Tom Holt joined Cirrus as a client director in September 2019. Part of our business growth team, he is responsible for developing business with new and existing clients. What have his first few months in the job been like?
What attracted you to Cirrus?
Initially I was attracted by the vibrancy and creativity of Cirrus. As I learned more about the organisation, I was really impressed by the diverse talents of the people and the way everyone works together to create truly innovative solutions in partnership with clients. Cirrus people are motivated and committed. They care about our clients and our business.
What is different about Cirrus?
There is a tremendous energy here. At Cirrus, we are helping clients to transform their organisations. The feedback we get is incredible. I feel proud to be part of such a forward-thinking, successful company.
I’ve worked for other consultancies where I was essentially selling products. Cirrus is nothing like that. We take time to understand our clients and work alongside them.
What have you been up to in your first few months?
Everything! I’ve worked on a wide range of pitches, proposals and presentations, opening up new business and helping to expand opportunities with existing clients. There is a lot of support from the fantastic bid team. I’ve learned a lot from working alongside experienced colleagues and shared a lot of my own experience too. My ideas have been listened to and acted upon – Cirrus has a very collaborative culture. What has really stood out for me is how quickly I’ve integrated into the business growth team. I felt very trusted, very quickly.
What are the best things about working at Cirrus?
I’m part of a highly motivated team. My role is varied and very enjoyable. I do not have to go out and hunt for new business as I have done in some previous roles as the company is already doing an amazing job there. A lot of organisations come to us because Cirrus has such a great reputation, has won lots of awards, and has published highly-regarded books and research. Cirrus also has many successful, long-term relationships with existing clients, so a lot of my role is focused on understanding the challenges they face and working alongside colleagues to craft creative solutions. The varied range of skills and experience across Cirrus is fantastic – everyone says the people are the best thing about working here. I agree.
What have you found challenging?
Cirrus is a fast-growing, ambitious organisation and we always do everything we can to meet the needs of clients and deliver high-quality solutions. The work is very exciting, and the pace can be challenging at times. You need to be highly motivated and able to cope with that. It helps that you are surrounded by very supportive and very talented colleagues.
Would you recommend Cirrus as a place to work?
Absolutely. You’ll be part of a fast-growing business, working with tremendous clients and colleagues. If you’re up for a challenge, committed, and driven to succeed, then you’ll find it tremendously rewarding.
If you’re interested in working at Cirrus, we are currently looking for another client director to join our business growth team in London. Discover more about the role here.
If you’d like to connect with Tom, or ask him any questions about his role, he’d love to hear from you. You can contact him on LinkedIn.