At DivideBuy, we’re passionate about helping our retail partners make their products more accessible for their customers, and our business development team work hard to find the right solution to help make this happen.
No one more so than one of the latest additions to the team, our Business Development Manager, Jarone Macklin-Page. Jarone joined the DivideBuy team earlier this year and has already become an integral part of our operation.
In the latest edition of our Employee Spotlight series, we sat down with Jarone to find out a bit more about him, his background and his new role at DivideBuy.
Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get to where you are today?
I have what you might consider a bit of an untraditional background and route into business development. My first passion was actually acting and I gained my degree at Italia Conti, a prestigious acting school in the heart of London. This allowed me to establish myself as a professional actor, working on a number of well-known TV programmes & films. In addition to setting up my own production company.
However, as with most actors, I found myself looking for a role between acting jobs. This is when my journey into business development began, starting as an In-store development executive for Samsung. It took me just 6 months before I was promoted to Area Manager for East Anglia and Northamptonshire in the TV/AV department, that’s where I really found my feet and discovered a new passion.
I’m so proud of everything I was able to achieve in this role, I was awarded ‘Inspiration of the Year’ and the management team I was part of was named ‘Team of the Year’- the experience I gained has, without doubt, helped me get to where I am today.
From there I went on to work at Juul, until I joined DivideBuy at the beginning of this year.
What does your role at DivideBuy entail?
I joined DivideBuy mid-pandemic, which some people might think sounds risky, however, having watched DivideBuy’s growth closely for 2 years, I was confident that DivideBuy was a business that had ambitions and goals that I wanted to be a part of. And after only 6 months in the business, seeing how passionate people are about doing right by their customers and retailers, I’m pleased to say that my thoughts about the company have proven to be right.
As a Business Development Manager, my job is to bring on and support new retail partners. I identify retailers who I believe could truly benefit from our solution and work closely with them to create and implement our solutions in a way that will support their business goals.
I’m lucky to work alongside so many fantastic retailers at DivideBuy, some of which are amongst the biggest in the UK. And having worked in the retail sector for most of my career, I understand the unique challenges that these businesses face and can use this knowledge to help tailor our solution to their specific needs.
What do you love most about your job?
For me, it’s all about the people. Of course, over the past 18-months, building relationships and meeting new people has taken on a very different form and everything being virtual has definitely made it more challenging. But it’s been a new experience and we’ve all had to adapt to this new way of living. I do have to say though, there is nothing quite like chatting to someone in person, and I’m looking forward to when we can return to face to face meetings.
What drew me to DivideBuy was that they were clearly a business that wanted to do right by their partners, and the team are excited to be able to help retailers make their products more accessible.
I know that when I speak to a retailer, I can always deliver on my promises and that is such a fantastic feeling.
What are your ambitions at DivideBuy?
I want to be a part of helping the company to grow and move, and one of my focuses is to develop DivideBuy into European markets – on a personal level, I would love to see DivideBuy on the global stage.
I’m always open to talk to retailers and I’d love to hear their story, if you’re genuinely interested in growing your brand and put brand values and customers at the forefront of everything you do, then I want to be a part of helping to make that happen.
If you’re a retailer and you would like to find out more about our payment solution, or chat with the team then why not get in touch.