What does it do? ’Sells display advertising in Britain’s biggest
selling quality daily newspaper and second biggest quality Sunday,’ says
Peter Barrie (pictured), display advertisement manager, newspapers.
Good office? Located in the heart of the ’new city’ - that’s Canary
Wharf to you and me. Barrie says that after a rocky start, the area now
offers ’an excellent working environment with numerous bars, restaurants
and shops’. Transport has improved with the opening of the Jubilee Line
Extension and you can now get to Bond Street in 20 minutes.
Display sales are located on the 15th floor of 1 Canada Square in an
open-plan office overlooking the Thames. Onsite parking, a canteen and
gym all help to make it ’a superb place to work’.
What’s it like? Display sales has ’a slight male bias, helping to create
a lively atmosphere,’ says Barrie. For a few sharpeners after work, the
staff make their way to the Slug & Lettuce or Corney & Barrow. ’The gym
gets a fair amount of use, but it doesn’t have a bar!’
What about perks? Six weeks’ holiday, cars (or if you prefer, cash), a
company pension scheme, free private healthcare and, of course, the gym.
The annual conference features a stay in a five-star hotel. What more
could you want?
Is it good at training? Various internal and external courses are on
offer. Individuals from classified who apply to join display as sales
executives are put through an intensive nine-month training programme
covering all aspects of the business. This includes spending time with
various departments, as well as with ad and media agencies.
How does it recruit? The paper has its own appointments section and uses
various recruitment consultants and headhunters. ’We are also approached
directly by individuals,’ says Barrie.
How do you get ahead? ’A brown nose may help,’ jokes Barrie, ’but hard
work and enthusiasm will win the day.’