With Mother’s Day approaching Sunday, we’re keen to shine the light on amazing working mums! In this weeks’ Face to Face, we chat with Jessica Britten and Sally Welsh who job share the role of Group Sales Manager in the Melbourne office.

Q1. How did you both get into the advertising industry and specifically Sales?

JESS: My first job in advertising was at Seven in 2007 as a Sales Coordinator and I have worked in media sales ever since. This is my second stint at Seven after 6 years in the UK but what I love about sales is that no two days are the same and there’s never a dull moment!

SALLY:  I recently joined Seven from 12 years at a media agency, and I’m enjoying the new challenge that sales brings. I have worked with the team at Seven across my career and it’s exciting to be part of the business during this period of change and growth.

Q2. Tell us a about you how the job share opportunity came about and how do you make it a seamless transition when handing over?

JESS: I feel very fortunate to have been giving the job share opportunity by Seven when I returned to Australia 3 years ago.  The best part is that it has enabled me to continue my career whilst still spending time with my young family.  I’ve now job shared on and off for 3 years, in between having my second child.  The most important thing when sharing a role, I’ve found is communication is key, given the nature of our jobs we’re constantly handover so finding ways to do this quickly and efficiently is important.

SALLY: I’m a huge advocate of job-sharing for working parents, it’s a win/win for employee and the employer who gain 20+ years media industry experience from Jess & I.

Jess and I share a morning in the office each week where we do a handover, schedule key client meetings and team WIPS. We’ve found constantly updating Trello (an online shared To-Do list) as a useful tool. The success of a job-share comes down to solid communication as we are both committed to our clients having a positive job- share experience.

Q3. What is your favourite part of the job and why?

JESS: I love the diversity of the role and the great group of people I’m lucky enough to work with, the team nature of Seven is really important to me.  In addition, the ever evolving nature of the industry we work in that keeps the role fresh and interesting but also exciting! Working on big Sporting events and new programs for clients that provide integrated marketing solutions that help solves business challenges is also very satisfying.

SALLY: I thrive off helping clients achieve business and marketing objectives through effective media campaigns. I have seen in my time at an agency the significant positive impact FTA TV can have on brand metrics and hearing this feedback is satisfying.

Q4. What is the most important piece of advice you have for mothers who are pursuing a career?

JESS: To be super organised, flexible and accept that you’re not superhuman.  

SALLY:  Be present, leave the guilt at the door. When I’m at work I try to be as present as I can be with my team, my clients. And I commit to the same focus when at home with my 2 boys.

Q5. Anything that you’ve learnt along the way that you hope to pass on to your children?

JESS:  Be kind and respectful to everyone you meet and treat them the way you want to be treated.  Manners are super important from the moment you can talk and for the rest of your life.

SALLY: That’s a big question – They are still young so at the moment so at the moment I am starting small and instilling into them the importance of ‘Be Safe, Be Kind’.

Q6. Lastly, what are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?

JESS:  I was pleasantly surprised that my 4-year-old knew it was Mother’s Day this weekend so I’m looking forward to afternoon tea at his kinder and then I’ll probably see my mother-in-law and have my mum over for dinner at our house! Basically, a big family day, that will be exhausting but lovely 😊

SALLY: Nothing crazy, hopefully breakfast in bed and a day off making decisions! I’ll be down the coast celebrating the day with my mum as well as my own family. Mother’s Day is also ‘Nannas Day’ in our family and it’s a perfect opportunity to thank my mum for everything she does for me, including picking my son up from school so I can work! Working mums needs all the help they can!

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