I relocated to become Senior Buyer for the new WHSmith Qatar business. I set up our trading department, identified suppliers, negotiated terms and got to know the local market. It was challenging selling to suppliers who didn’t know the brand, I had to build trust to secure competitive terms. Strong communication with multiple nationalities and understanding their product base were key. Opening our first stores on time gave me a great feeling of fulfilment.

In 2015 I was promoted to Trading Controller, focussed on really establishing the brand and gaining further confidence from suppliers. The following year I was promoted to General Manager, which made me feel accomplished and proud that my efforts had been recognised. As part of WHSmith International you have the freedom to treat the business as your own.