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Cian Denvir joined CrimsonXT as a Recruitment Consultant in 2021 and has built an extensive network and presence recruiting in the warehouse automation industry.

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Hi Cian, please introduce yourself.

I’m Cian, I work in the Automation team as a Business Development Manager. I’ve been with CrimsonXT for 2 years. I started off as a Recruitment Consultant and worked my way up to Business Development Manager.


What’s your favourite thing about working for CrimsonXT?

Many many things, but the thing I like most is the opportunity to travel. So, since I’ve been here, I’ve been to Chicago and Atlanta a couple of times.

What I value about working here, is my values really align quite closely to CrimsonXT in the fact that they care about quality relationships – so, giving me a budget to go out to visit my clients in Chicago and Atlanta in the US has really allowed me to prove myself in the industry.


What’s something we might not know about you?

I am the third youngest of 9 kids, so I come from a very big family. I must have hundreds of cousins, second cousins… so from a big pack.


What advice would you give to an aspiring recruiter?

I could give them so much advice, but the best piece of a I could give is don’t rush. Always focus on long-term relationships and long-term business development. Quick wins are great, but you always need to be focusing on prospecting good connections in the industry.

I guess, secondarily, I would also attach yourself to the hip of somebody that does the job well, and learn what kind of characteristics make them good, to try and emulate what they do day-to-day. Your day-to-day will be very different from their day-to-day.

“The best piece of advice I could give is don’t rush. Always focus on long-term relationships and long-term business development.”

How do you like to start your day?

There’s only one way to start your day… coffee! I drink way too much coffee. I’m a very habitual person. So, I always start my day by making my bed, a nice espresso, the dog on your lap, and just chill out before the hectic recruitment day starts.


Tell us a success story from a recent placement.

A client out in Texas that I worked with earlier on this year had been looking for a Project Implementation Manager for 6 months. They’d worked with a couple of other people and hadn’t found anyone. So, we really took the time to find out exactly what it is they were looking for, and that ended up in a short list of 5 candidates, which was whittled down to two final interviews and one person hired. We cut them time-to-hire from 6 months to 28 days.

On a candidate side, a placement I made last year was a Senior Director of Solution Design. The person that we hired was actually based in Ohio and needed to relocate to Atlanta which was a massive step in their career. But, we worked with them on a great package, got them setup really well, and they’ve been there just over a year now. I actually met him last week and he was really thankful for the opportunity.


What makes you a successful recruiter?

I think every good recruiter is hard-working first and foremost. They’re tenacious by nature and I think that’s something that I have in common with a lot of people that do the job, our values. I like to work towards something, and I think the second would probably be being customer-centric and caring. So, not being transactional and actually looking for the long-term development of our relationships with customers. I don’t work with a lot of people, and the people that I do work with, I have quality relationships with.


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

I have received a lot of advice, but the best one that I have received is ‘always be curious”. 10 years ago, I was moving into my A2’s in college. I did 6 months in one school, and I wanted to try a different education experience and try something new. So, I was fortunate that I was able to go to a private school.

I started 6 months into the school year, and I had to restart and change all my A-levels and restart 6 months in the year to get ahead on my grade. So, I think the phrase ‘always be curious, always be learning’ and probably ‘always be open’ is a great quote and piece of advice.


What’s your favourite thing about working in automation recruitment?

To help people. I think a lot of people see a quota-based job, but it’s impacting people’s lives in a meaningful way. Placing someone in a new career and helping them is a really rewarding experience.

In terms of the industry, my dad was in logistics for 20 years, so we always talked about trucks and warehouses and Amazon warehouses. And working, I guess by association, in the industry means I learn so much about robotics and logistics itself. So, it’s interesting to then be able to talk my dad technically, which impresses him.


If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

I’d probably have to go Lewis Hamilton. I’m a massive F1 fan, so I’d love to actually see what goes into a Formula 1 race, from logistics to statistics, to actually doing the race itself.



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