How Said Business School is helping local science and technology businesses find talent

June 26th 2019

James Henton, Employer Engagement Manger at Saïd Business School, shares his insights on how Oxford Saïd students are contributing to the local tech community.

Guest blogger James Henton - saïd business school

James works within the Oxford Saïd Career Development Centre, building relationships with global tech, e-commerce and telecoms firms. He works with these businesses to build recruitment strategies that utilise Oxford Saïd postgraduate talent, which centres mainly around their MBA.

Although many of these firms have an international presence, he also works with local businesses particularly around Internships and projects.

Being local to Oxford and working in the local recruitment market for in excess of 6 years has given me a great insight to the wide range of businesses I have seen develop, particularly in the tech and science sector.”

“Many of our MBA students aspire to work for tech giants such as Google and Amazon, but they also recognise the array of tech, science and innovation companies that are local to Oxford. These businesses have provided some great projects for our students to be involved in from Go-To-Market Strategy to Market Exploration projects.”

“Looking at things from an employer perspective, it presents a great opportunity to take on experienced talent to work on strategic initiatives, which core staff simply might not have the time or broader commercial knowledge to undertake.”

Student profiles who take on these internships and projects vary widely from those who have worked in Consulting, Finance, Operations or have been running their own start up business.

“The broad range of students we attract typically means we will have a number of students with the required knowledge or skillset for most employer needs. This, coupled with the entrepreneurial curiosity many students have, works perfectly with the local Oxford market.”

The latest MBA Employment Report detailing the class of 17-18 has just been released highlighting the industry, geographical destination and salaries of lasts years MBA cohort. These figures reveal 24% of students have taken jobs in the Tech space which in nearly a 4-basis point increase on last year’s figure. This can be seen here.

I am always looking for businesses to partner with to enrich our MBAs’ experiences and test the knowledge they have gained whist studying at Oxford Saïd. This can be a project or internship but also in the form of a permanent, full time role as many students want to remain in the UK post-graduation.”



James Henton
Employer Engagement Manager – Tech, E-Commerce and Telecoms
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford

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