Meet Vince. ICT Project Manager, Supply Chain.
Reading Head Office
I’ve always been in ICT and mainly in supply chain. I’ve worked for some big companies in food retail and other industries too. There are similarities to what I do now, but Primark as a business is quite different. The challenges are different because the volumes are so high and the market is so big, it makes my work so critical.
A successful year
Although Primark has been around as a high street name for a long time, the business is still growing a lot – you just have to look at the number of stores that have opened and the increase in sales. Joining a company like this is an excellent opportunity to get in at ground level. It gives you the chance to have an impact.
They keep a very lean management structure here so you get to rub shoulders with the guys at the top on a daily basis. It’s much more personable. They're obviously looking for people with experience who can make a difference, so it's been a very good first year for me.
Rewarding work, rewarding flexibility
My role involves looking at what we're doing overseas, which means being involved in a lot of meetings with companies outside Primark. That’s one of the things I enjoy the most, managing the third parties. It’s not all about work though, I try to get down to the gym at lunch. I think one of the things that Primark do well is having flexibility, but they’re very modest about it. You have to sign in and out, which some people see as a negative. But it's actually tracking your hours. Do more hours and you’ll get that time back with days off. It's definitely a positive thing. I also get discount at the gym, which is great.
Exceeding ethical expectations
One of the first questions that everyone asks is always about the ethical side of it. Whilst I did look into it before I came here, I didn't realise that they spend such time, effort and money making sure that everything is right. For some reason, possibly because it involves fashion, people are unaware of the solid rules that Primark has; that there are whole teams dedicated to it. I’d say it’s one of the selling points of the business.
One of the best things is just the simplicity of the business model.
I was lucky enough to receive the ICT Delivery Star award, which is given out every year, for all that I've done with a project I’d been working on. With a smaller team, it's easier to get recognition – you're not just a face in the crowd. I wasn’t told I was being put forward for the award either and I was on holiday when it was announced. It was a good surprise for when I got back.
Other reasons to join
Your experience at Primark is about so much more than your job. It’s also about our people and our culture. Our beliefs as a business and our aims for the future. It’s about all the exciting, empowering, amazing things that make us who we are – and you who you are.
I was working in Australia as a Project Manager and when I moved back to Ireland, I was looking for something similar.
The reason I wanted to join Primark was because it was a growing brand and there was huge recruitment and investment going on.
I started here as a Warehouse Colleague in July 2016, now I’m a Team Manager.
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