Senior Consultant Chris Cooper is celebrating one year with Hunter Campbell. We talk to him about his job and what he enjoys doing at work and outside of work.
Chris specialises in recruiting permanent roles within the senior Accounting and Finance space.
Hunter Campbell Founding Partner Lee Marshall says: “Chris has been a superb addition to the team. It took us more than 18 months to lure him to the Hunter Campbell business, but he was worth the wait!! His ability to find top quality candidates in one of the tightest parts of the market is testament to his incredible work ethic and his ever-growing reputation among the Accounting community.”
Chris – what do you like most about your job?
There is a lot to like – my colleagues, the environment here at Hunter Campbell and I enjoy working with people.
We work with a lot of impressive businesses. They have fantastic leaders and the opportunities we recruit for them are really interesting.
Tell us about your career journey so far?
After finishing university and travelling, I moved into sports event retail. I was the Assistant Manager for the Manchester City Football retail store and I also set up the retail stores for big events including the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the NBA and the NFL at Wembley. I had my first experience of recruitment here, employing staff to run the stores.
In 2015, I took a working holiday to New Zealand and got a job recruiting Accounting roles. It was challenging in the beginning as I was new to the job and the New Zealand market, but it got easier. Everything went from there and I came to Hunter Campbell a year ago.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
That would have to be joining Hunter Campbell. I’d only heard good things about the brand before I joined and it’s surpassed all my expectations. Here there are impressive, high performing consultants. The team made it easy to get on board and perform to the same high levels in a short space of time. It’s motivating to work for leaders who are actively working in the business and who are at the forefront of recruitment. Everyone here is brilliant and supportive.
What does your average workday look like?
I like to start work early, generally around 7.00am. Each day is different, but I tend to have my face to face meetings in the morning and spend the afternoon at my desk. I especially enjoy meeting with people. A lot of candidates are incredibly appreciative for the time and effort you put into finding them a role and that gratitude is really appreciated.
What would you do on your perfect day off?
I’d go for a round of golf early in the morning followed by lunch. Then I’d have an evening meal with my fiancé.
What is the nicest (or strangest) compliment you have received?
I’ll always remember one candidate in particular. She was going through a tough time personally and I helped her find a role. Afterwards she went out of her way to say thank you and how grateful she was for the help because it had been so important to her to get the role. That was quite a special moment.