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Paul Disley 
Paul has worked in Risk and Value Management for over 20 years facilitating decision making across a broad range of sectors. He holds the International Diploma in Risk Management from the Institute for Risk Management (IRM) and is also an experienced Value Manager. 

 

Paul’s career in risk and value started in a small independent consultancy in 2000 where he implemented risk and value management on various rail and gas pipeline projects. He then joined Turner & Townsend (T&T) where he combined the disciplines of risk and value management along with general management consultancy to facilitate decision making and help clients optimise value and uncertainty within their projects and organisations. He worked across a broad range of sectors including light and heavy rail, nuclear decommissioning, and numerous local and national government departments amongst many others. Paul joined Faithful and Gould (F+G) in 2007 where he had a similarly varied workload including facilitating risk and value management and analysis to support decision making for projects involving rail, nuclear decommissioning, museums, art galleries, schools, hospitals, pharmaceutical facilities along with supporting an oil exploration project in Malaysia along with Dublin Airport Terminal 2 and Dublin Metro.  

 

Paul worked on a freelance basis from 2011 where his initial role was at Sellafield improving the general risk and analytical processes and culture on a variety of decommissioning projects. He also worked with Network Rail, where his role included utilising value management techniques to facilitate key decisions and undertaking schedule risk analysis to inform go/ no go decisions on delivery of rail infrastructure improvements. Paul then provided dedicated risk management support to the Kings Cross Station Remodelling scheme in London where he engaged a wide variety of stakeholders in the effective management and modelling of risk on this complex multi-disciplinary scheme. Other clients that he also supported include Transport for Greater Manchester, Highways England, Ministry of Defence along with several international projects including an open cast gold mine in Chile, autonomous transport link in Dubai and the Doha Metro for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.   

 

Since joining his other partners in optimise, amongst a range of other clients, Paul has been working with Rolls Royce Submarines in Derby; providing ongoing risk management support, mentoring and training for his team and the wider business along with cost and schedule modelling for site regeneration and ongoing production projects reporting into the Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

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You Matter

We listen to your ideas; we listen to your improvements; we listen to your suggestions and then we implement them. We don’t ignore you, downplay you, disregard you or undervalue you. Some examples of successful team lead initiatives is our internationally successful riskologists podcast, and our highly acclaimed riskollective network… and we have more ideas in the pipeline that came right from our team.

If you have dreams, we make them happen.

Our annual strategy trips are also now famous across the profession. We encourage all members of the team to feed into company plans and help shape our collective success.

Industry Package

At optimise, we’re committed to attracting top talent and that’s why we’re proud of the packages we offer our team.

They offer the best balance of financial reward, perks and incentives, bonuses and continuous training and development. We also conduct a yearly review of national inflation rates and the cost of living, and we apply a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) to all our employees salaries where applicable.

Please see the matrix below for a comprehensive overview of our package structure:

Profit Shares & Bonuses

At optimise, we believe in recognising and rewarding your hard work. Join us and enjoy not only industry salaries, but opportunities for profit sharing and performance-based bonuses. Our financial success is linked to your personal financial success, so we all benefit as the company grows and expands.

Your bonus is linked to the achievement of tailored objectives that satisfy a business need but also will be something that exploits your interests!

If you’ve ever considered being a business owner now’s your chance, because we have no glass ceiling. If you work hard, one day you could be an owner and director at optimise.

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Join our vibrant team where collaboration isn’t just encouraged – it’s celebrated!

From bi-weekly team drinks (on company time), quarterly team events and team lunches to celebrate significant company successes, we foster a tight-knit community that values camaraderie as much as innovation.

Your career here isn’t just about the work; it’s about the connections you’ll make and the supportive environment that propels your forward.

We are a team; we are friends; and we care for one other.

Work where you’re needed

Experience the freedom to work from anywhere with our remote-friendly policies. We empower our team with flexible work arrangements, enabling you to achieve your best wherever you are!

Work remote, hybrid or office based as you and our clients’ needs require, for maximum flexibility in life and mutual benefit.

Flexibility

A healthy work-life balance is a non-negotiable for us at optimise. Our commitment to our employees comes above all else, to ensure we foster a work environment focused on employee wellbeing that contributes to a positive & dynamic company culture.

Although we always work to accommodate our client’s needs, your personal situation will always be considered, and you will not be forced into a commission which does not suit you.

Alternatively, if you wish to spread your wings and travel, our international client base enables us to assist with this!

World Class Clients

We provide opportunities to work on some of the most complex, interesting and impressive projects and programmes on the planet.

You have the chance to build a well-respected reputation for yourself within the national and international discipline of risk management.

Our bread and butter is in the infrastructure sector, with a combined decades of experience in rail, aviation, nuclear, highways, construction, utilities, government oil and gas and defence to name but a few.

A Nurturing Culture

At optimise, we support with more than just your career development, we work with you to attain personal goals and become happy and contented with life, not just work.

We are proud of the mentorship incentive we offer for all our team. Get to know us all and see who you share similar values with, who inspires you and possesses skills you wish to acquire.

We are always at arm’s length. One of the team will always be available to provide coaching support in client deployments to ensure that learning and experience are linked, and an environment is provided for opportunity to practice what’s been learned in a ‘safe space’.

Most importantly, we work hard to ensure our team always maintain an optimal work/life balance and protect reserved time allocated each week in your calendar for professional development.

First Class Training

Our vision statements are ‘develop the next generation of risk professionals’ and ‘Improve the profession for the better’, for a reason!

Optimise is passionate about investing in our people to ensure you are fully prepared to be the best possible risk professional you can be. Our aim is to equip you not just with the necessary skills to do your job, but to understand the nuances of the roles and procedures you will interface with throughout your career.

Every day is a school day – whether you are just starting out, developing or well established in your career, we will continue to invest in your professional development.

Progress at your Pace

We understand that a clear career path is extremely important to provide direction, set and achieve your goals, make informed decisions and stay motivated to truly foster a sense of purpose in your professional journey.

We nurture a culture of progression based on competence attainment, not time served. We believe this unconstrained development allows you to flourish and progress at your pace and we set clear requirements for you to achieve your promotion as soon as you are ready.

We offer exceptional opportunities to become the best in the industry faster than our competitors, and we’re passionate about providing support in accelerating you through different industries and experiences at the pace you need to meet your competence.