My big break

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. My big breakOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Mark Sherburn has been at Canon (UK) for 10 years and is currently generalmanager of personnel. Prior to Canon, on leaving university, he joined Asda asa retail manager, before moving into the HR department. He then worked forLewisham Council as head of training and development for Leisure Services. Herehe talks about his biggest break in HR “My most important HR career move to date was taking on the role ofgeneral manager for training and development at Canon, after working asnational sales manager on indirect sales products. My experience as a salesmanager meant I brought with me a much wider perspective of the organisation. Switching functions also gave me the energy and desire to achieve newtargets, while having the proven ability to support the sharp-end needs of thedepartment. “Working closely with my European colleagues has had a huge impactprofessionally – enabling me to really stretch myself while working alongsidedifferent nationalities. The role has also given me a solid grounding in a widerange of training and development disciplines such as management development,sales, IT and product training. “Through this role I developed a far more strategic impact on theorganisation as I was able to closely liaise at director level, and identifiedkey areas that could be improved. But more than anything the position enabled me to establish myself as thesenior representative of the training and development department, and gave methe chance to influence the company, which is something I value greatly.” last_img read more