Gavin Purvis

How long have you been with FBS Hörmann?

I’ve been working at here for 3 years.

Why did you choose to work at FBS Hörmann and what is your favourite part about working here?

I enjoyed working for a family run industrial company previously and was aware of FBS through them. I had heard good things about FBS and knew they offered development and progression.

What position did you join the company as and what position/job title do you hold now?

I joined as the HR Manager, I am now Head of HR.

Has your role changed since you’ve been here?

My role has changed significantly since I started at FBS. With the growth of the company and the progression of the HR function it has been a great place to work. Recently promoted to Head of HR, my focus will be to streamline processes and continue the work to make FBS-Hormann a great place to work.

What does a normal day look like?

It is safe to say there is no such thing as a normal day working in HR. the job is always varied and very engaging which is what I enjoy.

What skills or attributes do you need to be good at your job?

Diplomatic, impartial, problem solver, empathetic.

What have been your proudest moments at FBS Hörmann?

Assisting the Reactive department with their development to what we have today. When I started at FBS there were 3 coordinators and a manager. Now the department has over 30 office staff.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar role to yours?

To work in an industry where you can experience a wide range of HR to become a true generalist and be prepared to assist in any situation.

How much training have you had access to and what type of training?

Prior to joining FBS I had complete CIPD Level 5. I am now working towards completion of CIPD Level 7 with the aim to become Chartered.

What are your main responsibilities?

To lead the HR function for FBS-Hormann. To date my main focus has been on recruitment and project working, including TUPE transfers and consultations for changes to employee T&C’s.

Do you feel there is opportunity for growth and development within the business?

Since joining FBS-Hormann, I have seen a large proportion of the company benefit from development and progression within the business. I have not been part of a company that offers such great opportunities for development before.

Have you worked on any interesting projects?

Yes, I have worked on 3 TUPE transfers since starting here, and had not experienced this before, which was great for my own knowledge.

How to you unwind after a busy day?

I play rugby for Kesteven Rugby Club, go to the gym or play golf with friends.

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