EOS IT Solutions

EOS IT Solutions to recruit at Jobs Expo Belfast

We are delighted to announce that EOS IT Solutions will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Belfast on 17 September.

EOS IT Solutions is a leading IT and global video collaboration company. They specialise in innovative IT and video conferencing solutions, which empower businesses and organisations throughout the world. With teams of qualified IT support engineers, EOS IT Solutions offers a fast and reliable service to their clients.

The company constantly keeps up to date with the latest in hardware and software technologies. In addition, they continually train and develop their team. Consequently, EOS IT Solutions can offer businesses the best possible solutions available.

EOS IT Solutions understand that no two businesses are the same. Therefore, they work closely with their clients to understand their business needs. They also ensure that their clients operate in a safe and secure environment. Their popular managed IT service offers businesses a range of effective and efficient IT support packages. These address and support the day-to-day running of a client’s business, while minimising the costs of support.

EOS IT Solutions go beyond traditional IT support with world-class video collaboration solutions. They are a Global and Master partner for Cisco Systems Inc. EOS offers a range of video collaboration products from desktop to boardroom. Not only can they deploy a client’s video collaboration systems into the organisation, they also offer a range of services to compliment a business. These are tailored to a client’s needs and include project management, installations, design, logistics, monitoring, maintenance and repairs.

EOS IT Solutions have their headquarters in Banbridge (UK). In addition, they have operational offices in California, Texas, London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Barcelona, Frankfurt, and Singapore. They have the ability to offer their collaboration services on a worldwide scale. The company works with micro businesses up to enterprise clients with multi-site operations on multiple continents while delivering a superior service every time.


What’s it like to work for Aspira?

Jobs Expo sat down with Clodagh Geary of Aspira to find out what working for the company is like. Aspira will be recruiting at Jobs Expo in Belfast. They are an award-winning Irish company with global reach. Aspira have offices in Dublin and Cork, and offer consultancy and IT services to companies around the world. Their clients include AIB, Coillte, DePuy Synths, EirGrid, ESB and Electric Ireland and Laya Healthcare.

You have offices in Dublin and Cork. Are you recruiting for both?

Aspira have clients all over Ireland, and also in the UK, USA and Europe.  Some of our team work directly on site with clients, while most work from our offices which are based in Dublin and Cork.  We have technical IT and Project Management roles to fill in both locations,  and given our geographic spread of clients we are also interested in hearing from people who may enjoy travel and would like to work in different locations.

Describe a typical day in the office?

A typical day depends on your role.  We try to keep people focused on one project at a time. If you are a software developer, you might spend three to six months focused on designing a system or application and then developing and testing that solution for release to a client.  If you are a project manager, you will be focused on whatever is going on at that stage of the project.  However, if you are working in a general operations role, then you need to multi-task!  You could be meeting clients, writing proposals, attending trade shows, delivering consultancy, reviewing tenders, selecting vendors – you name it! We have a very diverse business environment!  We try to match the roles to people’s preferences – some people love to focus on a single project and get into the zone, whereas others enjoy the variety that comes with multi-tasking.

Other than skills, what are the qualities you look for when hiring new team members?

In addition to qualifications and certifications, we have a set of core competencies that we look for in our people.  These are intelligence, professionalism, work ethic, initiative, attention to detail, ability to communicate and teamwork.  To us, these qualities are more important than experience using a particular set of tools, because smart, committed people will quickly learn new tools. We also like to complement our team with diverse cultures and a clear view of our common company objectives.

What can new hires expect during their first week?

We have an induction programme that takes people through the company’s structure, mission, values, culture and so forth.  Then we assign a mentor to the new hire so that he/she has somebody that they can informally approach with any questions. The mentor takes responsibility for ensuring the new hire is being looked after.  As a project management specialist company, it is important that we live up to our standards. The small things are important – things like ensuring the new hire has their accounts set up in advance, has a desk, and has a laptop. It never ceases to amaze me how some companies leave their new hires hanging around for weeks while they ‘find’ them a laptop or give them email or internet access! We aim to get people to be productive quickly, as the best way to learn and integrate with the team is to take on some real tasks and deliverables.

Is there anything many new hires find challenging when they first start with Aspira?

We are not a hierarchical company.  I think this is great as it means everybody is encouraged to express their opinion and to challenge things. Nobody is ever told “it’s not your place to say that”.  However I know that some people who have joined us, coming from more rigid hierarchical background, have taken a while to ‘get’ this.  Our CEO encourages us to tell him if his ideas are rubbish. Of course, you then need to be prepared to explain why, and ideally have a better idea ready to propose!.

What makes Aspira a great place to work?

Three things – the client focus, the expertise of the team, and the wide range of services.  There is intense focus on identifying and meeting client needs. This makes it a very enjoyable place to work as our clients really appreciate the service we provide, and it makes it a pleasure rather than a chore.  The people working in Aspira are seriously smart, with loads of experience, and the culture encourages sharing of ideas and bouncing questions and theories off each other. This makes it a very engaging and learning experience.  Finally the range of services is huge, so rather than get pigeonholed into a particular narrow role, people have the chance to get involved in lots of different areas.  I think you gain as much experience in one year with Aspira as you would in five years in another multinational.

What about opportunities for advancement?

There’s a lot of emphasis placed upon learning and development, and people are encouraged and supported in gaining professional accreditation and certifications. We are a training company as well! There is also a culture of promoting from within wherever possible.  Because Aspira has been consistently growing, there is a lot of career opportunity for people – not just to become a manager, but also to take on more senior technical roles.  Some companies force people down the managerial route in order to advance their careers, but Aspira has a twin track, covering both managerial and technical roles.

What do you enjoy most about your own job?

Aspira have enabled me to take a broader view of my own skill set. I have previously worked for system integrators and resourcing companies. Because of my skills in that particular area, and the ability for that type of business to be a high revenue earner, I was often left to run that type of division and churn numbers for the rest of the organisation. I am much more involved in every level of the company, and hope that my own input has helped us achieve the growth of the organisation, not just through placing consultants on projects.

Most of us have had at least one interview that didn’t go according to plan. Have you ever messed up a job interview yourself? If so, could you tell us about it?

Once, I was part of a group interview, with two of us being interviewed by a panel.   I noticed my co-interviewer starting to act strangely.  It turned out that years earlier she had been in the army and had worked with one of the interview panel him in the army.  Unfortunately, back then she submitted a complaint that ultimately led to the interviewer being dismissed from the army and turning to civilian life.  When both parties realised who the other was, it was obvious there was not going to be a job offer.  I could not get out of that room fast enough.  Awkward!

Is there anything else you’d like potential recruits to know?

Aspira is a company that treats people with respect, and has a great culture where people work hard and have fun.  There are a lot of people here who have been here since the company set up ten years ago, and they are enjoying the recent plans being made for even larger future growth.  They like the consistent values and culture that we have promoted from day one, being enjoyed by new staff members. The newer approach to aligned objectives, and a gentle introduction to a more structured organisational chart has been received well.

There is a great bonus, working for a training company! Particularly in relation to career development from a technical perspective. Newer recruits are surrounded by some seriously talented technical people, who are happy to share their knowledge. We adapt the same approach with clients, always looking to share and adopt a skills and knowledge transfer approach to our engagements. Having strong partnerships with Microsoft and Dell, and other great technology leaders gives our staff access to a wide arrange of courses and certification opportunities. For the PMs and BAs, we encourage them to follow PMP, CBAP or Prince 2 certifications. Careers don’t stand still at Aspira!





Aspira recruiting at Jobs Expo

We are very pleased to announce that Aspira will be joining Jobs Expo Belfast on 17 September at the Europa Hotel.

Aspira is an Irish company with international impact. From their offices in Dublin and Cork, they offer consultancy and IT services. Their clients include AIB, Coillte, DePuy Synths, EirGrid, ESB and Electric Ireland and Laya Healthcare.

A little bit about what Aspira does

Aspira was established in 2007. They are global Enterprise IT Project Specialists, driving IT empowered solutions and services, with a strategic focus on optimising business performance. They specialise in delivery of services to the financial service, I.T., medical devices and energy sectors.

Aspira offer business management services and consultancy to clients worldwide. They help clients to simplify complex management systems and streamline process workflows. Their expert business analysts ensure clear Scope and Requirements definition, and put a comprehensive change management structure in place, integrating elements of Lean and Six Sigma to provide a solution that fits client needs.

Aspira deploy software worldwide and design and build robust solution architecture with both scalability and performance. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, their developers have particular expertise in performant database design, SharePoint workflows and custom development.

Aspira Enterprise IT Solutions and System Integration offerings have gained the trust of some of the largest enterprise clients worldwide. Innovative technologies include a Cloud Marketplace and flexible Data Analytics.

Aspira deliver a complete set of Enterprise IT services by their highly qualified engineers with expertise in Cloud and Hybrid hosted solutions, hardware architecture and software license management. Their engineers deliver IT services remotely or on-site that add value to client’s businesses thereby reducing costs, increasing competitiveness, removing complexity and increasing efficiencies.

Aspira are approved education providers by both the Project Management Institute (REP®) and the International Institute of Business Analysis (EEP®). This means their training has been audited by the PMI® and the IIBA® and meets their strict quality requirements. Their training focuses on increasing competencies in the application of best practice Project Management Skills and Techniques based on the PMI PMBOK and best practice Business Analysis Skills based on the IIBA BABOK.

Aspira has consistently delivered growth of 40 percent per annum and have won numerous industry awards.

Clear AV

Lisburn’s Clear AV to expand by 60 new jobs

Clear AV is to create 60 new jobs in Northern Ireland. The Lisburn firm installs technology at luxury hotels – mostly in London – and is currently working on around 45 different projects. These projects range in value from £10m to £100m in value, and clients include Claridge’s, the Hilton Hotel Group, W hotel and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. The new staff will triple the company’s workforce of 30.

Clear AV was founded 25 years ago. The company initially installed television aerials, but later expanded their services into contemporary technology. This includes hotel television and room systems controlled by an iPad computer tablet. In addition, Clear AV developed an automated lighting system for Claridge’s.

Clear AV technology developed in collaboration with Apple

Philip Dowds, Clear AV’s managing director said that the company uses technology to create “amazing experiences every day.” These include technology to create dramatic lighting, control temperature, music and immersive theatre systems.

“In the luxury commercial sector we install similar technologically complex projects that are controlled using a simple interface on a customised iPad that we have developed in collaboration with Apple. These devices function differently from a standard iPad and enable users to control every aspect of the room, from TV and audio to climate and access,” he explained.

The 60 new jobs should be created by 2020 as Clear AV expands its client base. The company will also be rebranding, said Dowds.

“We’re a hungry, ambitious and driven team who have been fortunate to work on some of the most prestigious commercial and residential projects in London – especially over the past three years or so. We are renowned for delivering complex, high-end projects on time every time. Our business has evolved in line with our sector and we are currently finalising an exciting re-brand.”