Meet The Brilliant Mathieu Mucciante

Meet our new Client Relationship Manager, Mathieu Mucciante. Mathieu will specialise in client acquisition and maintaining relationships with all candidates and employers. He loves his sport, his comedy and comes at fashion from left-field. Mathieu’s diverse way of thinking is sure to be an asset to Freedom. He broke out of his schedule to speak to Rob Samuel.

Mathieu, briefly tell us about yourself?
I was born in Nice in the south of France and graduated in Paris from the Institut Superieur de Gestion – or the ISG Business Schools as you would call it – and obtained an MBA in Sport and Marketing Management. I also passed my Masters course in Business Law at the University of Law in Nice. I worked for a private asset company for professional sportsmen in France and moved to London a year ago and worked for Foxtons as a letting negotiator. I also worked for Viewsports as a rugby agent.

How did your time at Foxtons and Viewsport help develop your experience of British business and recruitment?
I’d lived all my life in France, so first had to adapt to British workplace culture. Those jobs made me very comfortable handling calls to and from clients and candidates. They taught me what people here consider important when building a good business relationship – something that will be crucial to my success at Freedom.

Why Freedom?
Freedom are the biggest fashion recruiters in the UK, established for 20 years. Clients see Freedom as a very experienced and knowledgeable in their field. The brand is high achieving and I hope to build on these outstanding foundations.

What does a typical day at Freedom look like for you?
It would include catching up with current or new clients, finding out what they want from Freedom and discussing any new roles our consultants could help to fulfil. After this, I enjoy the occasional drink at the pub with my friends or hitting the gym to keep in shape.

Your title is Client Relationship Manager, how do you plan on acquiring and maintaining a strong rapport with new and existing clients?
Where I do not come from a recruitment background, my take on relationship management is very personal. Using frequent phone calls and one to one meetings, I will keep up to date with my clients’ requests and issues; if there are any! Maintaining a clear communication path with all my clients is very important to me and will be pinnacle in my day to day functioning. Keeping all windows open is crucial for Freedom, the relationship we have with our clients may even be more vital.

What are you most looking forward to during your time with Freedom?
I am extremely excited to introduce new clients to the company and help create an even better relationship with our existing clients. My first week at Freedom has been excellent; everyone looks very motivated and welcoming, and I feel like I have settled in well already.

What is your biggest achievement?
Professionally, my biggest achievement would have to be signing a professional rugby player in the TOP 14. I took a lot of gratification from this as it is a very hard achievement. Personally, I’m proud of my success in education. Having qualifications in sports, marketing and law gives me a wide knowledge others may not have.

Guilty pleasures?
Playing FIFA and Battlefield, sometimes too much...

Pick your ideal dinner party companions…
Ayrton Senna, Jonny Wilkinson, Zinedine Zidane, Woody Allen and Coluche – all sporting heroes and a couple of comedians to keep everyone laughing.

What did you want to be growing up?
From when I was a little boy, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I still dream about going into space.

What’s your favourite movie?
At the risk of upsetting my dinner party companion, Woody Allen, I’d have to say Home Alone. I always wanted to perform all the pranks on my friends.

And now for The Quickfire Round…

Fine dining or quiet bistro?

Red or white?
I’m French. It has to be red...

High street or Bond Street?
Bond Street

Twickenham or Wembley?
Too easy, Twickenham.

Daft Punk or Debussy?

Messi or Ronaldo?
Zinedine Zidane

Tell us a joke!
Patient: Doctor help me please, every time I drink a cup of coffee I get this intense stinging in my eye.
Doctor: I suggest you remove the spoon before drinking.