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How Is National Grid Approaching Skills-First Hiring? With Darren Peiris

Listen as host Sultan Saidov speaks to Darren Peiris, VP & Group Head of Recruitment at National Grid, about building a best-in-class recruitment function, hiring for skills to deliver diversity as well as longevity, and why learning agility matters so much.   

Darren discusses working proactively with hiring managers, owning your own career path, and the importance of great leaders. 


  • Some of the unique aspects about working (and recruiting) at National Grid
  • Darren’s views on when to build, borrow or buy talent
  • How automation frees recruiters up to have richer conversations  
  • The power of giving employees information about ‘where they stand’. 

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“Where I want to be able to head as an organisation is that we’re bringing people in with depth and breadth, which means that these are the individuals who can do five to six, seven different roles. Something that I'm a huge fan of is learning agility.” – Darren Peiris

The Talent Blueprint podcast is for business and HR leaders who want to build talent-first, skills-based organizations. In each episode, Beamery co-founder Sultan Saidov chats with an industry expert who shares their insights and experience around using talent to create a competitive business advantage.

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About the Author

Sultan Murad Saidov is Co-Founder and President of Beamery. Sultan is a frequent speaker on AI, the Future of Work, and Talent Transformation, was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and is the host of the Talent Blueprint podcast.

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