Great Annual Savings

GAS recruitment drive fuels global expansion plans

We’ve kick-started the next phase of our recruitment drive to prepare for our expansion into international markets.

We’ve created several senior positions as part of our strategy of growing our presence outside of the UK.

With key markets in Europe an initial target, we’re seeking to hire a Head of International to oversee the roll-out of our global growth strategy. Six other senior roles have been created, including a Head of Ecommerce who will oversee the implementation of our digital and sales strategy, a Marketing and Communications Manager, and a Head of Corporate Sales who will advise clients on a range of cost-saving measures.

We’re also looking to hire an additional 15 experienced sales executives to help grow our portfolio of clients, which include the Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Durham, ready meal supplier Tyneside Foodservice and the Parkmore Hotel and Leisure Club in Eaglescliffe.

In addition, we have recruited IT specialist Chantelle Waller to beef up its digital services arm. Previously Chantelle was employed at SSI UK in Redcar but lost her job when the Teesside steelmaker mothballed its Redcar blast furnace.

Judith Bennison, group HR director at Great Annual Savings Group, said: “Our long-term plan is to expand the company into key overseas markets and getting these senior appointments in place is a vital part of that plan. We’ve already built a strong UK footprint since launching the business in 2012 and now we want to help clients in other countries to manage and reduce their variable business costs.”

We help businesses reduce their variable costs and save money in a range of areas including energy procurement, energy and water cost management, fire safety, telecoms and insurance.

We’ve embarked on an aggressive growth strategy and have more than doubled staff numbers since relocating to Seaham in June. Currently we employ 61 people, and we’re proud to be on track to recruit another 30-40 staff by the end of this year, with the ultimate goal to increase headcount to 150 by the end of 2016.​​​​​​​

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.