Young sales manager rises through the ranks at East Midlands housebuilder

Young sales manager rises through the ranks at East Midlands housebuilder

A young trainee sales manager from Peterborough is relishing the challenge of climbing the career ladder with a major housebuilder after being thrust into her new role just days before the lockdown.

Weronika Maslak, 24, was promoted to the position with Vistry Group, whose housebuilding division comprises Linden Homes and Bovis Homes, after four years in the industry.

Based at Vistry’s East Midlands office in Peterborough, Weronika is responsible for three Linden Homes developments in the region: Brampton Park in Brampton; Laithwaite Gardens in Sutton; and the site where she has worked as a sales executive for the past two years, Hastings Gardens in Blunham.

A            person wearing a hat            Description automatically generatedShe began her career as a sales executive with Persimmon before joining Linden Homes, which became part of the newly formed Vistry Group in January this year.

Weronika says her new role has presented many unexpected challenges but she’s enjoying the experience.

She said: “I decided to apply for the trainee sales manager role because I was ready for something new after being a sales executive for nearly four years. At first, I didn’t think it would be very different, but you start to realise how complex the job is and that there is a lot behind the scenes that sales managers get involved with.

“The biggest difference is you get a lot more in depth with everything. You take more decisions on showhomes and launches and speak more with solicitors and the finance team. You also report to the directors, whereas before I was reporting to the sales managers.

“I think I’ve found my calling in the new-build industry working at Vistry. Four years ago, I was an assistant manager in a restaurant with no sales experience and now I wouldn’t change the industry I’m working in. Vistry has a great working environment and I always feel supported. They have a high-quality product and some of the nicest customers I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

“I wasn’t planning on applying for a sales manager position for another couple of years but when another sales manager left, I talked to my friends and family who persuaded me to go for it. I didn’t think I would get the job but I’m so pleased that Vistry believed in me.”

Since being promoted in March, Weronika has only had the chance to be on site in the past couple of weeks due to coronavirus restrictions, which she said has been the biggest challenge in her new role so far.

“We went into lockdown just a few days after I got my new job, which was very stressful as none of us had experienced anything like this before. What was supposed to be face-to-face and on-site training was now done over video calls and it took some time to adjust to working from home. Being able to visit sites again now they’ve reopened has been a great experience and has made the job more enjoyable.”

Weronika’s advice for those wanting to take the next step up the ladder like she did is believe in yourself.

“Don’t underestimate what sales managers do because so much goes into it but don’t let that stop you. Being a sales executive is really interesting and rewarding but if you feel ready, do your research and go for it.”

Nic Chapman, Sales and Marketing Director for Vistry East Midlands, said: “In the two years Weronika has been with us at Vistry, she’s become a valued member of the team and we’re proud to help her progress in her career.

“At Vistry Group we like to support our team in whatever they want to do. We are always keen to develop our own talent and promote from within and Weronika is a great example of that.

“Weronika has shown great enthusiasm in the way she has approached her new role, particularly given the unprecedented challenges of lockdown, and we hope to see her reach even greater heights within Vistry Group in the future.”

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