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Our people: Jess Hitchcocks

Jess Hitchcocks is a Compliance Officer at Astute People. 

For the latest Our People profile series, she spoke with Astute’s Head of People, Sam Bradshaw, about her career and some of her recent successes.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was approached on LinkedIn by our previous Internal Recruiter. 

I wasn’t 100% sure if I wanted to get into recruitment as like many people, I hadn’t heard the best things about the industry, however, I was quickly converted and now I’ve been here for four years! 

It proves that it’s always worth answering messages from Recruiters on LinkedIn!

How did you transfer from recruitment into your current role of Compliance Officer? 

I was brought on as a Recruitment Consultant and did that very briefly until Kevin realised we needed someone full-time to manage all of the contractors we had coming in. 

I was then transferred into a Contractor Care Consultant role where I was the main contact for Astute’s contractors. 

That then quickly progressed into me getting more stuck in with the back office side of the company and led me to where I am today! 

I’ve been around the houses in the last four years but have gained a lot of strings for my bow, that’s for sure.  

What is your favourite thing about working as a Compliance Officer at Astute?

Definitely the people. 

Even on their bad days (and everyone has them!) everyone is always willing to help with any issues you have. 

Everyone is so approachable, even the Managers and Directors. 

It makes it so much easier to do your job and voice any issues you have when you know you’re going to be listened to and respected.

What is the most exciting thing about your role as Compliance Officer?

It would be that no day is the same. 

Sometimes you can get everything on your to-do list ticked off and it’ll be nice and calm, but 90% of the time, there’s always a spanner in the works that presents us with a challenge we have to overcome. 

At the end of the day, you can almost guarantee it’s been busy, but at least you’ve learnt something new!

What advice would you give someone who is looking to join Astute?

If you’re umm-ing and ahh-ing about it, reach out to someone here! 

We’ll all be more than willing to answer any questions you might have about the company or the industry as a whole.

To connect with Astute’s Compliance Officer Jess Hitchcocks on LinkedIn click here.