Sophie Marr

BUSINESS MANAGER

EXPERTISE

Project management, insight gathering and analysis, consumer and competitor research, gathering stimulus, client relationships, events.

A supercharged team I have been a part of

I was part of a team that organised everyone in our business to go to a private island for a week of strategy, culture and connection. The equal and combined passion for our goal allowed us to break down all of the numerous hurdles in our way. Total clarity on roles and responsibilities meant we could move at pace and strong team relationships allowed constant feedback, stretch and learning. We therefore smashed our goals and all grew as individuals.

Business highlights

Founder's Trainee | Streetbees
Supporting and shadowing the CEO and COO of a high growth tech-start up, gaining insight into what it takes to be a successful, disruptive business. My work involved facilitating the smooth running of the co-founders’ work, as well as supporting on client projects. During my time with Streetbees, they underwent a £10million funding round, meaning maintaining strong relationships with investors and clients was pivotal to my role.

Junior Business Consultant | Challenges Worldwide, ICS
Formally trained and practiced as a consultant with SMEs in Zambia. I spent three months working with a personal protective equipment retailer in the Copperbelt region. After conducting in-depth analysis, identifying pain points, I developed a plan to help them diversify and re-invent themselves in a struggling market.

Why I love what I do

I love challenging things, questioning the norm and pushing the boundaries. My role allows me to probe and question problems, people and opinions. I enjoy witnessing the shift in people’s mindsets when confronted with a totally new way of looking at something. Having the opportunity to witness this in the senior leadership teams of some of the world’s largest businesses is thrilling, and even more inspiring when one witnesses these changes having a positive impact on the wider business, and the individuals that work in them.

A business result I'm proud of

Having the opportunity to work in Zambia as a consultant was a challenging, yet transformative experience. I worked with a large protective equipment retailer, struggling to cope in an ever-changing market flooded with international investment. This, combined with the strains of adjusting to a new culture and adopting different ways of working, required plenty of flex and adaptability.

However, through developing strong relationships within the business, I managed to grasp the crux of their struggles and lead them through a reinvention - namely, diversifying into new markets, through an updated sales and marketing strategy. Witnessing the energy and engagement from those within the business throughout this transformation was massively rewarding.