One to One with the newest member of Market Dojo

Market Dojo is pleased to announce the latest member of Team Dojo. Angie will be joining us as part of our growing marketing team, she glided through the Market Dojo interview process and we are really pleased to welcome her to the team. 

What made you apply to Market Dojo?
Interestingly, a path into the world of procurement and software was something which had never really caught my attention, partly because I was unsure of what sector I was ever going to work in and partly because I didn’t have much knowledge on this world of business. However, what I did have was a keen interest in Marketing. A family member with previous experience in procurement services told me about Market Dojo and after a brief phone call with one of the directors what was apparent was the range of opportunity available. Once meeting the team, I realised everyone had a genuine energy for the company which I value highly as a prospectus employee.

What are you looking forward to in your new role?
I am most excited about being able to bring new ideas to Market Dojo on how we can better inform potential customers of our product to encourage more sales.
 
What is different about Market Dojo?
For me, it’s that the service is based around getting other businesses the best deals. I have always wanted to go into a career where I can provide something beneficial to others and taking a commercialised business route being able to do this seemed quite unlikely.

If you didn’t go into marketing, what other profession would you have considered?
I think I would have remained studying for a couple of years to become a Doctorate in the field of Psychology, where I would have pursued a career within the mental health sector specifically to help those with eating disorders. Why I chose to work within a business instead is because the NHS underfund the mental health services drastically and I feel I would not be able to help to the extent I would like. I also was hungry to jump start my career and get into working life earlier, and knowing that I have a keen interest in what makes people tick and how to utilise this, assured me that Marketing was the perfect profession for me.
 
What is your favourite book/movie?
Probably Harry Potter, I recently went to London to watch the final book in theatre, ’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. It was absolutely amazing, and you really have missed out if you haven’t had to pleasure to see it. The tickets were impossible to get hold of and I waited for hours online to grab just two a year in advance, so I guess I must be a pretty hard core fan.

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your phone?
I honestly have no embarrassing songs on my phone, or maybe I’m too self-assured of my own music taste

What is one thing about yourself that you think others would be surprised to know?
Ummm, probably that I worked in a fish and chip shop. My friends were all shocked because I am quite a girly girl, but I actually really liked the job! Had some very funny work friends and obviously the bonus of free chips, I really couldn’t complain…
 
Have you ever traveled abroad? What was your favourite country?
Yes. Probably Thailand which I visited this summer with close friends. It was a budget/travel style holiday but the food and beaches were pretty insane. I have never been to America, and would LOVE to go! On one hand I want to go all out and splurge on a luxury break in LA, but on the other hand, I kind of want to travel South America and visit the likes of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru! Although a friend of mine did that a couple of months ago and ended up getting Salmonella poisoning, parasites you name it! But the pictures were absolutely amazing, I was very jealous.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Hobbies are definitely eating out (I’m the biggest foodie ever!), binging on a good TV drama, and I guess health and fitness. I’d prefer to say health and fitness is more of an interest as I really care about my diet and ensuring an active lifestyle and 8 times out of 10 make it to the gym and eat super good foods but I do struggle because it’s not always what I want, to slug myself to do a workout or stop myself from eating a whole bar of chocolate!
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Okay, not to follow the crowd on this one but for sure owning my own house. I’m super interested in property and interiors always looking for ideas on Pinterest! I have already opened a help to buy ISA so that is for sure in the pipeline for 5 years time. Career wise, I hope to progress fairly quickly, I am a super hard worker and am keen to learn and absorb from the best. I hope to stay in the field of Marketing for several years, working my way up within this field and then maybe digress into product development. But this is just a thought, I’m sure after more work experience and getting a better grasp on business throughout my time here I will be able to better predict my path.

If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be?
Probably a snow leopard – they are super beautiful and are definitely my favourite animal.



What actor would you cast to play yourself in a movie?
There are some pretty amazing actresses and actors to chose from. But probably Angelina Jolie cause seriously who the hell wouldn’t want to be her!
Connect with Angie on LinkedIn.
Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

Behind the scenes at Market Dojo

Hi, I’m Ed, And this is my Market Dojo experience.
Firstly, I had no idea about the company apart from my own research. In my research, I kept on seeing words which were unfamiliar with myself. Procurement, eAuctions and eSourcing. This all sounded very confusing at first, but I was confident that I’d be learning about it all soon enough.

A day in the Office.

The office was not what I was expecting. Its location was surrounded by fields. Lots of friendly people working hard (or at least most of the time). It was a fun looking place, dealing with high-level procurement organisations. I soon learnt more about my unfamiliar words, and by the end of the first day I felt like I had been learning a whole different language (SaaS, RFx, MLIBS and MOFA).

Myself and Harry

Myself and Harry joined the internship to get some work experience in a business and to create a film. A film which would explore the benefits of Market Dojo. Hopefully, with the learning from our University course and the brain power from the two of us (Majority mine), we would create an engaging piece of material.
Pitching the Film ideas was a fun experience. Before the pitch, we got a few test questions to ease us in pitching and breaking the ice. Let’s just say that the University didn’t prepare me for these types of questions, but I’ll get back to this later. Before the pitches, myself and Harry had come up with 12 quick but well thought out ideas which then the crew at Market Dojo had to sit through.

Myself congratulating our actor

Afterwards, we planned to create two types of films. One a promo/advert style video and the other a simple getting the co-founders to explain to the camera/audience about Market Dojo and eSourcing. This was what was decided by ourselves and the Market Dojo crew.

We spent time learning about running the social media side and website design marketing. As well as learning that we would be adding our own blog up on their blogger page. Hoping so far so good.

On Tuesday we did our first bit of filming. We had previously been in contact with the Cheltenham Museum to collect some artefacts as props for the film and the Monday we picked up the filming kit. The film promo idea was to tell a quick story through time with eSourcing.

Improvised desk

Harry having a quick drink before filming

On Thursday we were back at Market Dojo to do some more filming, shooting the interview/explaining styled film and the office scenes for the promo film. We found a lovely spot to film the founders of the company using a field for the background to represent their free spirits.

The next week was spent editing the films. Myself and Harry edited the films back in Cheltenham ready to show Market Dojo on Friday.

I had a great time at Market Dojo; learning the trade, creating some films and meeting some genuinely really nice people. I’ll leave Market Dojo asking myself one question. Why did I choose the armpit dispenser over the ham hand?

You can the “eSourcing Made Simple” and “What is Market Dojo?” videos on theMarket Dojo Youtube Channel

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

Travelogue of a frenchxit

Antoine Le Bras, French intern who has joined Market Dojo for 8 weeks shares his feelings and his analysis of his first days in our beautiful country.

It only took an hour to discover the grey sky of the United Kingdom. When I arrived, I was shocked by the gentlemanly spirit. In France, people don’t care about people, we are very independent and in my opinion, mostly selfish. In my experience in the UK, when people have issues, others try to understand your difficulties and try to help you. In France, we see but often we don’t even bother to try to understand.

After taking a small train on tracks in Birmingham and another train to New Street, I had to fight against the British train station. Why? Because there are lots of trains with lots of different tracks and on one track you have differents numbers for the different train stops! So much, almost too much to factor in when you’re waiting for your train.

It is after this adventure, that I arrived in the good city. Since arrived I was disturbed by a few things. Firstly, you drive left on the road! Your steering wheel is on the right! And when you want to cross the street you need to check your right first. It is hard to do the opposite. Please, drive on the same side like all the European Union’s countries… Oh, I probably shouldn’t say that!

My journey lasts 8 weeks, 8 weeks of eating hundreds of different types of crisps  (I have already tried mature cheddar with red onion but it is an acquired taste).

I would like during the trip to go to London for a weekend, discovering the capital. To see landmarks of London like the London Eye, the Tower Bridge, Westminster palace and of course Big Ben…

My ambition is also to watch a football match in a Stadium. To feel the passion, the strength, to hear football songs and thrill with fifty-thousand people.

I have found that when I talk about my beautiful country and our traditional food, it is often perceived with a lot of stereotypes. Firstly, we don’t eat snails and frogs everyday or have a baguette in the kitchen  or have mouldy cheese in the fridge. We don’t wear a berets but yes, you are right. We are grumpy people and we become grumpy for no reason! But… we have a strong history and as we like to think, one of the best cuisines in the world. I do now and always will miss eating a traditional baguette with salted butter caramel from Guérande (if you haven’t tried it, you must it!), crepe, and all the other wonderful things of France.

One of the things that I have noticed since the beginning of my trip, was that your British houses all look the same, I find it very disturbing. But set apart from all of the crazy cultural differences, what stands out is  the music, your music. Before my trip, I was thinking that we have the same music with the same artists, everthing similar. However I was totally wrong. The first thing I heard when walking into a supermarket was the music, a different sound then you would hear in France.

If I have to conclude now, I would say you have a beautiful country, with so careful, outgoing and drunky people, I will never forget this trip, this adventure. But please, let me see the sunshine sometime!
Antoine Le Bras
Stay tuned for to hear more about my adventures!

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

French Trainee – A last blog from the way back

Last week we bid a fond farewell to our intern Alex who spent 9 glorious weeks at Market Dojo HQ. Whilst here he worked on translation of the website, wrote content for the blog and spent a lot of time creating wonderful graphics for us.He was a great asset to the team and we wish him all the best in the future. Thank you Alex! Here is his parting blog:

I will have long-lasting memories of my experience at Market Dojo. In addition to the relaxed and enjoyable working atmosphere, the team often liked the work I did.

After leaving, a part of me will stay with Marketdojo, and for a while, through my design creations, a part of Market Dojo will also stay with me.
Nicholas, Alun and Nick set up a marketing campaign called “Be the e-Sourcing HERO”.  One of my tasks was to put a face into this idea and create various marketing materials. Very soon, you will discover this campaign at the e-World exhibition on 22nd September 2015 where Marketdojo will unveil its new hero.

Anya McKenna (Sales and Marketing Executive) will also take care of spreading the word through various social networks, such as Linkedin, Twitter, or even Facebook .

Here is a small foretaste of the appearance of the hero:

Creating the hero, the banner and the poster was simply a part of my internship. However, my CAD knowledge has been truly tested. Dozens of tests and patterns were needed in order to achieve a result satisfying all Market Dojo members.

This experience enabled me to understand how the validation process of a communication support in the professional world is long and rigorous. Everything can still be improved.

Some of my other missions, such as the translation of the website in French, could appear as less cool. Nevertheless they were just as beneficial as the design stuff. In my opinion, it is one of the best ways to learn English and especially procurement vocabulary. Which has been useful in every day life in Marketdojo. Even if I was not there long enough to become “The e-Sourcing HERO”, I was able to come up with a commandment for procurement: “Buy French.”

My main objective was to write “Fluent in English” on my CV at the end of my stay in the UK. Although, I may have set the bar too high. A future experience will be required to reach this expected level. However, and fortunately the next exam to to join a top Business School should now be achievable.

My internship at this small Start-up has allowed me to interact a lot with people. I had my first opportunity to participate in a professional meeting (party? Congress? I don’t remember the word) where I discovered another interesting side of the English business environment.

I would like to thank every member of Marketdojo for their welcome, for their help and for their happiness.. I know that this experience will have been incredibly beneficial for my career. I definitely recommend this Start-up to any motivated young Business graduate.

Alex – former CED (Chief Executive Designer) of Marketdojo

About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

The British culture seen by a Frenchy

editors note:  this is the second blog entry from our excellent intern Hadrien Geffroy.  Sadly Hadrien’s internship has reaached it’s completion and we have to say au revoir, but Hadrien, you are welcome back  any time.

Advice: this article could contain French humour which some English people could possibly not understand. I apologise for it, and I ask you not to take it wrong or feel offense. Thanks you for your understanding.

I don’t know if it’s because we are neighbours or if it’s a direct consequence of globalization, but the British culture isn’t so different from the French culture. I mean we are both Occidentalized countries, lead by a democratic government and severely influenced by the American culture. But a few things caught my attention. The first things that shocked me when I arrived in Bristol were the streets and houses, all the British houses look the same and there are no garages to park your cars!  Where are your architects? Do you have architects? Do you know what an architect is? Do you want some of ours? Fortunately Banksy is here to beautify your walls!

The second example of great interest to me personally is FOOD. Being French, food is for me a big part of the culture and even if I come from France and the food I eat there is the best in the world, I have to admit there are a few good things in your kitchens. Obviously I’m not talking about this stupid chilli (I’ll get back on it later). By good things I mean crumpets, Shepherd’s Pie, crumbles, bacon…  And even if British food isn’t very sophisticated, the meals I ate all along my stay were quite good. Breakfast is on the top of the list of my favourite British food. I tried typical brekky twice and each time it was a really culinary orgasm. I was also fond of Fish & Chips until some made me ill. I love curry as long as there is not too much chilli. You may probably think I make a fixation on chilli but you have to know that for my first lunch with Nick & Alun they put so much chilli on my sandwich that I thought my tongue would fall off. I’d like to talk about beer but I don’t want to shower you with too many praises.

In the UK, and more especially in Bristol, the culture is more visible on the streets than on the plates. The street looks like a perpetual carnival, there are so many styles of people: hippies, Goths, hipsters, coloured haired girls… and what about girls… I don’t want to introduce an endless debate about which of British or French are the most attractive but I heard someone who said that French girls have pretty nice faces and bodies but they are too much introvert whereas British one’s looks sometime “not attractive” but they are sexier… I let you give your point on it on the comments 😉

There is another reason I will never forget this summer: Olympics. One of the questions people asked me the most while my stay in UK was “what do you think about the opening ceremony?” And here is another point in which I have to admit you are very good. I watched the Opening on the big screen in Bristol’s town centre and the atmosphere was awesome.

Being in the UK while the Olympics were on gave me the opportunity to spend a day in London, I couldn’t watch any event but I enjoyed the infatuation of the Olympics. Of course, as a Frenchman, it was very difficult to endure all these gold medals for Team GB or to see how many British people scorned handball. Everybody told me it was a sport for girls…Oh sorry, it’s true, you got the most athletic sports in the world: Darts, Snooker and Cricket…

If there is a point on which France should copy the UK, it’s on the place of sport in society. When you see the place of sport in the daily life you quickly understand how the British athletes managed to reach 26 gold medals at the Olympics. In France sport is most of the time just seen as a way to stay healthy but in the UK it’s much more than that; so one point for you.

Now you read my article, you’re obviously allowed to do the same for French culture!
About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software.   Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

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