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Sumo Group looking to increase headcount by 15% over next year as it hires new talent acquisition manager

Sumo Group looking to increase headcount by 15% over next year as it hires new talent acquisition manager

Sheffield-based games firm Sumo Group has said it is looking to up its headcount by 15 per cent over the next 12 months.

By July 2020, that would place the number of people employed by the developer in the region of 750 members of staff. This follows Kieran Holland (pictured) joining as talent acquisition manager in April of this year.

Holland joins with 11 years experience in talent acquisition and recruitment, holding these kinds of roles at the likes of Amazon - where he has worked for over six years over his career - Gerson Lehrman Group. Cape and Howdens Joinery.

“Our people are our biggest asset; they enable us to produce the fantastic games and artwork our partners are looking for, so I’m delighted to have Kieran onboard to drive the acquisition of the very best talent the world has to offer," COO Paul Porter said.

"2018 saw substantial growth for the Group and we look forward to continuing to meet our strategic objectives for 2019 and beyond.”

Holland added: "I’m thrilled to bring my experience of leading recruitment teams to Sumo. As a keen gamer, joining the Sumo Group as Talent Acquisition Manager is like a dream come true! The need for a quality recruitment process, ensuring we’re best placed to attract and hire the finest talent is something we clearly understand. It's an exciting time for our studios, and I look forward to my part in welcoming the world’s best to join Sumo and Atomhawk.”

This follows Sumo Group's headcount growing by a third between its IPO in December 2017 and March 2019.

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