Our Sales Team is growing! We would like to introduce to you our newest member to our team, Owen Cobb. Owen took 5 minutes out of his day to be interviewed by Southdowns Motorhome’s Marketing Team, we hope that this interview will give you a little overview of what Owen is like and allow you to get to know the staff members that make this company it is today.
How did you find yourself working for Southdowns Motorhome Centre?
After nine years of working in the leisure industry in Salisbury, I was looking for a new challenge. I wanted a career change that would be closer to home, exciting and that was with another reputable family business. A job with Southdowns Motorhomes was recommended to me by my previous work colleagues (Rod Freeman & Andy Martin) from the motor trade industry. I’m very happy to have found my place within such an excellent and highly experienced team.
What is your job position at Southdowns Motorhome Centre?
I’m a Sales Coordinator and work within the Sales Department, I’m based at the showroom (Painter Close, Anchorage Road, Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5UH), but I also travel to and from the Service Centre (Quartremaine Road, Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5QH) and our Storage Facilities at Port Solent and Church Farm, and I also attend exhibitions and events and the occasional manufacture meetings.
What does your job as a Sales Coordinator, involve?
I work alongside the Sales Manager supporting the day to day running of the sales team. I also liaise with our manufacturers on all incoming stock vehicles and customer orders. I check that the correct motorhome specifications and options have been ordered correctly. I check the online manufacture ordering system that the build dates are on schedule and give customers regular monthly updates as to their arrival date. I organise the transportation of all our motorhomes, both for the customers part exchange and our new stock. I liaise with our logistics team so that they’re aware of imminent vehicle arrivals and keep up to date our current stock reports. National and international motorhome shows are a big part of our sales team calendar and I’m responsible for organising the team’s flights, hotels and additional transport.
What is the best thing about working for Southdowns Motorhome Centre?
The team have a wealth of experience and knowledge that I absorb daily, I find the challenges to be exciting, the team dynamic and everyone has a great sense of professionalism and fun. The business is so close to my home that I’m able to ride my bike (I have an electric bike and a high-speed road bike) to work and my fitness levels are improving which is a bonus, along with my knowledge and new skills.
Do you have a personal interest in motorhomes?
I have grown up within the leisure industry and so it’s an integral part of who I am. I’ve had many caravans over the years which I have enjoyed, however, after making the switch to a motorhome I found that they suited my lifestyle much better and I have many more adventures than before. I’ve recently switched to a campervan and by being able to get down those small country lanes and explore the heart of the places I choose to visit, I’ve once again revitalised my passion for touring. I plan to use one of our Demo motorhomes this year and plan a new adventure which I’m excited about.
If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Switzerland! There was no hesitation at all. One day I’ll drive my campervan (or motorhome) up through the vast and incredible snow-covered mountains to visit my friends that currently live there.
If you are looking for a new challenge and want to work for a family-owned and run business in Portsmouth then please email in your CV and covering letter to Andrew Ayling at email@example.com. We are always on the lookout for talented personnel to join our teams in – Service Centre (technicians, customer service advisors, valeters), Showroom (sales advisors, receptionists).