Alan McGrath is the latest partner to join Recruitment Entrepreneur and James Caan CBE’s portfolio as part of REflex, their non-investment model which gives ambitious recruiters the support and infrastructure required to set up and run their own business.
Alan McGrath’s business, Reliance Talent Acquisition, draws on his 20 years’ experience within recruitment to provide an exceptional service to clients and candidates within the Transport & Logistics, Food & Beverage Production, Engineering, and Commercial sectors.
Reliance Talent Acquisition specialises in recruiting talent for both the operational and commercial arms of a business. Whether Quality Assurance Managers, Freight Operators, Engineers or HR Managers, Reliance Talent Acquisition has the industry expertise and networks to ensure the optimum fit for client and candidate alike. Founder Alan McGrath’s background spans not only recruitment, but also supply chain and logistics management. He has a depth of knowledge and hands-on experience when it comes to running an operation or facility as cost-efficiently as possible, giving him a key advantage when consulting clients.
On his partnership approach with clients, Alan commented, “My experience allows me to have high-level conversations with clients which then influence their recruitment strategy. My clients are all growing businesses; I partner with them ahead of them winning new business to eliminate the chance of being critically under-resourced. As their talent acquisition partner, I also look at retention ratios so I can build forward-looking talent pipelines. Planning and know-how greatly reduce time and cost to hire and are key to success.
“By launching Reliance Talent Acquisition, I hope to become the number one talent acquisition partner in our space. Whilst the traditional model of filling roles will remain the company’s core offering, I will also look to build out alternative, tailored solutions such as RPO, Recruitment-as-a-Service, or redesigning a client’s entire talent acquisition strategy. At Reliance, we strive to forge long-term partnerships with our clients, whereby we become a seamless extension of their key goals and objectives.”
CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur, Abid Hamid, added, “Since our first investment in Dublin in 2017, we’ve continued to build an Irish hub of market-leading recruitment companies. It’s great to welcome Alan McGrath and Reliance Talent Acquisition to that hub, as well as to the wider REflex group. Alan’s passion, unique skillset, and unmatched industry insight and know-how will certainly make him an indispensable partner to clients in his space. I am confident of the value he will add and am excited to see the direction he takes Reliance Talent Acquisition.”
On starting his own business as part of REflex, Alan said, “I decided it was time to do it for myself. The market is competitive, but I believe in my ability to help businesses build best-in-class talent strategies and add value beyond filling roles. A key driver for me setting up on my own was having the freedom and flexibility of being my own boss; I believe in taking control of one’s own destiny. However, I realised that I can’t do it all by myself. As a start-up company I wanted a partner who had the infrastructure and expertise in place to support my business growth. What Recruitment Entrepreneur offered with REflex was absolutely ideal for me – it means having the support and tools all in place, ready to plug in and go. The team’s assistance with areas such as marketing, accounting and the website build has enabled me to hit the ground running, while having access to the expert knowledge held by the leadership team is just invaluable.”