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Day in the life – Rob Clark
‘I joined ICD Europe in 2019. It was a steep learning curve at first as I had to learn all about the industry and the different materials involved. I’ve learnt an awful lot in a relatively short amount of time.
The main focus of my role is business development. It’s my job to support the growth of the company by finding new suppliers and customers, and introducing ICD to new markets.
In normal, pre-COVID times, this involved a lot of travelling and setting up meetings. As you can imagine, this year has featured rather a lot of Zoom calls!
Communication is one of the most important aspects of my role. For example, if a new supplier starts delivering materials to us, they will routinely ask for feedback on the product. I often act as a conduit between the supplier and the shop floor.
Spring tends to be a really busy time for us, with lots of demand for material. Luckily, it looks as though the current restrictions may be eased around that time, so I’ll be knocking on the doors of our suppliers to make sure we’ve got everything our customers need!
Next year, I’m expecting to be back on the road 2-3 times a month, like before. I spend quite a lot of time in various places across Europe and sometimes the USA too.
It’s nice to be able to travel as part of my job, but often you’re just seeing the inside of an airport, a busy motorway or the four walls of a meeting room!
Being away from my family can be especially difficult but I just try to remember that I’m doing it for them. I try to keep a good balance and spend lots of time with them when I’m not on the road. They give me loads of support so I’m very lucky.
I enjoy the satisfaction of closing a deal that I’ve put a lot of time and effort into. Some of the business development work I do might not yield an immediate result, so it’s always rewarding when it works out.
ICD Europe is a great place to work. They’re a great bunch of people and everyone works together well. There’s a lot of support and I’m really glad to be part of the team.