Sarah Younger has been a part of the Active family for nearly 11 years. Around the office, she is known for her incredible energy and knowledge of the industry. This month we spotlight Sarah, who gives us insight into her role as Active UK’s Commercial Manager.
What is the purpose of your role and how does this impact a client's success?
My role largely revolves around Business Services enquiries and remarketing of stock. Working within Commercial, I keep our team up-to-date by sending weekly reports to our US head office and by liaising with Active’s 15 other global offices. In addition to looking after our remarketing division, I work with our media owner partners, media agencies and clients in providing them with goods and services. One of the benefits of being at Active for so long has been seeing the scale of our offerings broaden and the relationship with our partners grow.
What does a typical day look like to you?
In my 11 years at Active, I’ve found that no two days are the same. One day, I might be securing gift cards for a client and the next, I’ll be selling frozen prawns! As I work across a range of services, I get to see the movement of products and services coming in and going out. It’s looking at the big picture but also being able to work out the minutia and logistics.
Most interesting project?
Over the years, there have been some very interesting projects indeed! One that comes to mind is the time I was selling a deodorant capping machine. This project required me to fly to Porto, Portugal to view the machine. Then, after inspection, I arranged for its delivery to Spain where we had a buyer. It was one of those random yet satisfying projects.
Most satisfying challenge?
As I mentioned, part of my role involves understanding logistics of how goods and services move. There are certainly times when situations arise that are entirely unexpected and beyond control. For instance, I was overseeing a collection in the UK in which 13 tricks were due to deliver in France. As luck would have it, there was a massive strike in Calais. Seeing that project through was a challenge but it felt very rewarding when it was complete.
3 qualities needed to succeed in your role?
Since my role requires a good deal of multitasking, having strong administration and organisational skills is hugely important. I’ve also found that being adaptable when it comes to working with clients and buyers not only makes for better relationships with our stakeholders but makes operations run smoother. Dare I say be a little crazy as the third quality?
Describe Barter in 3 words?
The smart way.
Tell us something we don't know about you?
I used to have a pet rabbit.