Global Edition

New golf recruitment web portal goes live

7.53am 26th March 2009 - Corporate

Colt Mackenzie McNair, the specialist executive search firm which offers recruitment solutions to the global golf industry, has launched a new web based service enabling golf businesses to fill lower to middle management vacancies, while helping industry professionals looking to develop their careers.

The portal, called CMM Select ( ), allows golf businesses to advertise vacancies free of charge, with a placement fee applied only if an appointment is made via the service.

CMM Select has won the backing of the Club Managers Association of Europe, European Golf Course Owners Association, IAGTO, The PGA’s of Europe and the British Golf Industry Association.

“This is an important, new, cost effective service that will help golf businesses to publicise vacancies not only to the whole of the international golf business, but to other sectors and industries where candidates with transferable skills can be attracted into golf,” said Richard Wood, co-founder of Colt Mackenzie McNair.

“We have launched a global marketing campaign to raise awareness of CMM Select, targeting best-of-breed professionals operating in the retail, sales and marketing, catering and hospitality industries.”

The CMM Select portal, which is part of Colt Mackenzie McNair’s new website, will also benefit individuals already working in golf looking to develop their careers. Visitors to the site will be able to view vacancies in real time, searching by job title, job type, region and salary band. Candidates wishing to apply for a job will be able to do so online, as well as uploading their CVs to be considered for future positions.

More than 50 vacancies are already available to view on the site – including club managers, directors of golf, sales executives, marketers, food and beverage managers, retail managers, greenkeepers and estate managers.

“This is an important innovation for the golf industry which, traditionally, has not taken a professional approach to recruitment,” continued Richard Wood. “There has been far too much reliance on personal networking and word of mouth. For certain positions, including sales and marketing, I think golf businesses should look to recruit from outside the industry, bringing in professional experience and fresh ideas from sectors such as leisure, retail and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).”

Colt Mackenzie McNair, which specialises in executive search for golf businesses in the UK, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific, is also offering a new, managed service to support CMM Select. The service will enable golf clubs and golf businesses without their own internal HR departments to benefit from advice including benchmarking, collating CVs, candidate profiling and applicant shortlisting, all for a set fee.

Richard Wood added, “It’s ironic that we should be talking about recruitment when many golf businesses are considering redundancies in 2009. However, it underlines the point that if you want your business to succeed, you have to have the best people – and CMM Select is the ideal solution to finding outstanding talent.”

Colt Mackenzie McNair

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