As Peter Kenworthy enters his second year as an Associate Consultant at Silver Cloud HR, discover what the role entails and what motivates him.
Can you briefly describe your journey into HR tech?
Surprisingly, I started my career as an Agricultural Economist working as a fish farmer in Scotland. I then went on to run a fish farming development project in Tanzania. I returned to UK as a Programme Manager and then moved into HR when the team was redesigned in the development agency I worked for, over 20 years ago. I set up my own HR Consultancy company in 2007 and have been specialising in HRIS implementations over the last 7 years. In October 2017, I joined Silver Cloud HR as an Associate Consultant.
What is your role at Silver Cloud HR?
I specialise in Sage People Recruit implementation, but I have worked with other systems including iTrent and OpenHR. Data migration, system configuration and workflow creation occupy most my time. I use a lot of advanced Excel to manipulate and import data.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your role?
When data is imported without errors and workflow functions exactly as it should!
I also enjoy system training of end users and helping HR teams see the benefit of using the systems they have purchased.
What is your typical daily routine?
A quick walk on the cliffs overlooking the Thames estuary before starting work in my home office. Most days I have a conference call with clients or my Silver Cloud HR colleagues. I also meet clients on site, typically in London. It’s important to take a break. I try to stick to a working pattern of 8.30 – 12.30 then 1.30 – 5pm.
What is the most exciting tech advancement of the last decade?
Talking purely from a business point of view, allowing employees to access and edit their own data through their (smart) phones.
How do you think technology will continue to change?
Hugely, with more targeted help/support through Artificial Intelligence including voice recognition.
What is the best thing about working at Silver Cloud HR?
My Silver Cloud HR colleagues; there’s a real understanding of the importance of work life balance. Although I am an associate consultant rather than an employee, I am still very much part of the team.