“ Lindsay Scott is a Director at Arras People. She is focused on project management recruitment and careers. ”
Lindsay Scott co-founded Arras People in 2002 following a career at Esso and Hewlett Packard. Following her graduation from Manchester University, Lindsay went onto work within the recruitment arm of Esso before leaving to join Hewlett Packard. At Hewlett Packard, she worked within the professional services consulting division, first as a Project Co-ordinator and then the Project Office Manager for the division.
It was during her time at Hewlett Packard, recruiting for a project office of 20+ members that Lindsay came face to face with the issues of recruiting good project management professionals.
"It was a frustrating time when looking to grow the project office team; the recruitment agencies we had to use as part of the preferred suppliers list just didn't understand the roles which are found within a project office. After hours of briefing agencies and taking the time to explain what the roles were and the skills needed, we still ended up with PAs or overqualified project managers!"
When the opportunity came along to set up her own business she knew there was definitely a place in the UK recruitment market for a recruitment agency that really understood its subject matter.
"We started Arras People with the aim of ensuring all our recruitment consultants were project management practitioners - people who have all worked within the project management environment. Since 2002 this has been the case and thankfully there has been no roles or projects that we don't understand!"
Today, Lindsay is still passionate about the subject of PMO. After ten years managing the voluntary group - APM PMOSIG (Programme and Project Management Office Specialist Interest Group) alongside the Chairman and other committee members, she now organises PMO Flashmob
"It is important for everyone at Arras to maintain their project management knowledge and being part of the PMO community not only allows me to continue developing in the area of PMOs but also to be part of something that is providing thought leadership on PMOs in the UK today"
Lindsay manages the marketing and sales function at Arras People today; in addition, she still occasionally recruits for PMO roles (because she can't resist!) and provides careers clinics for PMO professionals. Lindsay also carries out speaking engagements on project management careers topics and can be contacted through Arras People for more information.
She is the regular project management careers columnist for PMI's Network magazine; column writer for APM's Project magazine and co-editor of the Handbook of People in Project Management.
Additionally, she writes regularly both for the Arras newsletter and for the daily Arras blog, How to Manage a Camel.