A one day working diary from rise and shine to lights out.
Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community. This week we put the spotlight on Paul Marchment, SME Development Manager at Arval UK.
Arval UK is one of Europe’s largest vehicle leasing companies. Over 450 businesses in and around Swindon lease company cars and vans from them and their business base is growing all the time.
Paul lives and works in Swindon and is based at Arval UK’s head offices based at Windmill Hill.
What time does your alarm go off?
My 18 month old daughter wakes me up between 5.50am and 6.50am.
What’s the first thing you do?
I live 10 minutes from the office so if it’s my turn to get the children up we go downstairs and play, read or watch children’s TV before I leave to be in the office for 8.15am.
What do you do for lunch?
We have a restaurant at Arval, so lunchtime is when I catch up with colleagues who work in different departments so I’m always up to date with big fleet issues as well as SMEs.
What do you love most about your job?
The variety is great. Some days I am training and developing our SME teams, other days I am trying out new car and van technology, many days I am advising customers and listening to their experiences. All this knowledge and experience is then poured into the vehicle recommendations we make to our customers.
What’s the worst part of the job?
Sometimes I have to stay away overnight, I miss my family and catching up with them before they go to bed.
What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?
My mobile, I am out of the office quite frequently and if I did not have it I could not keep in touch.
What do you do after work?
I used to be a keen mountain biker until the kids came along. I have started having guitar lessons as this has been an ambition of mine for a while.
If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?
I would be a motoring journalist, test driving and reporting on the new technologies. Or I would seriously consider engineering, as there seems to be a skills shortage in this country.
Visit Paul and the Arval UK team at South West Expo, Swindon on Thursday June 30 between 9am-3pm. You will find them on stand 17. Attendance is free for delegates, but registration is essential. Click here to book your space.