Meet Sophia Binns!

Introducing one of the new members to the Market Dojo Family Sophia Binns. We asked our newest addition a couple of questions to find out what makes her tick.

What made you apply to work at Market Dojo?
I found Market Dojo through a sales recruitment agency based in Cheltenham. I’ve worked in sales since I was 16 years old (much to my displeasure at the time… working in a children’s clothes shop on the weekends and during school holidays isn’t exactly a teenagers dream.) I knew sales was in my future, being one of the many things I’m good at (modesty being the other) but I wasn’t exactly sure how to get there and build a career from it.

When I was told about the opportunity to interview with Market Dojo I jumped at the chance. I had never considered a job in procurement; I didn’t really know what it was. Frantically researching the Market Dojo website and stalking the directors on LinkedIn (confessions of a wanna-be super sleuth) I realised that this was a company that would be somewhere I could grow and develop with and ultimately build a career. Market Dojo and I have a lot in common; we are quick to adapt, we maintain good relationships with people, we are resilient, honest and like the colour Red.

What are you looking forward to in your new role?
It sounds a bit cliche but after meeting the directors in the interview I was excited to work for them. They each spoke with such passion about procurement and a company they had built off their own backs. Nick and Alun saw what the procurement industry was missing and made the leap to fix it. They are inspiring and such great guys it’s hard not to get excited about starting a role within a team of people who you could actually be friends with outside of work. I was also looking forward to the chance to make a difference. Market Dojo is growing and I have the opportunity to actually make a difference in something, carve my way and leave my mark. It’s something to get out of bed for knowing you’re going to make that difference and work with great people.

What is different about Market Dojo?
The company is incredibly honest and actually wants what is best for its clients. There is no up selling for personal gain or offering the world and then not delivering. Market Dojo does what it says on the tin. No ulterior motives. You are investing in a tried and tested software that will give results and will save time and money. It is refreshing to find a company with integrity and passion.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had?
As far as unusual goes, my job history is pretty much the expected for a post-graduate who was born and raised in the countryside; babysitting, pub work and shop assistant. A cool job I have done, although I don’t remember, was when I was a baby model for Mini Boden. What can I say… I peaked early.

What is your favourite book/movie?
Picking a favourite film would be like picking a favourite child… I don’t have children. My siblings and I had a very limited film selection growing up, all of which were Disney. I still love them to this day and can’t wait for my Godchild to arrive so I have an excuse to watch them again. When I finally got to have the freedom to buy DVDs with my hard earned pocket money, I was like a kid in a candy store. I have watched too many films to count but if I had to pick a few I would say The Lord of the Ring Trilogy or Harry Potter.

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your phone?
Without a doubt the most embarrassing song I have on my phone Enya ‘Sail Away’. It isn’t embarrassing because the song is bad. On the contrary, the song is amazing. What is embarrassing is my attempt to sing along.

Where have you travelled abroad? What was your favourite country?
Due to my Dad having a fear of flying, our summer holidays were limited to France. I now have the capability to go anywhere and I have been to France 3 times this year. If it ain’t broke? Besides, the French have the best wine, cheese, architecture and scenery. Why would I not go back? I do have a travel book and a few I want to tick off in 2018 is Iceland, Bali and Austria. I would love to see the Northern Lights and the beautiful scenery in Austria.

What is one thing about yourself that you think others would be surprised to know?
I have four brothers and three sisters. It is both manic and loud but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love photography; my camera feed is full of flowers, landscapes and sunsets. My love of photography is fuelled by my desire to travel. I also love cooking. I come from a very large family and so cooking was something we all had to do to help out. It was also something we did together so for me cooking has always been a sociable time. And who doesn’t love food? I am very into fitness and am attempting to do a Tough Mudder in 2018. Watch this space.

A photo I took when I went to Paris in September 2017.

What is your biggest claim to fame?
Growing up my next door neighbour was Princess Anne.

If you could be any animal what would you be?
A corgi in Buckingham Palace. I can imagine they live a pretty good life.

What actor would you cast to play yourself in a movie?
Morgan Freeman. He might need some prosthetics.

Find Sophia on Linkedin here
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!

Market Dojo hires Scottish royalty

Market Dojo is excited to introduce you to our newest member of team Dojo – Jon Pole. Coming all the way from South Africa he’ll be stepping into our business development manager position. We asked him a few questions to get to know a bit more about him.

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What made you apply to work at Market Dojo?
I’ll set the scene – It was a late November evening, rain was pouring down. I was driving down the M5 on my way home from a job interview with a terrible telemarketing company, wondering if I should accept the job offer or not – do I sell my soul? I stopped at a services station to take a break from the terrible weather, I checked a few emails and there it was an invitation to interview for a company called ‘Market Dojo’ I checked out the company, the sun broke through the clouds and the rest is history.

What are you looking forward to in your new role?
It’s not often you get a chance to be part of a small company with so much potential, having the opportunity to build it up from the foundations and see yourself making a noticeable difference. I’m excited about generating new sales and heat-seeking new opportunities also just getting the opportunity to tell people I’m a ‘Business Development Manager’ at 22.

What is different about Market Dojo?
Everything about the company is taken at face value and is transparent, what you see is what you get. It’s also very rare when you get to sell a product that sells itself. I’m just really appreciating having the opportunity as a young person

What is the most unusual job you have ever had?
Whilst at University I worked at Heart radio as a marketing and promotions assistant. The unusual thing about this job is that we spent a lot of our time driving around in giant red 7 seaters plastered with the Heart logo. Whilst doing this we were giving out cakes, setting up gazebos, face painting children and being VIP backstage at Boardmasters. It was pretty fun and I was the only man working with 23 girls. So, all in all, it was okay…

What is your favourite book/movie?
It couldn’t be anything other than Lord of the rings, huge Tolkien fan. My inner nerd will never lie about it.

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your phone
As a music student and musician I have and listen to everything I mean I could list 50 pages of embarrassing songs but instead here is a taster:

N-Dubz – Strong Again
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
One Direction – Best Song Ever
Justin Bieber – One Time

Where have you travelled abroad? What was your favourite country?
I grew up in South Africa and it will always be my favourite in terms of natural beauty. The best foreign trip of my life has been going to Finland earlier this year to see the northern lights, it was the best thing I’ve ever done, absolutely breathtaking if you haven’t been before then make time to go ASAP, it’s worth it. I also love Italy the culture is amazing, the food is my favourite and I am also 60% fluent in Italian according to Duolingo.

What are your hobbies and interests?
My main hobby or passion is singing, I’m actually in an indie/electronic band I sing, play guitar and synth. So performance is a key part of what I love to do, I’ve always thought maybe it’s just because I love being the centre of attention – maybe that’s why I turned up to my first day at work in a full suit when the dress code was casual.

What actor would you cast to play yourself in a movie?
That’s easy, it’s gotta be Leonardo Di Caprio. But not the young pretty boy – think more like between Wolf of Wall Street and The Revenant, with a bad hairline and dad bod running around the park with a water pistol. There certainly are some similarities to be seen there.

How would you describe yourself for those about to meet you at Market Dojo?
I would make these lucky people very aware of my lack of common sense, it is actually a very severe case of it. I’ve been described by friends as a ‘puppy – you can’t be mad at it for messing things up because it doesn’t know any better’.
I won’t accidentally wet myself in the house but I spend days making people question how I actually got an honours degree.

Interesting facts about yourself?
Well, obviously I’m South African, not that you’d be able to tell from the well-spoken British accent with a Somerset twang.

I’ve performed at the London O2 and got a support slot with Gabrielle Aplin before she backed out and got someone else.

If you’ve seen Braveheart I’m a direct descendant of William Wallace and could be a Scottish prince if history had played out in my favour.

What are you hoping to bring to Market Dojo?
A hungry sense of ambition and a desire to succeed with Market Dojo.
Also to make sure Market Dojo has an obviously visible growth from the date I joined.

Finally, I hope to become a main driving force within this company and with that enthusiasm, I’m confident I will succeed

Connect with Jon on LinkedIn here!

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!

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!

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