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Passionate about streamlining the recruitment process for clients and saving them money!As one of the founding Directors, I'm working with great people across all areas of the business focusing on strategy and the day to day duties of running a company. The majority of the time, I’m involved in business development as well as client delivery for existing relationships, so it’s a great role to play and one I enjoy very much.
Despite being in business now for nearly 13 years, I do look back on the hard work put in from the beginning but I’m extremely proud of everyone associated with the business as, if it wasn’t for their hard work and commitment, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Long may that continue!
Outside of work, I have my wife and young family who keep me busy going off to the coast every other weekend, but to wind down I do like to play golf - whilst my main passion is football and supporting Leeds United. #MOT
Contact Chris Coleman
T: 07872 461 596
I’m proud to have been with Blue Octopus from the start.My role is varied, in the sense that I have the benefit of working with all departments to help oversee our company vision, strategy, and client delivery. The main part of my role sits commercially, in that I introduce Blue Octopus to potential clients, whilst also being keenly involved with looking after our fantastic clients who are already invested in our products and services.
We’ve reached so many milestones over the years and I’m certain there are many more ahead. My biggest achievement is probably getting the company off the ground at the very beginning. Winning our first clients was the catalyst to where we are today; a market leader within our field.
When I'm not at work I enjoy keeping fit in the gym, swimming, golf, and football (mainly watching, nowadays!). Having a large young family, it's also great to see them enjoy their hobbies through rain or shine!
Contact Liam Coleman
T: 07764 501 358
Providing a positive candidate journey can truly elevate your employer brand.In addition to managing the Client Delivery team, I provide account management for some of our largest clients and run online demonstrations of Octo Platinum, while managing our job board partnerships. I have really enjoyed seeing my award-winning team develop and grow since I joined Blue Octopus in 2010.
Ideal night in: Games night with my husband, two children, and my beagle!
Contact Kelly Laurenson
Client Delivery Team Leader
My role is full of interaction – from managers to candidates.There is no typical day for me, but that’s why I like my job. I manage a portfolio of clients in a variety of industries, and work in close partnership with them to fulfil their recruitment needs. A particularly proud achievement has been winning Onrec awards for our service, but there is so much I and the team have achieved since I started back in 2010!
When I’m not at work, I’m usually running here, there, and everywhere with my husband and two young children - we have recently discovered the world of camping!
Contact Kelsie Bolton
I'm all about finding the very best people for the job.I've been with Blue Octopus since the very beginning, proactively sourcing candidates to match our clients' requirements. It still makes me proud whenever I hear how well a candidate I have found is getting on in their new job.
Outside of work I'm kept very busy looking after my four girls, two dogs, and husband. I enjoy family holidays and visiting the coast every other weekend. On the rare occasions that I have a bit of spare time, I like to sit down and watch a soap or some reality TV.
Contact Natasha Coleman
Client Delivery Coordinator
I work as an extension of my clients' HR teams to help them source top talent.I've worked within the service team since June 2021 as Client Delivery Coordinator, taking control of my clients' recruitment. This includes posting their vacancies, proactively sourcing suitable candidates, organising interviews, and making offers to successful candidates.
My time away from work is often spent visiting my friends, who have ended up dotted all around the UK.
Contact Amelia Tempest
Key Account Administrator
To find top candidates, it's important to post vacancies on specialist job boards.I work part time within the service team helping to proactively search for suitable candidates and encouraging them to apply. I also post roles across the job boards, arrange interviews for employers and take calls from candidates or clients to help with their queries. My proudest work achievement since joining in March 2014 was being promoted within my first six months after successfully getting offers for a number of candidates that I had proactively searched.
I have two small children, so most of my time outside of work is taken up by them - but I do occasionally get to go out and socialise!
Contact Harriet Armitage
Key Account Administrator
Good communication is key to a smooth recruitment process.I've worked for Blue Octopus since March 2022, as a Key Account Administrator. I post vacancies across our wide range of job boards, arrange interviews, and take calls from candidates and clients.
When I’m not working, I love going on walks with my Dachshund, Bella, spending time with my family and friends, and drinking Gin & Tonic!
Contact Katie Ingham
Client Delivery Administrator
To source the best candidates for our clients, we have to work proactively.I've worked within the service team since May 2022, proactively searching for top candidates, arranging interviews for employers, and communicating with clients and candidates. I also undertake reference checks, right to work checks, and DBS checks for successful applicants.
When I'm not working, there's nothing I enjoy more than simply spending time with my family and socialising with friends.
Contact Jane Slater
Client Delivery Administrator
We owe it to our clients to only put forward the best applicants for the role.As Client Delivery Administrator, I seek out candidates on CV databases and prompt them to apply for roles that suit them, as well as book in interviews and ensure that all parties are kept up to date with the progress of an application. Since I joined in April 2023 it's been great to learn all about the industry and get straight on with finding top candidates for our clients. In my free time I enjoy going on city breaks, trying new places to eat with friends and family, and live music.
Contact Lucy Clarke
Client Delivery Administrator
It's always a proud moment when a candidate I've sourced is offered the job.I've worked with the Service Team since joining Blue Octopus in April 2023, proactively searching for suitable candidates and encouraging them to apply for roles. I also arrange interviews for employers and help candidates with their queries. Outside of work, I enjoy getting out for a run or a long walk. Having two children, I make the most of weekends away with them, as well as socialising with friends and family.
Contact Cheryl Davy
Client Delivery Manager
Communication and transparency are key to a great experience for clients and candidates alike.I oversee client partnerships. I provide consultancy, mainly to HR and recruitment teams, to share best practice and advise on solutions for their recruitment strategies. Being transparent has helped me to sustain a high number of clients brought on board since I started with Blue Octopus in 2017. I love adding value to all of our clients and seeing the end results of our collaboration.
I'm a keen footballer and also enjoy getting out to the coast for a bracing walk. When I'm not doing outdoors-y things, I like to venture out for good food and a nice glass of wine.
Contact Keith Tottingham
T: 07710 715 530
Service Proposal Coordinator
I love seeing partnerships grow after booking that initial meeting.When it comes to attracting and engaging top talent, it’s more important than ever to clearly define the job role and to really sell your company culture. It’s a candidate-driven market. As Service Proposal Coordinator, I identify companies that we could support, and arrange meetings between Blue Octopus and their HR and recruitment departments to demonstrate how a partnership would be beneficial for all. It's really rewarding to see clients benefit from our services after I've got in touch and, on a personal note, it's been very rewarding to meet and exceed my sales targets each and every year since I joined in 2016!
My main passion outside work is football - I've been a Bradford City season ticket holder for over a quarter of a century!
Contact Alex Spivey
T: 07710 715 531
Solving problems is the best part of my role.As Digital Director, I'm responsible for IT and software development. One of my most memorable moments has to have been working right through to 7am to migrate a client’s data during minimal impacting hours. I'm also proud to have built the onboarding module and dashboard feature of our Octo system.
Programming, coding, and software development are what I do for fun (honestly!) – so that’s generally what you’ll find me doing outside of work.
Contact Marc Wrench
Automation can lead to a smoother recruitment process if done well - which we do.I've been with Blue Octopus since October 2020. As Senior Developer, I work on our systems with our Digital Director, Marc, and the rest of the team. Recently we have been working flat out to get our new updated version of Octo Platinum developed.
Outside of work I run and enjoy watching motorsport. I have done over 380 parkruns, over 100 races (from 5km to marathons, as well as the infamous Knaresborough Bed Race). I enjoy the British Touring Car Championship and Formula One, supporting West Surrey Racing and Williams, respectively.
Contact Geoff Hirst
Product Implementation Manager
I make sure clients get the most from our Octo Platinum ATSAs the Product Implementation Manager, I lead the implementation team, who oversee the configuration of all Octo Platinum applicant tracking systems (ATS) for new and existing clients.
I joined the company in early 2015, and am involved in the full process of the product build, from initial scoping through to delivering training. As the key product contact, I have a deep understanding of our clients’ requirements, and so the role sees me regularly collaborate with our IT development team. Together we identify, prioritise, and plan upcoming system improvements, and I support their rollout across the client base.
When not at work I enjoy cooking, travelling, and attempting to get my daily 10,000 steps (without accidentally falling into the pub along the way).
Contact Laura Cundall
Product Implementation Coordinator
I show clients just how much they can benefit from our fantastic Applicant Tracking SystemAs Product Implementation Coordinator, I guide clients through the functionality of our Octo Platinum applicant tracking system, showing them how they can monitor and review their applicants. I've been with Blue Octopus since February 2022, and it wasn't long before I was leading on product demonstrations to clients.
Outside of work, I like to do canvas painting, as well as nature and landscape photography.
Contact Romany Barton-Swales
Product Implementation Coordinator
Clients gain so much from using Octo over other systemsAs Product Implementation Coordinator, I'm the middleman that connects new clients to our fantastic recruitment technology, getting them up to speed on making the most of their systems. I joined Blue Octopus in June 2023, and got stuck straight into training clients. Outside of Blue Octopus, whenever I'm not with my two amazing young kids, I love running ultra marathons and playing squash. I also enjoy video games and videography.
Contact Adrian Neamtu
Branding is the first thing a new client sees, so it needs to be strong and distinctive.I joined Blue Octopus in November 2021 and was immediately given the task of a full company rebrand and new website - something nice and simple to get me started, in other words!
Day-to-day, I am responsible for Blue Octopus' PR and marketing output; everything from company literature, to our online presence, and writing blogs and articles. I also work with clients to ensure that their careers microsites get their brand across in the best way possible.
My interests outside of work include long walks in the middle of nowhere with my camera, learning foreign languages, and European history.
Contact James Sebright
With graphic design, no two jobs are ever the same.As Graphic Designer, my responsibilities include everything from wireframing a website design for clients, creating logos, designing documentation, to photography editing. I create a wide variety of graphics, not just for our clients, but for Blue Octopus too. My proudest moment since joining the company in August 2021 has been working on our rebrand. It came with a multitude of challenges to overcome and a varied workload, but has allowed me to improve on my skills considerably.
Outside of work I am a bit of a car addict; driving is a passion of mine. I also enjoy kicking back and reading something thought-provoking and insightful, listening to music, and playing video games.
Contact Kieran Wilkinson
Usually found fulfilling financial processes...…while listening to heavy metal music. With a background in debt management, I joined Blue Octopus at the end of 2014. Hard rock and heavy metal are a big part of my life (I go to 20+ gigs a year), alongside reading and travel.
Contact Ian McGinty
I run the accounts function at Blue Octopus.Since I joined at the start of 2011 I have managed invoicing, credit control and supplier payments – I also provide regular cash flow forecasts to the business. I work with a great team so there’s always something to giggle about.
I’m a member of my local book club… although it’s now more of a ‘dining out’ club. We never seem to talk about the book! I also enjoy Pilates, swimming, and long walks with friends.
Contact Judith Shaw
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Onrec Awards 2023
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