Adam Coombs

Transformation Consultant

It was from an early age that my interest in business and entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. Aged 12 I started collecting ex-display carpet samples for free from shops that would ordinarily throw them away. I then sold them regularly on car boot sales, with the help of my mam, making over £120 each day. At that age this was a lot of money to me but it wasn’t just about this, what I really enjoyed was meeting and interacting with new people.

My first job was volunteering in a newly opened St. Benedict’s charity shop, initially this was just over the summer holidays but 2 years later I was still there. I was able to use my technical skills to create and manage the charity’s online sales accounts and to teach the older volunteers how to use the till and pricing system.

My degree is in Business Leadership and Corporate Management (BA Hons), which involved studying and working full time during years 2 and 3. During my first year I worked on a range of projects to solve business problems from the Rugby World Cup to a science centre.

In my second year before I joined Waterstons I worked within a small team at Procter and Gamble that planned and managed all customer delivery across Northern Europe, which gave me a good grounding in gap analysis and operational efficiency. I also led a number of key projects which reduced costs, saved time and improved customer service.

Within Waterstons I have worked as one of the lead consultants on a number of client projects within the manufacturing, distribution and transport, and pharmaceutical industries. As part of these projects I have undertaken requirements gathering, system selections, process mapping, creating IT strategies and project managing system implementation. Going forward I aim to get involved with a range of opportunities as I love new challenges and the chance to learn.

Outside of work I love to travel, especially to the USA where I have been lucky enough to tour around both the east and west coasts. I am very close to my group of friends and enjoy socialising with them. My claim to fame has to be starring in the 2006 Bunty annual where I featured in the first story board of the edition, titled “Happy Families”.

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