Me & My Job: Ian Riggs, commercial development manager, Kings Seeds

Ian Riggs, commercial development manager, Kings Seeds. Image: Kings Seeds
Ian Riggs, commercial development manager, Kings Seeds. Image: Kings Seeds

How did you get started? When I was 13 I started working for the family nursery and I also did a bit of work for John Hall. I used to pick tomatoes after school. I joined Kings Seeds exactly one month ago, having been business development manager for Sakata.

What does your typical day involve? Getting up early and checking my emails. I leave home very early to avoid the traffic and I try to make early appointments. That means leaving the house around five or five-thirty to make appointments at around nine or nine-thirty. Then I visit clients throughout the day and I return home some time between six and eight, usually. I end up driving about 40,000 miles a year.

What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is new product development. That's starting with a new account or a new product and seeing it all the way from trials to commercial sales.

And the worst? The worst part is organisation because customers are very busy people and it is important to find quality time to sit down and organise their requirements.

What piece of kit can you not do without? It probably goes car, mobile phone, laptop, in that order.

How do you relax? Either taking to bits or polishing my Harley. I have got a 1540. I like planning my next long trip across America. I don't think there are many national parks that I haven't visited over there. I have done Route 66 and the Four Corners. The next trip will be all the way up to Yosemite from Phoenix. I like to aim for about 3,000 miles in two weeks. It is my big pastime. The bike I have got at the moment is called "Bad to the bone" because it is black, shiny and covered in skulls and things.

What does the future hold? My plan is to work with the directors of Kings Seeds to make it an even more successful company than it is at the moment.


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