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About Coote O’Grady

Coote O’Grady are legal spend management & legal procurement specialists, providing consultancy and outsourced services to a range of organisations. We service all aspects of legal spend management including law firm panel tenders, spend assessments, strategy design and implementation, eBilling and matter management implementations, as well as ongoing law firm panel / performance management.

Coote O’Grady's Status

Micro Business (0-9 employees) North East Status: Recruiting

  • Small, but perfectly formed Small, but perfectly formed
  • Love what we do Love what we do
  • Growing every day Growing every day
  • Working smart Working smart

Daisy Chain Says

“We're looking for a talented Social Media Manager (10 hours per week) to join the Coote O'Grady team, to be the voice of our company on social and digital media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and take us to the next level. Ideally you'll be a Digital Mums Graduate, but we welcome applications from anyone who can demonstrate they're a social media superstar - especially around our primary platform, LinkedIn. We're a great company to work for (or so our people tell us!), offering complete flexibility around working hours and location, as well as other great perks. See the full job description on our website - www.cooteogrady.com We are also always keen to hear from anyone looking to join us as a Legal Spend Management Consultant / Senior Consultant - we consider people from a range of sectors / professions, and consider all transferable skillsets. Check out our website careers page for more information. We are open to considering all employment backgrounds and are flexible on location & hours.”

Caroline O'Grady's Experience

Caroline is one of the founding partners at Coote O'Grady and a mother to two young children (4 and 2yrs). Caroline, along with all Coote O'Grady staff, operate an open diary policy so the team know when she's working and when she's doing the school run / hairdressers / client calls.

1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?

I am an efficient and hardworking employee but found that despite getting through all of my work, there was always a stigma attached to leaving the office at 5pm to do the nursery pick-up. As the children got older, I found I didn't want to sacrifice being there for the daily special moments - school pick-up, swimming class, dancing class - but didn't want to quit work. Given more and more of my work involved people in various timezones, I began to question why my working day couldn't fit more harmoniously with my family life.

2. How did your career change after having children?

I decided to make a move that allowed me to create a flexible working environment for me, my business partner (a dad to his young son, 3) and anyone else who made the decision to work for us.

3. How do you balance your career with your family?

I put everything into my calendar - I know what I need to achieve and I make sure I get it done, whatever the hour. My children won't be this young forever and no doubt my working patterns will change again in time but there is no need to sacrifice work for family if you have an open-minded flexible employer.

4. How has working for Coote O’Grady enhanced your family/ work life balance?

I can fit in the "nice" parenting moments - not just the annual christmas show, but the weekly swimming and tennis lessons. For example, I schedule my weekly social media catch-up call during my daughter's tennis lesson and I don't need to hide this; it is, in fact, a very efficient use of my time and I encourage all of our staff to do the same. I no longer feel guilty about spending some of my 9-5 with my family.

5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?

It's hard! There is guilt! There are never enough hours in the day. If you can find an employer that doesn't think it's a crime to throw in a wash in between emails, hold onto it! They are unfortunately as rare as gold dust.

6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?

It is challenging, interesting and always varied.

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