Harri Chambers, Business Development Manager at QuickSilver Exhausts

I have the freedom in my role to be creative and generate new business/ideas off of my own back.

harri chamber

How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?

Getting my degree from Pearson added weight to my CV when interviewing for my current job. Furthermore, due to the “hands on” approach and practical industry insight Pearson provide, I acquired different types of knowledge and new skill sets to improve my employability. 

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

I am now working at QuickSilver Exhausts in Godalming. We are a supercar exhaust manufacturer, so it is a dream for a petrol head such as myself to have a job in this field.  

My current role is Business Development Manager. I recently received a promotion after a successful 3 months as Business Development Executive. My day to day jobs are to: manage our dealer network, speak to end users all over the world, generate new business/stocking dealers and to develop ways to streamline our inbound/outbound prospecting. 

We work with a plethora of people and organizations, including: interesting celebrities/athletes to provide systems for their sport/super cars, the main OEM marque brands such as Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, McLaren, and independent workshops all over the world to provide sport exhausts for their enthusiast consumer base.  

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently, I am working on increasing sales and brand awareness within the US, alongside our Sales and Marketing Manager. My current task is to focus on pitching new business to Bentley main dealerships and my colleague is knuckling down on prospecting the Aston Martin dealerships. We have great relations with these companies in the UK, Canada and some of the US, but want to extend our reach even further.  

One of our main aims is to increase our brand awareness. The business has been in the exhaust industry since 1973 and already has a quality brand image, with the most extensive portfolio in the industry and a reputation for UK-based manufacturing quality.  

We are constantly improving our arsenal of exhaust systems and I had the chance to drive one of our Swiss customers Range Rover Velar SVA last month, before it was even out in this country! Recently we also had the pleasure of the new Porche 911 (992) Turbo in for development.    

Here is a link to my first feature on our YouTube channel, shooting a video on my personal JCW for an idea of what we get up to.

What do you enjoy the most about working for Elite Creativity and Espers?

  • I get to drive/be in the company of the fastest cars in the world and some great experiences. 
  • I have a natural passion for the product. This motivates me and gets me looking forward to going into the office every day.
  • I have the freedom in my role to be creative and generate new business ideas off of my own back.  
  • The team I work within at HQ are very close knit and a joy to work with day-in day-out. We are all car mad and this makes for a very authentic team dynamic. 

What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?

During studying, I learnt to be resilient and often surprised myself with grit and determination when the ‘going got tough’ with assignments. Also, I had the opportunity to improve my natural presenting skills in a pressurized environment through the assessments.   During my time in industry, I have learnt to be more ruthless and aim for the sky when pitching new prospects or selling to a new inbound customer. In addition, I have learnt new skills in the area of customer management and how to effectively move people through the sales funnel.  

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

First of all, the people! Everyone in my year group are great and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at university with everyone. The lecturers are all amazing, helping above and beyond with their knowledge from active participation in the industry, providing great real world examples and advice.  

All of the events were great all year round, with the best location in the world... central London!  

Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Head of Sport and leading Pearson College into the 2018/19 season with their first competitive sports teams in history!  

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Rollercoaster! A lot changes in your life over the three years that you are at University and it’s a very fun ride with a rewarding end. 

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

Attend the work fitness and extracurricular workshops, they give you very good insight from professionals in various fields. Interview/assessment center tips are key and essentially your pathway into your dream role, so you have to nail it.  

Make sure to go above and beyond in the interview process. I created a detailed analysis of QuickSilvers marketing/brand development and printed out the slides, containing pro-active development suggestions to pitch at the interview. The CEO was very impressed, asked to keep my slides and hired me the next day. “Out of hundreds of applicants/interviewees, you were the best and most prepared, therefore I am delighted to be offering you the position”.  

What's your favourite brand and why?

Bentley. I love their products and the experience they give customers. Their brand image is impeccable and gives an aura of being part of an exclusive club, which it is! Their new range of cars are my current favourites. The Continental GT in particular. 

What course did you study?

Business Management with Marketing