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July 28, 2021

Meet the team: Francesca Scantlebury, Senior Talent Manager

1. What is your role and what does a typical day look like?

I’m Senior Talent Manager here for technical recruiting and as I’m in the hiring team, people drive my day and because of this, every day is different! I am also lucky enough to be able to work on a number of initiatives at any one time, from assessing the hiring needs of the business to driving Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, to contributing to wider People operations programs. 

One thing I particularly enjoy on a typical day is being able to work with a variety of teams across the business, from Legal to Engineering, meaning I get to know a large number of people and find out more about the interesting work they're doing. 


2. Why did you choose Cutover?

I chose Cutover because I loved the people and culture immediately throughout the interview process. Unlike many fast-growing startups, I felt Cutover was taking a more measured and calm approach to the company's next steps in their journey and really focusing on what can make their people great at what they do. Concentrating on mental health and wellbeing and learning and development initiatives are not necessarily first on the list after many companies go through their Series A and B funding rounds but with Cutover I felt they were really taking action and not simply talking the talk. 

I also really appreciated the problem that Cutover is trying to solve. Everyone has experienced the pain of communication breakdowns and multiple tools actually slowing you down as every team member uses something different, so when I heard about the product I knew I wanted to be a part of a team making it happen. 


3. How was your remote onboarding experience?

This is the first time I've onboarded remotely at a company so I wasn't sure what to expect but in the end, I almost preferred it to onboarding in person! I felt more prepared than usual as my equipment and swag arrived in time for my start date and my onboarding buddy also got in touch before I joined which was really nice.


4. What have been your biggest challenges so far?

On the flip side of joining remotely, I would say my biggest challenge has been getting to know the company and people while working entirely from home. However, this has been made easier by the fact that everyone has been so welcoming and over-communicative, making this challenge a lot easier to overcome! From fun quarterly kick-off events to weekly update meetings with the whole company, feeling like a part of the team did not take long!


5. What are you most looking forward to working on?

We are partnering with a company called Envision Inclusion whose mission is to help startups that want to embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into their DNA. They're a passionate team and their knowledge and experience will aid us in our recruiting and hiring processes, helping to give a fair and positive hiring experience for all. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with them closely and encourage conversations, training, and long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion at Cutover. 


Resilience is important from both an operational and personal perspective. What does resilience mean to you?

To me, resilience means being able to bounce back in times of adversity. It doesn't mean you won't still experience stress or setbacks, but it does ensure you have the tools in place to be able to overcome these difficulties. As our workflows become more complicated, and many businesses transition to a hybrid situation of working from home/office, building resilience into their operations I think is so important as I feel there’s more potential room for error than ever. Having Cutover as a key tool to rely on for operational resilience will mean teams can move forward with confidence, and I look forward to more and more companies experiencing the product over the next year and beyond. 


We’re always looking for the right people to grow our committed, passionate team - so why not get to know us a bit better, find out what makes us happy to be a part of Cutover, and search for available opportunities?

Francesca Scantlebury
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