Introducing Cranford Associate Frank3rd December, 2018
We wanted to tell you more about the Cranford Associate model. If you are an IT, DevOps or Cloud consultant and wanting a change in the new year, it should be on your radar!
- Do you feel valued at work, really valued?
- Do you wake up in the morning eager to get delivering on exciting projects that inspire you knowing they are going to make a difference?
- Have you got the support of your managers and leadership team whose goals align with your own?
- Are you ready for something different in the new year!
- Want to be in control of your own destiny but work with a team of collaborative professionals who understand what motivates you and can find roles for you that are the perfect fit?
Have you considered, working as a Cranford Associate could be perfect for you?
It’s no big secret that the demand for digital initiatives and technology skills in the workplace has exploded and shows no sign of slowing down.
The resource market is full of opportunity if you know where to look and who to speak with. These are times of high demand for Cloud Architecture and IT Service Management professionals. Why settle for anything less than the career goals, roles and remuneration that you want?
This is the Cranford Associate mission, a powerful and mutually beneficial collaboration.
But what does it really mean to work with us?
We want to tell you Frank Malcher’s story. Frank has recently started working with us and in his own words shares his experiences so far.
On a personal note first, I am married to Maria with two children Danny and Francesca 24 and 23 respectively, I live in West Yorkshire, I play Guitar and keyboards. Since hanging up my football boots and squash trainers, I also play golf when I can.
In my career I have travelled extensively, primarily due to me starting out my career in the Travel industry. I travelled on Concorde twice and our board meetings took place in wonderful places such as Bermuda, St Lucia and most European resorts.
My career started as a Trainee Manager and left Travel as a Divisional Sales Director, having achieved four successive years as top Region for Sales and Profit and awards.
I was approached by BT to take up the role of Call centre Manager in their state-of-the-art Call Centre in Warrington and quickly progressed within BT as Sector Manager for sales and service call centres, responsible for some 2000 staff. I then moved into BT Global services as Service Director for NHS Spine which was one of BT’s largest and most complex contracts globally. Latterly I was Service Director for NHS Spine which was a Billion Pound contract.
After leading a successful transformation of Spine Service, I was promoted to Client Services Director Local Govt and Health. Here I had overall responsibility for Service and Project management delivery across some 1800 contracts.
Following 21 years in BT the time was right to move on and look for a new opportunity where I could use my skills, experience and expertise to help other organisations as a contractor. As I never have had any significant time off since starting my career, I decided to take a few months break. This allowed me to significantly improve my golf handicap amidst the best summer weather ever!
I was introduced to David at Cranford by my key Customer at BT.
David and I spoke on the phone and met soon after, I immediately recognised that we had similar outlooks and working culture/ethic.
I soon after met Penny and Alex who once again I immediately related to. I knew Cranford would provide not only the support I needed but also be work colleagues/friends. So much so, I didn’t talk or register with any other resource provider.
Team support, what’s it like?
Absolutely brilliant, extremely supportive and it definitely feels like I have worked with Cranford for years.
In addition, I am delighted to be part of a successful nationwide company with Yorkshire roots. I can also contribute to its success.
What are the benefits of working as an Associate?
It is early days for me as I have only been with Cranford for a few months. I have been in my current role just over three months.
In my case, after numerous years in the Senior Corporate world, I wanted the flexibility to utilise my skills and make a “difference” to other companies. My initial plan was to do it on a short-term basis.
The flexibility of being a Cranford Associate, allows for you to become more entwined as if you were a loyal permanent employee. This is certainly the case for me in my role at the moment. In addition, it’s great that Cranford have been successful through selective on boarding, recommendation, and word of mouth . This gives client organisations the confidence they will receive quality resource.
Would you recommend the Cranford Associate model to consultants like you?
Absolutely I would, as it gives you the best of both. I am fortunate as I certainly see Cranford as my “employer” despite me being self-employed. Cranford provide me with excellent and friendly support and advice when required. It is also good to know that if my current assignment (who are a brilliant organisation to work with) wasn’t the right fit, there are many other opportunities with them.
Want to be like Frank?
We would love to talk to you about becoming a Cranford Associate.
In the first instance just fill out our contact form here: https://www.cranfordgroupuk.com/become-an-associate/ One of our team will be in touch promptly.
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