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Who we are

At GoFibre we’re on an exciting journey to revolutionise broadband capabilities for homes and businesses in rural towns and villages across Northern England and Scotland, connecting communities and affording them digital capability equal to their city counterparts, whilst being as environmentally conscious as possible, and creating social value in the areas we serve.

Our story is only just beginning. We’re growing fast and we don’t intend to slow down anytime soon as we play our part in ensuring nationwide future-proof full fibre coverage. 

Our story

GoFibre is an independent broadband provider, founded in the Scottish Borders and created out of the need to solve rural and hard to reach areas’ broadband problems.

We’ve grown from a regional wireless broadband provide to a leading fibre network builder and service provider serving Scotland and the north of England. Most recently being chosen in County Durham and Northumberland to provide some of the first Project Gigabit projects funded by the UK government to ensure access to all for ultra-fast broadband.

Big ambitions

As a hugely focused team with hundreds of years’ experience in telecommunications and other industries, our values outline who we are: We have a no nonsense approach, simplifying technical jargon for our customers and talking to them plainly; we work as a team – it’s a joint effort where sales people and HR teams sit next to engineers and planners so we’re close to our customers; and we live life without limits, we’re ambitious, and punch above our weight.

How we work

Collaboration, innovation, commitment, continual improvement of our business and ourselves, are the cornerstones of what creates our collective success.

No two days are the same; the landscape is constantly changing, and we think on our feet, move fast and tackle challenges and opportunities head on. We’re always learning and we thrive under pressure, because we support one another and have some laughs along the way. We’re all in this together, as we navigate the road less travelled, pushing the boundaries of what we can deliver and the professionals we can become. We take care of each other and care about worklife balance and wellbeing.

People Advisor

Are you passionate about people and making a difference?

We’re looking for a bright and motivated individual to join the dynamic HR team at GoFibre. This is your chance to provide a high-quality people centric service throughout the employee lifecycle. You’ll build strong, collaborative relationships across all areas of the business and provide first-class, advisory and HR generalist service to Line Managers and employees.

Advice & Best Practice

  • Build effective working relationships with employees at all levels, providing advice and guidance on all People related policies
  • Support the HR Business Partner’s to review and refresh employee policies in line with legislation and People developments
  • Support Line Managers in the investigation process for disciplinary, grievance, absence and performance cases as defined by ACAS codes of practice and Government legislation
  • Support and advise line managers on absence management and reporting policy & procedures
  • Analyse and Interpret management information and KPI’s to proactively identify people trends, advising on appropriate solutions
  • Manage own casework effectively to ensure resolutions are solution focused and timely
  • Effective communication of best HR practice by keeping abreast of developments and sharing information regularly with line managers and employees
  • Conduct exit Interviews for leavers, collate and feedback on any trends or actions
  • Support the line manager throughout the probationary period and facilitate the final probation review
  • Lead by example, positively demonstrating our values in your everyday interactions
  • Develop and deliver training for line managers on both processes and policy application

Effective Processes & Administration

  • Ensure effective, efficient and accurate administration of all HR related processes, systems and data including Onboarding, Absence and Payroll
  • Maintain employee information and records in the HR system and provide reports and analysis for HR Business Partner’s/CPO and line managers
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement to HR tools, policies and processes through to implementing solutions
  • Contribute to the approval process for weekly and monthly payroll for all employees providing accurate information on absence, holidays, working hours, deductions, etc.

Projects

  • Lead on your own projects that contribute to continually improving the People service
  • Work collaboratively with the HR Business Partner’s on strategic and operational projects, implementing and embedding change as per the People Plan
  • Effective management of employee relations cases  
  • Increased line manager capability, knowledge and application of People policies  
  • Improved HR processes and procedures resulting in time/cost saving and or improved service  
  • Standard Grade or equivalent passes to include maths and English at B or above
  • Formal qualification in HR such as degree or CIPD
  • Experience of providing generalist HR advice and guidance within a fast-paced environment
  • Experience of applying and understanding of HR policies and procedures
  • Up to date knowledge of UK employment legislation and a track record of putting this into practice
  • Experience of working with HR Systems
  • Experience of supporting change management projects
  • Ability to treat all matters with absolute confidentiality and integrity
  • Proactive and energetic with a can do attitude
  • Ability to build and maintain positive, collaborative relationships across different levels
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload and maintain standards under pressure
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

We help you be the best version of yourself, and that starts with a range of benefits to support your wellbeing, family and career. Explore our unrivalled range of benefits below.

Your wellbeing matters

  • Flexible and hybrid working. Because it’s all about balance
  • Enhanced annual leave, plus an extra day for each year you stay with us (up to five)
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Employee assistance and wellbeing programme, providing 24/7 online access to GPs and mental health experts, allowances for holiday vaccinations, and more
  • Health programme to help you stay healthy and happy
  • Big discounts on gym memberships, Fitbits and more

Taking care of you

  • Enhanced pension contributions to help you with your retirement goals
  • Premium comprehensive private medical cover for your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Life insurance to take care of your loved ones
  • Legal and financial advice – putting you in touch with the experts
  • Bike to work and travel loans, so you can make big savings and greener choices
  • Retail and other discounts, because every little saving helps

Contact us

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Denholm Associates today.

We would love to hear from you.

Andy Brady

New Spirits Division

ANDY BRADY

HEAD OF HR

Andy Brady is a seasoned HR recruitment specialist, with over two decades of expertise in the field. With a foundation in Human Resource Management from the University of Derby, Andy swiftly transitioned into specialised HR recruitment. His diverse portfolio spans FMCG, Manufacturing & Engineering, Financial Services, the Third Sector, and Supply Chain, working at all levels from entry to executive positions.

ZOE LUMSDEN

Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

DREW GILLIES

HEAD OF AGENCY

Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.

ALANA SIM

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - CONSUMER

Alana has been working in recruitment since 2012, predominately within the FMCG & Consumer markets. Having recruited in both the UK & Asia Pacific markets, Alana has a sound knowledge of local & international recruitment. Partnering with brands to attract & hire the best sales talent in the market, Alana focuses on mid to senior level Sales appointments within the Consumer space. With a strong commercial & sales background, Alana identifies and engages the best commercially focused talent for our clients.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

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Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business


In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

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