Tom Bruce, Foundry Sales Executive, Alucast
The sales executive role is about attracting new projects/business, and working with existing customers. It’s vital to know and understand how your own business works.
The role provides a mixture of office-based activities, liaising with all departments from shop floor up to board level, and frequent off-site visits to customers across the U.K.
In a sales role, you require good personal contact skills and the resilience to bounce back from disappointments. Working alone also requires a level of self-motivation and problem-solving skills.
I enjoyed school, particularly sport, and most of my early life was spent playing football or cricket as often as possible.
I wasn’t keen on maths, science or English but liked technical drawing and woodwork. I always wanted to be a draughtsman and when I left school, I went straight into being an apprentice.
My apprenticeship enabled me to become a fully trained design draughtsman in the foundry industry, designing tooling for steel moulds to produce aluminium castings.
Along the way, it’s opened up other opportunities with ongoing job training, which has led me to become a process estimator, sales manager and sales director within the foundry industry.