Mez Barot (National Account Director)
From Business and Marketing graduate to National Account Director.
After graduating in Business and Marketing at De Montfort university, Mez Barot joined the British Gypsum team as a marketing graduate. Nine years and a lot of hard work later, he is valued member of the team and operates as a National Account Director.
We caught up with him to find out what he had to say about being a long-standing member of the British Gypsum team, and what advice he would give to those considering a career in the construction sector.
What has your British Gypsum journey looked like?
Having started in marketing, my career has certainly developed during my nine years at British Gypsum, including working as part of the operations and supply chain team, customer experience and progressing through various sales roles. All of this experience has culminated in my role today: National Account Director. It’s great working at such a reputable, blue chip company.
What does a typical day as a National Account Director look like?
I’d say there isn’t one! No two days are the same; they can range from engaging with various internal functions to linking with people from across the Saint-Gobain family and users of British Gypsum products, such as sub-contractors, installers and merchants.
It’s a great opportunity to engage with different people and develop results based on the relationships you build over time.
Sales is an excellent way to become adept at delivering business strategy, while also gaining hands-on experience in negotiating deals and managing partner relationships. In a company like British Gypsum, it’s interesting to be involved everything from products and services, right through to following up on sales leads and closing deals.
Why British Gypsum?
As previously mentioned, I initially wanted to work at British Gypsum as the company offered a great opportunity for me as a graduate to work in such a reputable company. For anyone considering a career in business management or sales and marketing, I would certainly tell them to explore all options – don’t rule out a particular sector through fear of the unknown.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’m certain my career will continue to thrive at British Gypsum and I’m excited to be part of the company’s plans for the future. My ultimate goal is to evolve into general management, so watch this space!