Meet Beate McKenzie, Programme Manager
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I was born and grew up in Germany, where I studied Tourism Economy – completely different to what I am doing now! I always had a teenage dream of moving to the UK, and after my studies I decided to follow it. When I was on a plane over here, the woman I was sat next to said, you either love it or hate it here. Luckily, I loved it and have never looked back!
I have worked in IT and technology marketing since 2004. I also took a career break when I started my family and I became a ‘mumpreneur’, as I founded and ran my own business in direct selling.
When I’m not at work, my main hobby is beekeeping which has always been a family tradition. I love this pastime and I really enjoy giving back to nature and the community.
I joined Clarify nearly 3 years ago starting as a BDM for a European project which needed the use of multiple languages. In 2016 I was onboarded to a German project and the rest is history!
Why did you decide to join Clarify and how would you describe the culture here?
There are many reasons why I decided to join. First, it was a perfect fit as the company has the same values that I identify myself with – doing the right thing, finding opportunities to improve and rolling up my sleeves to support others and get the job done, plus I had relevant experience from a previous role.
Second as I was returning to work after being a full-time mum, I appreciated the opportunity and support that was being given to me. Clarify offers a lot of flexibility around work. Knowing that my boss is a mother of 4 and understands that family comes first makes a huge difference.
And last, the culture. Everyone is so open, friendly and supportive, they really make you feel like you’ve been here forever. And as the business grows this hasn’t changed, it still feels like a family and people are interested in each other.
What is your current position at Clarify?
After working on a programme as a Business Development Manager for a year, I was promoted to Programme Manager.
This role involves looking after our clients and dealing with multiple stakeholders internally and externally. Programme Managers are responsible for the day to day customer program management, team management and development and the overall quality of service and delivery of program results. For me, the most important aspect of the job is working with my team to enable and inspire them to do well.
How would you describe Clarify as an employer?
At Clarify you get rewarded and recognised for a job well done, fairness is really important here.
Development is also a key area in the company, they see people’s potential and work with them to develop to the best of their ability.
The company has a great vision for the future and in the day to day you can really live their values.
How would you describe the people working here?
There’s a mix of everything! We are quite diverse for a small business. I have colleagues from different walks of life and backgrounds, including different countries! Through our recruitment process we sift out the best of the best and you can feel and see that in the office. It is great to surround yourself with people who want to do well for the company and the team and not just for themselves. Our Talent team really support the business in continuing to grow with the right people.
What’s been your favourite moment at Clarify so far?
I don’t think I have one particular moment… but I love the fact that I work for an organisation who gives back. This is very important to me. We do a lot of fundraising as a business for the Clarify Foundation, for example this year, we will be doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. I also love the charity day we have at Christmas as I really feel like I am making a difference.
In regards to a personal moment, when I see my team achieve and do really well it makes me feel so good about my role. For me, it’s a sign that it is working and I am coaching them in the right direction.