An infectious thirst for knowledge, a proactive attitude and dedication – those are the qualities that have seen graduate buyer Alice Crowley named Murphy's Graduate of the Year for 2016.
Based in Golborne, Alice, 26, has proved herself to be an invaluable member of the procurement team since joining the company. Among her many achievements, Alice has been instrumental in bringing a new corporate travel provider to Murphy, which will make travel booking quicker and easier, and make significant savings for the company.
Alice, who graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in business studies, has made her mark at Murphy, setting up new frameworks for corporate merchandise and traffic management. She was a key member of the graduate team who came up with an innovation called 'Safety As You Glow'. The team's bright idea was to introduce glow in the dark signs on site – a simple but effective scheme to help improve safety. Alice helped the team to look up suppliers, costs and determine what could be ordered, linking it to the tendering process. The proposal won top prize at the annual Graduate Innovation Day and is due to be rolled out across the business.
Alice said: "Thank you to everyone in the procurement team for their support over the last 18 months, but particularly my manager, Jason Chadwick. Jason's really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and given me the confidence to achieve things I never thought I would have done as a graduate. What I like best about Murphy is that you meet so many different people - you can just walk down the corridor, speak to a director and have a chat. People have said to me that their door is always open and they mean it. I'm looking forward to the next phase of my career with Murphy and the challenges that will bring."
Graduate estimator, Imogen Graves, 24, is this year's runner-up.
Currently based in Network Rail's Birmingham offices, Imogen was described by her nominators as professional, focused and motivated, and fantastic to work with. Her positive outlook and can-do attitude means she consistently meets and beats her deadlines, and she brings an organised and methodical approach to her work. Imogen is also keen to expand her knowledge about the business.
Imogen's client focus has shone through during her work with Murphy Utility Connections, and she adopts a collaborative approach in everything she does. Her internal clients have singled her out for praise for the speed and quality of her work, describing her support as 'invaluable'.
Imogen, a civil engineering graduate of the University of Nottingham, said: "We don't say 'well done' to each other often enough but it's lovely to be praised by your colleagues for your work. The people and the atmosphere at Murphy are brilliant, and it's really rewarding to know that people appreciate your efforts!"
Steve Hollingshead congratulated the pair on their achievements. He said: "This is the first time we've had an all-female top two for our Graduate of the Year award, and I'm particularly pleased to see that they're both from our functions. This really does go to show that while we are an engineering and construction company, we also invest in our all of our people wherever they sit in the business. Alice and Imogen are living our 'one Murphy' values and I'm looking forward to seeing how their careers progress in the coming years."