Length at current job?
What’s your position, what do you do on a daily basis?
I work as part of the Procurement team which fits into the wider finance umbrella. As a business, we spend millions of pounds on our network every day, plus other expenses like the devices/accessories we sell, IT equipment and systems and our buildings including offices and stores. In my role, I look after a variety of purchases up to £500k, from the point where we work out what we need to buy through to agreeing contracts and terms on which we will buy these items and receiving the goods/services.
Why O2? What made you apply?
I used to work in a call centre for a broadband company, and when I saw this job advertised in the Telefonica Group which has international operations and a huge amount of investment and opportunities I decided to apply..
What makes O2 a great place to work?
The people make the business, whether you’re 2 days or 2 months in people treat you with respect and want to help you learn and grow (so that eventually you can help them and others). The work is flexible (I even get to work from home once a week which is a huge bonus)
What keeps you motivated to go to work each day?
I enjoy a challenge. Every day I aim to complete one piece of work, and there’s something new and exciting for me to take on the next day. The work stack is what you make it, and your manager and team are happy to take things on if you need any assistance with them.
What is your proudest accomplishment on the job?
I think knowing that I have helped with a project that will have an impact on not only the people that work here but the business and most importantly the customer is the best bit of my job so far.
What advice would you give someone who is seeking the same line of work?
Procurement is a niche, it isn’t something I’d heard of before starting here, but if you enjoy negotiation, taking ownership, working with people and you are good with numbers it might be a good choice for you!
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying?
The process seems long, but it’s definitely worth it for the chances and opportunities you get
What is one piece of advice you’ve been given that has stuck with you?
‘Life won’t work if you don’t’- everyone has probably heard some version of this phrase, but if you put the effort in you will reap the rewards in both the short and long-term