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Ms. Andrea Andi Jennings

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Lucas Group Executives, Lucas Group Leadership, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
Andrea "Andi" Jennings
President and CEO
In the three years since Andrea "Andi" Jennings assumed the leadership reins at Lucas Group, she has quickly and successfully left her mark on this highly respected executive recruiting firm.
Executive Search Firm - Company Leadership - Executive Recruiters - Lucas Group, 12 Mar 2009 [cached]
Andi Jennings is President and CEO at Lucas Group. Prior to becoming Lucas Group's President, Andi began her career at Lucas Group in 1977 and, over the past 32 years, has worked her way up the ranks... More >>
Andi Jennings is President and CEO at Lucas Group. Prior to becoming Lucas Group's President, Andi began her career at Lucas Group in 1977 and, over the past 32 years, has worked her way up the ranks within the company. Most recently, as Vice President and General Manager she was responsible for strategic planning and leadership in Lucas Group's Legal and Accounting & Finance Divisions. During her tenure with Lucas Group, Jennings has opened several branch offices in major markets and led the project team responsible for a strategic acquisition of a key niche firm in the New York City market.
Over the past several decades, Andi has led Lucas Group through the development, implementation and management of many key strategic partnerships with clients. Andi is very familiar with the nuances of employment law. She is a versatile, dynamic and well-rounded executive search professional with significant experience recruiting and leading at many levels.
Andi has been widely published throughout her career on topics ranging from career services, interviewing and executive recruitment. She is well known for her depth and breadth of knowledge in all facets of the recruiting process, and has experience running business units involved in retained & contingency search in addition to contract staffing.
January US Perm Hires Continue Uptrend - Lucas Group, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
Andrea Jennings, chief executive of the Lucas Group, an Atlanta-based executive search firm with 15 U.S. offices, said a lull in October and November interview numbers turned around in December, producing a flurry of offers and start dates in January that beat company forecasts.
"Employers are optimistic right now because the last couple of economic reports have been strong and the unemployment rate has dropped," Jennings said. She said business inquiries and website leads are well up year-on-year in January.
Like Manpower's Doyle, Jennings said human resources hiring is heating up. Also on the move is marketing, another area like HR that got slashed during the recession. She said she's filling orders for brand managers, directors of marketing strategy and directions of web development.
"We're seeing good activity in finance strategy, the future-facing positions in accounting and finance," Jennings said, and added that these placements were not under discussion when the economy was on the skids. "It's very promising."
IT placements are healthy, and talent shortages have started to crop up in cloud computing and in professional consulting, which mixes technology know-how with a business background, she said. Real estate and construction hiring, however, remains drowsy.
Jennings said that pay still hews to established ranges, but a few moderate-sized signing bonuses emerged in January. Relocation packages are out there, but aren't especially generous, and guaranteed property sales have not yet returned.
She anticipates Lucas Group's revenue growth this year to stick to the same hearty pace as last year. She said employers aren't yet talking about Europe's economic woes as a possible business impediment.
May US Hiring Moderate, Persistent -Recruiters - Lucas Group, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
"The last two months for us have been the best months we've had since 2008," said Andrea Jennings, chief executive of The Lucas Group, an Atlanta-based executive search firm with 15 offices nationwide.
And because of Obamacare, they're bringing in compensation and benefits people," said Jennings. January 1, 2014 is the deadline for employers to conform to the sweeping 2010 law aimed at boosting the rate of health insurance protection for Americans.
In manufacturing, hiring demand is broad-based at higher levels and includes engineering, production and supply chain management, Jennings said.
Any recent pullback in the manufacturing-sector growth "is not playing out in our world," she said.
Talent is particularly short for experienced cloud-computing professionals. And engineers with oil and gas experience are a "hot niche," she said.
The energy sector has propelled Lucas Group's Houston office to new heights this year, and hiring activity in Chicago is also strong, she said.
On compensation, Jennings said pay is creeping higher for skilled workers but increases have lagged growth in jobs.
Recruiters See Stronger March US Perm Hiring - Lucas Group, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
"They're filling these vacancies now because business has come back or is in the process of coming back, and many firms don't have the infrastructure to support the revenue growth," said Andrea Jennings, chief executive of The Lucas Group, which specializes in middle- and senior-management placements in the $100,000 to $250,000 annual salary range. Her firm's year-to-date performance has well exceeded company goals.
In the management world, she is seeing the beginnings of a run-up in employment. She reported shortages of qualified applicants across most of her divisions, except for the still-lagging construction sector, and added that Lucas Group is actively hiring recruiters.
Employers, meanwhile, have been steadily adding human resources professionals, typically one of the first departments to see cuts in a downturn, she said.
"Hiring in HR means they're adding headcount elsewhere in the firm," Jennings said.
In March, the Lucas Group's best-performing division has been manufacturing and related industries, with placements in supply chain, logistics, engineering and production supervision and management positions. Durable goods, consumer product and food manufacturers are hiring, she said. That sector had seen some growth in 2010, but this year its recovery has legs, Jennings said.
"Because they need people, they're willing to pay a candidate with less mainstream experience and train them," she said. Her firm has a program that places junior military officers in management positions, and she said manufacturers are now filling some of their open slots with these applicants.
Geographically, Jennings said her company is faring best in the middle of the country and the South, though there's a measure of manufacturing hiring also in the Northeast.
Despite the palpable shift in the market, Jennings said, management compensation has not moved much. Candidates are now emboldened to ask for more, but thus far employers have responded only by edging higher within existing pay ranges.
A staffing executive in the Midwest agreed that manufacturing hiring is roaring back, but most of what she has seen has been on a contingent or temporary-to-permanent basis.
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