The 2012/02/06 at 11:45
Alexandre T. Analis
A graduate of INSEEC and the University of North Carolina, Philippe Perret, 44 years old, started his career in 1991 at Crédit du Nord before joining Michael Page in 1995. He gained experience in the group’s subsidiaries in France, the United States and Switzerland, before joining Menway in 2011 as Managing Director.
How did the company Menway get started?
Philippe Perret: “The origins of the company date back to the end of the 1970s when Raymond Poulain founded the company RPC (Raymond Poulain Consultant), a recruitment and human resources consultancy firm. With a strong presence in Paris and the north of France, RPC took over, in 2011, Menway, a firm specialising in recruitment and individual and collective mobility present in the south-east of France. This takeover was car-ried out by Entreprises & Cité, the majority shareholder of RPC since 1992. In 2005, RPC became Menway.”
Who owns Menway today?
P. P.: “In 2008, Menway was taken over by the Hominis group, a human resources consultancy specialist. Hominis is a structure that offers a chain of services devoted to human resources, for in 2002, the group created Enthalpia, an interim company with around fifty agencies in France. Apart from Menway and Enthalpia, Hominis owns: Horemis, a company specialised in human resources consultancy, individual and collective mobility taken over in 2006; Quaternaire, a company specialising in management consultancy taken over in 2008 from Entreprises & Cité; and finally Altigapharma, a major recruitment player in the health sector taken over in 2004. The Hominis group, whose head office is in Metz, employs a total of 400 persons and in 2011 achieved a turnover of about 150 million euros.”
What are the main activities of Menway?
P. P.: “Menway’s major activity is recruitment, offering a range of services divided into three branches: middle management recruitment (25 % of our turnover); outsourcing of recruitment procedures for key accounts (50 %); the evaluation and assessment centre or evaluation via simulation (25 %). Beyond recruitment, Menway provides human resources consultancy services.”
How does Menway stand out from the competition?
P. P.: “Out of some 1,500 recruitment firms in France, we are ranked fifth or sixth in terms of turnover. This success is made possible by our two main assets. On the one hand, we are highly geared towards quality in assessment: over one-third of our consultants are psychologists (minimum level Master 2), which is very rare for a recruitment firm of our size. On the other hand, Menway has a striking regional presence: we are present in Paris, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Nantes, Grenoble and Annecy. Thanks to the different locations of the Hominis group, we have 80 offices in France, available for use by Menway collaborators.”
Who do you recruit and for what types of clientele?
P. P.: “We mainly recruit executives but also sometimes supervisors. These involve technical roles (production, studies, R&D…) but also support roles (human resources, finance, legal) and sales and marketing roles. We work for all economic sectors and have a particularly well-honed savoir-faire for industry and mass consumption. Our clients may be key accounts just as they may be French and overseas SMEs-SMIs. In the context of major recruitment projects, our expertise covers engineering, piloting and deployment on a national level. As a result, our service is an effective response to all types of sectors and positions.”
What are your future development projects?
P. P.: “In the next few years, we will above all be trying to consolidate our regional bases and to conquer the east and southeast of France, as well as European countries. In financial terms, we wish to reach two-figured growth in 2012 – this seems reasonable despite the state of the market.”