[ UMENCO PROFILE ]
UMENCO is Australia’s first people and performance agency with team spanning Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York. Connecting a wide-reaching global network of talent and clients, UMENCO delivers specialist results in Human Resources, Organisational and Leadership Development, Recruitment, Employee Training and Career Coaching. With an innovative, people-first approach, UMENCO supports companies recruit and retain the best talent in local and international marketplaces by co-creating empowering learning cultures and careers.
In an exciting world of innovation and transformation, Angela and the UMENCO team are advocates for creating sustainable, engaging and agile people strategies that produce strong commercial results for brands while delivering inspiring career experiences for their teams.
UMENCO strives to be a pioneer in ethical HR and Recruitment. By prioritising people and encouraging the right connections, UMENCO consciously partners clients and candidates to create meaningful opportunities with optimal cultural fit and a a values-led approach in mind. The UMENCO operating ethos is build on kinship, kindness and alignment of purpose; caring for people, planet and profit are the core of its talent DNA.
"I strongly believe in a world where everyone can win, by abiding to the simple mantra of care. In a creative or corporate environment, this translates to making people feel supported, inspired and contributing to their financial independence. Through recruitment, career coaching and leadership development, my vision is to help shape a professional landscape that values talent, skills and empowered success as key drivers of employment, entrepreneurship and wealth creation."
- ANGELA BRIGGS, UMENCO CEO
[ UMENCO CLIENTS ]
As a passionate people connector, UMENCO has supported brands including LVMH, Loewe, NORDSTROM, Rodarte, Apple Retail, alice McCALL, CAMILLA AND MARC, Assembly label, Scanlan & Theodore, LIFEwithBIRD, sass & bide, Helen Kaminski and Shoes of Prey not only to attract engaged, enthusiastic employees but also retain them. At UMENCO, the end goal is to drive a new dynamic in the workplace where leaders are engaged, employees feel empowered and the end result is profitable for everyone.
"Angela and the team at UMENCO are able to provide our business with the utmost care whilst executing deliverables at the highest standards.
Our partnership started with a recruitment strategy that swiftly lead into a long term HR development and implementation, as well as to executing programs to educate, empower and develop our team, and help them push through our growth goals.
The UMENCO partnership with Assembly label has exceeded expectations; a partnership with UMENCO is something that I would recommend any individual or business to be a part of."
- LEE THOMPSON, DIRECTOR,
"Angela has helped me so much with various leadership recruitments. Her assistance and advice have been invaluable and reassuring. It's not just what Angela does, but how she goes about it that really makes her stand out; with professionalism, empathy and flexibility - never too busy to answer a query.
Angela has an intrinsic understanding of our company and our people, which has enabled her to present us with the most suitable candidates."
- Alice McCall, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR,
"Angela is one of the most passionate, intuitive and earthy recruiting professionals I have ever met. Her profound understanding of the business needs and culture is second to none. Angela has the outstanding capability of matching the right candidate to the right job and the right company culture, which is fundamental to ensuring longevity of talent acquisition and retention.
Angela’s thorough approach in talent selection, superior customer service and attention to detail have set the industry standard."
- RAINBOW SAVVAS, GENERAL MANAGER,
“From my first conversation with Liberty from UMENCO, I instantly felt comfortable and that my best interests were at the heart of what she was trying to achieve for me. I felt like I was speaking to a friend who understood what kind of role I needed for me to thrive as a Leader, as a Retailer and as a mother. I found a sounding board and support.
Having met beautiful Angela down the track, and having also been supported by the wonderful Rebecca I really felt like I was being uplifted by the team, and that UMENCO are really about finding the best working relationships that are undoubtedly compatible. It’s not just those three women; the entire team are genuinely on the same page, which is an experience that I really value.
I am now in a role with a company that I adore, feeling like I have achieved the right environment for me to grow even more and thrive in my skill-set, whilst being able to be more available to my kids. That’s really what I needed. I received flowers from the UMENCO team my first day of my new job which was such a thoughtful surprise - that speaks worlds of what this team and organisation is all about. The UMENCO values and culture definitely aligned to mine, and I believe that is why this experience has worked so seamlessly for me. Thank you! I cannot express how grateful I am that UMENCO recognised in me the value that I had almost forgotten to see in myself and found the perfectly suited role for me. I am so appreciative of everything!”
- ELAINE LAUREL, BOUTIQUE MANAGER,
CAMILLA AND MARC
“Angela Briggs and the UMENCO team strive to find the perfect synergy between the candidate and the business. Their approach is friendly, personalised and professional. I would highly recommend their services.”
- ANGELA REES, MERCHANDISE PLANNING EXECUTIVE
“It was such a pleasure to deal with the team at UMENCO. I have received continual support and guidance from the team which has made dealing with them such a delight. Thanks to UMENCO I have landed my dream role and I couldn’t thank them enough for that. I highly recommend them.”
- EMMA LETO, MARKETING ASSISTANT,
“I cannot recommenced Ange and the UMENCO team enough. The moment I first met with Ange, she knew that she had the perfect job for me. Ange and the UMENCO team are only a phone call away and always have the right answer. She is such a professional and caring business woman and can do anything! She goes above and beyond for anyone and I cannot recommend her enough.”
- GEORGIA CROME, SHOWROOM AND BRAND RELATIONS COORDINATOR,
“I would highly recommend Rebecca Jakes and Liberty Collins to anyone in my network if they want a niche, detail-oriented recruitment agent that really looks after their Clients. They have both been incredibly supportive and professional with a very human and warm engagement style. My experience of UMENCO has been incredible. Thank you both for finding me my dream role.”
- KYLEE GISLINGHAM, NATIONAL RETAIL MANAGER,
“Angela and the UMENCO team are one of the most professional and highly respected teams in fashion industry. Angela understands business, she has the talent to discover the right candidates with capability and potential to not only meet the position requirements, but also to support strategy growth for every business. In addition, Angela cares for her clients, the kindness and assistance she adds into the business relationship make her as a friend who we can always rely on.”
- BOB HUANG, LOGISTICS MANAGER
“I really haven’t experienced a company such as UMENCO before - every step of the process was so easy and comforting. They knew exactly what they were talking about and knew everything about the company they were recruiting me for, therefore making me extremely prepared. I never had to reach out to them as they were always staying in contact with me throughout the entire process, and even after I was lucky enough to get my dream job with my long-time favourite designer.
They built my confidence up in every email/phone call. I was fully prepared for my interviews/trials all thanks to Liberty and Samantha. They even had flowers sent to my house to congratulate me. I have stayed in touch with the ladies and they have stayed in touch with me! The kindest and most professional people you will ever come across. Thank you, thank you UMENCO!”
- HAYLEY FROST, ASSISTANT BOUTIQUE MANAGER,
BEC + BRIDGE
“ Working with Liberty and Umenco was a truly wonderful experience. Liberty reached out to me with a great opportunity and worked with me throughout the whole process. Not only did she see that the company was a good fit for me, she walked me through how to prepare for the interviews, touched base frequently throughout, and kept me in the loop with any relevant information. I felt that she was really working to help connect me with a career that worked for me. She kept my best interests at heart, and after I was accepted for the job I even received beautiful flowers from the whole Umenco team. It was little touches like this that made the whole interaction really enjoyable, and I would absolutely work with Lib again if I ever needed to x “
- LOUISA BELL, BOUTIQUE MANAGER,
“The team at UMENCO have made my job search so easy and stress free at a time I was stressed with my recent redundancy. Annique was great to work with through the whole interview process, and took the time to understand me and my technical skills. I was well informed on the role and requirements and made sure that I was suited.
Annique contacted me to check on my progress and to update me throughout.
I was ecstatic to find out I had the role. I was kindly congratulated and had a last check in to make sure I had settled into my new role.
Thank you so much to UMENCO for making the process so effortless and enjoyable.”
- MICHELE STANCULESCU, GARMENT TECH,
"Finding a new career has been an absolute dream with Ange. From the first moment that we connected, she already had the perfect role in mind...which has essentially a dream job opportunity for me. Throughout the interview phase, Ange was always available and provided sound advice to help ease the interview process. I would undoubtebly recommend Ange and UMENCO when looking for a career move within the retail marketing space due to their network, service and chic website!"
- WILLIAM MITCHELL,
SENIOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
"Angela and the UMENCO team are brilliant! I’ve known Angela professionally over the past 6 years and without hesitation UMENCO are always our first port of call for any HR, Recruitment or Organisational Development requirements. Their ability to listen, understand and work efficiently is admirable, and for them diligence is paramount. At the heart of the business is their focus on people, and this shows through in every aspect of their work. If your business is people-focused then partner with UMENCO and your business will continue to grow."
- PHEBE BARTLE, HEAD OF RETAIL,
"Angela and the UMENCO team are the best of the best. Angela's approach to recruitment is unique; she is not only incredibly professional and inspiring, she is exceptionally genuine, kind and passionate. Her dedication to delivering outstanding candidates who are aligned from a values perspective as well as skillset and experience is unwavering."
- HARRIET FRASER, REGIONAL MANAGER,
"Angela and the rest of the UMENCO team are top-notch recruiters. They jumped on the job and immediately hit the ground running by promising to source an initial batch of candidates in a very short timeframe. Each candidate was thoroughly screened and prepped on the role, the team, and our broader company culture. An exhaustive pre-screening questionnaire with detailed answers and notes also accompanied each referral. Most importantly, they delivered excellent candidates for a critical, senior level role at our firm. They were ultra-responsive and worked diligently to support us throughout the entire hiring process."
- MICHAEL FOX, CEO,
SHOES OF PREY
"I have continued to work with Angela Briggs and UMENCO on a range of different roles and placements. We have enjoyed a valuable and positive partnership with candidates presented by UMENCO, in addition to a valuable and positive partnership with UMENCO & Angela Briggs. The candidates engaged by UMENCO have been of a high calibre, and certainly represent the kind of talent that we are searching for. As a business, we are committed to engaging with a community of talent across a variety of different areas, and we value our partnership with UMENCO in achieving this. We look forward to continuing our relationship with UMENCO & Angela Briggs."
- XRISSA EFSTRATIADIS, HR AND TRAINING MANAGER,
"It is rare to find a recruiter who genuinely cares about you and your career aspirations, as well as someone who has the right network of people and companies to open up the perfect opportunity. Angela possesses both of these attributes and also has a unique ability to connect with people on a more holistic level. If you are fortunate enough to have her working for you or your company, you can expect amazing results."
- TANYA GALIATSATOS, HEAD OF RETAIL AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING,
sass & bide
"Angela's work ethic is of the highest standard. She understands the business and the people in it, as well as having a kind and caring nature. I could not recommend Angela more highly. A pleasure to work with."
- ALETHEA FLYNN, FORMER COMMUNITY MANAGER,
sass & bide
"Angela is an incredibly talented professional who puts passion, integrity and commitment at the forefront of her business. Without her endless support and dedication, I would not have been able to find a business so perfectly aligned with my values and passions. She is one of the most caring and kind-hearted individuals I have ever met. What Angela and her team are capable of and achieving day in day out, is no doubt beyond inspirational."
- GRACE CHOI, HR COORDINATOR AND OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR,
“I have worked with Angela on few occasions; either when I looked for a 'Unicorn'; the perfect candidate at work, or when I also looked for a career change and what direction to take. I have always had the most valuable recommendations, precious guidance and support from Angela. Angela is very passionate, thorough and has the most attention to detail and perfect understanding when it comes to company culture. I would recommend UMENCO to everyone who needs expertise in recruitment and leadership development.”
- AURÉLIE JOUSSEAUME,
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER,
"Angela is an absolute delight to work with, she takes the time to understand what we are looking for and has consistently delivered outstanding candidates. I can't recommend her more highly."
- MARK YOUENS, CEO,
"The process from initial meet and brief to welcoming a crucial team member that was a great fit for both our product and our culture seemed effortless. Angela comes rightly highly recommended, she prescribed what was needed and quickly delivered an exceptional candidate who is now helping form our future. "
- JONNIE VIGAR, CREATIVE DIRECTOR,
CONTAINER and LEIF PRODUCTS
"Angela is undoubtedly the best in the business. She oozes warmth, professionalism, friendliness and authenticity. She is intrinsically motivated, clearly by her passion for connecting people and helping land the perfect fit for everyone involved. She is an active listener, deeply and authentically professionally networked and I trust her advice and commitment as I would a friend. Her unique approach is inimitable within the industry."
- EMILY MASHMAN, BRAND & SALES MANAGER,
"As a brand consultant I have worked closely with Angela and am constantly inspired by her passion and drive to deliver superior service and results to clients, matching their needs with the company’s culture ensuring long-term outcomes. Angela has a profound knowledge of this industry and a contagious enthusiasm that is incredibly motivating. She has provided me unwavering and continual support as a mentor and career coach. Angela is intuitive, creative, positive, and most importantly kind and compassionate."
- MARGOT DAVIES, BRAND CONSULTANT
"I have been working with Angela and the UMENCO team for over two years now and it has been a dream! Angela’s passion for leaders in the fashion industry is second to none, but what truly makes UMENCO my only choice is Angela’s commitment to understanding you: your hopes, dreams, passion and end game. This helps her connect candidates and companies alike for the perfect culture and role fit. The personal touches in Angela’s caring and kind approach are the cherry on the top; I cannot recommend Angela & UMENCO highly enough."
- KATE BURNS, RETAIL EXECUTIVE,
"We’ve been so fortunate to have Angela Briggs and her team at UMENCO genuinely help us across several areas. UMENCO has radically improved our HR process, streamlining our entire business through organisational restructuring, up-skilling & dynamic recruiting. We are now in the best position to successfully reach our growth potential. The experience and efficiency of UMENCO has been incredible."
- NICHOLAS VAN MESSNER, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR,
"Having recently worked with the UMENCO team on the placement of two critical roles at Helen Kaminski, I cannot be happier with the final result. Angela and her team have shown an uncanny ability to grasp the intricacies of the skill sets required for each of the roles and, more importantly, a clear understanding our complex culture. The shortlist we were given included a mix of candidates that were an exact match to the original brief, as well as a few that challenged us to explore outside of the square.
It is clear that we would not have been able to find such outstanding talent through more conventional recruitment measures. I am ever grateful to the team at UMENCO for this, and to Angela in particular for her ever positive and uplifting energy, as well as her sustaining professionalism."
- LEILA HIBRI, GENERAL MANAGER,
[ UMENCO EXPERTISE ]
UMENCO has an
uncompromising focus on human potential.
UMENCO is Australia’s leading advisory in Executive Search & Recruitment, Human Resources and Career Coaching across fashion, retail and lifestyle industries. We support the connection between individuals and brands, empowering each of us to bring our very best selves to work.
Together we co-create and execute people strategies that result in performance, culture and career excellence in harmony with our personal wellbeing, commitments and goals. We do this through innovation and thought leadership with integrity and compassion.
Our team is united in our purpose to create meaning and magic at work. We are passionate about providing the opportunity for all to thrive professionally in organisations that demonstrate a culture that aligns with their values.
UMENCO partners with organisations where people are valued as their best asset, and who aspire to create an environment where their teams are inspired, engaged, thriving and valued. We support our clients to create and implement holistic people, culture & leadership development strategies to attract and retain outstanding talent in the local and international marketplaces.
Additionally, UMENCO delivers an expansive remit of Career Consulting services designed to support and empower individuals at every stage of their career journey.
EXECUTIVE SEARCH & RECRUITMENT
Local & International Headhunting
Talent Market Mapping
Lominger Interview Architect®
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES
HR Audit & Strategy
Organisational Development Strategy
Employee Value Proposition & Culture Strategy
Executive Leadership Coaching
Leadership Development Programs
Lominger Leadership Architect®
MBTI® Personality Profiling
MBTI® Team Building Workshops
Leader Onboarding Program
Training Needs Analysis
Career Development Workshops
Performance Management Reviews
Employee Engagement Program
Employee Surveys and Workshops
Talent Attraction, Development and Succession Planning
Employee Relations Coaching
Salary and Benefits Review
OHS Review & Solutions
International Expansion Program - United Kingdom and North American Markets
Outplacement & Career Transition Services
Health & Wellbeing Programs
Senior & Executive Career Coaching
Resume and Curriculum Vitae Writing Services
LinkedIn Profile Writing Service
Job Search & Interview Coaching
Myer-Briggs Type Indicator®
DiSC® Personality Profile
Personal Branding Package
School and University Workshops
LUXURY RETAIL CONSULTING
VIP Client Recruitment and Retention
Retail Structure and Strategy
It's about creating dream teams.
The right people, the right chemistry.
At UMENCO we take a holistic approach to empowered employment - aligning the ethos of both leaders and teams to achieve perfect synchrony. The result? A people strategy that achieves commercial growth goals through cultural and operational excellence and a world class talent attraction proposition. It is proven that a people focused culture will lead to increased performance, harmony, productivity and profit. The individual will be rewarded with career happiness, progression and success.
[ UMENCO MISSION ]
We collaborate & co-create visionary ideas. C
onceptual thinking and diversity of thought are our benchmark for
excellence. Together we bring a unique point of view.
WE BELIEVE IN INNOVATION.
It’s about respect & courage. We value kindness, creativity,
compassion and authenticity. It’s about doing great work with
grit and heart - that is our currency and what makes us unique.
WE BELIEVE IN INDIVIDUALITY.
[ UMENCO MOTIVATION ]
Our motivation is you. We want to support organisations to make their values and ideals living reality within their business. It’s great to have a brand book, but how do we make a company ethos meaningful and real through inspirational leadership and culturally aligned behaviours? UMENCO's vision is to build and solidify that bridge. We want to reach every employee that feels downhearted, every person who is at a career crossroads or is ready for their next step; in parallel, we also want to reach every leader who feels like they're giving orders instead of inspiring, to develop a company culture that benefits, enthuses and inspires both parties. The average person will work over 90,000 hours in their life. How can we help you make that time count?
[ UMENCO NEWS ]
Angela Briggs joined
career coach contributor
“Thomas [ Angela's son ] is a reflection of the UMENCO values in his brave and beautiful approach to life,” explains Angela. “He continually inspires me to hold UMENCO up to the light to see what we can achieve with more love. In turn, our clients reap the rewards of that kind, nurturing approach in an otherwise competitive industry.” Clients then experience a happy and productive workplace and culture, proven to deliver high levels of performance, innovation and commercial success. “When we work together to build success that is sustainable, meaningful and contributes positively back to our community, we all achieve greatness,” Angela says. UMENCO’s commitment to supporting children with autism is an integral thread the business.
supports Giant Steps
Giant Steps is only one of two schools in Sydney that is solely for children with autism. Giant Steps is in fact the only school that provides a trans-disciplinary approach which ensures programs are intensive, child specific and include speech, music and occupational therapy as well as best practice education techniques for children with autism.
In addition to being a registered and accredited school, Giant Steps is also a registered charity. The families of Giant Steps work together raising circa $5 million a year via donations, events and fundraising to ensure all students regardless of their families’ economic circumstances receive the same level of support.
In 2019 UMENCO will be collaborating with clients to raise awareness & funds for Giant Steps.
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