Here at Gradient Consulting, we have some exciting news, Lesley Gardner has now taken the step to become a Director, we took some time to speak to her and talk about the sector and her experience within the industry, here’s what she had to say;
How long have you worked for Gradient and how much experience do you have in the field?
I started working for Gradient for nearly two years now and they have flown past, I joined and had a lot of challenges, all very interesting!
Although I have only been with Gradient for 2 years, I have been working within the ERP sector for over 20 years now, working with small companies of 10-15 personnel all the way through to 10 companies with over 570 depots and 15,000 seats – I have done everything from a Consultant in all aspects of distribution, to Project Manager, Programme Manager across all types of industries and a Consulting Manager at Epicor, now I’m proud to say that I’m a Director at Gradient.
What was your biggest success/achievement working for Gradient?
I think I would say building a great team of experienced and knowledgeable people that will always help one another, we’re one big family.
What is a typical day like for you?
Busy, challenging and different, no two days are ever the same.
I always start by checking in on all the team, at the moment they all have their own challenges that lockdown has brought, such as homeschooling, working from home and not being able to see anyone.
Then it varies I could be mentoring or I could be attending a steering committee, who knows where the day will take me, but I’m always ready for it.
We introduced wellness breaks about 6 months ago, which means the team get extra time to ensure they get to go outside and do something. So I do try to do a walk to clear my head.
Where do you see Gradient in 10 years?
Flying high, we are constantly increasing our team and our knowledge set on CSI, we have such a hunger driven team, everyone wants to become and offer the best they can.
We are always looking to offer new and exciting additions, not just for the companies we help, but for ourselves as well.
What would your personal motto be?
I have always believed that you should treat people as you would like to be treated yourself
Who inspired you to push for the job position?
I always push myself, but it is fantastic when someone sees your capability and offers you a fantastic opportunity. I met Steff, one of the Directors, whilst working for Infor and she approached me sometime later to see if I was interested in moving. I am so glad I did, I love working for the Gradient family and I can’t wait to see where we can take the company.