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Name: Jennefer Willmore
Job title: National Sales Manager
What area of Sky do you work in? Sky Business
What’s your career journey been like up until now? I began my career here back in 2012 as a Business Development Executive for Sky Business. This was an incredible role, it gave me a great platform to build my career upon. Since then I’ve led a team of Sales Advisors in Retail and have now come full circle back to Sky Business where I’m now very proud to be part of the management team leading the Business Development Executives (BDEs).
What does a typical day working here look like for you? The great thing about being a National Sales Manager (NSM) is that no two days are ever the same. I work very closely with the other NSMs and our aim’s to develop brilliance amongst the team and ensure outstanding results. I spend time with my team every week to support their development and will other core priorities such as Recruitment and working closely with our partners.
If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role? I’ve made a difference to my team by understanding the needs of each individual and how to gain the best from them. I believe it’s important to tailor your approach and ensure everyone has a bespoke plan and is given feedback and coaching to support their goals.
What’s your proudest moment since working here? My proudest moment was getting a Believe in Better Nomination. I helped lead an eight week programme to ensure our future talent had the necessary tools and support for their first steps into people management.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? The role of an NSM is really rewarding. Seeing the team improve and develop makes my role really enjoyable and fulfilling.
Describe your work/life balance? Work life balance is so important. Making the most of your time out of work keeps your mind clear and focussed. I like to exercise regularly and spend quality time with family & friends.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Take control of your own development and own your future.
An interesting fact about you? In my final year at university, I shaved my head for charity. I raised a large sum of money through donation buckets at the Student Union and charged entry to watch it happen. However it did mean I had no hair in my graduation photos.