Following on in our meet the team series, we introduce you to Dean. Dean is one of our Sales and Finance Directors here at The Unite Group. He mostly focuses on the finance side of the business.
We recently had a chat with him to find out a bit more about him and his role…
Growing up, what did you want to be?
When I was young, my dream job was to join the Royal Airforce and become a Royal Airforce Pilot. Pilots need to be able to make quick decisions based on reasoning. A skill which I suppose is serving me well in my current role.
What is your role at The Unite Group and how did you end up where you are now?
I am one of the directors within the Unite Group I deal with IT, sales and Finances. From previous roles, I have gained experience both in sales roles and technical roles. So, technical sales just make sense. I love working with numbers and data and so taking on the role of managing the group’s finances is purely because I enjoy it. My role means I work closely with Lorraine on a lot of projects.
What does a typical day look like at The Unite Group?
There is no typical day for me. There are so many things that I deal with on a day-to-day basis. Some days I can be working on sales quotes and completing the onboarding of a new client. On other days I can be right in the middle of a technical job. There are days when I just deal with the data and numbers. There are days when I can be doing all of these jobs within one day. I just do whatever needs to be done at any given time.
What is your most and least favourite part of the Sales & Finance directors job?
Currently, the least favourite part of my job is dealing with supply chain issues. Due to various issues over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a global shortage of materials needed to manufacture devices we typically supply to our customers.
What is your greatest achievement?
Aside from being a part of building a business group to be proud of, my 3 children are my greatest achievement in life.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t be the cheapest, be the best instead. To me, this is ensuring that customers get value for the money they pay. It’s about being customer focused and realizing that there is no point in being the most expensive or the cheapest in the business if what you are providing isn’t worth it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Doing what I’m doing now, hopefully in a larger capacity as the group grows.
How do you unwind outside of work?
I have 3 kids, varied in ages and interests. I enjoy spending time with them but there is no unwinding. I’m not even sure what that word means. However, on extremely rare occasions when I am not working or running around after kids, I do enjoy gaming.