18 Sep 2019
I have been at Stopgap on and off since 2003. Yikes! During this time I have taken maternity leave twice and two years+ out of Stopgap whilst living in Canada. When we returned to the UK we moved away from London and I now spend most of my time working remotely up in the North-West.
I have a background in market research - I spent 12+ years in research, half the time agencyside the other clientside (working at the likes of Ipsos MORI, British Airways and Legal & General). I had previously been both a candidate and client of Stopgap and was approached by an ex-colleague to consider a role in research recruitment. At that moment in time, I was a little disillusioned with corporate life and this role appealed as it combined my experience in research and understanding people with an ability to get things done.
I have always specialised in market research/consumer insight roles. I handle a combination of agency and clientside roles, contract and permanent.
In summary, the pace and the people. I love the fact that quite often your plans for the day ahead can change completely with the advent of an urgent requirement, the fact that at any one moment in time I'm helping both a large corporate and a small agency. And people wise that includes candidates, clients and colleagues. All are wonderful people to deal with. Honestly.
I'm sure all my colleagues will say similar - definitely the culture and people. That is what has kept me here so long. It's a supportive and fun environment yet at the same time we are all striving to do the best we can in our individual roles.
Oh dear me, there are too many to mention. What I will say is that this company goes all out when it comes to parties - in a really big way. More often than not that involves dressing up - cue lots of hilarity over the years.
It can often be all about the timing (as with so many other things in life!), it requires real persistence and you need to think positively.
Fun, caring and always does the right thing.
If you are looking for a market research role or need to recruit in that area, get in touch with Lara below.
It's a supportive and fun environment yet at the same time, we are all striving to do the best we can in our individual roles.