Welcome to the third of our People Behind Pro-Sapien series! In these Q&A articles, we’re speaking to members of the team to learn more about life at Pro-Sapien.

This time we interviewed Euan McDonald. He’s our Office & Compliance Manager and makes sure that everything we do is compliant. He also manages the onboarding process for new recruits and organises our company social events.

We caught up with Euan on all things office, compliance, and his path to Pro-Sapien.

1. What is your role at Pro-Sapien? What do you do day-to-day?

In my role at Pro-Sapien, I look after the compliance, HR, and finance arms of the business. Every day is very different, so it’s hard to narrow down what I do day-to-day. However, the diversity is one of the things I love about my job.

Usually, my typical workday often consists of tasks such as invoicing, auditing, policy review and creation, payroll, pensions, financial controlling, grant application, data entry, and accounts payable/receivable. I also support the recruitment team and look after the onboarding of new staff and the office management.

2. How do you make sure that Pro-Sapien meets industry standards and regulations?

We utilise an internal management system and created a robust system for tracking policies and procedures, non-compliances, staff training, and audits.

Many areas of compliance are not just a legal requirement to us, but also a way to ensure quality, safety, and ultimately customer satisfaction with our EHS software.

We review our policies and procedures regularly so that we adhere to the latest regulations and adopt best practices. Pro-Sapien is ISO 27001 accredited, which means that an external source audits us annually, alongside our monthly internal audits.

3. Can you tell us about your background and your path to Pro-Sapien?

I studied at the University of Glasgow where I did an Honours degree in Technology and Management, as well as a Masters in International Management & Entrepreneurship. During this time, I gained practical experience through several placements and by working as a duty manager in a popular pub in Glasgow’s West End.

After that, I spent around ten years working for a survival technology specialist in the oil and gas industry. Initially, I worked there as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a couple of years, before becoming Deputy General Manager.

Eventually, I decided that I wanted to move back to Glasgow. I was looking for a role in a company where I would have lots of opportunities to be hands-on and grow with the business, so I found exactly what I was looking for at Pro-Sapien.

4. What do you like about working at Pro-Sapien?

When thinking about my work, I love the variation of my job. When I described my day-to-day tasks earlier on, you could see that there is a real range which is exactly what I like.

However, most of all, it’s the people and the culture at Pro-Sapien. It’s a very collaborative, flexible, and challenging (in a good way) place to work. It makes such a difference to your life that you enjoy the place you work in.

5. You have a full day off – how would you spend it?

I have two very active young girls. So, if I would have a day off, it would likely be a family day where we are out and about, cycling, swimming, or hiking (or perhaps all of the above!), followed by a nice family dinner such as homemade pizza and a board game or two.

6. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about the EHS industry since joining Pro-Sapien?

I think it’s probably how important having the right EHS software is. Before I joined Pro-Sapien, I didn’t know just how complex and essential the EHS reporting requirements of many businesses are, especially for large ones.

There are a lot of regulations that can quickly get out of hand if you’re an organisation with many sites. I got to know the specifics of Pro-Sapien’s EHS software which made me realise how it can really help streamline these processes and stay on top of everything.

7. Imagine you could have a one-on-one conversation with a renowned expert or character outside of work. Who would it be, and what questions would you ask them?

I can’t say why I’d choose this person over anyone else, but it’s the first one that came to my mind. One of my biggest passions is watching rugby – although gone are the days of actually playing it, unfortunately.

Therefore, I would love to spend a day with the former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and get to know him. I have read a lot about him and have always admired his relentlessness and leadership skills. I’d definitely ask him a few questions about that.

8. Can you give a piece of advice to someone at the start of their career? What key skills or experiences would you recommend?

If you are keen to progress and fulfil your potential, then I’d say building trust is key. A big part of that is relationships at your workplace.

You foster rapport with your manager and your colleagues through listening and being reliable, dependable, and consistent. Most of all though, I’d encourage everyone to speak up if you happen to make a mistake or do not understand something.

I find that at Pro-Sapien, new staff are quickly doing hands-on work that is integral to the business – even our interns. So, if you’re a proactive person who wants to make an impact on a business, then you will love working here as much as I do.

Find out more about how we work and the life at Pro-Sapien. And if it sounds like the kind of place you’d love to work, have a look at our careers page! Watch out for our next post in the series.

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  • Savannah Welzel

    Originally from Germany, Savannah joined the Pro-Sapien marketing department in 2023. She studied Media Management & Marketing and has a broad background of experience in the Communications departments for global manufacturers as well as over 3 years of working at a digital agency in Scotland. Savannah is researching and producing informative content that helps guide EHS professionals through the complex EHS software marketplace.

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