Introducing Victoria Yogendra.
How long have you been at DBD?
7 years this month.
What department do you work in and what does your involve?
I work in Sales – I’m a Sales Manager and have a mix of Housebuilders and Main Contractors to look after. The majority of my time is spent meeting with Customers at their offices or on site, from quoting all the way through to project completion I am on hand to ensure the project runs smoothly for all involved. I have previously worked in Trade & Retail, Sales Support and as a Sales Executive, so I feel all of this has led nicely in to the role I’m in today.
What skills has your role taught you?
It’s given me a lot more confidence. Sometimes I’ve had to walk into a room full of Directors and Senior Staff member and pitch to them why they should choose DBD. I feel a lot more confident about these kinds of presentations now. Along with confidence, I’ve also had to learn a lot on the contractual side of things which has been interesting.
How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
Previously I worked for a small mobile phone company. I would make cold calls business to business, so not the easiest when they haven’t heard of you or the company before. So it’s much nicer working for a larger company like DBD as ones have heard of us in the industry.
What helps to motivate you every day?
I work alongside a fab group of people. I’m also motivated by targets and deadlines, even my customers which are a great bunch! I work quite well under pressure; it challenges me to work more efficiently and keeps me focused.
What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD? MD at some point!
Secret to a happy relationship? Humour
Tell us one fact we wouldn’t know about you? I have a degree in religious studies and theology
Biggest bug bear? Slow drivers
What’s the last thing you saw or heard that made you laugh out loud? The ‘photobooth’ pictures from our wedding are hilarious
What personal accomplishment makes you most proud? Why? Becoming Sales Manager at DBD – it was my aspiration when I first started, so I’m pretty proud that I’ve made it!
Favourite dish to make? Spaghetti carbonara
The best restaurant you’ve ever been to? Fat Duck – Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant
Dream destination? I went a safari for my honeymoon in Tanzania – I’d love to do another safari or do a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda
What’s the longest trip you’ve ever bene on? Going to Australia or Sri Lanka
How would your friend describe you in 3 words? Sarcastic, caring, organised
Your motto for life? Live, laugh, love (and get drunk)
Do you have a favourite board or card game? Game of Life
If you were animal what would you be and why? Eagle – I would love to be able to fly – but I don’t want to be a rubbish bird like a pigeon
Name a gift that you will never forget? On my wedding day my Mum gave me a note from my Grandad who had passed away, in the note there was a silver coin with Queen Victoria on that he said should be given to me on my wedding day, very special!
Do you subscribe to any magazines? No but I get The Times
What is your favourite form of exercise? Spinning, I try to do it 3 – 4 times a week
Next time we’ll be speaking to Christine Crouch.