The Business Solutions team are always striving for greater efficiency, driving change and delivering new capabilities throughout the business. Sitting between the operational areas and the technical IT/data area of BID, the Business Solutions team is uniquely placed to offer insight on both process changes and IT development, supporting all departments to deliver their objectives.
The function of our Commercial Function ultimately is to Build Amazing relationships with manufacturers and suppliers to build the best possible range of products for our customers at the very best prices. This Includes identifying new opportunities in the UK and abroad, developing new products and working with our marketing team to maximise on their sell out through our websites and other channels with market leading pricing and promotions. No 2 days are ever the same, and a wide range of skills are needed to succeed, from relationship building, to negotiation, to Creativity and Marketing flair.
The department is responsible for the planning, organising, auditing, accounting
for and control of the Company's finances through recording and reporting the
financial transactions of the business. The finance team also produces the
Company's financial statements ensuring we comply with all legal obligations.
The key roles and responsibilities of the team are Credit Control/Sales ledger, Purchase Ledger, Treasury and the Financial reporting (Management Accounts) team. Financial Reporting includes monthly management accounts and annual statutory accounts for Buy It Direct and all its property companies, subsidiaries etc.
In the Commercial Finance team, we provide data driven insight to support and challenge decision makers, with the goal being to add value, constructive challenge and financial support to non-financial leaders.
The Creative Team is split into 4 different specialities. The first is graphic design, which covers branding and the creation of the visuals for our campaigns, emails, advertising and social platforms. The second is Web and UX design, which covers the functionality, usability and user experience of our websites, and involves working closely with our IT team. Lastly, we have the content and visual merchandising teams, who focus on bringing products to life on our websites, via written content, photography and enhanced visuals.
I was lucky enough to be enrolled on the Be Extraordinary programme, and through this I was able to meet some amazing people from around the business, that I otherwise wouldn’t have met. I was also able to develop my skill set for both my job role here at Buy It Direct, and myself as a person. I am very grateful to have been able to be part of this programme, and learn things that I never would have without this opportunity.
Be Extraordinary was a really great opportunity to take time out of my busy day-to-day and focus on myself and my progression. I have never been on a development course before so went in very open minded and excited! The subjects covered were really insightful, my favorite part was exploring personality traits and how to work efficiently with different types of people. The course has provided valuable guidance on how I can develop my career and also the opportunity to take a step back and recognize the things I do well too!
After graduating in 2019, I joined Furniture123's lifestyle team. From
day one, I felt welcomed and trusted as part of the team. And since then, I've built
amazing relationships around the business to develop my career and experiences.
After a couple of months at BID, I was enrolled in its Be Extraordinary programme. During this time, I learned many valuable skills, from presentation techniques to goal setting. This has helped me grow within the company and work towards both the company's and my personal goals.
I look forward to my next steps within the business.
It's refreshing to find a company that wants to invest in graduates
with great potential rather than experience. And I've been lucky enough to channel my
degree in Business Management into Account Management.
BID's Be Extraordinary programme was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to step away from work responsibilities and assess our lives – personally and professionally. In each session, I connected with amazing people in different business areas. This has allowed me to understand the businesses' daily operations and give my customers the best experience. In short, this was the support I needed to kick-start my career.
Joining Buy It Direct via the Be Extraordinary scheme allowed me to
learn valuable skills. We covered topics like presentation skills and mental health
awareness, and I use these learnings in my working career and day-to-day life.
While on the programme, I networked with people throughout the business. This, in turn, helped me to integrate into the wider company with ease. The scheme has been a valuable learning resource whilst at BID, and it continues to come in useful in many areas of my job.
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