Leeds-based automotive F&I technology specialist, DealTrak has announced that has employed five new faces, made several internal promotions, and is currently recruiting for nine new roles, as the business gears up for one of its biggest years to-date.

With recent figures showing a 13% increase in Q1 proposal numbers, as well as a 10% uplift in the number of active rooftops year on year, DealTrak passed more than 3.6 million proposals through the platform last year – representing potential transactions totalling £9.6bn. Integrated with 200 partners and counting – and in line with further growth targets – the latest recruitment drive has created 18 new positions within the Leeds tech hub, nine of which are still open to applicants.

Looking to bolster its in-house expertise, DealTrak is looking for a trio of business development and account managers – to cover the North East, North West and Midlands – as well as two software developers, a pair of test analysists alongside a data analyst and a business analyst.

Recently, Kate Swinscoe joined the team as marketing manager, bringing 15 years of industry experience to the role. Having worked in a variety of industries – including charity, public sector, HR and legal – Kate’s strong technical background will prove vital to the firm’s 2021 target of a 130% client uplift.

The company’s newest business development manager, James Barr, brings 23 years of automotive experience to the team, having previously held positions in sales, marketing and project management. Such insight will play a pivotal role in achieving a projected 40% increase in the value of automotive lending sent through the DealTrak platform over the next two years. In addition, Wes Weaver has come on board as a scrum master, and Kirstyn Thomas has been promoted to the role of product owner. The pair will work closely in order to achieve DealTrak’s targeted 200% rise in the number of insurance policy registrations sent via the platform by 2021.

Further appointments see Helen Goodwin join as a management accountant and Dean Jules as an account manager. Three additional internal promotions mean Mark Taylor takes on the role of lead architect, Jelica Salta moves to the position of mid-level developer, and Vasavi Sandhya Araveeti becomes a business analyst.

Martin Hill, Managing Director at DealTrak said “This is another demonstration of quality and strength being added to the DealTrak team, and I am delighted to welcome a vast array of talent to various departments within the company. Helen, James, Kate, Dean and Wes bring significant experience, knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. And, given our continued growth targets, we know they will help to ensure DealTrak is well-equipped to flourish, alongside our clients and partners.”

Kate Swinscoe, Marketing Manager said “DealTrak is a vibrant and forward-thinking company. I love how much onus they put on training and developing their staff and the culture of the organisation really shone through during the recruitment process.”