Role: Product Manager – Security
Department: Product Management
What is your morning routine like?
I wake up around 5.30am every day, have an UP&GO for breakfast and on some mornings I check emails and play some Candy Crush.
From there I like to ease into the morning by watching TV especially if the golf is on. I also like to have a coffee with my wife then leave home around 6.40 AM to make the commute from Mount Annan to work.
Once you get into work, what is the first thing you do?
I get into work roughly at 7.30 AM. First thing is I’ll set up my laptop and look at my emails. I also have make myself a cup of tea, have some fruit and yoghurt to help me settle into the work day.
With your role, a lot of travel is involved. What does a work trip involve?
With my role, I do a lot of travel. On a monthly basis it is around 5-8 days worth of travel which can be local, interstate or international like New Zealand.
For example, I recently got back from NZ which means to catch up on a lot of emails afterwards. But the general purpose of traveling is to spend time with our sales reps and our customers.
It allows for face to face time with the reps and the customers which can be valuable to the customer. It also means I can provide further training to the customer on how to install and use our products.
What does a typical day consist of for you?
A standard day consists of a lot of meetings lately.
The people that I meet with varies from Purchasing where we discuss releasing a new product and its pricing, to Marketing for brochures and website updates through to the R&D team to catch up on projects I’m involved in.
I find face to face interaction is much better than email. It allows you to make those connections and saves you going back and forth via email.
If you could use a few words to describe your work process, what would they be?
I can’t sum it up in a few words but I would say I’m methodical only when it comes to my calendar, traveling and meetings.
I can be quite messy but I am definitely passionate and enthusiastic about my role and what ALG does. When I first started working here, I had a lot of help and want to pay that forward to others and be as helpful as possible.
You recently celebrated your 25th year at ALG, how has the company evolved over this time?
The evolution of technology has been a major one. It has advanced from being handwritten invoices to every order coming through the fax or email.
Also the size and diversity of the company has increased over the years. Which now means that there is a lot of new and creative energy within the company that helps push and bring new ideas in.
What does this 25 year achievement mean to you on a personal level?
Very proud and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work at ALG for this amount of time. Over the 25 years, I’ve been able to learn and grow and also make a lot of long lasting friendships.
I’ve grown with the business, gone through the hardships and am grateful to see how the company has grown and be witness to the evoolution.
FInally, how do you switch off from work?
On the way home I listen to WSFM or the 80s channel on the radio and hope that some of my favourites like Def Leppard, Van Halen or Kiss are on the radio.
Once I get home, I say hello to my dog, Sheba, and my two cats – Sofia and Angel. When it comes to dinner, my wife does all the cooking and then we watch the telly together and watch the footy religiously.