The Talentum story is about passion, expertise and best practice. It is a culmination of over 2 decades of experience in Talent Acquisition, and bringing the know-how to South Africa, where we believe it is much needed.
Kim James is the driving force behind Talentum Resourcing & Talent Solutions. Kim has 22 years’ global Talent Acquisition experience in corporates such as Barclays Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC and IBM and therefore brings deep-seated in-house and Recruitment Process Outsource (RPO) solutions experience to the organisations she works with.
Born and raised in South Africa, Kim started her recruitment career in South Africa at The Kelly Group and moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 where she joined Robert Walters. Her in-house and RPO roles saw her build Talent Acquisition functions in London, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, where Kim delivered regional and global consult-to-operate resourcing models in both client and vendor environments. In the RPO arena, Kim has RPO client delivery experience having worked for two of the top global RPO providers Alexander Mann Solutions and IBM Kenexa (according to PEAK Matrix Global Preview 2015).
She returned to her home country in early 2016 to bring her global experience to the South African market, where she believes her combined passion for the specialism, and her experience brings much needed expertise to the evolving Total Talent Management arena in South Africa.
Kim has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Middlesex University (UK), is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (UK), a Chartered HR Professional of the SABPP (South Africa). In addition, Kim is an IBM Member Partner (IBM-Partner World) which allows her to re-sell IBM Smarter Workforce products as part her Talent Management solutions.
She speaks fluent Afrikaans and German
Forming part of our DNA, born out of our experience gained around the world, and how we seek to deliver the promise sought by our clients. Our values are simple and robust and stem from the fact that we are passionate about what we do:
DELIVER THE PROMISE SOUGHT
We believe that every interaction we have with a client is driven by the promise that expectations are set and met. As mentioned in a book, ‘Who will do what by when?’, “we focus on integrity delivering the promise sought, not because it’s our favourite subject, but because it is the foundation of interpersonal excellence.”
BE PASSIONATE AND AUTHENTIC
We have passion for Human Capital and our Talent Acquisition specialism, and in today’s ever evolving client environments and business complexity, we believe that the authenticity in which we approach our client solutions is key.
Talentum's Masterclass for our Recruiters as well as Hiring Managers has up-skilled both groups, and given them an appreciation for the demands they have of one another. Customer satisfaction scores have improved dramatically as a result.
Recently I was looking for a job and had not received any offers. I was extremely disappointed as I knew I had the skill set and experience required. I decided to look at my approach and contacted Kim at Talentum, who recommended PDA to help me assess where I was going wrong. I was completely blown away by the feedback I got and this feedback enabled me to adjust my interview technique, helped me prepare better answers to generic questions and I received two job offers the following week. As an experienced consultant I didn’t expect the level of detail or feedback and am so pleased I did this exercise. I was so impressed I got my daughter to do it to use as a tool for her university applications. Really would recommend this to people applying for jobs, managing people and anyone interested in seeing how other people perceive them in the workplace. Thank you Kim for your personal approach and the time spent going through all my questions.
I used PDA as a tool to support my latest hire. What a revelation it was - fantastic to see how it aligned with our recruitment strategy and current interview process. The level of detail we received was more than we ever expected and outlined immediately the areas to develop with our new hire as well as giving us a focal point for our initial few weeks of on boarding. More importantly, since bringing our new recruit on board the assessment has borne out even further and has enabled the person to become successful far more quickly than usual in our organisation as we were aware of so many issues we had not previously considered, so we feel the organisation and person have benefited enormously. I cannot recommend this tool and Kim James highly enough and feel the cost involved is minimal compared to the results and outcomes which are delivered.