Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 13.01.13A cost management specialist has kick-started the next phase of its recruitment drive to prepare for expansion into international markets.

Great Annual Savings Group has created several senior positions as part of its strategy of growing its presence outside of the UK.

With key markets in Europe an initial target, the Seaham-based firm is seeking to hire a head of international to oversee the roll-out of its global growth strategy. Six other senior roles have been created, including a head of e-commerce who will oversee the implementation of GAS’s digital and sales strategy, a marketing and communications manager, and a head of corporate who will advise clients on a range of cost-saving measures.

GAS is also looking to hire an additional 15 experienced sales executives to help grow its portfolio of clients, which include the Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Durham, ready meal supplier Tyneside Foodservice and the Parkmore Hotel and Leisure Club in Eaglescliffe.

In addition, GAS has recruited IT specialist Chantelle Waller to beef up its digital services arm. Previously Chantelle was employed at SSI UK in Redcar but lost her job when the Teesside steelmaker mothballed its Redcar blast furnace.

Judith Bennison, group HR director at Great Annual Savings Group, said: “Our long-term plan is to expand the company into key overseas markets and getting these senior appointments in place is a vital part of that plan. We’ve already built a strong UK footprint since launching the business in 2012 and now we want to help clients in other countries to manage and reduce their variable business costs.”

GAS helps businesses reduce their variable costs and save money in a range of areas including energy procurement, energy and water cost management, fire safety, telecoms and insurance. The company has embarked on an aggressive growth strategy and has more than doubled staff numbers since relocating to Seaham in June.

The company, which currently employs 61 people, is on track to recruit another 30-40 staff by the end of this year, with the ultimate goal to increase headcount to 150 by the end of 2016.

For further information about Great Annual Savings visit www.greatannualsavings.com.