CRANBERRY PANDA

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The eCommerce Recruitment Agency

Creating happiness for our clients, candidates, and consultants. We’re a multi award-winning eCommerce & Digital recruitment agency with a passion for online retail.

We have worked with recognisable names such as the likes of Jo Malone, SellerX, Monsoon, Ocado, One Retail Group, Reload and many more!

Specialisms

Digital & Marketing

Design & Content

eCommerce

Web & Data Analytics

Product Management

What does our business stand for?

At Cranberry Panda, our team of paw-fessionals live and breathe eCommerce and Digital. With our industry being ever so popular, it is crucial that we source the pawfect candidate for the role, and our experts have extensive industry knowledge to do so. We work with many well-known brands and have access to incredible positions.

Our office

Perks and Culture

At Cranberry Panda we understand the importance of company culture and delivering incentives that are both attractive and rewarding. 

Flex-Friday

Flexi Friday means that our team have the autonomy to choose whether or not they work on Fridays. That’s a potential extra 52 days off per year! 

Quarterly Bonus

 

Team Leaders receive team overrides which are paid quarterly.

 

Data Driven

We pride ourselves on having realistic targets and goals that are genuinely achievable. This being said, we make decisions based on data, not old school KPIs. 

Health & Wellness

We offer a fantastic healthcare benefit through Vitality which provides private health cover, and the ability to earn points for other benefits through exercise.

Top Biller

The top 5 billers in the company get to go on an all-expense paid holiday! Las Vegas and Mexico have been incredible but where to next?

 

Progression Plan

Our progression plan is very transparent. Clear career pathways for all positions within the company, running from Trainee to Director level.. 

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Financial Benefits

Learning

Socials 

Health

Time Off

Mental Health

Child Care

Management

Flexible Work

Inclusion & Diversity

Office

Business Support

Commuter Benefits

Financial Benefits

We’ll confidently claim it… we have one of the best commission structures! Team Leader overrides, Senior Management LTIPS (Long Term Incentive Plans), and Deal Wheel (spin the wheel every time you do a deal and could win up to £100 vouchers, Directors lunch, half day and more.)

Quarterly Bonus

Team Leaders receive team overrides which are paid quarterly 

Pension Scheme

Visible Commission Structure

Learning & Development

We are passionate about L&D at all levels in the company. We are ambitious and want to continually learn to support the company and personal development of all staff members. We have integrated programs at all levels of your career pathways.

Clear Progression Plan

Our progression plan is very transparent. Clear career pathways for all positions within the company, running from Trainee to Director level.

External Expert Training

We have partnered with external L&D experts that deliver bespoke programmes including Leadership and Mentoring for Senior Management.

Personal Development Budget

Dedicated L&D Team

Structured Entry-level Training

We offer an incredible 12-week training programme that is delivered by the Senior Management Team.

Lunch and Learn

Twice a month we take part in a ‘Lunch and Learn’ activity where our teams enjoy a lunch on us whilst learning about important topics, both inside and outside of work. An internal member of staff or external individual usually presents these topics.

Socials & Incentives

Our Employees have the opportunity to go on quarterly Lunch Clubs, Euro Clubs and World Club (Ibiza, Portugal and Las Vegas to name a few). We also have a Sales Kick Off, H2 Kick Off and Team days out.

Top Biller Incentive

The top 5 billers in the company get to go on an all-expense paid holiday! Las Vegas and Mexico have been incredible but where to next?

Quarterly Social

We regularly have fun days out as a team. To name a few activities, we’ve done Thorpe Park, Top Golf & water sports.

Christmas Party

The Cranberry Panda Christmas Party is always eagerly anticipated. We seem to outdo ourselves year on year. Roll on December where we are heading to Winter Wonderland!

Company Wide Trips

Our team enjoy incentivised holidays that we call ‘Euros’ and ‘World Club’. We’ve been to Vegas, Cancun, Marbella, Ibiza, etc.

Breakfast & Lunch Clubs

One of the many ways that we celebrate our High Achievers is with quarterly Lunch Clubs. Most recently we enjoyed a swanky lunch and a lot of Champagne at the Chef’s Table at Gordan Ramsay’s Restaurant.

Health & Wellness

We offer a fantastic healthcare benefit through Vitality which provides private health cover, as well as confidential mental health support, free private GP appointments and the ability to earn points for other benefits through exercise.

Vision Insurance

Claim backs are available through Vitality and Medicash.

Gym Membership

Half price gym memberships are available through Vitality. Medicash also offer a variety of discounted memberships.

Private Health Insurance

Our team’s wellness is important to us so everyone who has passed probation is enrolled on both Vitality and Medicash. These cover a number of benefits across medical, dental, optical as well as some fun perks like spa stays, cinema and coffees.

Personal Well-being budget

Our Vitality scheme gives our staff the ability to build credits which can be used in a variety of ways, including confidential mental health support, physiotherapy, video GP consultants and can claim back dental, optical or audiological expenses.

Dental Insurance

Time Off

Hybrid working model with Flexi-Fridays – if you’re on target then take Friday’s off. We offer our employees that have a year or more service with us the chance to work remotely anywhere within a three hour time zone for a month. One month Paternity fully paid and six months Maternity fully paid after two years’ service.  One day per year added to your annual leave allowance up to a total of 30 days.

Paid Charity Day

Closed Christmas and New Year

Sabbatical

Pension Scheme

4-Day Week

‘Flexi Friday’ means that our team have the autonomy to choose whether or not they work on Fridays. That’s a potential extra 52 days off per year! 🙌

Starting Annual Leave Allowance

31

Mental Health Support

We are fully committed to the physical and emotional well-being of every staff member at Cranberry Panda. Through Vitality Private Healthcare, you are able to book CBT and counselling through self-referral, F2F mental health therapy, healthy mind subscription as well as booking online GP appointments and physio sessions.

Mental Well-being Events

We like to get involved with physical and mental wellbeing events to raise money for great causes. Over the next year we will be taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge, and we will double all money raised. Our wellbeing catch ups are popular with consultants as they are able to have a regular, confidential one-to-one with a member of our HR team. This provides a safe space for our team to discuss anything they need.

Mental Well-being Budget

As part of our tech stack offering, our consultants are able to collect points on Cube19 and through Vitality private health care to track mental health progress and highlight areas of improvement.

Wellness Room

Whether you’re a nursing mother, need to pray or looking to meditate, you can rely on this lockable, serene room.

Child Care & Parental Leave

At Cranberry Panda we understand that having a healthy, happy work-life balance is extremely important and that’s why we offer six months fully paid maternity cover and one month paternity cover fully paid!

Parental Leave

ONE month FULLY PAID after two years service.

Mother's Room

A designated, private, lockable and comfortable space for new mothers – complete with a refrigerator and sink for your convenience.

Return to Work Program

After an extended career break, we support each person individually to help reignite your career and ensure a smooth transition at your own pace.

Maternity Leave

SIX months FULLY PAID after two years service.

Child Care Benefits

We have childcare benefits in place that allows staff to save significant amounts of money in childcare costs whilst keeping children at their choice of nursery. Integrating straight into our payroll system, your savings will come through as a salary sacrifice.

Management Style

At Cranberry Panda we have a very supportive, encouraging and data-driven management style; recognising everyone as an individual. With personal development plans, mentoring, world-class technology and an autonomous working environment, we know we can make you the best recruiter you can be.

Autonomous Environment

We believe in empowering great people to deliver their roles with the freedom needed.

Company Strategy Days

Here’s a little snippet of our most recent company updates for the wider business.

Data Driven

We pride ourselves on having realistic targets and goals that are genuinely achievable. This being said, we make decisions based on data, not old school KPIs. We utilise Cube19 to track ratios and numbers.

Quarterly Performance Review

Annual Performance Review

Flexible Working

Hybrid working – two days in the office and three working from home. If you hit your target by Thursday, you get Friday off!

Flexible Working Opportunities

We offer work from home and remote working opportunities. Generally, our team work 3 days at home and 2 in the office, however many of our consultants prefer to work from the office full time. We will leave that choice with you!

WFH Policy

Generally, our team work from home three days per week.

Inclusion & Diversity

Unconscious Bias Practices

Academy days – during our academy hiring days, our senior managers do not have access to personal information to remove risk of initial bias. Everyone at Ascent Group is hired on ability, not experience, which means we do not discriminate against those with or without further education or mass amounts of experience.

Video pitches – we find video pitching extremely effective when trying to create a memorable and comfortable experience for candidates. Some candidates react better when speaking to a friendly face, rather than an intimidating or unexpected phone call.

Personality styles – every new starter receives a personality quiz before their start date, which allows us to understand ideal working styles and practices. This also helps our senior management team to establish the right management techniques when training.

Transparent Equal Pay Policy

In simple terms, thanks to our transparent equal pay policy, our consultants have a clear understanding of salary banding per job title and a clear progression pathway. We are open about our compensation which means that you will be paid fairly and equally, regardless of gender or length of service.

Mother's Room

A designated, private, lockable and comfortable space for new mothers – complete with a refrigerator and sink for your convenience.

Wellness Room

Whether you’re a nursing mother, need to pray or looking to meditate, you can rely on this lockable, serene room.

Wheelchair Access

Office Environment

WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies grow together. At this convenient address, discover floors of co-working and private offices that cater to needs you didn’t even know you had. Situated four minutes from Edgware Road station and five minutes from Paddington station, Merchant Square is a spectacular 262,000 sq. ft Grade A office building.

Drinks Fridge

Co-working Space

Meeting Rooms

Showers

Breakout Areas

Phone Pods

Dog friendly

Beer & Wine on Tap

Outdoor Space

Free Snacks

No Dress Code

Office Music

Barista

Business Support

Internal Recruitment Team

We have a dedicated Internal Talent Team that ensures your experience from start to finish with Cranberry Panda is as positive as possible. If you are interested in having an initial conversation, contact Grainne (abetter2023@ascent-group.co.uk)

Finance & HR

We have an outsourced online HR platform and run a live payroll system.

Marketing Team

Our Internal Marketing Team are specialists who produce digital content that matches the professionalism, energy and innovation of our consultants’ own development efforts. They have already been short listed for an Innovation award.

Commuter Benefits

Bike Storage

Cycle Scheme

Transparent Equal Pay Policy

Our People

Curtis Bailey

Business Development Director

Shayne Simpson

Group Managing Director

Yasha Mirsamadi

Director

Jonathan Hall

Founder/Advisor

Mary Haddad

Manager

Laura McManus

Managing Consultant

Rosy Hastrop

Principal Consultant

Grainne Simpson

Head of Professional Services

Madeline Paddock

Marketing Lead

Mikey Smith

Brand Developer

Chris Cox

SEO Manager

Recruitment Focus

Reviews

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Career Growth Handbook

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Client Case Study

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Salary Insights

Each year we produce an in-depth Salary Survey which gives a clear insight into the market conditions, of which has greatly benefited clients and candidates. Thanks to the close liaison we have established with premium clients, we have been entrusted to deliver an accurate picture of overall market sentiment and salary changes throughout the year. 

Socials

Our Employees have the opportunity to go on quarterly Lunch Clubs, Euro Clubs and World Club (Ibiza, Portugal and Las Vegas to name a few). We also have a Sales Kick Off, H2 Kick Off and Team days out.

Quality Branding

Branding is key to sending across a message and capturing the audience’s attention. At Cranberry Panda we have created various collaterals that best expresses who we are – see below examples:

Hot Job

Recommendation

Cranberry Towers

Cranberry Panda is based in a co-working space with a number of great coffee places and bars close-by. There are also numerous pop-ups throughout the area, meaning you are always spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch time haunts!

Our Tech Stack

Charities We Support

Mind
PDSA
Cancer Research
Great Ormand St Hospital
British Heart Foundation
Help for Heroes

JOBS

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Paddington, Greater London

Manager – Contract Division

Paddington, Greater London

Financial Benefits

We’ll confidently claim it… we have one of the best commission structures! Team Leader overrides, Senior Management LTIPS (Long Term Incentive Plans), and Deal Wheel (Spin the wheel every time you do a deal and could win up to £100 vouchers, Directors lunch, half day and more.)

Quarterly Bonus

Team Leaders receive team overrides which are paid quarterly.

Pension Scheme

Visible Commission Structure

Learning & Development

We are passionate about L&D at all levels in the company. We are ambitious and want to continually learn to support the company and personal development of all staff members. We have integrated programs at all levels of you career pathways.

Lunch and Learn

Clear Progression Plan

Our progression plan is very transparent. Clear career pathways for all positions within the company, running from Trainee to Director level.

External Expert Training

We have partnered with external L&D experts that deliver bespoke programmes including Leadership and Mentoring for Senior Management.

Structured Entry-level Training

We offer an incredible 12-week training programme that is delivered by the Senior Management Team.

Personal Development Budget

Dedicated L&D Team

Socials & Incentives

Our Employees have the opportunity to go on quarterly Lunch Clubs, Euro Clubs and World club (Ibiza, Portugal and Las Vegas to name a few). We also have a Sales Kick off, H2 Kick off and Team days out.

Top Biller Incentive

The top 5 billers in the company get to go on an all-expense paid holiday! Las Vegas and Mexico have been incredible but where to next?

Quarterly Social

We regularly have fun days out as a team. To name a few activities, we’ve done Thorpe Park, Top Golf & water sports.

Christmas party

The Cranberry Panda Christmas Party is always eagerly anticipated. We seem to outdo ourselves year on year. Roll on December where we are heading to Winter Wonderland!

Company Wide Trips

Our team enjoy incentivised holidays that we call ‘Euros’ and ‘World Club’. We’ve been to Vegas, Cancun, Marbella, Ibiza, etc.

Breakfast & Lunch Clubs

One of the many ways that we celebrate our ‘High Achievers’ is with quarterly ‘Lunch Clubs’. Most recently we enjoyed a swanky lunch and a lot of champagne at the chefs table at Gordan Ramseys Restaurant.

Health & Wellness

We offer a fantastic healthcare benefit through Vitality which provides private health cover, as well as confidential mental health support, free private GP appointments and the ability to earn points for other benefits through exercise.

Vision Insurance

Claim backs are available through Vitality and Medicash

Gym Membership

Half price gym memberships are available through Vitality. Medicash also offer a variety of discounted memberships.

Dental Insurance

Personal Wellbeing budget

Our Vitality scheme gives our staff the ability to build credits which can be used in a variety of ways, including confidential mental health support, physiotherapy, video GP consultants and can claim back dental, optical or audiological expenses.

Private Health Insurance

Our team’s wellness is important to us so everyone on who has passed probation is enrolled on both Vitality and Medicash. These cover a number of benefits across medical, dental, optical as well as some fun perks like spa stays, cinema and coffees.

Time Off

Hybrid working model with Flexi-Fridays – if you’re on target then take Friday’s off. We offer our employees that have a year or more service with us the chance to work remotely anywhere within a three hour time zone for a month. One month Paternity fully paid and six months Maternity fully paid after two years’ service.  One day per year added to your annual leave allowance up to a total of 30 days.

Paid Volunteer Time Off

Closed Xmas and New Year

Sabbatical

4-Day a Week

‘Flexi Friday’ means that our team have the autonomy to choose whether or not they work on Fridays. That’s a potential extra 52 days off per year! 🙌

Starting Annual Leave Allowance

31

Mental Health Support

We are fully committed to the physical and emotional well being of every staff member at Cranberry Panda. Through Vitality Private Healthcare you are able to book CBT and counselling through self-referral, F2F mental health therapy, Healthy mind subscription as well as booking online GP appointments and Physio sessions.

Mental Wellbeing Events

We like to get involved with physical and mental wellbeing events to raise money for great causes. Over the next year we will be taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge, and we will double all money raised. Our wellbeing catch ups are popular with consultants as they are able to have a regular, confidential one-to-one with a member of our HR team. This provides a safe space for our team to discuss anything they need.

Wellness room

whether you’re a nursing mother, need to pray or looking to meditate, you can rely on this lockable, serene room.

Mental Wellbeing Budget

As part of our tech stack offering, our consultants are able to collect points on Cube19 and through Vitality private health care to track mental health progress and highlight areas of improvement.

Child Care & Parental Leave

At Cranberry Panda we understand that having a healthy, happy work life balance is extremely important and that’s why we offer 6 months fully paid maternity cover and 1 month paternity cover fully paid!

Parental Leave

ONE month FULLY PAID after two years service

Return to Work Program

After an extended career break, we support each person individually to help reignite your career and ensure a smooth transition at your own pace.

Child Care Benefits

We have childcare benefits in place that allows staff to save significant amounts of money in childcare costs whilst keeping children at their choice of nursery. Integrating straight into our payroll system, your savings will come through as a salary sacrifice.

Maternity Leave

SIX months FULLY PAID after two years service

Mothers room

A designated, private, lockable and comfortable space for new mothers – complete with a refrigerator and sink for your convenience.

Management Style

At Cranberry Panda we have a very supportive, encouraging and data driven management style; recognising everyone as an individual. With Personal development plans, mentoring, world-class technology and an autonomous working environment we know we can make you the best recruiter you can be.

Autonomous Environment

We believe in empowering great people to deliver their roles with the freedom needed.

Company Strategy Days

Here’s a little snippet of our most recent company updates for the wider business.

Data Driven

We pride ourselves on having realistic targets and goals that are genuinely achievable. This being said, we make decisions based on data, not old school KPIs. We utilise Cube19 to track ratios and numbers.

Quarterly Performance Review

Annual Performance Review

Flexible Working

    Hybrid working – two days in the office and three days working from home. If you hit your target by Thursday, you        get Friday off! 

Flexible Working Opportunities

We offer work from home and remote working opportunities. Generally, our team work 3 days at home and 2 in the office, however many of our consultants prefer to work from the office full time. We will leave that choice with you!

WFH Policy

Generally, our team work from home 2 days per week.

Inclusion & Diversity

Unconscious Bias Practices

Academy days – during our academy hiring days, our senior managers do not have access to personal information to remove risk of initial bias. Everyone at Ascent Group is hired on ability, not experience, which means we do not discriminate against those with or without further education or mass amounts of experience.

Video pitches – we find video pitching extremely effective when trying to create a memorable and comfortable experience for candidates. Some candidates react better when speaking to a friendly face, rather than an intimidating or unexpected phone call.

Personality styles – every new starter receives a personality quiz before their start date, which allows us to understand ideal working styles and practices. This also helps our senior management team to establish the right management techniques when training.

Wellness room

whether you’re a nursing mother, need to pray or looking to meditate, you can rely on this lockable, serene room.

Transparent Equal Pay Policy

In simple terms, thanks to our transparent equal pay policy, our consultants have a clear understanding of salary banding per job title and a clear progression pathway. We are open about our compensation which means that you will be paid fairly and equally, regardless of gender or length of service.

Mothers room

A designated, private, lockable and comfortable space for new mothers – complete with a refrigerator and sink for your convenience.

Wheelchair Access

Office Environment

WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies grow together. At this convenient address, discover floors of coworking and private offices that cater to needs you didn’t even know you had. Situated 4 minutes from Edgware Road station and 5 minutes from Paddington station, Merchant Square is a spectacular 262,00 sq ft Grade A office building.

Drinks Fridge

Co-working Space

Meeting Rooms

Showers

Breakout Areas

Phone Pods

Beer Tap

Beer & Wine on Tap

Outdoor Space

Free Snacks

No Dress Code

Office Music

Barista

Dog Friendly

Business Support

Internal Recruitment Team

We have a dedicated Internal Talent Team that ensures your experience from start to finish with Cranberry Panda is as positive as possible. If you are interested in having an initial conversation, contact Grainne (abetter2022@ascent-group.co.uk)

Finance & HR

We have an outsourced online HR platform and run a live payroll system.

Marketing Team

Our Internal Marketing Team are specialists who produce digital content that matches the professionalism, energy and innovation of our consultants’ own development efforts. They have already been short listed for an Innovation award.

Commuter Benefits

Bike Storage

Cycle Scheme

Grainne Simpson

Mobile: 07912 865053

Work: 01908 766158

abetter2023@ascent-group.co.uk

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