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Meet the team: Marketing & Business Operations Manager Derya Aydoğan

We are publishing a couple of interviews with the team over the next few weeks. You may have never spoken to us (you may not ever want to!) but thought we would give an insight into those manning the desks at Precise Consultants.

CV not to hand? No problem, send us an email or give our hydrographic expert Peter Thompson a call on +44 (0) 203 325 0630.

When you were five, what did you want to be – is it what you’re currently doing?

I changed my mind all the time – one day I was going to be a doctor, the next a teacher or an actress. I was very indecisive. I wouldn’t have imagined I’d end up working in oil and gas but I’m very happy. It suits me. It’s one of the biggest sectors in the world, one that faces major geopolitical, technological and regulatory challenges.

 

Were you destined for success when you were in school/university?

I’ve always been a dedicated student – I was quite OCD with uni work and I graduated first class with a degree in Business last year. I want to be the best at what I do. I know sometimes that can come across like you think highly of yourself but I’m not arrogant. I have to work hard!

 

What challenge defines you?

It’s something I’ve been through recently. We upgraded the way the entire office works and I was in charge of it all. The company is now four years old so we’re evolving beyond the start-up, and we’ve grown significantly over the last few months. I’ve had to implement new processes and systems in order to make the changes and improve efficiencies in the way Pete wanted. It was incredibly challenging managing people and the upgrades – especially as we had to do it all in just two months. At times I wanted to bang my head against a wall. Actually I think I did do that. But it’s our responsibility to make life easier for our clients, contractors and staff. We all want to exceed expectations. Changing anything will always be challenging, because you’re dealing with different stakeholders and you can’t make everyone happy.

 

Who has inspired or supported you in your past?

Predictable but it’s got to be family. I have a Turkish/Dutch background and have loads of family members – you couldn’t imagine how big my family is. They’ve always been very supportive. My number one though is my mother – she’s an amazing woman. She inspires me with the way she’s dealt with tough times. When I was a kid she had major heart surgery and could have died. I remember she told my sister and I that she willed herself to survive it so she could be here for us. Her philosophy in life – and now mine – is to be thankful for every day and keep fighting.

 

What brought you to Precise Consultants?

I started out as an intern 2.5 years ago. I had had a few other interviews and Pete and Adam were the last ones I spoke to. I remember Pete said they were not perfect and didn’t know everything in Business and Marketing by the book. He told me they would give me opportunities to come up with ideas, because they wanted to learn from me too and the door would always be open for suggestions and feedback. That’s something you just don’t hear as a student. From my experience, companies don’t take interns seriously which is a real shame. From day one Pete and Adam + team have invested a lot in turning me into the professional I am today.

 

What excites you about the industry’s future?

I’ve been involved with a few women’s projects and I watch what’s happening with the industry from this regard. I’m excited to see predictions of more women joining this sector in the coming years. Currently, only 4% of the UK’s O&G workforce is female… That to me is crazy. I absolutely accept the most important thing is that the job gets done right and on time, but I think women can have an important role to play. Research shows that companies achieve better results employing people with a range of diverse skills and attributes, which is why I think a gender balance is much needed. As Cheryl Sandberg said, “Men still run the world – and I’m not sure it’s going that well.”

 

Name your top 3 things about PC.

My colleagues – I adore the people I work with. We’re like a family. People look strangely at me when I say this but it’s a unique culture. Take the hiring policy – we look for people to fit a puzzle. It’s not always about experience.

Company culture – honesty, integrity and transparency. These are values close to my heart. Every time we do what we do, those are the core values. I don’t have to pretend to be someone else. We practise what we preach. It’s a young and edgy company. Not your stereotypical recruitment company.

The responsibility and freedom to do my job – I worked here at first when I was in university, and had a lot of opportunities and learned a lot. Now at 22 I have responsibilities I never imagined I’d have at this age but my superiors trust me to execute my own ideas and it stimulates me. It makes us all work harder, because the success of the company is something we all strive for.

 

What would your colleagues say are your best and most annoying habits?

Best: I’m very tenacious and believe anything is possible as long as you work hard enough.

Worst – my Dutch directness – I can come across blunt and intimidating at times in-office. It’s probably not ideal in a leadership position but I’m responsible for many things directly related to efficiency. I will always critically evaluate every idea. It doesn’t matter if it’s mine, Adam’s or Pete’s. I will always give you my honest opinion. We think of the company first – not who is right. The guys know this, which is probably why I’m still employed!