Kate Bradshaw-Sole is the Store Manager for J Sainsburys plc in Oldbury and specifically works for the food retail sector, but under the group banner which also now owns Argos and Habitat.
“My job is very varied but, ultimately, I have two accountabilities: to customers and my colleagues. My role consists of complying with all aspects of health and safety, food safety, managing the store and delivering all cost lines. I’m also accountable for the recruitment and retention of colleagues, dealing with any HR related issues and ensuring that our customers are given great availability every time they shop with us.
“I have worked for J Sainsburys plc for 28 years now and became a store manager eight years ago after working as a HR Manager for the majority of my career. The company has given me the opportunity to grow and develop, and after all this time, I still thoroughly enjoy walking in the door every morning and leading a great team of people.
“I wanted to become a Sandwell Business Ambassador as it’s really important to put something back into the local community and help in any way that I possibly can. I also believe that when businesses come together from different sectors, we all benefit from learning from each other; anything we can do to create a cohesive team must be good for our community and for the local economy too.”