Get to Know the People at DBD – Arianne Beardon

Hello and welcome to the 10th edition of ‘Get to Know the People at DBD’. This month we’ll be speaking to Arianne Beardon.

How long have you been at DBD?
I came straight from school and worked here for 8 years but then I left for a year. Since I’ve returned I’ve been here over a year so nearly 10 years in total!

What department do you work in?
I’m a Sales Account Manager within the PD (Project Development) Sales Team. In my team are Martin Kowalski, Luke Jackaman, Ben Lawler and Victoria Nash.

What exactly does your job role involve?
I manage a portfolio of Main Contractors and Development Companies. This means seeing the projects through from tender stage to order, my job entails confirming the spec, the quotation and the costs. The majority of my accounts are in London but they can be anywhere in the country. I work from the office but I also visit the customers whether that be on site or at their office to carry out pre-order and update meetings. A large focus is to communicate the services that DBD offers and how it differentiates us from our competitors. I also get feedback from customers on how we can improve and keep them updated on DBD.

What skills have you developed at DBD?
I think learning how to deal with a multitude of things at the same time with differing deadlines without getting stressed! When I first started fresh out of school it took me a while to find the best way to deal with the challenging workload and I’ve learnt to take a step back for a second and think about how you can solve the problem, instead of just flapping and not getting anything done. I also think being friendly and approachable to both internal and external staff is really important. You want customers to feel they can call you with concerns if and when they arise. You also have to be really flexible so that you can deal with and juggle various tasks at one time.

How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
During my year away from DBD I was importing goods from China and India and selling them to large homeware retailers here in the UK.  Although the company was global, the office I worked in was smaller and reminded me of DBD when I first started. Their systems were quite basic, everything was on spreadsheets – it made me appreciate the systems and facilities at DBD which can be easily taken for granted. I don’t regret leaving DBD, being here since school I feel the change really helped with my self-development, but I am very happy to be back.

What roles have you done previously at DBD?
Being at DBD for so long I’ve pretty much worked in most of the internal departments which has given me a great oversight of the business. I started off in Accounts, moved on to Admin, Sales Support, carried out some internal Project Management and then when I returned, I came back as a Sales Executive for the Project Development Sales Team, and then progressed to where I am now.

How do you feel about your team?
My team are all hardworking and happy to help each other. We have good ‘bants’, ie banter. I really love my team. I know that when we are under pressure I can still have a laugh with my team and they would happily help if needed.

What helps to motivate you every day?
I know it might sound cheesy but I really do enjoy my job.  I love the challenge of winning an order; it can give you a real buzz.

What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD?
Be the best at my role.

Number one on your bucket list? Travel more but after buying a house there is a huge lack of funds!
What was the last film you saw? The Martian
What did you have for breakfast? 2 (small) pain au raison left over from the Pastry Party at work
Last meal on earth? Roast lamb with all the trimmings (roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and loads of gravy)
Home is… where you can fully relax and unwind
Favourite place? Thailand
On a day off we’d find you… painting my new house
Describe your dream date…Going for a romantic meal with a great view with my husband (who happens to be our Procurement Manager)
Secret skill? My flexibility – I can fit into a suitcase!
Your guilty pleasure? Crisps, a dip and a bottle of wine!
Career plan B? Open a little shop, a cake shop by day and a cocktail bar by night
Secret to a happy relationship? Not taking each other for granted and having fun together
Biggest bugbear? People spelling my name wrong even though it’s in my email
Most loved fairy tale? Little Mermaid
Your celebrity crush? Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth!
What’s your favourite chocolate bar? Boost
Most pointless fact you know? While on the beach you are more likely to get hit by a coconut falling off a palm tree than getting attacked by a shark
Biggest regret? I don’t really have regrets
Greatest fear? Someone jumping out at me in the dark
Happiest moment? Getting married (to Glenn Beardon!)
What do you like spending money on? Me
What’s your coffee order? I don’t drink coffee so builder’s Tea
Who do you think should be the next James Bond? Tom Hardy

In the next edition we will be speaking to Hayley Reid.