Our customers often comment on our friendly and personable approach, and we certainly believe that great people make a great business. Each month we profile people from around our organisation to find out who they are and what makes them tick. In the spotlight this month it’s Paul Watson, Managed Print Services Specialist – DigitalTeam.
Q1. How long have you worked for OfficeTeam? If you’re new to the business, where did you work previously?
I started with OfficeTeam in November 2012. I have been in the office products industry for over 25 years and previously worked for 2 of the other big 5 office products providers in various sales roles, most recently as National Sales Manager for technology for o2o.
Q2. Tell us about your job. What does your role involve?
As Managed Print Service Specialist, I am the first port of call for everyone in the London and South East sales region who identifies a Managed Print Service opportunity. Its then up to me to work with the Area Sales Manager and Danwood to provide a solution to meet the customer’s needs.
Q3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Getting out in front of customers with the OfficeTeam sales force.
Q4. Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I’m a Charlton Athletic supporter – a glutton for punishment some would say!
Q5. How would your colleagues describe you?
Energetic, enthusiastic and a complete detail freak!
Q6. Which OfficeTeam value do you most identify with, and why?
It’s a close one, I have always had a naturally positive outlook, but I think dedicated. I never let myself fall into the “that’ll do” trap and I always want to do the best job I can – personally as well as professionally.
Q7. What’s your proudest achievement?
I am immensely proud of my 3 Sons, so I guess that’s a joint achievement for my Wife and I. From a business perspective, it’s undoubtedly being a part of the small team who clinched a multi-million pound outsourcing contract for office products and print for a well-known High Street Bank, in spite of fierce competition from a big, US-funded competitor.
Q8. What’s your ambition?
Simple – to be happy and healthy and be in a position to ensure that everyone close to me can be as well.
Q9. Who would you invite to an imaginary dinner party?
Without a doubt Sir Winston Churchill – a more insightful and inspiring human being I cannot imagine. My curve ball would be Paloma Faith – hugely talented, but mad as a bag of badgers – she would stop us wasting energy and brain power by taking ourselves too seriously!!
Q10. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Being with my family; walking the dog; football; rugby (usually lose my voice when England win); photography and most forms of motorsport.
Q11. What are you currently reading/listening to?
Reading – Camp David – David Walliams’ autobiography.
Listening to Paloma Faith; EmeliSandé; Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.
Q12. What’s your favourite film/TV series and why?
I find watching TV/Films a real stress buster, so I like stuff that involves me and absorbs me. Dramas- Lewis (né Morse); Silent Witness etc; Cerebral stuff – University Challenge and Mastermind (10 General Knowledge questions correct in one round is my record). Films – Bourne series – action / intrigue and silly stuff like The Dictator, which I watched last week with my youngest Son – everyone needs a good laugh once in a while!!
Q13. If you were CEO: do you have any suggestions which could improve processes or save the company money?
It’s a bit early yet, perhaps ask me in 12 months’ time!!