Three years ago Wirral based Cirrus Purchasing recruited Marketing graduate Claire Gamble. She has since been promoted to Procurement Consultant within the company.
Cirrus Purchasing is a specialist purchasing and supply consultancy based in West Kirby, Wirral. Operating throughout the UK they support the social housing, public and private sectors in delivering billions of pounds of procurement activity and offer millions of pounds in savings for their clients.
Three years ago, Managing Director, Simon Reed, contacted Graduate to Merseyside and recruited Marketing graduate Claire Gamble in a Business Analyst / Consultancy Support role (see original success story). Claire’s hard work has helped her become an integral part of the team as confirmed by her recent promotion to Procurement Consultant within the company.
Claire has been involved in delivering millions of pounds of tenders on behalf of Cirrus clients, developing her skills and specialist procurement knowledge to excel in her more senior position. She’ll now be responsible for delivering a range of projects including: supporting clients who outsource their procurement; large scale public sector tenders; procurement reviews, benchmarking purchasing costs and implementation projects.
Simon is extremely pleased with the progress Claire has made and the value recruiting a graduate has produced for his business:
“As a business consultancy, we need staff with strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills and the ability to learn quickly. Consequently we prefer to recruit, with assistance from Graduate to Merseyside, recent graduates who have good building-block skills and the ability to integrate with our distinctive company dynamic. Claire is a great example of the success of this ethos, having grown with the role since joining the company and brought a welcome fresh perspective to the Cirrus team. Her recent promotion is a tribute to her work and reinforces our belief that creating graduate employment opportunities benefits everyone.”
Claire explains how working for an SME has helped her develop specialist skills and knowledge to forge a career in an area that she hadn’t considered at University:
“Despite procurement not having been a career I had originally considered during university, Graduate to Merseyside gave me the opportunity to find a career path that is both interesting and diverse. As a small company, Cirrus has been the ideal place to develop my skills through focused training and consistent opportunities to grow and challenge myself. The dynamics of the company and the support provided has allowed me to progress in my career at a much faster rate than I initially expected.”
Recruiting a graduate doesn’t have to be a short term option. Graduates not only bring fresh ideas but also have the ability to learn new skills specific to your business and in time can fill senior positions like Claire.
If you feel that your business could benefit from a graduate like Claire please contact us.
For more details on how Cirrus Purchasing can help benefit your business please contact:
Claire Gamble, Procurement Consultant
Tel: 07983 532407