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Coffee break with… Jon Mann


‘Coffee break with…’ is a new series where we will champion and highlight the hard-working members of the Powerstar team.

Each month, we will be catching up with a different member of the team to find out more about their role and their thoughts on working with Powerstar and within the Energy sector in general.

Recently, during a morning coffee break, we caught up with one of our new recruits, Business Development Manager, Jon, who started working for Powerstar 7 weeks ago. Here’s what Jon had to say…

What was your first job role within the Energy Sector?

A technical sales role selling small wind turbines and solar PV back in 2008. This was a big change for me at the time and I was dropped in the deep end after 4 days training! I stayed with that company until joining Powerstar although the technology and the role changed.

Describe a typical day at Powerstar

It’s early days for me so every day is different, but all include lots of learning.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Energy?

Learning about all the different technologies. I enjoy meeting clients from diverse sectors, gaining an understanding of the issues they face and trying to help them find a solution. I also like to think I am doing my bit to help reduce climate change.

Are there any drawbacks to working in this sector?

The only drawback I have come across is being affected by Government policy. For Powerstar, this may not be such a major issue but for the renewables part of the energy sector it has destroyed markets overnight. Something to watch out for…

What’s your proudest achievement to date?

Work achievement, probably solving a metering issue that saved a client significant amounts or managing a winning bid on a £1.6M project.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

I love the outdoors, walking and cycling. Most weekends involve a day on my mountain bike in the Peak District. I used to commute to work once a week on my road bike which was OK when it was 18 miles each way; but now it is 60 miles, I think that is out!

Advancements in technology often cause significant changes in many industries, such as energy. What recent technological advances have had the biggest impact on your personal life?

Difficult to say, technology is so integrated into our lives it’s often difficult to notice the changes it makes, until you look back. I guess recently Zoom calls with family during lockdown is probably the most obvious one.

If you had to give one piece of advice to people seeking jobs in energy, what would it be?

Make as many contacts as you can. In the modern work environment and job market this can make such a difference. Also make sure you learn as much as you can at every opportunity.

Why Powerstar?

For me, I see it as a huge opportunity to join a company at a really exciting time. For our clients I think it is the mix of innovative technology and great service.

Describe Team Powerstar in 3 words

Expert, enthusiastic, friendly

We’ve enjoyed welcoming Jon into the Powerstar team, and wish him all the best as an important member of the sales team.

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