An Interview With Visionary Recruiting Leader Matthew Jeffery

Matthew Jeffery is a leading light in the world of recruitment and currently VP/global head of sourcing and employment brand for SAP, the world leader in software enterprise applications.

Working with SAP has seen him take it on an award-winning and radical journey. Previous to SAP, he headed EMEA recruitment & employment brand for Autodesk, and spent seven years at Electronic Arts, predominantly overseeing European studio recruitment & global employment branding. He is also a well-known author of the visionary articles on the future of recruitment — the Recruitment 3.0, 4.0, & 5.0 articles he wrote with ERE, and is a regular contributor to heavyweight publications on sourcing and recruitment.

In this insightful interview, he shares his experiences of growing up, his family life, and reveals the dynamic drive and personality that has been at the heart of his life and career, including dealing with life’s challenges and times of adversity.

Behind the recruitment personality is someone who tackles life with a force and enthusiasm who describes his main passions in life as family, work success, politics, and music.

This is a fascinating and revealing interview not to be missed.

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The video is below, all part of a series about the lives of people in the talent field. See previous interviews with Johnny Campbell, with Gerry Crispin, Matt Alder, Bill Boorman, ‘tech nut’ Gareth Jones, and with a Stryker talent VP.

Nick Price has spent his career asking people questions about what they do and why they do it. Twenty years ago, he began working in the research team with TMP Worldwide, before going on to become head of research for the recruitment communications agency, ThirtyThree. With an impressive array of blue chip, government, and public-sector clients, he led a team developing pan-European branding programmes in Eastern Europe and Russia, and also worked with the higher education sector in Delhi to implement a graduate program for a major NGO.
His experience has subsequently led him to work across several fields including strategy, analytics, branding and communications. He’s worked in startups and with startups and with his own company won the ERE Recruiting Innovation Summit - HR Technology start-up award for innovation in Silicon Valley, California, with a pioneering candidate feedback tool - Mystery Applicant in 2012.
Having used film extensively for employer branding and communications projects and having had a lifelong interest in filming and stories, he recognized an opportunity to integrate film and video that delivered bespoke content with a well-researched and natural approach to interviewing and strong creative execution. His company Working Films has given him the opportunity to use his extensive experience to create a film production company that showcases real stories about people and their work, through natural and engaging story telling. His talent as a producer lies in having a natural curiosity and interest in people stories and to share these through film in a way that connects and engages with audiences on an emotional level.