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Getting to know you: Chris Lowden, Commercial Director, Nine Twenty

At Nine Twenty Technology, we specialise in finding the highest calibre of IT and digital talent for your business.  As the chosen recruitment partner for many of the UK’s leading technology businesses, we use our expertise in the field to find talent that others can’t. We believe that if you need experts in your business, you should use experts to find them – and that’s where we excel.

We live and breathe the technology market, and firmly believe that our innovative and creative approach to the recruitment process makes us the best in the business.

We are bursting with integrity, enthusiasm, experience and a real passion to ensure our clients gain from our efforts and hard work each and every time.

re in, it will involve technology. The skills shortages also open up opportunities for young people to really forge ahead so I think we need to capitaliase on that too.

Where did your passion for digital come from?

 My passion for the industry comes from seeing it develop all around me – the sector is booming, and it’s also fascinating how technology is filtering into very other industry – it’s now a massive part of everything from manufacturing to finance and there are so many skilled people working in these sectors.

What’s your favourite thing about the industry?

 Scotland has such a thriving digital scene, and I see that particularly in Glasgow when it comes to startups – it’s really inspirational seeing these new businesses and entrepreneurs come into the market and thrive here.

Where do you see yourself/your company in five years?

 Nine Twenty Technology has always positioned itself as a leader in the tech market, and that’s definitely something that I see continuing and evolving as we work with more innovative startups. The young companies that are emerging into the market now are the brands of the future, so we’re really excited to see how the industry grows.

What’s your role and what does a typical day involve? 

I’m commercial director at Nine Twenty Technology, so most of my day is spent with my clients – helping them to grow their teams through our recruitment partnerships, ensuring that they get the right candidates for their roles and advising them on their hiring processes.  It’s a very people-focused position, and I love that. At Nine Twenty we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clients, and it’s really important to me that I spend a lot of time nurturing these.


 Looking to the future, what do you see as being the next big thing in tech?

 As Industry 4.0 continues to gather speed, I think we’ll see a shift in the skillsets required in the tech sector, meaning that companies may find themselves having to fight even harder to get the candidates they want working for them.

Any new products, services, events coming up for your business?

We have always been proactive with our use of tech in our recruitment services, and this is set to continue.  We are currently looking at options to offer our exclusive clients a branded recruitment microsite to help promote their roles, with full management and marketing functionalities included.

Why did you join ScotlandIS and importantly, why are you still with us?

 We joined ScotlandIS because it offered us the opportunity to really immerse ourselves in the Scottish tech sector, as well as enabling us to meet and network with so many fantastic local tech businesses. We’re also passionate about resolving the skills shortage issue, and it’s great to see ScotlandIS championing this.

What do you consider to be the biggest benefit of your ScotlandIS membership?

 We have really enjoyed the opportunity to attend so many key industry events, and have also benefited from building strong relationships with fellow members.

If you could give one piece of advice to an emerging business/startup, what would it be?

 I’d say that it’s hugely important to think about your team in terms of ethos and culture – not just skillset. Really think about the people that will drive your business forward, not just the list of skills on their CV.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

 I love working in this industry and coming across new startups and emerging technologies.  I’m also very much a people person, so I love that I get to spend my days working with my clients and networking.

If you were speaking to a classroom full of 3rd year high school students how would you pitch the industry as the best place to be?

 I think we really need to emphasise just how all-encompassing technology is – no matter what industry or job you are in, it will involve technology. The skills shortages also open up opportunities for young people to really forge ahead so I think we need to capitaliase on that too.

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