In the latest of our article series exploring more about the people behind the B-Secur brand, we’re talking to new starter Olivia Courtney about her impressions of B-Secur so far, the challenges of her role as Commercial Operations Executive and what she’s working on now and next.

Tell us a little about yourself, Olivia.

"My Name is Olivia Courtney. I am 24 and from Drumbo - which is about a 20 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. I’m a typical outdoor-loving country girl, who when given half a chance will bore anyone close by with countless pictures of my horses and dogs!

"I have just recently graduated from Ulster University with First Class Honours in Business Studies and started my journey with B-Secur in September 2018. A bit loud and chatty, I’m never happier than when I’m interacting with people."

Can you describe what your role involves?

"As a relatively small company in high demand, we need to be commercially organised and ahead of the market, this is where my role lies.

"Although I am based within the commercial team, I liaise with all sections of the company. From event planning to market research, client management and scheduling, my work is diverse but so rewarding.

"It is incredibly easy to become passionate about the company and what we do, so finding the motivation to work hard isn’t exactly a challenge."

You’re one of our most recent new recruits! How did you come into contact with B-Secur, and what helped you make the decision to join?

"I was actually interviewing for another role with a local recruitment agency, when they informed me about an exciting, new position that had just opened up in Belfast. I was a little tentative at first as it wasn’t the job I had originally prepped for.

"However, as soon as they informed me of the job description and of B-Secur as a company, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The agency itself were aware of how rare opportunities with such an innovative company like B-Secur were. It didn’t take me long to share their excitement and I was thrilled to be considered."

Olivia Courtney

How important do you think it is to see more women taking on commercial and technical roles in businesses like ours?

"I think it is extremely important, and I am proud to be working for a tech company who have such a diverse and talented workforce."

"I have never been the type of woman to let gender stereotypes get in my way, be that in a work or personal environment. The B-Secur team supports this mindset, and each of us individually. We are continually encouraged to reach our potential and develop our personal skills."

What are the biggest challenges of your role?

"I think the biggest challenge for me has been adjusting to how quickly the industry as a whole moves forward.

"Two days are never the same at B-Secur, we’re constantly developing and redeveloping new ideas. It’s an amazing journey to be part of and the role is forcing me to challenge my own previously-perceived limits."

What will you be working on over the coming months?

"It is a very dynamic time at B-Secur and within the biometrics industry as a whole, with recent biometric product launches - notably Apple’s incorporation of ECG monitoring in their Apple Watch 4. Commercially, we have never been busier as the demand for our product continues to grow.

"For myself and the rest of my team, this means there is currently a real focus on client retention and new client relations."

What would you say to anyone interested in joining B-Secur?

"To jump at the opportunity! I never thought I would be lucky enough to work for a company like this. The team is like one, big eccentric family. Although we work hard, the fun we have day-to-day and the opportunities we are provided with continues to amaze me."

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