Colleague Spotlight – Oliver Downes

Stephanie Thomas

Written By Stephanie Thomas

6th October 2022

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Meet Oliver and read about his AdviserPlus development journey

As a people-first business, nurturing and developing our talent is paramount, so much so that we’ve promoted almost a third of our workforce in the last year alone. We’re immensely proud of our track record of career development within the business and it’s part of what makes us able to deliver outstanding services to our customers.

One such success story is our Client Relationship Manager, Oliver Downes. Oliver has been with AdviserPlus for over 6 years, after he decided he wanted a change of direction in his career.

Read Oliver’s Colleague Spotlight and find out what he went on to do after his HR Assistant role and how he progressed through the ranks to now be managing some of our biggest clients, including Sainsbury’s and Homebase.

Oliver’s advice for those looking to progress at AdviserPlus.

  1. Talk to your manager about your progression – don’t keep it a secret about what you want to do, they can help you get there.
  2. Take the lead with your own development. Make a plan so you can easily track your progression and think of skills-based milestones that relate to the role you’re looking to move into. Be honest with yourself about where you need more exposure and development – no one is perfect!
  3. Finally, prepare to be bold – progression will often be in the form of stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something new, just don’t be afraid to give it a try!

There are so many great career opportunities at AdviserPlus and, as Oliver’s story proves, we’re really committed to giving our colleagues the opportunity to develop themselves. This commitment is based on the belief that the performance of our business is directly linked to the skills, development and performance of our people.

If, like Oliver, you’re looking for an exciting career in a people-centric organisation with great benefits, we are always looking for enthusiastic and talented people. Check out our Careers page on our website.

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