Joining Phoenix as a Project Analyst means endless development opportunities. Prove yourself on a six month fixed term contract, and you could soon find yourself taken on in a permanent role. We think it’s the best of both worlds, for both parties. You get the chance to take your career to the next level, and we get to nurture your talent in our business.

But don’t just take our word for it. Kathryn and Tom began working with us as Project Analysts on six month fixed term contracts. They’ve recently been made permanent employees, starting a new adventure with Phoenix. Here’s what they said about their time with us so far, and why they decided to make their relationship with us more permanent.

What attracted you to the Project Analyst role?

Kathryn: I have been working within a Project Support role since June 2014, having studied a degree and made a career change from the Prison Service. Looking at my transferable skills and qualifications Project Management seemed to be a natural progression for me.

What attracted me to this role was Phoenix itself, as a company they invest in their staff, I was looking for a company that had structure but also a team feel of working together to achieve the end goal. The Project Analyst role enables you to work alongside experienced Project Managers and assist them in achieving project goals. There is a great involvement within projects at Phoenix that allows me to grow, gain new skills, and use my existing transferable skills. I also liked the Framework at Phoenix PMO as there is a defined structure and an understanding of progression within the organisation.

Tom: For me, it was the variety of the role. I get bored easily so being involved in the change team where new challenges and problems crop up each week excited me. I like the fact that projects can touch upon all areas of the business, and you start to build a picture of how the Phoenix business fits together. The role is very varied, you need to be on top of project finances, timelines, resourcing, planning, risks and actions at all times. There is also the opportunity to do some investigative and analytical work as well.

Since joining back in November, what has been your highlight?

Kathryn: A work highlight was being involved in a Part VII transfer of annuities. This was my first project at Phoenix, and was a significant project for Phoenix. I was working with a supportive Project Manager and even though I was new, I was involved in a large project which gave me greater knowledge of Phoenix as a company. My skills base has improved in a short space of time. Which has meant that I have been able to apply for permanent role at Phoenix. On the social side of work, the Firework event in November and the Christmas ball in December have both been highlights for me. I am looking forward to the charity walking challenges, tree planting, tennis coaching and golf competitions in the coming months! I am involved in the charity events and this is really enjoyable and we are raising money for the Air Ambulance.

Tom: Aside from the Christmas party, which was fantastic the highlight has been working with like-minded people. Everyone on my project team work well together and contribute to moving the project forwards. I’ve learnt a lot from the people around in my short time here. In my second week, I had the bonus of volunteering for tree planting in Phoenix forest, this was a great way to get to know people in the team.

If you had to describe the Project Analyst role in 140 characters?

Kathryn: OK, so I’m going to use slightly more than 140 characters … In my role as Project Analyst I am involved in the coordination of project activities, I help facilitate and support project planning within the project. I’m monitoring and challenging the accuracy of risks ensuring standards are in line with the framework. We have to be proactive in managing project costs, forecasting and reviewing monthly spend, including payment of invoices. I meet with the project manager on a weekly basis to review the project and coming tasks or meetings. I support resource plans monitoring and checking if there are gaps. I attend meetings recording and writing minutes, action plans, maintaining records and circulating project information as necessary. No two days are the same, project world can change quickly and I like the pace of the work at Phoenix. People value your input and challenge to systems.

Tom: Project Analysts, the glue that holds the project together. Keeping everything (and everyone) running smoothly and on track.

Now you know a bit more about Tom and Kathryn’s time with us, would you consider starting your Phoenix journey? Take a look at our current vacancies.