Meet the team – Archie Paxton

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This week we chat to Archie our newest apprentice here at Ultimate. Read on to find out what his perfect weekend involves and why he chose Ultimate for his apprenticeship…

1. Let’s start from the beginning. In brief, describe your role at Ultimate and what you do?
Here at Ultimate, I am the newest member of the team and whilst that comes with a lot of hesitations and queries it also allows me to learn more about the business and what it aims to deliver. At the minute, I am working in amongst the furniture team, seeing how day to day procedures are carried out, this includes purchase orders, quotes etc.

2. What attracted you to Ultimate? Why did you apply for an apprenticeship with them?
When the opportunity came around to join Ultimate, I was invited into HQ and was allowed to meet the team and get a general feel for the place. The atmosphere is something I’ve never experienced before, all different aspects of the team working in unison to create something really special. When told about how the company has grown significantly in recent times came as no surprise. I always aspire for satisfaction. I could only imagine the pleasure the team obtain when a big project comes together – I knew this place was for me.

3. What type of work is most likely to spark the fire in your brain? What is your dream project?
I am a novice to this game. I think more than anything it would come down to instinct. Something that naturally appealed to me regardless of the price tag that came along with it. Making sure the customers’ demands are met is more important to me than personal flare. Helping the client envisage and transform a set space is definitely something that appeals to me.

 I was invited into Ultimate Group HQ and was allowed to meet the team and get a general feel for the place. The atmosphere is something I’ve never experienced before, all different aspects of the team working in unison to create something really special.

4. How would you describe the culture of Ultimate to an outsider?
From my experience, here at ultimate, I have realised how grounded all of the team are. They all understand the importance of every department and this results in the completion of high level projects. The office is a really vibrant place where it’s easy to fit in, although I have only been part of the team for a short time I am regularly involved in on-going projects and this makes you feel a part of something and boosts your ambitions to have a bigger influence in the future.

5. What incredible new invention would make your job easier and turbo charge your productivity?
Probably a device that could incorporate all of the furniture departments skills yet could display the same level of charisma. Unfortunately, the likelihood of this happening is extremely small!

6. When all the hard work is over, what is the most satisfying aspect of your job at Ultimate?
I think it would have to be seeing the dramatic contrast between what a project looked like previously to what it does now and knowing you have some responsibility in that. I think that working within the team also gives you a rare insight into the hard work put in and this can occasionally go unnoticed. This really teaches you to appreciate every aspect of the team and job they do.

7. When you are presented with a difficult challenge, what’s your ‘go-to’ tactic for tackling it?
I aim to maintain my concentration levels at a high standard throughout the day. This means all problems are reduced to a minimum.

8. Finally, at the end of a long working week, what does your perfect weekend involve?
It would have to be following my football team Burnley football club home and away. I wouldn’t exactly say it was relaxing and at times its far from it, however it’s something that allows me to escape from the work mind-set and leaves me with a fresh head on return to work on Monday.

Posted August 29, 2017

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