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Lookers Recruitment Case Study
Uniting Ambition partners with Lookers plc, building a highly functional interim IT solution to support growth

The Client

Lookers PLC is a leading UK automotive retailer and distributor. Listed on the London Stock Exchange their divisions include Automotive, Parts, Leasing and Agriculture.

Through their automotive divisions - Lookers, Taggarts and Charles Hurst – they offer a wide range of quality and prestige new and used cars as well as tailored aftersales and motability services. There are over 160 dealerships all managed locally, connected nationally through their UK-wide infrastructure. This agile approach ensures that customers benefit from specialist knowledge at their local dealership, whilst being able to take advantage of offers and stock from all over the country.

The business is underpinned by a customer service led philosophy. This is embodied in the ethos of ‘For You, For Life’ which is integral to their values.

The Brief

Integral to Lookers is their digital strategy, which has it has heavily invested in. This investment will allow Lookers to develop the functionality for customers to dynamically browse, book and engage with their digital platforms and social channels, on any device.

We were approached by Lookers CIO to support them in the growth of their “digital transformation” team. The partnership was designed to ensure all candidates were the right culture fit, with the ability to work within an unstructured, fast paced environment whilst it continued to grow.

The Solution

Working closely with the CIO, we have continued to build a high performing, industry leading team. Due to the high volume of projects Lookers planned to undertake, the first step was to provide a number of high profile interim leaders to kick start key programmes of work.

This was followed by an exercise to exchange these for permanent, top quartile talent to build and shape the business in the long term. Placements have included:

  • IT Transformation Director
  • IT Operations Director
  • Head of Enterprise Architecture
  • Head of Software Testing
  • Head of Infrastructure
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Solutions Architects
  • Test Analysts
  • Technical Consultants

This successful partnership ensured not only culture fit but aspirations of both Lookers and the candidates, giving Lookers technology division the skills and the capability to bring their boards strategy to life.