Job title – Quality, Audit & Compliance Manager
Summary of role – I manage the team that is responsible for maintaining all SkyBlue policies and procedures, carrying out internal audits of the business to ensure we are complying with all industry legislation and conforming with external standards. The team also carries out audits of SkyBlue’s supply chain to ensure the very same standards are applied. We also deliver compliance training to all of our staff and extend our offerings to the wider Carillion business should it be required. I am currently working on a project to reduce time and costs when registering candidates, without compromising on compliance; it’s a challenge but will be very rewarding if the desired outcomes are achieved.
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion? – 16 years, since the birth of SkyBlue.
What does a typical day entail for you? - On a typical day I’d carry out an audit in the morning and do some project work in the afternoon. Days can also include industry research, or an update procedures in line with changes to legislation. In between these activities I’d attend meetings to exchange information, or identify solutions to problems which may have arrised. I am also on hand supporting dealing the SkyBlue operational network with any compliance issues they may have.
What do you enjoy most about your job? - Helping others with their queries, there’s no better feeling than sharing your knowledge with others and helping them solve a problem quickly and confidently.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? - The people, definitely the people. Ask anyone in SkyBlue and they will always say it’s the people they work with that makes it a great place to work.
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? - I came to interview and registered with SkyBlue for a perm role in the Carillion insurance team. I didn’t get the job due to my lack of experience (I was only 18) but instead I walked out with a temp role working for SkyBlue in the Credit Control team and here I am today, 16 years later.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? - Probably me and my team successfully researching and creating a suite of documents for the first ever SkyBlue offices offshore in Alberta. We had limited access to resources, doing all of the work from the UK, and we were only able to speak to our colleagues in Carillion Canada during a small part of the day.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates looking to work at SkyBlue? - Make sure when submitting your CV it is clear, concise and is tailored to the role you are looking for. Make sure there are examples of good work you have done and that it is more informative than just listing duties you have carried out.
Describe yourself in three words - Caring, Approachable and Open-minded.
Job title: Talent Sourcing Team Leader
Summary of role: I am responsible for managing the Talent Sourcing Team (TST). This team is responsible for finding and attracting the right candidates to work for Carillion on a temporary basis.
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion: 1 year
What groups and committes are you part of ? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Workshops, the TST are also involved and support the Lighthouse Project in Sheffield.
What does a typical day entail for you? I am based out of the Sheffield office where the majority of the TST are based. There is no such thing as a typical day but in the main it involves dealing with escalations, helping the team with outstanding vacancies, as well as working on projects and looking at new solutions to attracting the right calibre of candidates for Carillion.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Finding the right person for the right role, it makes such a difference to both the candidate and the project or contract they are working on.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? The challenge of recruiting
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? I applied following an advert on Linkedin, the Hiring Manager had actually worked with my wife before so it just shows the strength of having a good working network.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? Working within the TST and seeing how everyone has developed over the past 18 months through hard work and team commitment.
Has anyone inspired you during your career and, if so who and why? An old manager of mine, he was relentless!! His enthusiasm and work ethic for a job he had been doing for many years was amazing.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates looking to work at SkyBlue? Keep applying, keep in contact, be honest and be open to try new things. I tend to find with the team they speak to a few people on a regular basis, those are the people who they constantly get work for. It will not be the same role each time but because they have an understanding of that person skills and needs they can fit people into roles that they excel in.
Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, passionate, and approachable.
Job title: Key Account Manager/ Operations manager Southern team
Summary of role: I lead the Southern team as an Operational Manager, providing temporary recruitment solutions across Carillion’s Construction and Services businesses.
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion: 10 years
What groups and committees are you part of ? I am involved in a number of groups, and I’m currently supporting services with the Prisoner Rehabilitation scheme, which has seen me recently attend a number of Prisoner Job Fairs.
What does a typical day entail for you? It starts with a plan, but that normally goes out of the window. Our business is very reactive and our client’s needs are always changing, so I ensure I keep in regular contact with our clients and candidates to make sure we are always delivering great customer service.
What do you enjoy most about your job? The variety, you never know what your day is going to hold.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? The people - SkyBlue people are great to work with.
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? I spent a lot of time networking with hiring managers, and always made sure I was working hard to become the ‘Go To’ recruiter in my sector.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? Most recently our development, and supply into the Utilities sector. This has been challenging but at the same time rewarding to see our hard work and commitment show results.
Has anyone inspired you during your career ? My first line manager in SkyBlue was very inspiring and still is.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates looking to work at SkyBlue? Pick up the phone, speaking to people is the best way to communicate and will help you be recognised.
Describe yourself in three words. Direct, practical and laid back
Job title: National Onsite Delivery Manager
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion: 11 years
What groups and committees are you part of ? I am involved in a number of BIG projects where Carillion’s demand for temporary workers is high. These include HMPPS contract, Midlands Metropolitan Hospital and Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Outside of work i am heaviliy involved with the local Beaver Patrol and Scout Pack.
What does a typical day entail for you? A typical day would be getting updates on all projects and looking at how we can improve the delivery.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Changing lives. The work we do around local employment and upskilling workers always makes the job worthwhile especially the work at Royal Liverpool Hospital.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? The people within SkyBlue. They are always there to help and take on new ideas.
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? My wit, charm and personality plus the fact nobody else applied for the role.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? Helping a candidate that had not worked for 10 years find work and succesfully went onto secure full time employment.
Has anyone inspired you during your career ? Lee Stokes - SkyBlue On-site Consultant for Midland Metropolitan Hospital. He came into the role with no experience in recruitment or construction, but Lee has risen to the challenge of delivering on a major construction project. If he can adapt and succeed so can we all. .
What advice do you have for prospective candidates looking to work at SkyBlue? Prepare for hard work and make sure you enjoy yourself by finding the job that's right for you.
Describe yourself in three words. A delicate flower
Job title: Onsite account consultant
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion: 3 years
Summary of role: My primary role is to manage all temporary recruitment on the RLUH (Royal Liverpool University Hospital) contract, for both white and blue collar. As time has gone on, I have also picked up the A6 Marr Airport relief road Carillion/Morgan Sindall JV and The Heath School contracts.
What do you enjoy most about your job? My role at SkyBlue is significantly different from other recruitment roles that I have held. On a daily basis I get greater access to hiring managers and major decision makers enabling decisions to be made quickly and effectively. I also thoroughly enjoy my involvement in the Community especially activities which help get the long term unemployed into work.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? Being able to do the things we do outside of our normal job role such as volunteering days.
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? I went through a gruelling 3 part interview process. I was initially grilled by my line manager Paul Rowan and the then operations manager at the time Louisa Traynor, in what felt like a “mastermind” type interview. I was then invited back for a second interview where I was then grilled by Will Shilton and two Carillion staff members on the RLUH project. I finally had to produce and deliver a presentation and succesfully secured the role.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? Working alongside one the Carillion construction managers and learning co-ordinators onsite, we managed to arrange a placement for a serving prisoner to be released on a ROTL (released on temporary licence) to undertake a paid placement onsite at RLUH for around 6 months. Upon release from prison that candidate has returned to site and is still with us now.
Has anyone inspired you during your career (and, if so who and why?) My mum (cheesy I know!) but she went back in to education at a later stage in life when both me and my brother where in primary school. She worked a part time job, combined with going to college of an evening and brining up two young kids. She then went on to university and is now a Nurse Specialist and has been working in the NHS for over 20 years. She is the epitome of hard work and dedication. This is also really relevant to me as my partner and I are about to welcome our first child into the world.
Describe yourself in three words. Reliable, loyal, calm
Job title: Account Consultant – South West region
Summary of role: I currently run the assessment centres in the South West for the HMPPS escorts project. My role includes building relationships with Carillion site managers, staff, and Carillion Project managers. I also ensure our current temporary workforce are looked after, and make sure a positive experience is had by all new candidates attending my assessment centres.
No of years at SkyBlue/Carillion: 6 months
What does a typical day entail for you? The majority of my working week is spent organising, co-ordinating and running assessment centres on site at HMP’s or at local job centres. I then fill the remainder of my week with general administration duties along with ensuring I am contactable for all candidates.
What do you enjoy most about your job? The variety and people I meet daily.
What is the favourite part about working for SkyBlue? The team ethos
What type of the key characteristics/attributes you are looking for in candidates for the NOMS/HMPPS contract? I always look for candidates who interact easily, able to listen, are non-judgemental and are team players.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? I am most proud of being part of the recruitment process for London 2012 Olympics, I ran one of the West London Assessment Centres where we processed on average 120 candidates per day, the team ethos was something incredibly special.
Has anyone inspired you during your career (and, if so who and why?) Many people have inspired me over the years and mostly it has been colleagues who are prepared to go beyond what is expected of them to ensure the job is done properly.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates looking to work at SkyBlue? Work hard, support your colleagues and never be afraid to ask a question…. The door is always open.
Describe yourself in three words Warm, Forthright, Inclusive
Job title: Account Consultant
Summary of role: Sourcing and managing the temporary workforce required on both the Midland Metropolitan Hospital and M6 Jct 16-19 projects.
Number of years at SkyBlue Carillion: 20 months
What groups and committes are you part of ? I spend a lot of time with other local organisations helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds find employment and attending job fayres/registration events.
What does a typical day entail for you? Read more on the MMH project here and find out what a typical day for Lee involves.
What do you enjoy most about your job? My favourite part of working for SkyBlue is working with such a fantastic team. Everybody is happy to help if I have any issues, from central head office staff, account consultants, Paul Rowan my line manager and the SMT
How did you first get your first role in SkyBlue? I met up with the Operations Manager at Sheffield I then attended an interview and the rest is history.
What would you say is the achievement you are most proud of? My biggest achievement is very cheesy! My kids Nellie 5 and Alfie 8
Has anyone inspired you during your career and, if so who and why? No-one in particular has inspired me throughout my career. I’m self driven to provide the best for my family
Describe yourself in three words: Honest, Friendly and professional. My wife would say grumpy,grumpy and grumpy!