Sunil Kapoor, who is based out of Gurgaon, has been a Managing Partner with Antal since June 1st, 2017.
Management Graduate from IMT, Ghaziabad, he has 14 years of experience in Global Supply Chain and worked for companies like PepsiCo, Reliance, Continental, Magneti Marelli (FCA Group). He played a key role in The Auto Manual Transmission Launch in India and is an expert in World Class Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain & Operations. In Antalhe mainly focuses on recruiting within the Automotive Industry.
I love to connect with people, whether it be professionally or socially. The recruitment business is not restrictive in nature and it instead gives you an opportunity to work cross-functionally and across various industries, letting you explore as much as you would like to. At present, I am in touch with around 100 market leaders who are phenomenally great at what they do, which in turn has helped me learn different aspects of several industries.
- How did you hear about Antal International? And what made you pick Antal of all the choices you had?
Having worked for corporate for 14 years, I wanted to start working for myself. Thus, despite enjoying my professional life I decided to start my own venture. I was working on multiple plans, lean manufacturing services, retail chains, and automotive spare business when I connected with Antal in April 2017 which was a mutual interest of me and my wife (Rekha Kapoor, HR professional)
- How were your initial days in the business? What are the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
The initial days were a little rough, especially because all I had was, myself. As I was completely on my own, the entire workload fell upon my shoulders. The consultants I hired, required time in order to genuinely perform well. So, I was handling business development & delivery, as well as training the consultants.
- How is your business functioning now? When did you make your first placement?
The business is running on track but doing so definitely took a lot of effort. Thankfully, a committed team, continuous BD, and the Antal process have all worked in my favor and helped in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I made my first placement in sometime within two months (Hella Lighting) after starting this business. I came across a role in the second week of my training in Mumbai. The position had been open for a year and we filled it in with 3 profiles itself! I recall vividly how happy the client was. In fact, they ended up sharing another role with us, along with a very appreciative testimonial.
- What are your plans for the next years?
I work within the automotive sector and although there is a slowdown in the industry, I would like to keep continuing within the same domain. I am also planning on building a stronger team by next year. I want to see my office in the top 5 offices of the Antal network by 2020-21 and to achieve this I am:
– Building a separate team for BD
– Focusing on mid to senior level positioning
– Working on ultra-specialization
- What do you like most about Antal?
I really like the processes that are used by Antal. This is what attracted me to be a Managing Partner in the first place and gladly, even after two years, I am in love with the processes. Furthermore, Antal has a great network of entrepreneurs, which gives you enough motivation to do better and better, every day.
- What is the key advice you would give to other prospective franchisees that are considering this kind of self-employment?
I would strongly recommend focusing on specializing and creating your own identity within any Industry/Domain. Work on your personal relationship with top management (client), try to conduct face-to-face meetings with the top leader and keep a close eye on your client’s movements so that you are able to propose the right resource, at the right time, to the right person.
- What’s your fitness mantra?
It’s a secret. Actually, it’s Morning Yoga & Meditation.
- How do you balance your professional & personal life?
My partner is working with me, so it feels like Antal is my personal & professional life, both. We work very hard in the office (8AM-6PM) so we don’t take work at home. After office hours are spent with our daughter.
- Which is your favourite holiday destination?
We like Europe, especially because of the architecture and natural beauty. This year we visited Himachal Pradesh and we are planning to visit Goa in November.
Traveling to explore new places, listening to music, yoga & meditation.
I feel it is yet to come because there is so much to achieve
- What keeps you motivated to do the same job every day?
Other managing partners, discussions related to achieving targets, are a few things that always boost me to push myself.