My Curriculum Vitae

Introduction

I am a successful professional with a wealth of transferable skills gained in customer facing, administration and technical roles. My career began as a field sales executive working for several blue chip companies and rising to UK sales manager level. This experience gave me the confidence to deal with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

I began developing websites around 2001, building my first website using HTML & CSS selling Koi and pond related products. I later upgraded the site using Actinic, and later OsCommerce gaining experience marketing the website using SEO and Google AdWords.

Alongside the website I also sold products on eBay and Amazon using CSV files from the websites database to create listings, later using Channel Advisor to manage all selling platforms.

I was approached by a leading aquatic company to use my market knowledge to head the customer service and returns department. I was later tasked with updating the company website, built using Magento open-source. I also create and maintain sites using WordPress & Bootstrap.

In addition to my work experience I am currently nearing completion of a degree in Business Studies & Statistics. This has further helped develop my critical thinking and refection. It also encourages exploration of creative and new ideas.

Career History

Company Name
ITP Packaging
Job Title
Online Sales Manager
Start Date
01/10/2020
End Date
29/02/2016
Responsibilities/Achievments

Responsible for building and maintaining website, adwords campaigns, uploading content to shopping channels such as Amazon, eBay and OnBuy. Creating Videos to demonstrate products features & benefits. Using Social Media to build profile of the business and increase brand awareness and sales.


Company Name
Evolution Aqua Ltd
Job Title
Technical Service & Website Manager
Start Date
01/03/2016
End Date
30/09/2020
Responsibilities/Achievments

• Project managed the development of company website including integration with Sage and dealer portal, ensuring good customer experience and an effective first point of contact, this is an ecommerce site using Magento
• Updating and managing content on the website, management and upkeep of servers
• Creating websites using WordPress for Evolution Aquas sub-brands, these include Bermuda Water Gardens
• Managing the sale of returned/end of line products on eBay.


Company Name
LittleBigPet
Job Title
Owner
Start Date
01/09/2008
End Date
30/01/2016
Responsibilities/Achievments


Job Title
Inperial International
Company Name
Regional Sales Manager
Start Date
30/06/2008
End Date
01/09/2005
Responsibilities/Achievments


Company Name
Royal Stafford Tableware
Job Title
Sales Manager
Start Date
01/09/2001
End Date

Responsibilities/Achievments

Sales Manager – Responsible for sales in UK through designated account base which includes House of Fraser, AIS and Co-ops. Management of agents in various European markets which include France and Germany.
• Identified Key multiple retailers in UK and Ireland and developed strategies to open them.
- Successes include Roches Stores (Ireland), Sunwin House (Co-op), Sinclairs, Safeway & the AIS group.
• Organized and attended trade shows in Madrid and Paris as well as supporting shows in Birmingham and Frankfurt in order to develop export business.
• Prepared sales forecasts in partnership with customers and factory to ensure good service and stock availability
• Prepare planograms, range reviews and promotional activity for accounts in order to increase sales and profitability in major accounts such as House of Fraser.
• Recruited and management of sales agents in Europe to develop export business.


Job Title
Le Creuset
Company Name
Regional sales manager
Start Date
03/02/1997
End Date
02/07/2001
Responsibilities/Achievments

Distributors of quality kitchenware, Responsibilities included the distribution and sales of kitchenware and related products through high quality retailers,

  • Maximized distribution of product ranges through key retailers in designated area help grow business and achieve targets.
  • Effectively recruited and trained merchandisers to help develop selected independent accounts and support National Account Manager.
  • Regularly met and exceeded targets.
  • After initial success in independent accounts given responsibility for key regional accounts such as Sunwin House, CWS and Makro and achieved year on year growth.

Company Name
United Biscuits
Job Title
Territory Manager
Start Date
02/01/1990
End Date
28/02/1997
Responsibilities/Achievments

Distributors manufacturers of biscuits, crisps & confectionery.

  • Responsibilities included the distribution and sales through independent newsagents and confectionery shops.

Education

School
Stanley High school
Start Date
1981
End Date
1986
Qualifications Gained
5 O Levels - Maths, English, Accounts, commerce, Metalwork
College
Southport College
Start Date
1986
End Date
1987
Qualifications Gained
Diploma in Business studies
University
Open University
Start Date
2016
End Date
Present
Qualifications Gained
The Open University logo The Open UniversityThe Open University BA/BSc (Honours) , Business Studies & StatisicsBA/BSc (Honours) , Business Studies & Statisics 2016 - 20202016 - 2020 Open University - Honours Bachelor’s Degree - The course covers two subjects 1. Statistics - this part of the course builds intuition and understanding in the concepts, use and application of statistical techniques across four broad areas Medical Statistics, Time Series, Multivariate Analysis and Bayesian Analysis techniques. 2. Business Studies - develops critical thinking skills, uses mind mapping techniques to help the expression of ideas and creativity. The course also gives a broad grounding in business and management practice, exploring how organisations work by looking at their internal functions (operations, finance and marketing). Explores the external environment and how the economic and political context helps shape how businesses respond to global challenges I have completed 7 out of 8 modules and am on course for 2.1 degree

Additional Education & Training

Various Online Workshops Completed

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Interests & Hobbies

Avid football fan, enjoy walking, in particular fellwalking, camping, reading and also keep Koi Carp

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