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20 years of Life at Cobalt – celebrating our people

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Article posted by Marcus Davies Bateman on Oct 06, 2021

​It was our 20th birthday on 1st October! So whilst we popped some real-life Champagne corks, we took a moment to celebrate all the great things about Cobalt. It was a chance to reflect on what has made us the successful recruitment firm we are today.

Very honestly, the biggest secret to our success is our people: they have always been at the heart of what we do. We’re proud of who we are and what we stand for. We took a quick look at the cornerstones of Life at Cobalt and how we look after our greatest asset: our people, our Cobaltians!

Cobalt Cares

We’re deeply proud of the culture of caring we have developed. It fosters a genuine passion and commitment from our people and means we all take responsibility for delivering results and making a positive difference to the world around us.

Not to mention, we really do invest in and look after our staff. One of the ways we do that is with a comprehensive perks and benefits programme which focuses on work/life balance and recognises our Cobaltians for their valuable contributions. Some of the benefits we offer include unlimited annual leave, dogs in the office, downtime days, birthday off, mindfulness workshops, a relaxed dress code and a work from home policy. We also have a dedicated Wellbeing Team who organise activities to support our Cobaltian’s mental, emotional, physical and social health.

“The best thing about Cobalt is the collaborative nature in the business and culture of sharing and teamwork. Not every role sits in one neat little box within my own industry sector, and it’s a good feeling to be able to count on colleague’s support and expertise when you need it most.” Chris Sycamore, Managing Consultant

We’re different

Sure, everyone says that. But we genuinely think we are a special business, different to other recruiters. We believe relationships are built on trust, chemistry and expertise and so we truly value them. Our teams across the world consistently said ‘family’ and ‘professional’ were the words they associated most with Cobalt. As a team, we are confident in the value of what we do and how we do it because we know we offer something that can’t be found anywhere else.

We’re proud of our 20-year history, yet we are constantly embracing change

We offer our people flexible careers within a truly specialist business. We operate in some of the best international markets in the world. We know what we are good at and we stick to it. We continue to achieve our market-leading reputation by working with ambitious, passionate and dedicated people in the world of real estate, construction and the broader built environment.

“The ability to become a specialist in your space is something the business fully supports you with and the fact that you get to collaborate with some truly great people along the way is a bonus!” Maria Sinclair, Director

People are at the forefront of everything we do

We always want the best for our people. We trust our colleagues to take responsibility for delivering against mutually agreed goals, in an environment that encourages everyone to strike the right balance between working from home or an office. Our UK business leaves it to individuals to decide what to wear and to manage unlimited annual leave.

“Cobalt provides a progressive, collaborative and consultative culture where we are encouraged to place quality and integrity at the forefront of everything we do. We are pushed to reach our potential whilst also having fun.” Tom Enefer, Associate Director

Working from home is a reality of life

We don’t just pay lip service to working from home. We truly mean it, and our Working from Home Policy reflects that - something our people really value. Cobaltians can choose to be in either our Manchester or London office at least two days a week, one dedicated day with their team and another to suit their schedule. The other days are up to them: office, home or holiday rental.

We also have a flexible remote working option for colleagues who are permanent home workers. Our remote employees are based all over the UK, from the Orkneys to Brighton!

Our backbone is our strength

Recruitment is a team game – and to us all team members are valued equally. That’s why we use the term ‘backbone’ for all those in supporting roles at Cobalt. Whether it be operations and front of house, marcoms, HR, finance, compliance or IT, they are the backbone and supporting foundation of everything we do. No recruiter can be effective without the right people in these functions.

We’ve worked hard over the last 20 years to ensure that people have remained central to our values and how we’ve operated as a business. We’re glad to be the specialist, professional, friendly and fun business we are today – full of talented and warm individuals who are truly experts in their field. As a team, we are proud to deliver quality with integrity in everything that we do, whether for ourselves, our clients or our candidates.

We’re Cobalt to the core.

We’re always looking for talented experts to join our friendly team. Fancy becoming one of the family? We’d love to hear from you. You can read more about working at Cobalt and see our current vacancies here.

Article written by Marcus Davies Bateman, Managing Director.