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Paul Sutcliffe 

Having held a variety of senior GRC roles throughout his colourful career, Paul has amassed 20 years’ of experience and acquired a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of Risk Management.

Offering only a keen willingness to learn Paul took the bold step of applying for the role and, much to his surprise, was successful. Paul later learned that it was his personal attributes that were sought, whereby the technical aspects of Risk Management could be more easily instilled through training and development.

Following his appointment Paul embarked upon a period of intensive training and development in every aspect of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), including Risk Management frameworks, standards, systems, quantitative analysis, facilitation … the list went on. The pay-off, aside from the extensive learning gained (thanks to two exceptional mentors), was that Paul spend the next two years travelling the world educating different parts of the business in risk management, from Division Executive Teams right down through the ranks. It wasn’t long before the change project was hailed a success and the business was holding its own once more. And so a new challenge was sought.

Having been instrumental in the development of risk management policy, procedures, practices, systems, etc. and having witnessed the positive results of changing people’s perception of risk, Paul’s next role as Senior Corporate Auditor proved to be a good fit with the skills and experience he’d acquired. His grounding in risk management gave Paul the ability to apply his skills in any context and so Paul assumed a very broad audit remit covering just about every aspect of what constitutes a sound system of governance and internal control. Paul found himself working alongside business and functional leaders developing best practice, but this didn’t quite satisfy Paul’s desire. After 3 years in Internal Audit Paul had clocked up over 8 years of service with the same employer and so, having amassed a wealth of knowledge, skills, experience and confidence in his abilities, Paul felt ready to take on a new challenge.

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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.