Jenna Brown is our next CF:G Ones to Watch 2014 profile, and is currently a Sales Analyst at Adzuna, where she is known for her sweet tooth, can-do attitude and outstanding ability to intuitively understand.
Find her on twitter: @xiaojenna
Can you briefly describe your journey into tech?
After graduation, I embarked on a Graduate Scheme at RWE Supply & Trading – a commodities trading company. The job was both challenging and interesting, but I was keen to find something I felt truly passionate about. After deciding I wanted to have a career where I could make a real difference, I set my sights on the world of start-ups. After some fairly intensive research on the top up-and-coming businesses in the UK, I sent a speculative application to Adzuna and was called in for an interview. Adzuna has an incredibly strong vision and great leadership, with a whole lot of passion for making a difference to the job search industry. So, after the initial offer, I couldn't wait to make the leap and start making my mark.
Tell us a little bit about what you do on a day-to-day basis.
My role at Adzuna is mixed – I spend about 50% of my time on account management and sales – making sure our customers are happy and signing up new relationships with the job board community. The other 50% tends to be spread between data analysis, operations with a touch of finance thrown in. Typically, my data work involves gathering data and insights for our monthly Jobs Market Report – although it could also incorporate more adhoc analysis such as analysing our email user base to help us perfect our user communication strategy. The operational side of my role includes making sure information passes from one part of the business to another or creating efficiency gains for a process – which may mean building a VBA tool. As with many start-up roles there is always something that I can get involved in that may not be part of my core role, and there are plenty of exciting projects on the go at any given time.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
There is no one person – however there are many people who have inspired me and helped me learn and improve – family, friends, colleagues, managers - and I am grateful to them all.
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