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Meet our Leaders: Cate Murray, PMO Practice Director

January 2018

We caught up with Cate Murray who leads talent acquisition strategies for Apex’s PMO Practice. As Practice Director, Cate oversees national PMO recruiting efforts, provides training and sourcing strategies, and works directly with clients to create elite candidate profiles. Read more about Cate and what’s trending in our PMO Practice below.

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Tell us about your role at Apex.
I started at Apex almost 13 years ago, three weeks after I graduated from college! I started as a recruiter in our Boston office, moved into sales, moved to help open the Columbus office, became a delivery manager, and then had the opportunity to join the national practice team as our PM/BA Practice Director. A majority of my job consists of helping our sales and recruiting teams perform in this space. That includes anything from qualifying requirements, aiding customers with writing job descriptions or helping to streamline their interview process, developing search strategies for recruiters, networking, to creating and implementing training. I also help create and deliver career services workshops.

What are the latest trends in your skill specialty, and how is Apex responding to them?
We’ve seen the greatest request for skill sets requiring Agile experience, whether that’s SCRUM, SAFe, Kanban, or a hybrid. For example, we saw an 86% increase in reqs requiring SAFe from 2016 to 2017.

Another trend is organizations implementing a formalized PMO. Apex offerings Agile training to its contractors and our Consulting Services team is well equipped to assist organizations establish a PMO. Check out our most recent blog on Agile, 'Becoming More Agile: The Higher Demand for Agile Skills.'

What certifications do you see in demand in your Skill Practice Group?
Agile certifications are hot: CSM, PMI-ACP, and any of the SAFe certifications with SPC being the most requested. PMP still remains the reigning certification our customers look for though.

What do you think sets Apex apart?
Our recruiters are skill set-aligned and trained in their skill area. We have over 200 recruiters nationally that are focused within the PM/BA skill set. In my space, I’m especially proud of the offerings and training programs we’ve created for our contractor and client communities. We have access to monthly webinars worth PDUs, exam prep, custom training, etc. View and RSVP to our free virtual events, worth PDUs and CDUs, here.

Fun Facts:
- I have two daughters, Everly (2 ½) and Isla (5 months)
- I really like dinosaurs
- I don’t eat pork because I fell in love with a rescue pig and now I sponsor a different pig named Spike at a rescue sanctuary

Looking to add top PMO talent to your team? Connect with an Apex Systems Account Manager in your area to get started.

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