Telecommunications specialist, Odyssey Systems has expanded its sales team with the addition of former Teesside University Student Union President, and Business Management undergraduate, Will Ridley.
Twenty-one-year-old Will, originally from Selby, has joined the Stockton-based business following a summer placement, during which he played an integral part in the quality management process involved in securing the company’s ISO 9001 accreditation.
For the next four months Will is going to work two days a week, until going full-time when he graduates university in May.
In his role as a Sales Executive, Will is going to be responsible for liaising with existing and potential clients in order to identify turnkey solutions that accurately meet the customer’s communications infrastructure requirements.
Having taken a year out of his studies to become the Student University President at Teesside, Will has developed high-quality soft skills that will serve him well when representing the company in pitches to prospective clients.
Will’s appointment coincides with Odyssey’s expansion in to new premises located opposite its existing headquarters located at Preston Farm, Stockton. The investment, which follows a prolonged period of growth, will help to create a further six jobs and improve the company’s service provision.
Matthew Park, Sales Manager at Odyssey Systems, said: “Will is a talented young man, but more importantly is full of enthusiasm and is very proactive, which is clear to see when you consider what he has managed to achieve during his time at university.
“It’s important for businesses such as Odyssey to utilise the availability of skilled graduates when developing their workforce, which will in turn help to prevent talented young people leaving the area.”
Will added: “Being able to move straight in to full-time employment is very exciting, and speaks volumes for the quality of teaching at Teesside University and Odyssey’s investment in its next generation of skilled workers.
“The opportunity to stay in the Tees Valley was one I jumped at; although not originally from the area, I would describe myself as an adopted Teessider and I’m looking forward to working with some of the region’s most promising businesses.”