An update from our 2016 Associates
In the spirit of alternating between Service & Sales associates, and following Bryony’s blog earlier this month, I now have the chance to get you caught up on what the Sales Associates have been up to. For anyone that has met me, my approach to telling this story will come as no surprise, we are going down a sports route!
Jessica closed off by talking about her rotations with Inside Sales, Bid Management & her Sector, TMT & Retail. I would like to take the opportunity to echo her comments in particular with respect to Bid Management. I too had the dawning realisation that I was owning and driving a bid for a real customer! Scary stuff but to pull out this blog’s first sporting reference, punch bags are all good, but you learn a lot when you take one on the jaw!
This leads me onto one thing I feel compelled to do, June saw the very sad passing of a legend, icon, champion, and visionary in and outside of the ring. Muhammad Ali is somebody I spent a lot of time watching over the last 10 years, and the world is a less talented place today than it was last week as I write this.
My blog will cover off three recent experiences the programme has given me; my time in sector, returning to my old department, Group Partner Management, and sharing the opportunities at Computacenter with university students.
Spending time with different Computacenter people, at numerous & varied customers has been a really insightful learning opportunity. Not only is what our customers do very different, the ways in which they work, the people we engage with and their goals and objectives are equally if not more different! The Associate programme is a great platform in allowing you to experience these differences and get an appreciation of the intricacies and nuances to overcome in the sales role. Much like the NFL quarterbacks of today, the small gaps they throw into, all the while being chased down by 300+ lbs defenders, selling is complex, with lots of moving parts. It’s making sure they all come together on time, that’s the key.
My most recent rotation took me back to Group Partner Management where my Computacenter journey started. This allowed me to really push myself into new areas of the technology stack. Workplace coupled with Unified Communications stand out to me as areas in which I really grew my understanding. I really appreciate the effort the teams made to help us as a cohort meet with both the GPM specialists, and the partners themselves. Equally, it’s always nice to see my former colleagues and catch up, however I’m not sure my ankles will ever look the same after one particular 5 a side session, you know who you are!
The recruitment process for the 2017 intake of Associates is about to begin. I had the real pleasure of joining Nathan & Lowri from the Service Management programme at my alma mater, Nottingham Trent University, for their graduate careers day. It was hard to believe we are already six months in! We spent the day selling to students the great opportunities here at Computacenter and got really some really positive interactions from students throughout the day, and we look forward to seeing some come through the recruitment process in the coming months. I am excited to be helping the next group of Associates through their programme, joining team Computacenter!
The programme is really flying by, up next, our presentations to Kevin James & senior sales management before heading out to grow our understanding of the Solutions business.
Next up we’ll be hearing from Priya.