Inflexion attracts the best and most diverse people through our unique approach, restless ambition and proven track record. We retain them because of our strong and inclusive culture and our down-to-earth and collaborative approach in making great businesses even better. We recently hosted our annual induction programme to welcome this year’s fresh faces.
Attracting top talent is just the first step in building and retaining an engaged team. We know this well, having tripled in six years to over 150 people today. The joiners span all areas of Inflexion, from the firm’s value acceleration team to legal; investment team to finance and governance; and in the UK and international. This growth ensures the firm remains well resourced to address the growing opportunity it sees for its three fund strategies, and follows a record period of activity, with eight new investments and nine divestments in the last 12 months. The majority of our new deals are headquartered outside the UK, demonstrating the increasing European nature of our business.
“Our growth means we understand the importance of bringing together a diverse team of the right people, with our 2023 cohort bringing a variety of backgrounds, 7 nationalities and multiple languages. For this reason, we ensure our fresh faces enjoy a warm and helpful welcome when they join,” says Andrew Priest, Partner at Inflexion.
Inflexion’s structured induction programme ensures all new joiners have a buddy when they join to ensure they settle in and then attend an Inflexion Insight Week, which consists of a series of modules to introduce all new joiners regardless of their team or role to the senior people across the Firm and unique approach that make Inflexion what it is today.
“Our support for new team members goes beyond the Insight week; it continues throughout their career, with coaching, training, development and mentorship important parts of working with Inflexion. We believe our commitment to nurturing talent and down-to-earth approach help us to retain the best people,” says Kirsty Tikerpae, Partner, Inflexion.
The week consists of formal overviews and training as well as social events to help foster camaraderie in and out of the office.
Indeed over two dozen senior Inflexion professionals offered their insights on the workings of Inflexion and how success is achieved. Sessions take place across the spectrum of investment management, from origination and marketing to deal processes, portfolio management to realisation committee, finance to legal. There are also sessions introducing new joiners to Inflexion’s three dedicated fund strategies as well as the six value acceleration strategies.
Commenting on joining Inflexion after working with another private equity house for five years, Debbie Mantzouridis says, having joined as Assistant Director in the investment team this year. “It has been brilliant and I feel very welcome, supported, and part of the furniture. Even though Inflexion is a large organisation, it has a real collegiate feel to it, which I think is very unique.” She was attracted to the firm owing to its investment cadence and “excellent reputation” and after interviewing, she realised “not only are the people here successful and driven, but also down-to-earth and friendly”.
She describes the induction and welcoming efforts as “super helpful”.
We have so many resources at our fingertips at Inflexion, so it’s almost essential to be given an overview before you dive in! The training/onboarding in general is far more structured than anywhere I have previously worked and I love that you are allocated a buddy so you can ask all of your questions as you settle in.
The training programmes are described as “excellent” by Mutsa Mutembwa, Assistant Director and fellow new joiner who also has prior private equity experience. “The case studies from the deal team and leadership bring everything to life and put in the context of the day-to-day activities that make Inflexion great.”
A key focus for the established Inflexion team is maintaining its culture of restless ambition mixed with a can-do and down-to-earth attitude. “What’s struck me since joining is the culture genuinely coming through in all of my interactions across teams. It’s a great time to join as the firm develops on so many levels, but whilst doing so cautiously and being very mindful of protecting this culture,” Matthew Collins, Tax Associate at Inflexion enthuses. Reflecting on the onboarding itself, he described it as “fulsome, tailored and conducted at a good pace (so as not to be overwhelming). I have been afforded lots of time and coaching both internally from colleagues, and externally from advisers, to bring me up to speed insofar as possible. The Tax team prepared dedicated materials for my benefit, and it was great to have scheduled catch ups with wider members of the team, at a manageable cadence, to get to know those I would be working with.”