Meet Murphy – Giving people a chance

Leanne Jones, group recruitment manager based in our London offices talks about her career at Murphy.

What is your role at Murphy? 

My remit is recruitment across the group, specifically the annual graduate intake (including the selection and introduction process). My target is to provide a first class attraction, recruitment and selection service for the business – focusing on quality, cost and timeliness.

Describe your typical day.

This one is hard - it depends on the time of year! Generally I meet with business managers to support recruitment and selection, assist in interviews and monitoring market movements, but from September through to May a lot of my time is spent focusing on the graduate programme. I visit universities, meet students and educate them on careers within the construction industry.

What are you working on at the moment?

The graduate programme. We are about to complete our 2015/2016 roadshows where we will have visited 23 universities in seven weeks, all across the UK. I have been supported by my wider HR colleagues as well as the current graduates who we wanted to be involved.

What’s your greatest achievement at Murphy?

Seeing excited and enthusiastic new starters become some of Murphy’s greatest assets! One of the best things about working in recruitment is believing in people and giving them a chance. There is no better feeling than when it works out.

What’s your happiest memory of the company?

Apart from so many happy faces at the 2014 Christmas do (!) I’d say it was probably my first day. I was so excited to be joining such a wonderful brand.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Meeting new people and the ever changing challenges. This job isn’t the same in any sequence of days and I’m constantly learning and being challenged and inspired.

Who has been your inspiration for your career?

My first manager within recruitment. I have always admired how she reached the top of her field and I aspire to be as good at my job as she is. Apart from that, someone like Richard Branson who set out to prove the world wrong and achieved big things.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into a similar role?

Like in many industries, HR/Recruitment can be frustrating and satisfying at the same time. It’s an addictive and interesting avenue where you will be constantly challenged but if you are interested in making a difference to others, the industry is definitely for you.

What attracted you towards a career with Murphy?

I could see potential when I joined Murphy. Not only did the business have the brand but it had so much ambition which seemed to fit with my own aspirations. I wanted to be part of an interesting development and having always been attracted to a challenge, I couldn’t think of a better place to be.

How have your managers supported you in your career so far?

I can be a challenge at times (can’t we all?) but they have always listened, advised, given input and supported me when I needed help as well as encouraged me to continue doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s the little things that count; they seem to have a pretty good balance with that.

How is Murphy supporting you in your career?

Murphy supports me with my personal development, and takes on board what I feel I need to accomplish to reach my targets. The fact that it has such a strong internal learning and development team helps everyone as we don’t have to look too far when we need to brush up on something.

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