Raising the bar on selection of safety professionals
Baines Simmons recently held its first Selection Day for new safety consultants.
As part of its strategic growth, Baines Simmons continues to recruit world-class professionals with the highest quality expertise and experience in aviation safety; and the latest campaign produced a tremendous response from highly competent applicants based in the UK, Europe, US and Canada.
The Selection Day comprised a full schedule of activities, including the opportunity for candidates to hear about the company’s strategy in building the SMS footprint from Company Directors, Keven Baines and Bob Simmons. All parties agreed that the day was a useful and refreshing experience.
Keven summarised his feelings at the end of the event, “Bob and I were delighted with the calibre of the candidates. From 58 highly qualified applicants, we invited 6 who took the time to attend our Selection Day. We were flattered by their willingness to enter into the spirit of the day. Our team enjoyed hearing their thoughts, approach and solutions to the challenging scenarios we worked through. With the number of applicants for these key safety positions, and with the luxury of selecting from such broad experience, our final decision was certainly not an easy one.”
Commenting on the recruitment process, Howard Leach, Operations Manager, explained, “By understanding the core competences in this field from our years of experience, we are able to apply this to ensure robust selection criteria. This ultimately allows us to appoint the best candidates who will have the ability to provide the highest quality, leading-edge services to our clients.”
The successful candidate is Ronnie Smith (pictured left), who joins us from principally an Air Traffic Management background. Ronnie is an ex RAF Officer and has worked with NATS on a number of initiatives aimed at improving safety. Ronnie’s broad background adds capability and depth to our SMS team and we are now confidently placed to help with all our client SMS needs, whatever ‘world’ they come from.