In the hot seat - Charles Watson: making implementation plain sailing

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In the hot seat - Charles Watson: making implementation plain sailing

In the hot seat this time is Charles Watson, Implementation Consultant at Science Warehouse and expert wind sport boating champion.

1)    What is your current position?

Implementation Consultant.

2)    Where did you study?

I had a great time at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth gaining a B.Sc. in Economics and Marketing.

3)    What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on implementing new customers, and supporting existing ones, working on the testing of XML order transmission connections between buyers and suppliers, and invoicing projects. Having a background in large financial systems and being very picky about documentation, I have also picked up some background tasks like reviewing our Service Level Agreements. It also appears that, through no fault of my own, I am now the team’s VAT expert - after Tony our accountant, of course!

4)    What do you like about working for Science Warehouse?

This sounds really trite, but everything. Everyone in the organisation is knowledgeable, able and friendly; my customers are, without exception, a pleasure to work with; the role is varied, interesting and challenging. I come to work each morning with a smile on my face and whistling a happy tune (which nobody can recognise, as I enjoy music but am no good at it!).

5)    What do you like to do in your spare time?

I run around after my two children and have heated debates about when to do homework. I am also a keen sailor of Catamarans. I am racing at 3 National Championships this year in my Sprint 15 and Dart 18 boats. I have also just started cycling again to see if I can get fit enough to do the Halifax SC 20 mile Mountain Bike Challenge being held this month.

6)    What is your favourite car and why?

A Caterham 7, I did a track day in one and it out accelerated and manoeuvred all the super cars there (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porches, the lot). It is great fun and totally impractical, but I’d like one. My current car, a Kia Sedona, has a totally different raison d'être!

7)    What is on your iPod at the moment?

The same as what was on it 2 years ago! I filled it up and don’t listen to it often enough to bother adding anything new. It’s a pretty eclectic mix of Robbie, Kylie, Joss Stone, Miles Davies, Charlie Parker and Sting. I tend to listen to the radio a lot and like most of the “popular music which the young people listen to”, which must mean it’s getting pretty staid these days, as I should hate it and say things like “there’s no melody”!

8)    Who is your favourite X Factor judge?

Tulisa, she knows what she is talking about, wears her heart on her sleeve, doesn’t claim to be perfect but at the same time is a true role model for kids who are struggling to make sense of their world. I think Jessie J is great too, she has such a sense of humour in her music & style.

9)    iPhone or Blackberry?

Well, I don’t spend much on phones, recently I got a pink (but that’s another story) Orange Rio (Blackberry rip off) and was pleasantly surprised that I got on with it. I think the Galaxy S II is pretty good at the moment and quite like the latest HTCs. I couldn’t justify the price of an iPhone, but obviously they are usability personified.

10)    How are you going to spend the Queen’s Jubilee?

I’m leaving the country! Not because I don’t want to party, I do/will. But because the kids are on holiday, there’s an extra Bank Holiday, my daughter has just started learning Spanish and I think chatting to dishy waiters will bring on her Spanish no end!


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