Jacob Perring joined the S&S team in February 2018 and has been part of the huge growth journey, which has seen not only our team expand, but our country presence too.
As part of our ‘In the hot seat’ series, we sat down with Jacob to find out a bit more about his role at S&S, as well as what he gets up to in his spare time.
Tell us a bit about you and what you do here at S&S?
I am a Partner at S&S and I focus on Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Sector. I work with the CxO community within this domain, helping them identify and solve problems they currently experience whilst creating a robust solution which would help them in the future too.
I typically find myself in a room full of whiteboards, with both Client Leaders and S&S Associates, to unpack and get to the root cause of a problem. We co-create solutions around the key headings and in response, build the best team to inject expertise into a Client to enable a successful and sustainable outcome. We know in the current climate, change needs to happen both fast and flexibly. So, we work in 90-day sprints; delivering tangible value at the end of every cycle, allowing us to iterate according to each sprint.
I also bring together top experts in the TMT industry for regular thought-leadership events, sharing insights from world leaders in innovation. These sessions create an informal discussion, allowing everyone to feel comfortable sharing their experiences and crowdsourcing solutions within a trusted network.
What is your favourite thing about working at S&S HQ?
The culture and the people. We work in outcomes with our clients, and we do the same inside S&S. We’re not managed on the hours that we are clocking in and out of the office, but rather the value we deliver.
Also, I’ve been here for 20 months now and in that time, we’ve gone from a house in Roupell Street to a WeWork in Waterloo, to our co-creation and workshop hub in Borough Market and now we’re branching out globally. So, it’s this continual growth and stream of new ideas that are regularly coming in through the door that always keeps me passionately engaged..
What has been your best moment to date?
Our annual ski trip last year, but not just from a social perspective. Given how busy we are, it’s not often we find the time to bring everyone together. The ski trip is everyone in the sales team across our six departments, Leadership team and our Operating Partners out in the field as well as all front and back office operations. Importantly, with no pressures or distractions of work, where we can openly and creatively bounce ideas off each other.
It creates the perfect environment to come up with new ambitions and strategy around company growth, so I’m looking forward to our next trip at the beginning of next year.
Do you have any grand plans for the next 90 days and beyond?
Now that S&S has grown to the stage that it has, my focus will be on spending more time networking internationally.
Seeing how positively the S&S message has resonated already in Europe, I’m keen to continue taking our message further afield, providing insights and sharing our story in summits around the world.
Tell us about your background before joining S&S.
I spent just under three years working in a global TMT headhunting organisation, working in markets across Europe and Africa and APAC.
I could see the pains and problems that businesses were facing and I knew something new was needed. So after meeting Pat (our founder and CEO) and hearing about the interesting concept around S&S, I instantly knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. And, the rest is history.
What do you get up to in your spare time outside of work?
If I’m not sampling nice restaurants around London, you’ll probably find me watching rugby or cricket.
I also like travelling and exploring new places. Every quarter I go on a European city break, somewhere I haven’t been before. Recently I went to Prague and my next trip will be Krakow in Poland.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
Inquisitive – on a professional and personal level. In work, when I’m speaking to a client there is usually the overarching problem statement, but from my experience and understanding, I know there’s probably another six or seven questions to really get to the bottom of the problem.
Outside of work, whatever is going on, whether that’s politically or economically, I’m always interested to find the root cause, if that’s possible. I suppose you could say I’m nosy, but let’s stick with inquisitive!