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Five Minutes With... Julie Hüskens

Mar 7, 2024|

In ‘Five Minutes With…’ we share the stories of our Bisley colleagues and business partners, allowing you to get to know them a little better. In this feature, we talk to Julie Hüskens, our Marketing and Internal Sales for Bisley Germany, as she talks about her diverse role and what she enjoys most about working in the furniture industry.

Can you tell us a little about your role at Bisley?

My role at Bisley is very varied and covers a wide range of different tasks in marketing and sales. Broadly speaking, I market our various products to ensure that not only potential new customers remember the Bisley brand and the variety of products, but also that our existing customers are always up to date with new product changes and launches. However, that is a relatively broad description of my role. I make sure that our customers know all the information and key features of our variety of products and, of course, have them available in the form of flyers or brochures. In addition, I am in regular contact with our customers and advise them on the various product requirements in order to create a customized and individual offer for the customer.

What does a typical working day look like for you?

There is no such thing as a “typical working day”. Every customer has different wishes and requirements, and of course, every product is special. That’s what I love about my job. Every day is individual, and my tasks are incredibly varied.

Why did you want to work in the furniture industry?

I have long been of the opinion that working and living environments can be effectively and sustainably influenced by the design of furniture.

In this industry, trends are constantly changing in terms of style and content, as well as the way furniture is marketed to consumers. The constant evolution and the many opportunities to present furniture in different environments in a visually innovative and appealing way is what drew me to work in the furniture industry. Additionally, the industry is often very personal, and I enjoy helping clients create a suitable and ergonomic working environment. I really like the idea that the type of storage and furniture can affect the overall working atmosphere.

Does your subsidiary have a goal for the year ahead? If so, what are they?

Bisley is very well known and popular in Germany for its high-quality and durable steel furniture. That’s very good, of course, but we want to make our customers even more aware of the diversity of our product range. We also want to draw more attention to the new possibilities we have created in recent years.

The way we store things in the office has changed completely and the focus is increasingly on agile and flexible working. Less space is needed for storing files and papers, and instead there is more of a need for storage space for personal items like handbags and bicycle helmets, or often more valuable items such as laptops and tablets. We want to show our customers that we can meet any kind of requirement – no matter if it’s the desire for different colours, different lock systems, or a very unique design.

We want to make even more customers aware that we can help with very special requests and work together to find a way to implement the project according to the customer’s wishes.

What makes you proud to be a woman working in the furniture and manufacturing industries?

I feel that many people are still under the impression that the furniture industry is dominated by men and while this is probably still true for some companies, Bisley has a strong representation of women in various leadership positions, and I am happy to be a part of the international Bisley team.

Do you have any professional achievements that you’re able to share with us?

In my opinion, the greatest success is my own personal development at Bisley. I am constantly learning new things and have grown beyond myself. By now, I take on areas of responsibility and manage my own large projects, which I am very proud of.

Do you have or know an inspirational quote that you can share in support for International Women’s Day? Can you share it with us, please?

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”- Ella Fitzgerald.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Bisley?

What I like best is the variety of the tasks. I love finding an individual solution for each customer and together, working out which product fits their requirements. I enjoy promoting new products and working out the best features that are important for the German market so that I can provide the customer with all the necessary information in flyers or brochures.

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