What’s it like to work at STAR?

I’ve been at STAR since February 2019, and the team were very welcoming from day one. The office has a range of expertise, so every day I’m expanding my linguistic and general knowledge. It might be learning of a new German delicacy that I need to try, or perhaps a translation tip from a colleague. Personally, I also highly appreciate the niche humour and idiolect opportunities that come with working with fellow linguists.

What’s your favourite part of your day?

I’d say I’m more of a morning person; I like to be as alert as possible when I get in, if necessary aided by tea or coffee. Making sure I start off on the right foot helps me keep a cool head whenever any complications arise during the day.

What skills do you think are important for anyone wanting to be a successful project manager?

It’s an obvious one, but being able to juggle multiple tasks is important. A good project manager is always reacting and adapting to new developments in project specifications.  Attention to detail is also key, especially in the realm of translation, as is readiness to familiarise yourself with different industries in order to better understand your clients’ needs. I’m always learning new things about the products our clients sell.

Calmest colleague under pressure?

Karen is undeniably the queen of cool when it comes to juggling multiple tasks at once – an essential skill for a project manager! 14 years of planning the daily schedules of every one of our in-house translators has made her officially unflappable – her little desk nook by the window is the most chilled-out place in the office!

Karen, Head of Operations at STAR UK

Karen Ellis on Hugh Lindsay

An avid runner, Hugh is able to process large numbers of incoming jobs at a rapid pace. He is an indispensable member of the team and a pro at German idioms (as well as film quotes!).