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Career Stories

Eamonn Harrington

Sofa Buyer

Tell us about your career journey at Harvey Norman?

My Harvey Norman journey began with a part-time computers sales job while I was in college. After I graduated, I put myself forward for a full time position and fortunately I was offered one – in Australia. I went over for a year and joined the Manager in Training programme while working in the furniture and bedding departments. When I came back home I was a furniture store manager in two different branches until last year, when I moved to my current role.

What made you want to apply for your current role?

Buyers design and source a lot of our furniture pieces directly, which involves travelling the world to find the best products for our customers. That plus the diverse nature of the role made me want to apply.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Every time we travel to a furniture fair or walk a factory floor, there’s the anticipation of spotting a new trend or discovering something unique that our customers will love. Searching for the ‘next big thing’ is a very exciting part of the job.

What’s your proudest Harvey Norman moment so far?

This year when we sponsored the Ideal Home Show in the RDS, watching people’s reactions when they entered our Connected Home Show house. The design, layout and execution were all made possible by a talented Harvey Norman team that I was very lucky to be a part of. It was a real showcase for our brand, and seeing people realise how much product choice and style we offer was fantastic.

Describe your job in one word?

Diverse

Got any tips for someone thinking of applying for a job?

Stop thinking, start applying!

Jennifer Fitzsimons

National Advertising Manager

Tell us about your career journey at Harvey Norman?

I joined the company in 2006 as Advertising Co-ordinator. Four months later I was promoted to the position of Product and Marketing Manager in the Computers division, where I managed various categories within the division. After a couple of years there I switched back to the advertising department and took up my current role. I’m now responsible for the planning, production and execution of all of our national advertising campaigns.

What’s your proudest Harvey Norman moment so far?

I’m most proud of our ‘We’ll Show You How’ campaign featuring Lucy Kennedy. I helped develop the script for the TV ad, I was on set for filming and was involved in post production, and I planned the media mix to promote the campaign too. It was a really fun project to work on.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Working on so many great advertising campaigns, from brainstorming right through to development and execution.

What made you want to apply for your current role?

I had been a Product and Marketing manager for five years and was looking for a new challenge and more responsibility. I knew I could apply my existing skills from my previous advertising role and I wanted to develop new skills too, like media buying and team management.

Describe your job in one word?

Awesome!

Got any tips for someone thinking of applying for a job?

Be ambitious; there are great opportunities for career progression. We have a very positive culture and it’s a very rewarding company to work for. If you have a ‘let’s just get it done’ attitude, you’ll go far.

Tim Hannon

Electrical General Manager

Tell us about your career journey at Harvey Norman?

I was actually working for the shop fitting company, fitting out the Kinsale Road store in Cork back in 2005, and got to know Harvey Norman managers. When the shop opened they offered me a job as a sales person, which I’d never done before. Luckily I loved it and became a 2IC (Assistant Manager) after around 6 months. Another year and a half later I was managing my own store. I’d only intended to keep the sales job until after Christmas, but here I am over ten years later!

What made you want to apply for your current role?

I didn’t apply for this role at all, the CEO approached me which was a complete shock! That’s one of the great things about Harvey Norman – hard work is always recognised, and you’ll be given opportunities you didn’t even know you were in the running for.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

The most exciting part is definitely being one of the first people in the world to try out new technologies. We travel a lot meeting brands and seeing demonstrations of the latest innovations before anyone else has even heard of them. We’re always sworn to secrecy though so I can’t tell you about them!

What’s your proudest Harvey Norman moment so far?

Watching people take on a new role and, after a few months, seeing that they’re better at it than I ever could have hoped for. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people.

Describe your job in one word?

Varied

Got any tips for someone thinking of applying for a job?

If you want to build a career in retail, if you like working as part of a team, and if you want to learn how to run a business rather than just work in one, then there’s really no better place in Ireland to work.

Marius Roestoff

Store Manager, Swords

Tell us about your career journey at Harvey Norman?

I started with Harvey Norman Blanchardstown Furniture in August of 2014 as a Manager in Training. In March of 2015 I was promoted to Store Manager in the Furniture department.

Describe your job in one word

Inspiring!!

What do you hope to accomplish next at Harvey Norman?

I will keep on giving it my all and see where it takes me.

How would you describe your job in one word?

Inspiring!!

What would you say to someone who was considering working for Harvey Norman?

We would welcome you with open arms, but come to work with your brain switched on. Always be thinking of better ways of doing things and be ready to give a fantastic Harvey Norman experience to all our customers, even the ones who are having a bad day.

What is your favourite part of the day?

I really enjoy helping customers and exchanging banter with them while trying to close the sale; so I would have to say that the best part of the day for me has to be getting the money in the till! I try to make the process as pleasurable as possible for the customer and I get a kick out of knowing that they have had a good experience - it keeps me on my toes and striving to get better and improve my skills all the time.

What made you want to apply for your current role?

I wanted to continue my career with Harvey Norman having worked in Harvey Norman in Cork for a year, which I loved. But as soon as a position became available in Dublin when my wife and I moved back home I applied in Carrickmines Electrical, and here I am.

Ann Murphy

Little Island Store

Tell us about your career journey at Harvey Norman?

I started as a Full Time Sales Person in December 2007. By July 2010 my manager offered me a Floor manager position and I jumped at this opportunity and I haven’t looked back since.

What made you want to apply for your current role?

To be honest I didn’t apply for the position, my manager asked me if I would be interested in taking on the role. I was delighted to be considered for this and took the opportunity on wholeheartedly.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Every day, every hour brings different challenges at different times. No two days are the same. I’ve gone to work and taken part in cooking demonstrations alongside top celebrity chefs which has been very exciting but to be honest, making Sales and making money is what makes me tick. I’m continuously striving to be the top Sales Person in the Country.

What’s your proudest Harvey Norman moment so far?

I won membership into the Platinum Club which I am extremely proud of. It is so nice to be rewarded when you reach your goals. It shows Harvey Norman really appreciates your efforts.

Describe your job in one word?

Challenging

Got any tips for someone thinking of applying for a job?

Come along and join us if you are hardworking, sales driven, ambitious, enjoy a challenge and if you want to be at the top of your game. Be part of the best sales team in Ireland.

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