James Edgell - National Account Manager
I am really looking forward to continuing my career with Princes over the coming years.
My name is James Edgell and my career with Princes began in 2013. I was part of the Graduate Development Programme and my first role was in Account Management on the Morrisons supermarket team.
I was initially attracted to the role because Princes is one of the largest companies in the North West and one of the largest food and drink businesses in the UK. They have a fantastic reputation and their brand is instantly recognisable; serving customers across Europe and sourcing products from all over the world. I recognised that Princes offered me a stable, long-term career option.
After six months, I took the opportunity to apply for an Account Manager position within the sales team and today, only a few years after starting my career with Princes, I am a National Account Manager; responsible for our food business with ASDA and Aldi. In just over three years, I have worked with four of the top seven UK retailers and each role has given me valuable new experiences and challenges to overcome.
My job responsibilities vary on a day-to-day basis whether that is Project Management, contract negotiations, account planning or even product tasting. The diversity of my role is just one of the great things about working for Princes. I will also be out of the office at least once a week building strong relationships with our customers.
There have been many challenges during my time at Princes but with these challenges come opportunities for the company and also my own personal development. Whether the challenges are the rise of the discounters taking share from the big four retailers or the impact of Brexit, Princes have met these head on. Working for Princes has given me a sound commercial footing, exposure to some of the biggest businesses in the country and a great opportunity for a long-term career in the food and drink industry.
I am very proud of my progression within Princes in a relatively short period of time. My partner is currently expecting our third child and I am an ambitious person so I am really looking forward to continuing my career with Princes over the coming years and supporting my family.