Last updated on January 19th, 2016 at 02:14 pm
Here at Shoe Zone, all of our team are like family. We wanted to share with you a little insight into our lovely team, give you more information about a day in the life at Shoe Zone!
This month we spoke to Vicki Meakin, who is Shopfitting Project Co-ordinator
How long have you been a member of the Shoe Zone team?
I joined Shoe Zone in November 2004, so getting on for nearly 11 years now.
What is your job title, and what does this involve?
I am a Shopfitting Project Co-ordinator. I report to the Shopfitting Manager, Jamie Footitt. I help Jamie carry out surveys of current stores and units that we are proposing to move into. I then draw the projects onto AutoCad and produce a specification of works which gets circulated to our contractors and internally. As well as this I update the shop layouts as needed, try to get the necessary amount of units to fit into the shop, deal with shopfitters as queries come up whilst they are on site, look after the smaller shopfitting projects and arrange for installations of security tagging systems.
What’s a typical day like?
That’s quite a difficult question to answer. I often come into the office with a plan, knowing I need to draw up that project and tidy up some drawings. However one phone call can change that and its all systems go. It could be a problem on site which needs solving or suddenly lots of plans need changing.
A survey day is like no other. It involves a very early start as we travel all over the country (and Ireland) and like to be at our stores for 9am. When surveying in Scotland or Cornwall, that’s a scary alarm call! We then spend the day measuring the store from top to bottom including every detail such as sockets and lights. When that’s all done we get back on the road for the long journey home.
How did you get into this career?
Completely by accident! When I left school my dad told me I had to go to university or get a job or move out! I decided to get a job. I found a position as a receptionist for a firm of solicitors. From there I moved around various law firms in Leicester and progressed to legal secretary. When I realised that wasn’t the job I wanted, I worked for a shopfitting company as an admin assistant. They taught me to use AutoCad and when the time came to progress a bit further I spotted a vacancy at Shoe Zone.
What has been your highlight of working at Shoe Zone so far?
I suppose I have to say that its meeting my now husband Nick! He is the Accounts Payable Manager and we got together about a year after I started working here. We married in 2008 and haven’t looked back since. From a work point of view, another highlight was being promoted from CAD Technician to my current role.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to do your job?
You need an eye for detail and a good alarm clock!
And finally, what’s your favourite thing about working at Shoe Zone?
The people. It’s a really nice atmosphere at Head Office and we all get along well.