The Partnerships team is responsible for sourcing new cashback deals and delivering new value to the members as well as the merchant partners.
The role involves developing and maintaining relationships with partner affiliate networks and merchants. The role covers various aspects of account and onsite management, which will include general administration and ad hoc tasks in addition to meetings and events for networking purposes.
I have met so many fantastic people both in the offices of Topcashback and the clients in which I work with on a day to day business. The job is different everyday and for this reason I was never bored. You have a lot of opportunity to develop your own ideas and theories within the business and see them put into place.
I don't no of anyone who does not get along within the company, everyone works well with each other across all departments meaning that jobs and tasks are completed to a high standard quite fast. This friendship feeling is transferred across many of the employees and this is shown well by the amount of socials and meets the staff do.
When you do something good you are praised for what you have done, equally when things are not going right this is picked up and you are given the constructive advice and help you need to improve on to become successful. Regular meetings are held to discuss an issues or new ideas both on an individual level and a department level. We also have employee questionnaire every couple months to ask about developments each of which I have seen changes brought in as a result of them. The feeling is very much that when you want to raise an issue or concern to management you can straight away in confidence.
There is always work to be done because in my job you can create work to be done, some days admin tasks will arrive by the bucket load but this is part and parcel of the job. Other days you have time to develop your relationship with the brands you manage and there is no right or wrong answer as to how much time or work this results in doing. Personally I think you should not go home until the job is done for the day and therefore if something is done there is always another job you can find to do. I am always busy but this never gets on top of me and I think that the work load is just the right amount. We briefly had a period where we were short staffed in some areas due to some in house promotions, this cause the team to be pushed but the end result meant we worked better as a team under pressure and have some valuable skills to use in the future.
You get a lot of responsibility, right from my first day I was setting up things that went live on the site and I had barely worked for the company for hours. Since then the workload is obviously a lot more complex has a larger impact on the business but the overall feel of trust and involvement is massive. I manage quite a lot of accounts, several of which are huge and other members of the staff never really have any contact with those brands so which way you take those brands is totally down to you and this is a lot of responsibility that I think inspires you to achieve the most you can and is very satisfying when you run a successful campaign.
I think that what I have learn will last me forever whether I work in this industry or one completely different I think that some things are universally transferable such as how to work in a team in a work environment, running and taking part of meetings with clients, managing your work load, working with different departments at the same time, working to deadlines and solving problems. The key for me was the high level of involvement and being exposed to the heart of the company. There are not many companies that will be this innovative/ up and coming where you can talk to the directors on daily basis about ideas or issues.
Everyone works to a high standard but at the same time gets along very well and this is something that starts off at the management and is fed through down to the workers. I have made a lot of friends working here and I think that the key to a successful working environment is one where you an see managers a friends as well as managers but at the same time show them the respect that they require.
The company is fast growing and as a result changes happen on a daily basis. when I started there were about 5 placements in total, there are now about 10 and next year there will be over 15. This fast growth is the same company wide and therefore steps are continually being put in place to make every additional employees start up better for them and us. My induction and work has been very good all the way through the year but we are continually asked to provide ideas for areas in which we could further improve. Which only means that this is going to improve me and more through time.
The company are very supportive all the way through the year and offer support all the time when you may need it for what ever reason. We are regularly shown things that are not directly involved with our job but may help us in the future, they recognize that we are students and therefore we are there to learn from the company so offering us the opportunity to do things like this is excellent and very helpful.
The company is growing fast and the last 3 years of placements, people have been hired from their placements. I am optimistic about similar opportunities being presented to myself. The industry is relatively new and as a result after this placement you have the ability to be very well trained in this new and exciting industry which is valuable.
I would regard some of my colleagues now as some of my very good friends, we go out for drinks at least once a month and this is something the managers openly promote and are involved with as well.
I was lucky enough to live at home during the placement so costs were not high, the area in itself is not expensive how ever as its a town and not a city. We have a staff loyalty card that gets money off local business' which is really good for us as employees and them as locally own businesses.
Pretty poor, there are alot of pubs but that is it so if you would like to go out then you prob should get a taxi to the nearest city bout 20 miles away. This is not an issue nor a problem at the weekend and allows to concentrate on the job in hand in the week with out going out too much other than the pub for a couple.
There are always socials or other events being organised in work so there is lots to do and take part in. Most are charitable and get the morale of the staff up whilst being for a good cause. There are no sports teams as such but the company was not that big enough for this before, maybe this will change soon as more people start.