Callum Hindle works in Business Change for Atos.
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 12 billion.
Atos are the European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications, and Digital Workplace solutions.
Today we caught up with Callum on his career success to date.
Q. How did your time at University prepare you for your current role?
CH: My degree has helped shape my approach to the way I undertake projects, improving my time management and my ability to present. A large proportion of my role is leading workshops with front office staff, drawing on their expertise of each aspect of the process journey to identify areas of improvement. Using my experience of working in large diverse groups at university, formulating a plan before executing to achieve a common goal, I have been able to settle into the role quickly.
Outside of my studies, as President of the largest sports group in the university I learnt to balance responsibilities and expectations. This has helped me plan my time effectively in my role and taught me the ability to say no. Sometimes its important to understand your workload and say no to give you the best opportunity to complete the tasks at hand without becoming too stretched.
Q. Do you think that there are enough materials out there to educate a young adult on your role?
CH: Unfortunately, I don’t think there is. When I was first starting my career there weren’t really “Business Change” roles as widely as there are now. I first heard about lean or sustainability management during one of my modules at university. It was during this module that I first took an interest in improving processes, reducing business wastage of resources and how this can have a positive impact on the profitability of a company. There are two books I would suggest to anyone considering a role in Change Management; The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook by Richard Smith, David King et al and Turn the Ship Around! By L. David Marquet. The latter helps you understand how changing the mindset of those around you can alter the thinking to improve, becoming a leader instead following the status-quo.
Q. What advice would you offer a young adult looking to work at Atos?
CH: The company offers a fantastic Graduate, Intern and Apprentice programme so whether you know what your career aspirations are, or you need a supportive environment to consider your path, Atos is a great place to start. It’s important to understand that despite Atos’ position as one of the largest global IT service providers, a career here doesn’t mean you need to be IT literate. The company has a plethora of roles to suit all, whether in HR, Marketing, Finance, Business Operations or more, there is something for everyone.
You are given the resources to develop, whether as part of the SLT mentorship scheme or through one of the many networks designed to inspire and guide individuals with their choices in their career paths. See Atos as one large network where you can undertake new, challenging opportunities within different areas of the business to your original assignment, allowing you to build your professional network whilst experiencing potential new areas of interest for future development. The opportunities are available for anyone who proactively seeks them, you couldn’t be in a better position to kick-start your career.
Q. What’s the best thing about your job?
CH: My job is fluid, no two days are the same. One day you can be building a business case for a proposed change, collecting data and running workshops and the next you could be presenting to members of the Executive Board about ways to increase our market share. The opportunities are endless and the exposure to the company and senior leaders is amazing! Something else I really enjoy about my job is having the ability to make a change where it matters. I work closely with front office staff who deal with business-critical aspects of the company. Listening to them and helping them is great whilst also helping the company align to a more customer-centric approach.
Q. What’s your proudest professional accomplishment so far?
CH: Improving the initial sales process of our Junior ISA product, aligning business requirements with our customer needs to achieve a positive outcome. The change has provided a more customer-centric digital journey for the initial sales process whilst maintaining direction towards becoming a greener company through several of our company initiatives.
Q. What is your favourite lunchtime spot and why?
CH: Well pre-COVID I would usually have lunch at my desk because our office was located on the outskirts of the city with not so much to do around the area. However, things have improved for my lunch game since my role became remote during COVID. My favourite spot is now in the garden during the sunny spells we are sometimes blessed with as I have quality time away from my laptop and can switch off from the world. Something which is really important when you work as you realise you spend the majority of your time sat at your laptop, plugged in. If I am not in the garden for lunch, I will be out walking my puppy.
Finally, we would like to thank Callum for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us earlier today.
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