From Business Researcher to Associate Director, Insurance
We caught up with Dan Hutson to hear about his journey from Business Researcher to Associate Director, Insurance, over the last seven years.
Congratulations on your recent promotion. Tell us about your first role with the Group as Business Researcher...
Well, interestingly, I actually applied to the first BGL Marketing Graduate scheme back in 2012, but wasn’t selected following a competitive assessment centre! However, the scheme’s sponsoring director, and one of the judges, recommended me for the newly-created position of Business Researcher in Group Corporate Development, which sounded like a great opportunity. To be honest, I’d have taken any position going to get my foot in the door.
The role turned out to be a perfect opener into the business, as it offered lots of visibility across senior leaders in the Group, as well as the chance to build my knowledge. I worked as a Business Researcher for a little over two years, at which point I moved to comparethemarket.com as Market Insight & Research Manager in the Data team.
I was later promoted to Senior Research Manager and then transferred to the Product team in March 2017.
What are your top tips for career development at BGL?
One thing I’ve learnt is that there is a wealth of talent in the Group at all levels, and it’s really important to build your network and get involved. Say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that comes your way, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
I feel like in all of my roles, right from the beginning, the business has taken a punt on me as a person first and foremost, which I still feel like I’m in the process of repaying.
Did you have a specific career path in mind?
I didn’t have a career plan as such, but I’m a big believer in having a growth mind-set, meaning you’ve always got the potential to progress further if you’re willing to put the effort in.
Have you ever been mentored within the Group?
Yes, my first ever manager mentored me at first and continued that relationship even when I moved elsewhere in the business, which was invaluable. I now also have the privilege of being a mentor myself and it’s definitely a two-way thing – I learn as much as I impart through the relationships.
Tell us about your new role as Associate Director, Insurance...
Working with every area of comparethemarket.com, the overarching aim is to deliver ‘Outstanding Product Propositions’ for our Motor and Pet customers, to save them time and money across the web and app.
I’m really excited about this new role, and I feel like it brings together all the experience that I’ve gained to date.
And finally, what have been your best moments at BGL over the years?
There isn’t one particular stand-out moment, but I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be part of a number of high performing teams over the years. Working with talented colleagues consistently has meant I’ve progressed much more quickly than doing it alone.
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