have the speed, adaptability and knowledge to deliver to your agenda within hours of joining your team. They are the elite in their field, if you don't agree with me, you've not worked with a true interim.

People are so interesting when you spend the time to interview them in person and in detail. I have spent many hours of my life interviewing and have met people from all kinds of disciplines and cultures. Recruitment is all about people so if they don't make you tick it's a tough challenge. Every interim brief is specific, it should be a given that the candidate has the technical ability required, but can they engage your operations team? Drive innovation? Improve the engineering capability? This is where the client relationship and the importance of that partnership comes in. I have been lucky enough to work with some outstanding clients in the industry. Some of those have increased my knowledge base tenfold, and have become true partners with our business. Having that inside knowledge means that short-listing is more refined and successful. If they won't let you in, be that on a visit or talking through the brief over coffee, how can you understand their needs and what they are looking for? Don't ask me to hit the bull's eye with a blindfold on.

If you've spoken with me, you'll know I'm honest, professional, fun and have a wealth of knowledge in my market. I'm good at what I do (or so they say).

Over the years I have increased my network across clients and candidates, and have made some firm friends along the way. There are no tricks in recruitment. Old fashioned hard graft, a head full of names, listening to the detail and having a fully charged Blackberry, and your tool kit is part way there.

An interview with Sarah...

What is the earliest ambition you can remember?

Swimming a full length of 'the big pool'

Did you go to a state or private school? Did you go to University or straight into work?

I'm too old for it to make a difference now.

Who is your idol?

I don't really have one.

Who is your mentor?

I don't have a specific mentor but two of my friends are very supportive and I don't know what I would do without them.

How physically fit are you?

Fitter in my 40's than I've ever been.

Which leads to greater success, hard work or ability?

Oooooh, a mix of both.

What is your IQ?

Absolutely no idea, never done the test.

Which famous person are you most like?

All the gorgeous glamour models of course.

If you could see any musician live - whether alive or dead - who would it be?

It's a close one between Elvis and Frank Sinatra.

Do you consider your carbon footprint?

Yes but sometimes it is very difficult to be as good as we all should be.

What was the first car you owned?

An Austin Allegro with a square, yes square steering wheel registration GCV 406N in a yucky brown colour but I loved her.

What's your biggest extravagance?

Expensive Gin.

How politically committed are you?

Not very, which is naughty.

Name one skill you don't possess that you wish you did?

To be able to sing.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Easy, to fly.

Do you have more than one home?

Yes, two, the other is Focus Management head office in Bollington!

You're going to be stranded on a desert island and can take only three things with you - what would they be?

A boat, oars and some water.

If you could own one thing that you don't currently possess, what would it be?

More free time.

What and where is the best restaurant you've ever eaten in?

A beautiful seafood restaurant on the Isle of Skye, no idea what it was called. The most romantic evening of my life, wonderful food too.

What keeps you going every day?

The force (Starwars for the younger ones).

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being a Mum and I'm also very proud of a long fell run I did recently. The Mum one is the biggest achievement of course and you don't get any instructions or a medal if you do well.

What has been your greatest disappointment?

People who don't treat you as you treat them.

If a movie were made about your life so far, who would take the lead role as you?

Sandra Bullock

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?

Mad Sarah (that's what they write in the appointments book at my hairdressers, they admitted they don't actually know my surname and I've been going for years)

What was the last book you read?

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

What would your 20 year old self say to you now?

Look at your roots, you look like a badger!

What ambitions do you still have?

That's a secret.

If you lost everything tomorrow, what would you do?

Put my arms round my family and hold them as tight as I could.

If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far out of 10, what would your score be?

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