Avinash Kumar, who has been working for Monroe Malaysia since 2016, has recently been promoted to Managing Director at Monroe’s Malaysia branch, effective from August 15th. In this latest article, Avinash interviews to provide an insight into his working history and anticipates his future with Monroe Malaysia.
Please tell me about yourself
I am a chemical engineer turn headhunter with a passion towards driving success and change through talent resources. I began my career with Monroe in 2016 as a Recruitment Consultant with the Industrial desk. Monroe provided me a steep learning curve. Within a span of 4 years, I grew within the team to take up the roles of Senior Consultant, Assistant Division Head and eventually the Division Head of the largest division in Monroe Consulting Group Malaysia. In 2019 I had the opportunity to expand my portfolio and take up the growing technology sector by becoming a Cross Division Head. Within my time at Monroe Consulting Group Malaysia, I have been a natural number two for the previous two management directors, supporting matters involving operations and management.
My other involvements include working on the marketing portfolio for the local office and driving new products into the market such as outplacement program.
What has your impact at Monroe been so far?
My greatest impact at Monroe would be expanding and growing the Industrial desk to become the highest contributing team within the local office and becoming a recognized brand within the manufacturing and engineering sector in Malaysia. While working with a team of highly ambitious and driven individuals we were able to set new records while providing the highest quality of services and experiences for our clients and candidates. That growth allowed me to lead the industrial desk as a satellite team and remain sustainable all while keeping core to Monroe’s practice and values. Other impacts include driving the Monroe brand, through our marketing, to make appearances within local reputable media channels to provide insights on recruitments and championing the Monroe brand within the Malaysia market. Through the well-developed Monroe system and business modal, I was also able to create value for a variety of my clients’ businesses through our headhunting and market mapping services. This allowed us to create a pool of clients whom had trusted our services and continued to partner and adapt with the organization’s growth. My recent impacts within the marketing portfolio was improving our SEO optimization as well as achieving the status of the preferred recruitment partner, accoladed by a number of independent sites.
What do you anticipate you will bring to the role of Managing Director?
I intend to continue the tradition and standards of Monroe Consulting Group that is embedded into my system. The recent pandemic has expedited technological advancement and the industrial revolution. Taking the helm as a leader during this time will require a more agile and persistent approach which have been my guiding principles that I intend to drive across in my team. Being a millennial leader in today’s market allows me to be more innovative, adaptable and able to keep up with continuously changing business environment ensuring we stay relevant and continue our rapid growth. The current Malaysia team has so much potential. I look forward to working closely with the team and being a catalyst to their and the organization’s success.
How is Monroe placed in Malaysia today?
Since established, Monroe Consulting Group Malaysia has continuously been held to a high standard and positioned as a preferred recruitment partner within the local market. Through the leadership of our previous Managing Directors we have witnessed rapid growth and have constantly challenged ourselves to meet our clients’ requirements. By staying true to our values, we have been able to service a wide range of industries and the international awards and growth are a testimony of it. Thanks to our dedicated consultants and dynamic business modal we have been able to provide solutions to our clients’ talent requirements and hiring needs. Our benchmark is constantly improving the value we provide to our clients and candidates which will continue to be our highest priority.
What are your plans for the future of Monroe Malaysia?
Malaysia’s adaptation of new technology and its continuous evolution as an emerging nation provides a platform for Monroe to further build its business and future around. Monroe will need to stay innovative in meeting clients’ business needs and resilient with the industrial disruption. Recruitment is a people centered business, so it is our responsibility to champion the connection we have with our clients and candidates. To ensure that we stay competitive, Monroe Consulting Group is already investing into many technologies to better equip our consultants so they can become change agents for our clients’ businesses. I hope to strengthen our foundation and the Monroe cycle to groom more specialised recruitment consultants that pride themselves on their respective industry knowledge and in providing value to our clients’ future business demands.