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GSCS Contracts Director

What is your job role? 

I take overall responsibility for the Partnering function within Buildbase, alongside our Sales Director. This means creating supply chain partnerships with public sector clients, enabling them to procure construction materials via our merchant brands. I am responsible for the central team and back office functions and for ensuring our current customers are happy via our team of account managers.

What’s it like to work for Buildbase?

Fantastic! There are so many opportunities to progress and I’m a great example of this. Once I’d built my knowledge of the business, I set about proving myself as a manager and a leader. I put myself forward as ‘interested in progression’ with my line manager and am very lucky that the business recognised something in me, putting me through a whole host of training and development courses.

What do you enjoy about your role?

Seeing our department go from strength-to-strength through the last 14 years has been a real highlight for me. Being promoted to a director role in a hugely male dominated sector at the age of 31 has been a personal success. I also enjoy the little things, like when I walk into a room and people expect the director to be a 50-something, suited and booted male, but then realise it’s actually little, not so old, me.

How did you get into the industry?

I had three job offers on the same day – working for a retail merchandiser, Sega and in the Buildbase marketing team. I didn’t really want to work in retail and knew nothing about Sonic the Hedgehog, so I chose Buildbase! I’m so glad I did, I immediately loved it. The team were great fun and my manager was so supportive. I have now been in my current role for a year and want to continue to build on our success. In the mid-long term, I would love to get myself a seat at board level.

What advice would you give to other
women wanting to work in the industry?

Never expect things to be handed to you on a plate – learn, be committed and always get stuck in. Also, if you want something bad enough speak louder, don’t let yourself be ignored!