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Press & Journal – 22nd July 2011 – Your Job Section.

Date posted: 22/07/2011


Name: Alan Golightly


Age: 37


Job Title: Chief Operating Officer at Aberdeen-based oil and gas recruitment specialist Infinity Resources International.


Qualifications: HNC in Business Administration at Aberdeen College


Getting There: After leaving college I spent some time as an assistant accountant with the then Grampian Healthcare. It was through a friend who part-owned a recruitment business that I first became involved in the sector where I’ve developed my career.

I accepted the opportunity to join the company NES as a trainee recruitment consultant. I knew precious little about the work but liked what I heard. Over the subsequent years, I was fortunate enough to progress through the ranks to become operations manager in Aberdeen.

In May this year, the opportunity arose to become chief operating officer with upstream oil and gas specialist Infinity Resources International, and it was too good a chance to overlook.

What the job involves: I have control over all the company operations, looking after the successful delivery of our services to our client portfolio. It means I’m directly engaged on a daily basis with our clients and our team of consultants. There’s also a strategic dimension in terms of taking the business forward. For example, our market is very buoyant at the moment and we’re looking to add significantly to our team to augment our service offering. The business has been operating for five years and to date has had specific focus upon subsea activities; we’re looking to expand that into the topsides and drilling sectors. Central to the role is the responsibility to grow the business.


Best Bits: The autonomy of the role – the ability to shape the future of the business. Plus the fulfilment of delivering a great service to both the client and the prospective recruit. It doesn’t matter if you’re chief operating officer or a trainee consultant; it’s always very satisfying when you put the right person in the right job with the right company.


Worst Bits: There are always challenging days in every job. The trick is how you deal with the challenges-how you turn them into positives.


Claim to Fame: As a former Highland League footballer, with Lossiemouth, and a player in the junior ranks, I guess I’ve assumed some modest football fame in this part of the world.


Advice to Others: Never stop trying. Always look to improve yourself professionally and personally. Listen to advice, even if you don’t always take it. An old football coach of mine had a great line in his team talks: you can have a poor game, but it doesn’t mean you have a quiet one. It’s equally relevant in business; you might not be having the best day in the office but you can still apply yourself.


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