Introducing Lead Tech's 2019 graduates

By Christina Bentley on August 2, 2019

Meet Lead Tech's future stars.

Since launching in 2017, Lead Tech’s graduate scheme gives tomorrow’s business leaders real-world experience and the opportunity to expand on the knowledge they’ve gained during their studies.

This year we’re excited to have expanded our development, digital marketing, operations and partner services teams with four new graduates. Meet our rising stars:

Jack Kallend, graduate developer

After completing a foundation degree in software development, Jack moved from London to Leeds to study computing at Leeds Beckett. Building gaming PCs in his spare time planted the seed for an interest in software and development research.

“I became curious about creating websites when I started looking into computing. I enjoy problem-solving and the process of creating something from the ground up is really exciting.”

Lead Tech wasn’t Jack’s only choice for a graduate role, but the application process soon convinced him that the company aligned with his career goals. “The technical test at Lead Tech was in Vue.js, which is a JavaScript coding language I’m really interested in. I’m excited to get the chance to expand my knowledge with this role”.

Jack will be working with the development team across all projects. These valuable experiences will enable him to learn about and implement the latest JavaScript and cloud computing technologies.

Lead developer, David Hemingway explains why graduates like Jack help create a progressive development team:

“Graduates’ ideas and skills can make a huge difference. They join the business with a habit for learning and presenting them with the opportunity to continue learning creates the possibility for new ideas and ways of working”.

Harry Drysdale, graduate business development manager

Harry, a Leeds Beckett graduate, decided to find a career that would allow him to work with people and give him the challenge of a dynamic sales role.

“I did a placement in recruitment and really enjoyed the sales aspect of it. I enjoyed putting myself out there and connecting with people. My studies also included financial services, so I became interested in finding a role where I could provide a good service and make a difference”.

It was through researching financial services companies that he discovered Lead Tech. “I got a good feeling when I came into the office for my interview. I had a few other offers, but I felt that the culture was better here. Compared to other offices I’d been to, Lead Tech was friendlier, everyone seemed happier and the job was more interesting”.

Sales manager, Moinul Islam is pleased to welcome him to the team, “I’m looking forward to working with Harry to help him realise his potential. Harry asked insightful questions, demonstrated industry knowledge and business acumen, which made him stand out during the selection process. The plan is for Harry to develop into a fully-fledged regional business development manager with a path to national level mapped out through Lead Tech’s development framework”.

Over the next twelve months, Harry will engage in all aspects of business development from researching prospects and competitors to targeting outbound prospects and dealing with inbound enquiries.

“I hope to progress to a national business development manager and improve my skills when talking to clients, learning how to attract them and bring on new business”.

Sisi Amoah, graduate digital marketing executive

Sisi originally graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BA in dance. But the demanding hours were draining and made her question whether a dance career was right for her.

It was varied work experiences and advice from friends that convinced her to return to Leeds Beckett to study business management with marketing. “I started out focusing on business, but I did a digital marketing module at university and found it more interesting and creative”.

“A university careers advisor recommended the Lead Tech graduate scheme. Originally, I applied for a different role but Lead Tech called back and said I’d be a better fit for digital marketing. When I came in for the interview, everything fell into place after that. It was relaxed and friendly and felt like the kind of place I could see myself working.”

Digital marketing manager, Derrick Smith is eager to help Sisi develop.

“Sisi graduated with a first in business management and she has a great understanding of effective business practices. We have ambitious growth plans over the next 12 months and she’ll be instrumental in helping us complete projects and achieve our objectives.”

As part of her development plan, Sisi will learn team processes as she expands her digital marketing knowledge. This will enable her to work across multiple campaigns and projects, including supporting conversion rate optimisation by developing a strategic testing road map.

“At the moment I’m learning so many different things. I’m looking forward to getting a broad knowledge, becoming more confident in my skills and deciding what I would like to specialise in.”

Charlie Counsell, graduate operations executive

A passion for the classics led Charlie to graduate from Cardiff University with a BA in English literature. Like many new graduates, he didn’t have a clear career path in mind, but his first post-university job changed everything.

“I was running a pub, managing contractors, staff and everything in between. I discovered I liked the operations side of it and realised I wanted to find a role where I could solve similar problems and use my creative skills. I accepted that I needed to start over to get on the right career path, so began looking for graduate and entry-level operations roles”.

Charlie was determined to find his niche and many of his friends shared their experiences of working in financial services.

“I was on the fence about working in financial services until I had the interview at Lead Tech. I loved the building, people, relaxed atmosphere and culture. The problem I found with many companies offering graduate schemes was that you felt like you were a number. At Lead Tech, it felt more personal and positive, so I knew it was the right choice”.

Head of operations, Jason Abbott is excited to expand his team with a second graduate. “Having the extra resource means that I can focus on improvements and driving the department forward and this gives our former graduate, Callum, a wonderful opportunity to mentor Charlie. Once Charlie knows the basics, I plan to help them both develop their skill sets into specialised roles.”

Charlie’s initial focus will be to support the team with daily distribution and reporting tasks.

“Right now, I want to learn as much as I can from the people around me, but my long term goal is to be an operations director of a company”.

Are you our next rising star?

Lead Tech is always growing, with new roles available each year across the business for new and upcoming graduates.

Find out more about our graduate scheme and view our latest job opportunities on our careers page.

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