Having joined EvoBus as an experienced technician in November 2004 at EvoBus UK’s London Service Centre, Paul Dixon steadily rose through the ranks to become Team Leader. When the Service Centre in London was sold on to one of EvoBus’s service partners in 2013, Paul, along with two other colleagues, was asked to re-locate to Head Office in Coventry as Key Account Manager Bus in the newly formed New Business Development Team. Almost three years’ on, and many miles driven all over the UK and Ireland looking after the bus customers, Paul was asked if he would take on the responsibility of being the service centre Manager at BusWorld Home Coventry.
We caught up with him after his first 8 action-packed weeks in his new role:
CRS: Firstly many congratulations on your recent appointment to the post of Senior Manager Workshop here in Coventry. Can you tell us a bit about your new role?
Paul: This is mainly an office-based role with occasional visits to customers or suppliers – quite different to my previous role and means I need to re-locate to Coventry because commuting from my home in London on a daily basis is not a long-term option. As Workshop Manager, I now have a large team of people reporting to me so planning relevant training and career development are part of my responsibilities. I will also be involved in financial planning for turnover and investments – it is all very new but very interesting.
CRS: That sounds like a big challenge for you.
Paul: Yes it is – but it is a challenge that I am up for, especially as I will be supported internally and externally with training courses to complement my skills set.
CRS: So you still enjoy coming to work?
Paul: Ask me again in six months’ time! Every day is different which keeps you on your toes and engaged. Also, in spite of being part of such a large international organisation, there is definitely a family atmosphere within EvoBus as a whole and I really value that.
CRS: Thank you for your time, Paul, and good luck!