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Life At Novus /

Our Benefits /

  • Security
  • Feeling of belonging to the team
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Family values
  • CSR programme
  • Competitive salaries

Voluntary opt-in packages to choose from:

  • Bupa care
  • Holiday buy and sell scheme
  • Health care benefit plan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Discount voucher initiative (including gym membership, care hire, attractions, holidays and kids pass)
  • Flexible working

Reward & Recognition /

Recognising your success is such an important part of The Novus culture. Not only does it provide motivation and reinforcement, it allows best practice to be shared as well as creating an ambitious and aspirational environment.
We believe in recognising each and every one of our employees and we reward those for delivering excellent service. Each year we have a number of award ceremonies which are specifically to reward Novus employees. These are:

  • Excellence awards
  • Valued service awards
  • Additional holidays gained for length of service
  • Regional social events

Employee Involvement - Supporting Good Causes /

Employee Involvement and being a responsible business is a daily part of working for Novus. As a business we want to involve our staff in supporting the communities we work across whether that is through volunteering on a community projects or raising money for a good cause.

Our Changing Lives campaign is our internal charity programme which aims to make a positive contribution to improving peoples’ lives by providing opportunities for employment, skills development and holding community projects to tackle a local issues. Since we launched this campaign in 2015 Novus employees have taken part in over 500 projects, helped change over 20,000 lives and donated over £100,000 to good causes. To view hundreds of case studies on how our employees have helped change all of these lives visit our web page: www.novussolutions.co.uk/changinglives

The feedback from our employees who take part in charitable activities is that they not only enjoy taking part, but they also feel very proud to have made a difference whether that be to a vulnerable individual or through improving facilities for a community.

Our People /

  • Gemma Coulson
    Operative
    Gemma Coulson - Operative
    What do you do at Novus?
    Painting and decorating.
     
    Where do you work?
    Mostly site based - travel out occasionally. 
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Working somewhere new for each project and meeting a variety of new people.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Depends on the job.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Relaxing with friends, playing video games and roller skating.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Spiders!!
  • Randolph Simpson
    Operative
    Randolph Simpson - Operative
    What do you do at Novus?
    Painting and decorating.
     
    Where do you work?
    Site based.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Clients, colleagues and residents.
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Meeting new people.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  
    Football, badminton, tennis and table tennis.
     
  • Steve Lincoln
    Quantity Surveyor
    Steve Lincoln - Quantity Surveyor
    What do you do at Novus?
    Quantity Surveyor.

    Where do you work?
    I work at the York office and spend about an 80/20 split of my time between the office and on site. The amount I travel is very much dependant on where the work is in our region but I can usually get to most places in within a couple of hours.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    My favourite part of working at Novus is the camaraderie in the office, we all work as a team helping and supporting each other. We spend the majority of our time at work so having a good set of people you get along with is a vital part of it. Another big part of what I enjoy about working at Novus are the opportunities to take part in both charitable and community events, as I feel it’s good to be able to “give something back”.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    I work closely with all the team at York office, I meet with clients regularly and over the years have built up good relationships with many long-term clients who trust and rely on Novus.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I play squash and badminton regularly and snowboard when I can. I also enjoy seeing live bands and going to a couple of music festivals each year.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    People causing traffic queues due to “rubbernecking” when passing accidents on the other side of the motorway! 
  • Mike Philo
    HR Business Partner
    Mike Philo - HR Business Partner
    What do you do at Novus?
    HR Business Partner

    Where do you work?
    Head Office.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    My work colleagues.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Travel and socialising.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Cycle lanes!!!
  • Michelle Long
    Operational Support Manager
    Michelle Long - Operational Support Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    Operational Support Manager

    Where do you work?
    Scotland, Bathgate Office – occasionally travel to other offices.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The staff, everyone is very helpful and approachable throughout all levels of the business. The employee benefits are also a great bonus.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Colleagues and Clients.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work, I enjoy going to fitness classes and spending quality time with my family & friends.

    What’s your biggest life lesson?
    “You never lose, you win or learn” 
  • Mark Rapley
    Regional Manager
    Mark Rapley - Regional Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    Regional Manager for the North East of England.
     
    Where do you work?
    Primarily I am office based and work from the Gateshead office but do travel to support the business in other tasks as required. However, this is not something that every Operations Manager does.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people I work with are great and the company does look after good honest hardworking employees.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Mostly colleagues and clients.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I am involved with coaching an under 11s rugby union squad of 30 members at a local professional rugby club. It’s a great pleasure to see the kids grow in their ability, discipline and it gives them a lot of respect for others. It’s just like a big family.

    Tell us a secret about you?
    I once was a choir boy for the church.
  • Laura Brown
    Quality Assurance & Environmental Manager
    Laura Brown - Quality Assurance & Environmental Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    I am the Quality and Environmental Manager for Novus Property Solutions. This involves managing various aspects of the business and legal compliance.

    Where do you work?
    I work onsite and within office locations, I do travel for my role.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people I work with are fantastic.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work? 
    I mostly come into contact with colleagues and I also liaise with external certification bodies and auditors.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family and I also enjoy exercising.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Mushrooms and wasps!
  • Chris Lear
    Quantity Surveyor
    Chris Lear - Quantity Surveyor
    What do you do at Novus?
    Quantity Surveyor - i quote various types of work and have overall financial responsibility of contracts including management on occasions of operatives delivering the work.
     
    Where do you work?
    Currently working in Birmingham and generally based in the office except on occasions where a tender requires a site visit for quotation purposes or agreeing and validating variations.
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Working as a team.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Generally day-to-day I will deal with clients and colleagues specific to each contract. On occasions I will deal with residents to understand there needs to enable a quotation to be adapted accordingly and presented to the client for approval.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work I enjoy weekends away in my caravan with the family and occasionally enjoy fishing with colleagues.

    What’s your biggest life lesson?
    Having children.
  • Gemma Coulson - Operative
    What do you do at Novus?
    Painting and decorating.
     
    Where do you work?
    Mostly site based - travel out occasionally. 
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Working somewhere new for each project and meeting a variety of new people.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Depends on the job.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Relaxing with friends, playing video games and roller skating.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Spiders!!
  • Randolph Simpson - Operative
    What do you do at Novus?
    Painting and decorating.
     
    Where do you work?
    Site based.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Clients, colleagues and residents.
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Meeting new people.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  
    Football, badminton, tennis and table tennis.
     
  • Steve Lincoln - Quantity Surveyor
    What do you do at Novus?
    Quantity Surveyor.

    Where do you work?
    I work at the York office and spend about an 80/20 split of my time between the office and on site. The amount I travel is very much dependant on where the work is in our region but I can usually get to most places in within a couple of hours.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    My favourite part of working at Novus is the camaraderie in the office, we all work as a team helping and supporting each other. We spend the majority of our time at work so having a good set of people you get along with is a vital part of it. Another big part of what I enjoy about working at Novus are the opportunities to take part in both charitable and community events, as I feel it’s good to be able to “give something back”.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    I work closely with all the team at York office, I meet with clients regularly and over the years have built up good relationships with many long-term clients who trust and rely on Novus.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I play squash and badminton regularly and snowboard when I can. I also enjoy seeing live bands and going to a couple of music festivals each year.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    People causing traffic queues due to “rubbernecking” when passing accidents on the other side of the motorway! 
  • Mike Philo - HR Business Partner
    What do you do at Novus?
    HR Business Partner

    Where do you work?
    Head Office.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    My work colleagues.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Travel and socialising.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Cycle lanes!!!
  • Michelle Long - Operational Support Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    Operational Support Manager

    Where do you work?
    Scotland, Bathgate Office – occasionally travel to other offices.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The staff, everyone is very helpful and approachable throughout all levels of the business. The employee benefits are also a great bonus.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Colleagues and Clients.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work, I enjoy going to fitness classes and spending quality time with my family & friends.

    What’s your biggest life lesson?
    “You never lose, you win or learn” 
  • Mark Rapley - Regional Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    Regional Manager for the North East of England.
     
    Where do you work?
    Primarily I am office based and work from the Gateshead office but do travel to support the business in other tasks as required. However, this is not something that every Operations Manager does.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people I work with are great and the company does look after good honest hardworking employees.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Mostly colleagues and clients.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I am involved with coaching an under 11s rugby union squad of 30 members at a local professional rugby club. It’s a great pleasure to see the kids grow in their ability, discipline and it gives them a lot of respect for others. It’s just like a big family.

    Tell us a secret about you?
    I once was a choir boy for the church.
  • Laura Brown - Quality Assurance & Environmental Manager
    What do you do at Novus?
    I am the Quality and Environmental Manager for Novus Property Solutions. This involves managing various aspects of the business and legal compliance.

    Where do you work?
    I work onsite and within office locations, I do travel for my role.

    What is your favourite part about working here?
    The people I work with are fantastic.

    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work? 
    I mostly come into contact with colleagues and I also liaise with external certification bodies and auditors.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family and I also enjoy exercising.

    What would you put in your room 101?
    Mushrooms and wasps!
  • Chris Lear - Quantity Surveyor
    What do you do at Novus?
    Quantity Surveyor - i quote various types of work and have overall financial responsibility of contracts including management on occasions of operatives delivering the work.
     
    Where do you work?
    Currently working in Birmingham and generally based in the office except on occasions where a tender requires a site visit for quotation purposes or agreeing and validating variations.
     
    What is your favourite part about working here?
    Working as a team.
     
    Who do you most commonly come into contact with at work?
    Generally day-to-day I will deal with clients and colleagues specific to each contract. On occasions I will deal with residents to understand there needs to enable a quotation to be adapted accordingly and presented to the client for approval.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work I enjoy weekends away in my caravan with the family and occasionally enjoy fishing with colleagues.

    What’s your biggest life lesson?
    Having children.