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My experience at Fircroft- Thomas Morris-Davies

03/05/2018
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Thomas Morris-Davies, FircroftThomas Morris-Davies has been with Fircroft for just over five years and started out on our graduate programme in our UK head office. Now Tom is Fircroft’s Operations Manager, based in our office in Saudi Arabia. Recently Tom was named Fircroft’s Global Employee of the Quarter, for his hard work and dedication to his department. We sat down with Tom to find out all about his experiences… 

What was it that initially attracted you to Fircroft? 

I have been working with Fircroft a little over five years now in a variety of roles. I was drawn to Fircroft as it is one of the largest oil & gas recruitment firms in the world, coupled with the fact it has a network of offices spread across 45 countries - the opportunity to be a part of that really appealed to me. 

What do you do at Fircroft? Have you had many different roles or experiences since you started at Fircroft? 

Today I reside in Saudi Arabia as the Operations Manager, ensuring contract and system compliance, as well as making sure Fircroft only enters into business which is financially viable and serviceable. Since I initially joined Fircroft on the graduate scheme, I have undertaken the role of Executive Assistant to the CEO, learning how a billion pound company operates. Since then I was posted to Saudi following an acquisition of a recruitment firm in the region. I started as an Integration Manager, identifying synergies between Fircroft and the acquired company and sharing best practices. Once I had mapped the business and its processes, I took the role of Service Delivery Team Lead, managing the transactional teams in terms of payroll, invoicing and mobilisation. 

What is a typical day at Fircroft like for you? 

The office opens at 7am, which is usually the quietest time; the first hour or so is catching up with email and planning for the day ahead. Then my team and I gather for a quick huddle, jotting down the main focuses for the day, along with PO and homepage updates. It’s then usually a review of CDFs, contracts and any client meetings that have been scheduled in, to make sure opportunities are progressing as they should. There’s also a review of aged debt, providing support to the credit control function to ensure we are getting money in on time. There’s also an element of coordinating with the visas team to ensure candidates and staff are being mobilised efficiently. Every now and then I have to make a trip to the bank to cash cheques (it’s still quite archaic here!) I can also find myself travelling across to the Khobar office every now and then which involves a 450km trip through the desert. 

What’s life like in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?  

Despite what you may read in the media, Saudi is actually a socially vibrant place. There are embassy functions which are a great place to meet people, and life on a compound puts you in a melting pot of nationalities, cultures and traditions. 

What’s the best thing about working for Fircroft? 

With Fircroft you are given a lot of independence and the freedom to express your entrepreneurial spirit. I made Fircroft aware of my interests and the path I wanted to take and they have shaped and provided that for me. Personally, for me, no two days are the same which keeps the work fresh, challenging and interesting. 

What advice would you give to a new graduate thinking about a career in recruitment? 

It is a very fast-paced and competitive environment, however if you are willing to go the extra mile you can reap the rewards. The ability to shape your own day and pursue and build your own opportunities really makes it a rewarding experience when it comes to fruition.  

Why should a graduate apply for Fircroft’s Graduate Recruitment Programme? 

Fircroft is one of the largest oil & gas recruitment firms in the world, being a part of the graduate programme allows you to see how a business of this size operates and what makes it successful. It offers you the chance to obtain many transferrable skills as there is so much that goes into getting a placement and it exposes you to all parts of the organisation. Due to Fircroft’s global footprint, there is a wealth of opportunities, should you wish to pursue them. I pursued mine and have landed in one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas hubs. 

If you’re looking for an industry-leading training programme, international opportunities and the chance to work with world-leading brands, this is the perfect opportunity! Find out more and apply here.

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