Meet the team: Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly joined the team here at Ebit back in March 2022, working as a Senior Procurement Analyst. Aidan’s role allows him to offer support and insight to our consultants and clients on areas ranging from spend analysis, supply base reviews, and compliance reporting. He also has responsibility to manage internal analytics, such as client feedback and credit checks.

What do you enjoy most about working for Ebit?

The culture within Ebit is great. From day one everyone was friendly and inviting, which really helped settle the first day nerves, and now it feels like I’ve been here forever. It’s refreshing to work with people who all support each other and want to see each other develop and succeed.

What’s your professional background?

Most of my background consists of working within Corporate Governance, providing analytics and reporting for a large retail company. I had two roles during my time in this department, Senior Expenses Administrator and Corporate Governance Analyst, before moving over to Procurement as a Support Analyst two years ago. Having worked for them for a total of seven years, I started at Ebit in this role which is also allowing me to continue my studies for my CIPS qualification.

How have you adapted to a split between office & home working?

Working from home was a challenge initially, having to adapt to a new working routine and finding the discipline to not get distracted at home. After turning one of our spare rooms into an office, I had a separate space that was solely for work, which really helped with my work/life balance.

With all the technology available, it is great to have the option to work from home when needed, and still be able to work to the same level as in the office. The flexibility is great, especially with my four-month-old son at home, as the better work/life balance means I can spend more time with him during the day and in the evenings.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?

My wife and I had our first child in December, so most of my time is spent finding new ways to keep him entertained! Outside of time with the family, I try to find time to do some writing, listen to one of many podcasts, or have friends over for food and board games.

Do you have a favourite book / podcast? Why is it your favourite?

I have multiple podcasts on the go, so it is hard to choose just one as my favourite. I’m currently listening to WTF with Marc Maron, which has great conversations with great guests. Or for something a little more absurd and light-hearted, there’s Plumbing the Death Star, which is three friends discussing (and trying to answer) various scenarios from Film and TV.

Do you have any pets?

Only the one. A black three-legged cat called Norman, that we adopted when we bought our house. While he doesn’t like to spend much time with us, he was a great comfort during lockdown, and I probably had too many conversations with him to stay sane.