Welcome the latest Quay Crew team member!
Quay Crew has expanded and welcomes Samantha More to the team. A highly experienced recruitment professional, Samantha brings a lots to the Quay Crew table and we look forward to our clients and applicants meeting her. In the mean time, we thought you’d like to get to know her a little better with a quick Q&A!
1. With plenty of years experience stacked up in your recruitment career, what are the key skills you’ll be bringing to the Quay Crew table?
It’s essential to understand the client, both their requirements and culture. It’s equally as important to understand the candidate base, their requirements, experience, and expectations. I’ll be investing time into getting to know my clients and candidates to ensure that only suitably qualified and experienced candidates are put forward for each position. I have high standards and expect certain qualities to be present in all candidates I work with.
2. Do you see the Super Yacht recruitment world being any different to past industries you’ve worked in?
Besides the ‘office views’ you get on the super yachts beating those of the city offices where I’ve previously placed candidates, there are a few other obvious differences. Drop-in face-to-face visits on super yachts aren’t common, whereas I’d regularly check in with my office candidates in their new placements, also staff turnover is much higher in super yacht recruitment due to seasonal requirements. There are of course similarities too, candidate first impressions are vitally important, and short-notice requirements are common.
3. What qualities do you say will be most important for the crew you’ll be recruiting?
Honesty, trustworthiness and politeness are essential qualities, coupled with the ability to be a team player with a positive, enthusiastic, ‘can-do’ attitude. Being professional is paramount; the ability to keep cool under pressure, owning mistakes, and never forgetting that your future boss could be standing right next to you… reputation is everything.
4. You have a close connection to the Super Yacht industry thanks to your husband being a former Yachtie, has that given you a good insight into the workings of life at sea?
Absolutely. I’ve seen the pros and cons of crew life, and understand the high expectations required on super yachts. In my previous role I led the communications on campaigns such as our partner sponsorship in the Volvo Ocean Race, which gave me a different perspective to life on-board a yacht!
5. What has been your biggest professional achievement to date?
There have been many notable highlights of my career. As Editor of an internal magazine, launching it to over 13,000 employees worldwide, after seeing the magazine grow from concept to publication, has got to be high up on the list. Leading the internal communications of a global company re-brand was also a great career highlight for me.
6. If you had the chance to name a MY, what would you call it?
Knysna – after a coastal town in South Africa, home to possibly some of the most beautiful spots in the world!
7. In your downtime away from helping Quay Crew make their mark on the Super Yacht industry, what hobbies do you enjoy?
Anything outdoors – preferably near the sea! I enjoy surfing, kayaking, and swimming (my husband’s trying to get me into paddle boarding!). Or I can be found on the tennis court or the golf course with my children, or having a BBQ with family and friends.
8. For all the Quay Crew clients and candidates that haven’t yet been introduced to you, sum yourself up in three words…
Trustworthy, enthusiastic and professional.