SPECIALIST RECRUITMENT SERVICE PROVIDER
Based in North-West England serving industry globally, we offer a specialist service and consider that we differ from the majority of recruiters in a number of ways. Commonly recruiters source candidates from job boards and online sites, when this “easy money” route does not draw relevant candidates they simply move on to the next client or submit non-relevant CV’s (costing their clients frustration, wasted time and money). At Octopus we do use the traditional routes to source relevant candidates for you of course, but when this draws a blank we “fish in alternative seas” (see “clients why us” and “the “about us” page or contact us for more detailed information on how we differ).
"So if you are tired of receiving CV’s that do not match your requirements whilst at the same time being served with excessive fees, then please consider giving us a try. There is no risk involved, we offer a finder’s fee only service (there is only a fee for successful placement)."
Octopus would like to advise that we are seeing an unprecedented number of candidates looking to “re-engineer” their skills into the Building Services and Pharmaceuticals sectors. Many of these candidates are ex building services and/or pharmaceuticals professionals who have previously “re-engineered” into other industries (we believe this is due to the downturn in Oil and gas and other sectors).
Octopus specialise in re-engineering candidates from industry to industry, we do however first of all look to source candidates currently operating within the industry related to the role. When this fails to draw suitable candidates we home in on candidates not always found by other recruiters.
We have a number of candidates who are fully familiar with GMP requirements, have a good level of clean room experience and are familiar with validation requirements and processes.
Examples of personnel we are currently representing who are actively looking for work in Building Services are as follows:
In simple terms, Re-Engineering is the assisted transfer of personnel with the right skills and experience from one industry to another or from one role to another.
At Octopus when a role is identified the initial work is much the same as other recruiters in that we seek out personnel with the right skills who are already within the industry. If there are insufficient suitable candidates we then look at alternative engineering industry backgrounds to see if an Engineers skillset and knowledge could be easily transferred over into a new sector with some initial support and/or training.
Considerable numbers of people continue through their working career in a position and industry which offers them no prospects or progression route. They do this because humans by nature like routine and avoid change. The world around us continues to evolve and change and most areas of industry see peaks and troughs. We at Octopus actively advise and encourage people with transferrable skills to consider reengineering and adapt to their current environment “like the Octopus”
After over two decades in active military roles, located in some of the most troubled areas of the world Dave C was ready for a change. Dave had 20 years of experience in the military repairing servicing, maintaining, and modifying heavy weapons and other military equipment in arduous or austere conditions. He later Project managed/lead a multi-skilled engineering and logistics teams, this involved looking after 50 men. Dave left the military and was engaged as an Oil &Gas Project engineer in the North West of England for an Oil and GAS major engineering and FM contractor. One year on he is a Project Manager based in Aberdeen. The skills developed and the Project management software/tools in the military are much the same as within the engineering industries, the transition was fairly straight forward. Arranging procurement, assembly, delivery of mechanical equipment and military infrastructure to budget and within tight timescales carries the same set of skills as an engineering Project manager, but as they say “with military precision”. Dave is now progressing to become a chartered project manager.
After nearly thirty years working in the food industry at a UK chocolate manufacturing facility Senior Electrical Engineer Clive decided it was time for a change. His career prospects were low and so was his job satisfaction level and morale. Clive was engaged as a senior engineer with a North West England SME who carried out consultancy and design work for a number of industries. He is now a Principal electrical engineer and made an almost seamless transfer to work on numerous other projects including Tank Storage, Waste to Energy and downstream Oil and gas.
John was a piping design model maker (He physically made models of process plant from plastic prior to the arrival of 3D computer models). He has now re-engineered his skills to use a new tool to do what is essentially the same job. He initially progressed to 2D ACAD, and now is a very highly rated 3D piping designer working for an SME across a number of industries. The transfer of his skills meant learning how to handle the software, this was done by him initially spending some of his own time on ACAD training courses followed by support from a company where he had spent many years building plastic models.
A London based Building Services design consultant - “We were initially sceptical after spending two months trying to source a Senior Electrical Engineer ourselves, Octopus managed to provide a number of candidates who ticked the majority of our requirement boxes within two weeks of signing up”
A North West UK based Construction consultancy – “ We have not required re-engineered candidates to date, the service received was pro-active friendly and we were not swamped with none relevant CV’’s”.
A North West based SME in Energy and Environment – “ We required a team of multi-discipline engineers for a fast track design project at very short notice. The Octopus staff pulled out all stops working evenings and weekends to assemble a team of 8 personnel over a 4 week period.
A Midlands based medical equipment provider – “We were getting nowhere with our search for an estimator. Initially Octopus found it difficult to source a candidate to exactly fit our job spec. Our Octopus assigned recruiter made some suggestions regarding a candidate that he believed had the right skills to re-engineer into the role. The candidate has fitted in well after an initial period of support and is a now valued member of our team”.
A south Manchester based PQS consultancy “We had been trying to source a Junior and a Senior Quantity surveyor for a year and a half and had tried multiple agencies with no luck. Octopus was the only recruiter to send us numerous relevant CV’s and they filled both vacancies within 6 weeks. Needless to say were are very pleased”.
East Midland based energy consultancy “We had a need for two qualified IES assessors and the agents we were using were sending us CV’s that were not relevant to our job spec at all, we decided to give Octopus a try and they had filled both roles within 2 months. Fantastic service highly recommended.”
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